There are as many as four components to a Legalmaster installation.
First, you must ensure that you have an appropriate version of the file management software that we use, namely, Pervasive/Btrieve.
Once you have dealt with Pervasive/Btrieve, you install the Legalmaster application programs. This step is done only once, even if you are running Legalmaster on a network.
You must perform the third step once at each work-station (i.e., each computer) from which you intend to access Legalmaster.
If you are upgrading from Legalmaster'97, you must run a short routine that converts your 97 data into our Windows Legalmaster format.
Legalmaster uses file management software manufactured by a company called Pervasive. The software was called Btrieve until a few decades ago; now eponymous with its maker, it is called Pervasive. Windows Legalmaster runs with any release of Btrieve since version 6.15. Please read our Pervasive/Btrieve versions page if you want to learn more about your Pervasive/Btrieve options.
The gist of the matter is that you must ensure that you are running with a proper version of Pervasive/Btrieve before you install Legalmaster.
Before you install Pervasive, you must make sure that you are not already running a version of Pervasive for some other software application. If you are not sure, you can call CSP and we may be able to help you.
Legalmaster uses two folders. One stores our programs; the other, your data. If you plan to run Legalmaster on a network, both of these folders must be stored on your server. While you may name these folders pretty much anything you wish, here are our suggested defaults.
a drive letter where you're going to store your Legalmaster
programs and data. Do not use UNC's (Universal Naming Convention);
mapped drive letters.
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If you run Legalmaster on a stand-alone computer, skip this step.
We made some changes to the structure of Legalmaster's data between these two versions. In addition, the development tool that we used to write Windows Legalmaster (Borland's Delphi), afforded us a few attractive opportunities that required we add a few keys to some of Legalmaster's file indices. The data conversion runs fairly quickly (about 1 to 2 megabytes per minute). When it's all over, your Legalmaster'97 data are intact and unchanged and still located in their original location. As a result you may continue to bill with your DOS system while you play with the Windows version until you are comfortable with it. Following this practice period, you merely erase your "practice" Windows data and reconvert.
Note that if you used the Security module in Legalmaster'97, your passwords will be inherited by Legalmaster for Windows in the conversion. If you created a new password in the Windows version prior to running the conversion, it will not be accepted afterwards. So make a note of at least one DOS password to use once your conversion is complete.
It goes almost without saying that your old Legalmaster'97 data folder and your new Windows Legalmaster data folder must be located on the same computer or the same network as one another, though they are two distinct folders and, as such, should be given different names. If you've installed Windows Legalmaster on a system separate from that used for Legalmaster'97, you must copy your old DOS data folder to the new computer prior to running the conversion program. Do not copy your DOS Legalmaster data into the folder that will ultimately contain your Windows Legalmaster data; the latter folder should have no data in it prior to the conversion. The Windows Legalmaster programs do not read the files in DOS datafolder except during the data conversion step.
If you entered practice data into the Windows Legalmaster database that you intend to use for your real data, erase your practice data before converting. You will find an option on the Utilities menu to erase your data. The folder into which you are converting your data should have no data in it prior to your running of the conversion.
You convert your Legalmaster'97 data by selecting the obvious option from the Utilities menu. The only question you must answer is to tell Legalmaster where your old (i.e., Legalmaster'97) data are located.