Upgrading to SuperMemo 15

Make a backup!

Before you make an upgrade, make a copy of all your collections! This way will be able to try the upgrade procedure again in case you make wrong choices or the conversion does not bring a desired effect. While upgrading, SuperMemo will ask you if you would like to backup your collection. Choose yes (default)!

For more about backup see: Backup.

Conversion to Unicode

SuperMemo 15 uses Unicode throughout the program. All old collections will now need to be converted to Unicode. As this requires some knowledge of System Locale, this page provides the ABC rules for the upgrade.

When you open an old collection, SuperMemo will automatically beging the upgrade. You will first be asked:

SuperMemo 15 needs to convert old collections to Unicode. Please choose:
					
* I use English. Go ahead with the default conversion
* I know what code page or system locale I use in this collection
* Please help me
* Cancel

If you never use foreign languages, and your Windows uses English locale (e.g. US, UK, etc.), you can choose the first option Go ahead. However, if you ever created your collections using foreign non-Latin symbols (e.g. Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, etc.), you will need to tell SuperMemo which code page you want to use for the conversion. If you choose I know what code page or system locale I use in this collection, SuperMemo will help you pick the code page with the following dialog:

Choose a code page for conversion to Unicode:

English (old SuperMemos)
1250 — Central and East European Latin
1251 — Cyrillic
1252 — West European Latin
1253 — Greek
1254 — Turkish
1255 — Hebrew
1256 — Arabic
1257 — Baltic
1258 — Vietnamese
874 — Thai
932 — Japanese
936 — Simplified Chinese
949 — Korean
950 — Traditional Chinese
Other
Cancel

If your code page is not listed here, choose Other, see Microsoft documentation and input the correct code page number.

More help needed

If you choose Please help in the Unicode upgrade dialog, you will get a list of hints that will help you make a conversion:

Please choose the point you are most certain about:

* I use English in English Windows and with an English locale (e.g. US, UK, etc.)
* I do not use plain text components, I only use rich formatting (RTF or HTML)
* I only use incremental reading and I import my texts from my web browser
* I purchased this collection from SuperMemo World
* I created my plain text elements using a non-English system locale, which I know
* I know which code page my collection needs for the upgrade
* I create my collections myself in non-English Windows and/or with non-English locale
* My collection uses a mix of different languages that each requires a different code page
* I have no idea what you are talking about. Please help me
* I do not know, but I want to risk a default upgrade with English defaults
* I want to receive personal help via e-mail
* Cancel

Important!. Several points on this list may hold true for you. Choose the one that you think is closest or which you are most certain of. If the above list does not help, you can always get in touch via e-mail and receive personal help.

Here is the interpretation of the individual options:

  • I use English in English Windows and with an English locale (e.g. US, UK, etc.): SuperMemo will proceed with the default upgrade using 1252 — West European Latin code page
  • I do not use plain text components, I only use rich formatting (RTF or HTML): Only plain text components and titles are affected by the conversion. If you use rich text components, you do not need to care how SuperMemo names registry members. If you ever see incorrect titles in SuperMemo, you can auto-correct each time you make edits to your elements
  • I only use incremental reading and I import my texts from my web browser: Incremental reading relies on HTML and is unaffected (as in the previous point).
  • I purchased this collection from SuperMemo World: Choose this option if you purchased this collection from super-memo.com
  • I created my plain text elements using a non-English system locale, which I know: Use this option if you know the system locale (or the code page) in which you developed your collection (if you used different locales, only locales that were used to create plain text components matter
  • I know which code page my collection needs for the upgrade: Use this option if you know the exact code page number needed for the upgrade
  • I create my collections myself in non-English Windows and/or with non-English locale: Use this option if you use non-English Windows and/or non-English locale. Remember that if you used different Windows or locale settings, this qualifies as a "mixed collection" and you should choose: My collection uses a mix of different languages that each requires a different code page:
  • My collection uses a mix of different languages that each requires a different code page: If you mixed many languages, different fonts, different code pages, different locale settings, etc. the upgrade may not be straightfoward. You would do best by choosing this option to get personal assistance in converting your collection.
  • I have no idea what you are talking about. Please help me:: This choice will open the present web page. If this is still not enough, please ask your questions by editing his page or choose I want to receive personal help via e-mail next time the upgrade help dialog shows up again
  • I do not know, but I want to risk a default upgrade with English defaults: Choose this option if you do not want to waste any more time and you prefer to risk the default upgrade and see how it works out for you. Be sure that you have already made a backup of your collection. Without a backup, you will not be able to reverse the changes!
  • I want to receive personal help via e-mail: Use this option if you want to get in touch via e-mail and receive personal assistance