Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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What Is Cross Grading Applications | Migrating To A Similar Application

It’s always better to migrate an application, if you can without losing data, before resorting to reinstallation.
Suppose you’ve decided to use an openware package, such as OpenOffice, instead of Microsoft Office, then you have to go for Cross-Grading Applications.

How do you transition to the new packages? For some software packages, such as office productivity software, the general procedure to cross-grade from one application can be relatively simple:

1. Make sure you can get to your data files from the new application.
2. Reset any template files you might want in the new application.
3. Where necessary, reinstall any add-ons that you use.

Cross-Grading Applications
Note: Cross-grading is an industry term developed from the practice of moving across from one application to a similar one from a different source. Rather than an upgrade or a downgrade, the activity came to be called a cross-grade.

In some situations, however, cross-grading becomes a bit more complex, such as when your application creates a variety of user profile files that then need to be moved to the new application. 

Example: In our example,we decided to migrate from InternetExplorer to Thuderbird and Firefox (email and web browsing packages). In this case, we’re in luck because utilities are available, making it relatively easy to import the profile information we’re concerned about.

When you move to Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Firefox software.
  2. On the File menu, click Import to import the IE profiles that you use regularly.
When you move to Thunderbird, follow these steps:
  1. Install the Thunderbird software.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Import.
  3. One at a time, use this procedure to import your email messages, your address book, and your settings.
Note: There’s a gotcha in this process: After you’ve moved the files, you can’t go back. So be very sure you want to import the files into the new application.

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