|You might want to
print this page and the installation
page before you go on, so you have the instructions for downloading
in front of you.
If you already have Wordcorr, export your data collections to back
them up before you upgrade the program. For
any data collections you've been working on in an earlier version,
select each one and click File | Export XML. Save each file as a backup in the folder that you set aside for
To download Wordcorr, we take you
(on the installation page) to the
Wordcorr section of a working Web site called SourceForge.net. It
holds the technical information for over 10,000 Open Source
projects including ours. You will land on Wordcorr's
"Summary" page. Scroll down toward the bottom.
The file you download will be
either the first or the second one on the wordcorr section
of the list of "packages," which are sets of related
files. To see the second file, click on "View ALL Project
Files" under "Latest File Releases."
- The first file has "upgrade" in the file name. It is
for people who have already installed some version of Wordcorr.
They already have Java Runtime Environment, the other enabling
software that Wordcorr uses, installed in a part of the hard
disk where the new release of Wordcorr knows where to find it.
- The second file has "install"
in the file name and "w/ VM" in the file title, and
is larger than the upgrade file. The VM stands for
"virtual machine," a copy of the Java Runtime
Environment, without which Wordcorr won't work. All versions of
Wordcorr rely on its being in a known location, because they
use standard modules in it to perform some of their tasks.1
Notes. To the left of each file in the list is a book-shaped
icon. Clicking on it brings up the Release Notes for that file.
Please click on the notes and read them before you download the
One of the first things Release
Notes tells you is whether you need to search for a folder called
".wordcorr" (that's DOTwordcorr) and delete the four
files in that folder. Occasionally upgrades to Wordcorr involve
minor changes in Wordcorr's internal database, and in that
case, the information stored in .wordcorr needs to be removed so
that the new version can put the new structure there.
And if the Release Note says you
have to erase the contents of the .wordcorr folder, then after you
install the new download you'll have to reimport the backups you made (see the "Warning" paragraph at the top of the
page). Use File | Import XML to bring each one back into the
If the Release Note says you don't
need to erase the contents of the .wordcorr folder, then you don't
need to reimport the backup files either. But you need the backups
anyway, and should send a copy of them to a safe place by email.
Now for the actual downloading and
1You may have the JRE already
installed somewhere on your computer, but Wordcorr won't know where
it is. Given the information capacity of computers in 2006, having
two copies aboard probably won't stress out your system.