Get Ready for PowerPoint 2007 with Vox Proxy Version 4
As a result of changes made by Microsoft in PowerPoint 2007, your existing Vox Proxy scripts will NOT play in PowerPoint 2007 and can be destroyed by PowerPoint 2007 if you don't take action to safeguard them!
Two ways you can protect your scripts BEFORE INSTALLING PowerPoint 2007
Scripts must be converted before installing PowerPoint 2007!
- Upgrade to Vox Proxy Version 4
Open EACH of your Vox Proxy presentation files. As soon as the file opens, Vox Proxy will automatically convert your scripts to 2007 format AND, for extra protection, export the scripts to a separate text file. Save each presentation file before opening the next. The converted scripts are fully backward-compatible with prior PowerPoint versions (2000 or newer), as long as they are played with Vox Proxy Version 4.
- Export your scripts to a separate text file
Scripts can be safely exported using your current Vox Proxy Version 3. From the Script Writer, open Tools/Export to File. These exported script files, bearing a file extension of VPS, can then be imported in PowerPoint 2007 using Vox Proxy Version 4 to recover your scripts. Once again, Vox Proxy Version 4 will be required to play in PowerPoint 2007.
Why is there a compatibility problem with PowerPoint 2007? The central issue to understand is that Vox Proxy scripts in versions 1-3 are stored in a "script object" in PowerPoint. For reasons of security, Microsoft has eliminated that "script object" from PowerPoint 2007. Therefore, once PowerPoint 2007 is installed, Vox Proxy has no way to recover scripts that have not been previously converted or exported.
However, while still running on PowerPoint 2000/2003, Vox Proxy Version 4 will convert scripts automatically to the new 2007 format and saves scripts in both the new and old formats so that they can be played with any version of Vox Proxy and PowerPoint.
Here is a summary of all the circumstances you may encounter with particular attention to compatibilty:
- Running Vox Proxy Versions 1 to 3 on PowerPoint 2007
Scripts are not compatible with PowerPoint 2007. Once PowerPoint 2007 is installed and a presentation file is saved, all scripts will be lost without warning, even when saved in PowerPoint's so-called "compatibility mode".
- Running Vox Proxy Version 4 on PowerPoint 2000 to 2003
Scripts are automatically converted to PowerPoint 2007 format, but are also maintained in 2000/2003 format for backward compatibility. Presentations saved with Version 4 may be played on any version of Vox Proxy or PowerPoint (2000 or newer).
Vox Proxy Version 4 will play correctly any presentation prepared with any version of Vox Proxy on any version of PowerPoint.
Once you have Vox Proxy Version 4 installed, however, you should not edit scripts using Versions 1 to 3. Those edits will be lost when they are moved to either Vox Proxy Version 4 or PowerPoint 2007. In other words, playing scripts on prior versions of Vox Proxy is backward-compatible. Editing them is not.
- Running Vox Proxy Version 4 on PowerPoint 2007
Once PowerPoint 2007 is installed, previously-developed scripts that have been converted with Vox Proxy Version 4 (while you were still running PowerPoint 2000-2003) will play exactly as they did on prior versions of PowerPoint. Presentations saved with PowerPoint 2007, however, must be played with Vox Proxy Version 4 or the free Vox Proxy Version 4 Player. They will not play on prior versions of Vox Proxy.
- Playing presentations on the free Vox Proxy Player
You should update all installed copies of the Vox Proxy Player to Version 4. This is a free upgrade. Any presentation prepared with any version of Vox Proxy on any version of PowerPoint will play correctly with the Vox Proxy Version 4 Player.
- CDs prepared with CD Prep
Most CDs prepared with CD Prep will play using the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer and are not affected by what version of PowerPoint is installed on the end-user's computer.
However, this depends on how the CD Prep disk was prepared. If you used the QuickPrep option, the CD will always be played using the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer even if the end-user has PowerPoint installed. If you did not use QuickPrep, but you checked the box "Play only on PowerPoint Viewer", the CD will play on the Viewer. In either of these cases, the CD will play correctly regardless of what PowerPoint version is installed on the end-user's computer.
If you did not use QuickPrep, and you did not check "Play only on PowerPoint Viewer", and the end user has PowerPoint 2007 installed, the CD will not play its Vox Proxy scripts.
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