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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:06 am 
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I used Overture 2 and created several dozen .OVE files in 1999. I would like to convert these to MusicXML.

I still have the old software, but I doubt that it will even install on Windows 10, and I really don't want to install anything from that era on my computer.

Do you think the Overture 5 can read the OVE files created in 1999?

If so, if anybody is interested in converting some of these to XML for me, I'd be happy to pay a fair price for that effort. Please contact me with a private message.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:12 am 
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You can install the free VirtualBox (from Oracle) in your Windows 10 machine and install an older operating system (Windows XP or Windows 7) on it, and then install your older version of Overture in the VirtualBox to work with your old files. (I have two "legacy" programs I run that way.) But doesn't Overture 5 open files from older versions? It will even open Score Writer files.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:55 am 
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DrLeonard wrote:
You can install the free VirtualBox (from Oracle) in your Windows 10 machine and install an older operating system (Windows XP or Windows 7) on it, and then install your older version of Overture in the VirtualBox to work with your old files. (I have two "legacy" programs I run that way.) But doesn't Overture 5 open files from older versions? It will even open Score Writer files.


Thanks for the tip about VirtualBox. I might try that for some other legacy software I have. I haven't actually used Overture for 20 years, so I'm trying to avoid purchasing an upgrade I will not really use.

However, if I can confirm that Overture 5 can open Overture 2 files, then maybe the upgrade is the cleanest path. This is done for a 501c3 educational charity, so I believe the educational upgrade price should apply.

Can anybody confirm Overture 5 can open Overture 2 files?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:22 pm 
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Here is one.
Thanks.


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File comment: Test of file created in 1999 under Overture 2
Score.ove [100.31 KiB]
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:29 pm 
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cparmerlee wrote:
TenorAlan wrote:
Can you post one of such and I'll check.


Glad to. Here is one.
Thanks.


Won't open in O5. Throws an error message that O5 can't completely open O2 files
and can only import basic symbols... But then O5 shuts down.
I tried to fool it by renaming the file to .ovex, but same result.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:35 pm 
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Snorlax wrote:
cparmerlee wrote:
TenorAlan wrote:
Won't open in O5. Throws an error message that O5 can't completely open O2 files
and can only import basic symbols... But then O5 shuts down.
I tried to fool it by renaming the file to .ovex, but same result.


OK. Thanks for checking. That's too bad. But that version is from two or three companies ago, so I guess I can't expect that much compatibility.

That is a lesson for everybody to make sure they have their old projects saved at least in PDF, if not also MusicXML.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:11 pm 
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cparmerlee Ove5 rendition.ovex [42.75 KiB]
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This is your score converted to the Overture 5 (latest version) format. The trumpet and trombone lines need some cleaning up as far as the sound is concerned (this is fixed by deleting the slurs then reapplying them), otherwise it’s a workable score with potential. Unfortunately, at measure 26 there is something that chokes Overture5. This may be a fixable issue.

While I could convert this score, there is no guarantee that I could repeat the process with your other scores.

Edit: If I delete all the content from measures 26 and 27 the score plays back correctly. I can't seem to isolate the issue.

Edit 2: It appears that an errant slur was causing the problem. It now plays back correctly without choking Ove5.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:08 pm 
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cparmerlee Ove5 playable rendition.ovex [42.51 KiB]
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This one is playable after some corrections. Nice sounding score.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:11 pm 
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Merv wrote:
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cparmerlee Ove5 rendition.ovex


This is your score converted to the Overture 5


Thanks. How did you get past the problem with the program bombing when opening the file? Did you have to go back to Overture 3 or 4?

I don't have anything except Overture 2, and I don't want to put that on any computers if I can avoid it. I don't mind buying the Overture 5 upgrade, but I don't think I would be able to get the in-between releases.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:20 pm 
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The file opened for me in Ove4. I then saved it in the Ove4 format. I then opened it in Ove5 and saved it in the Ove5 format. I then made various corrections so that it would play back correctly and resaved it.

We could try it again with another one of your scores. You could PM me if you’re concerned about copyright issues.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:14 pm 
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In your original post you asked for an .xml file. I misread what you were asking for. Here it is warts and all.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:21 pm 
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Merv wrote:
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cparmerlee Ove5 playable rendition.musicxml


In your original post you asked for an .xml file. I misread what you were asking for. Here it is warts and all.


Nice. I was able to take that XML into another program and it worked great. It is pretty impressive that there is a chain back to 1999. In this case, it appears the key is to use Overture 4 to reach back to Overture 2. See PM for additional information.


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The next release (5.6.2.4) will open this and other files.

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