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How many versions can I jump from A5V4?

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  • How many versions can I jump from A5V4?

    I want to upgrade. I am using version 4. I've searched the faq and the board to no avail.
    What is the upgrade path for me?
    Tom C

  • #2
    Tom, I see no big rush of folks anxious to tackle your question, so let me hazard a few opinions, while inviting others to contribute their two cents, also.

    1) For desktop applications the big jump was from A5v4 to A5v5. Suggest you peruse the A5v5 forum for threads dealing with compatibility issues. Look for threads that contain words like "A5v5 differences" "version 5 differences", and the like. I remember a very good post by Peter Wayne that summarized the differences that could cause problems moving to v5 from v4. So, check for threads from him as well.

    2) The key thing that I remember is that the syntax for arrays changed. Parentheses are illegal now. You have to use square brackets. This requires a bit of re-coding if you use arrays in your scripts.

    3) Alpha Software made a good attempt at assuring compatibility, however action scripting has been completely re-written (for the better) using an entirely new interface and vocabulary. In other cases you'll find the list of reserved words had gotten a bit longer. If you unfortunately selected one of these as the name for an object in your applications you'll hit a snag.

    For desktop apps moving from A5v5 to A5v7 was much less of a stretch.

    A5v5 and A5v6 have not been upgraded or patched in a long long time. They may never be. If I were you I'd jump right to vers 7.

    -- tom


    • #3
      Go for it

      Like Tom, go ahead and get v.7 Don't let those alphie's tell you there is a big learning curve, Of course there is, but you won't regret it. If you buy ver 5, then 6, then 7 and by the time you get ver 7, ver 8 will probably be out and you will have alot of money invested, so go for the big one. You won't believe the things you can do. With AS it almost programs itself.

      Good luck,


      btw, I have ver 6, and ain't going any higher, getting ready to retire and my wife wants to travel so ain't going to have time to do this much longer.


      • #4
        Re: How many versions can I jump from A5V4?

        Well! It's 5 years later and I have 10.5 and still going. Look's like I am not going to retire anytime soon. This is now a hobby for me and it's a good stimulate for the brain. Seems like I find something new everyday to create in A5. Working on a new app for the company I work for.