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Running Multiple Instances of WYSIWYG (in order to copy objects between files)

Discussion in 'wysiwyg' started by Dany, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Dany

    Dany Super Moderator

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    Hi everyone,

    A number of users have contacted Tech Support regarding this in the last few months, so I thought I'd post the following information on here as well, as I am sure it will be useful for everyone...

    CAST has never, and does not, endorse and/or support, the running of two instances of WYSIWYG at the same time. Opening a file while another is open in order to check something is acceptable, but working with two files at the same time, copying objects back and forth, etc., has the potential to corrupt both files due to the way in which WYSIWYG handles file saving. (There is a reason why only one file can be opened at a time.)

    Therefore, if you need to copy objects between files, use the Save Selected Objects & Merge feature. In other words...

    ... open the file which contains the objects that need to be copied to another file;
    ... select the objects in question;
    ... save the selection to a new file (File menu > Save As > Selected Objects);
    ... close this file;
    ... open the file in which these objects are needed;
    ... merge (File menu > Merge) the file you just saved.

    If the object is one that you expect to require in multiple files in the future, create an Insertable instead and then add it to any new or existing file. Insertables' use is described in the WYSIWYG Reference Guide.


    Similarly, if you need to copy Worksheets or Reports between files, export them (File menu > Export) instead and then import (File menu > Import) them into any other file.


    Cheers,

    Dany
     
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  2. Floriaan

    Floriaan Member

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    In the old days you could
    ... open the file which contains the objects that need to be copied to another file;
    ... select the objects in question;
    ... press [CTRL]+[C] to copy the onjects;
    ... close this file;
    ... open the file in which these objects are needed;
    ... press [CTRL]+[V] to paste the objects.

    I would not mind getting that functionality back either...
     
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  3. Dany

    Dany Super Moderator

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    Hi Floriaan,

    I didn't know this was possible in the past (or at least I never thought to do anything like this, since the Save As > Selected Objects and then Merge was always fine for me) but I think you are right: it should be. I will inquire and see what we can do about bringing this back in one of next year's releases.


    Thanks!

    Dany
     
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