The vast majority of upgrades from older versions happen without issue! But I think its better to know about a few possible issues before running into them. That way, there's no panic--there's no fear--there's nothing unexpected. If you know what might happen, then you will already know the answer.
- Before beginning, download the e-Sword Converter. This program will convert all user made commentaries, dictionaries, Bibles, devotionals, topics, etc. The program says it converts to e-Sword 9 format. Your converted files will also work in e-Sword 10.
The program is very easy to use! You may run the program just to see what it looks like without converting anything. When you do convert, NO CHANGES are made to your original files. The new files have a different filename extension--for example, your file "file.top" becomes "file.topx".
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The red box in the picture shows you the "Batch mode". The converter can convert just one file or will convert all files in your e-Sword folders! Your modules will usually be in c:\program files\e-sword and/or my documents\e-sword.
- Download and install e-Sword 10.x. Be sure to close your old version of e-Sword first.
- Study Notes and Topic Notes: You can open these directly in e-Sword 10, if you prefer (or use the converter above). In e-Sword 10, all Notes (including Topics) appear in the lower, right corner of the screen. Right click this window and select Open. Choose the older ".not" notes to open. Then locate your old Study Notes, usually in my documents\e-sword.
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- Free Official e-Sword Modules: Your free, official e-Sword modules (like Barnes, Adam Clark, BDB, Thayer, etc) will not convert using the e-Sword converter. No worries, though. e-Sword 10 includes an internal module downloader for the official modules. Nothing to install. Nothing to do in your browser. You will regain your free, official e-Sword modules using the screen below inside e-Sword 10.
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- Premium (Paid) Official e-Sword Modules: Modules that you may have purchased (or should have purchased), like Bible Believers Commentary or the NASB Bible, can also be downloaded through e-Sword's internal module downloader. But you will need your original license key to install these modules. Don't have your original license key? Simply contact eStudySource.com and they can provide your key to you from your original purchase.
- A small number of Bibles were not compatible with e-Sword 10. Most of these have already been repaired. But if you use a very rare Bible version, that Bible may not be compatible with e-Sword 10. I can't stress how exceedingly rare this is! If it happens, ask for help on our message boards and we will help fix the file.
- Renaming Bad Tabs: Sometimes people made old e-Sword resources with improper abbreviation names. For example, you cannot use a user-made commentary with the BBC abbreviaton. BBC is reserved for e-Sword's official Believer's Bible Commentary. If any of your resources use e-Sword's official abbreviations (like BBC for Bible Believer's Commentary, AMP for the Amplified Bible, NIV for the NIV Bible, etc), they will not appear in e-Sword 10.x.
If you want to use a module with a "bad" tab name, you must rename the module abbreviation, using the e-Sword Tab Renamer. Or, you may send the module to one of our members who will rename the module for you. Again, just ask for help on the message boards.
- Give a child a lock...and he will use it. Some module makers used passwords on public domain modules. Why? The same reason my children lock bedroom doors--because they "can" and it's "fun". If you have a public domain module that will not convert because of password, contact me. If the module is not a paid or official e-Sword resource, I will remove the password for you.
If the module is a paid or official e-Sword resource, simply abort the conversion of that module and download it with the internal e-Sword 10.x downloader (as described in #4 above).