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The package does not say Eclipse 5 software on it. However, new keys came with it so I just assumed that's what it is.
I am affraid do load it up because of all the problems people have been having. Anyone know if they fixed the problems?
Eclipse tech support say it's okay. But remember, if your scopist is not on Eclipse 5, then you will have to export your file as an RTF file so that your scopist can edit it.
Ecl files created in Eclipse 5 ARE NOT compatible with earlier versions.
I have been using Version 5 for months now, and I am not having any problems. Most of the issues had to do with Windows 7/64, but they have been corrected.
It is true that 5 and 4 are NOT backwards compatible. Re-tranning or exporting with RTF are necessary to go from 5 back to 4. I always just re-tran for my scopist.
If you decide to try it, there will be no harm because you will have two versions of Eclipse on your computer. If you decided you don't like 5, you can always just not use it. It does not change any of your files or settings in version 4.
I must say though, the edit features in 5 are out of this world. They make editing a no-brainer because the program is extremely intuitive.
In addition to that, the Autobrief feature makes recommendations for briefs, and it also reminds you of things you forgot about in your dictionary with "Reminders" It will also include entries with numbers, which is something I personally have been waiting for.
I say go for it: you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!