Setings lost on upgrade to Pathfinder 6, can I get them back please!?

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20 Apr, 2012 09:19 AM


The new Pathfinder 6 looks great, however I was very annoyed that it immediately lost all my open tabs, all the fonts shrunk back to default size, and all my custom button layout disappeared! Please tell me there's a way to get it back without hours of manual work??

  1. 1 Posted by creek1 on 20 Apr, 2012 05:15 PM

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    I also would like to get my settings back!

  2. 2 Posted by Garry on 27 Apr, 2012 01:17 PM

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    Hi Creek1, did you ever find a solution to this? Cocoatech eventually replied to one of my messages denying any problem and suggesting I just go back to V5! It's a real shame as I love this app :-(

  3. 3 Posted by attyinfo on 27 Apr, 2012 02:04 PM

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    With this post, here are the (current) Lost Six of Pathfinder Six.

    1. Loss of customized tabs
    2. Lost of customize buttons
    3. Default to different window size and fonts
    4. Loss of the listing of “devices” in slide panel/ drawer
    5. Loss of customized folders & documents in slide panel/drawer
    6. Loss of customized nameS for labels (E..g “Red” used to be “Problem File”

    I don't expect these to be fixed. The price of getting new features & improved cosmetics to market in PF6 —without consideration of the 6 listed issues above—will leave its loyal customers who have optimized their PF5 wondering why they changed. My expectation is that this $20 upgrade will cost me about 2 hours of professional time to try and concoct a fix.

    I have used other software products that cost $20 to buy and $200 of my time to fix, however this is the 1st time it's happened with cocoa tech. I am disappointed.

  4. 4 Posted by sket on 27 Apr, 2012 03:28 PM

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    I don't believe it. All my customised settings are gone!! Can I get them back if I revert to v5? Can I restore settings from backup in TimeMachine? Anyone know which file contains the settings??

  5. 5 Posted by Garry's Gmail on 27 Apr, 2012 03:30 PM

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    They told me the settings will return if I revert to V5, but I'm halfway
    through setting them up again and don't want to risk it!

  6. 6 Posted by sket on 27 Apr, 2012 03:39 PM

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    I found out how to restore in another discussion here:

    Thank god for that. That must have been the quickest restore to previous version I have ever done. About 5minutes from upgrade to restore to previous! No way will I upgrade to V6 until they fix this problem. The whole benefit of Pathfinder to me was the customisation. If I cannot apply all my carefully constructed changes to a new upgrade then what is the point??

  7. 7 Posted by Garry's Gmail on 27 Apr, 2012 04:02 PM

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    That's useful to know thanks. It's a big shame they didn't warn us of this
    in advance, as you say the great power of Path Finder is in the
    customisation! Also very disappointing that they ignored my support
    requests on this issue for a whole week. It's a major mistake to cause
    such hassle to your biggest fans.

  8. 8 Posted by Michael on 27 Jun, 2012 02:56 AM

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    I'm sorry, everyone, for the extremely delayed response. We're finally digging our way out of the support avalanche from the PF 6 release.

    We had to make some tough decisions concerning PF 6's customization. Many of Path Finder's more obscure options were absorbing significant development focus and were causing other more prominent features to stagnate. Path Finder's codebase has grown quite complex over the years - we've had to start pruning.

    That said, user feedback drive's Path Finder's development. We've already reintegrated a few small features that we had mistakenly thought there wasn't much demand for. We'll keep tabs on what people are saying about PF 6's customization options.

  9. Michael closed this discussion on 27 Jun, 2012 02:56 AM.

  10. attyinfo re-opened this discussion on 29 Jun, 2012 06:04 PM

  11. 9 Posted by attyinfo on 29 Jun, 2012 06:04 PM

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    I think I understand Pathfinder v6 marketing strategy much better now:

    Entranced by new technologies and indifferent to what your current customer
    base used (because it never occurred to you to ask by survey or otherwise),
    PF added product value that PF thought would create enough new sales to
    justify the losses arising from your formerly loyal customers whose features
    were axed.

     Cutthroat software capitalism at its finest. Congratulations!

    Virtually Submitted,
    Gary D. Bollinger
    St. Louis, MO 63116-3523
    <[email blocked]>
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    Reproduction or forwarding of this document, except for response or
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  12. 10 Posted by Garry on 29 Jun, 2012 06:13 PM

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    Thank you Michael for finally replying. I'm not sure how carefully you read the above, but most of the lost settings are NOT features which have been removed.

    It's probably a bit late now to be sorting out a fix anyway.

    I still love Pathfinder but hope that any future upgrades (and support) will be better managed.

  13. 11 Posted by Michael on 29 Jun, 2012 07:31 PM

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    Garry, I apologize, I misunderstood. Many users had performed various customizations to PF 5 which we've removed (e.g. background images, custom colors, and various window element layouts).

    These upgrade issues unfortunately didn't come out during our beta test. My best suggestion is to try to restore Path Finder 5's preferences from a backup if you have one, otherwise you may just need to restore settings by hand. I wish I could offer a better solution.

  14. Michael closed this discussion on 29 Jun, 2012 07:31 PM.

  15. attyinfo re-opened this discussion on 30 Jun, 2012 10:46 PM

  16. 12 Posted by attyinfo on 30 Jun, 2012 10:46 PM

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    I determine several weeks ago that certain PF5 customized settings were lost
    and not recoverable: the time machine option expired before the downgrade
    option was realistic and my 30 years experience on the Mac OS platform have
    never produced good results with a downgrade.

      I have moved on from my anger at Pathfinder 5 and its troubled upgrade
    issues: I will continue to use the product and find it superior to other
    options that I have looked at. Pathfinder 6 is, on balance, an excellent

     In closing, I do note my appreciate that you cared enough to respond to a
    disgruntled customer: that reassures me that the company still cares about
    producing a quality product‹this which bodes well for further upgrades of
    Appreciatively Submitted,
    Gary D. Bollinger
    3827 Gustine Avenue TEL: 314.771.2889
    St. Louis, MO 63116-3523
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    From: Michael
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    Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:31:44 -0400
    To: Gary Bollinger <[email blocked]>
    Subject: Re: Setings lost on upgrade to Pathfinder 6, can I get them back
    please!? [Problems & Questions]

  17. Damazio closed this discussion on 02 Jul, 2012 01:00 PM.

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