Notes on 9

Upgrade Notes on Accordance 9 (edited March, 2013)

Upgrading from Earlier Versions

Accordance 9 will only reliably upgrade a version 8 installation. Earlier Accordance programs should be upgraded to version 8 first (OakTree will supply a free code for the installers if requested when you place your order for 10).


First Time User -- Easy Install

  • Download the Accordance 9 DMG and drag the icon to Applications.
  • Run version 9. It will take you to the Easy Install window.
  • Log in to your online account and select your modules for installation.

First Time User -- DVD or CD-ROM

Previous Accordance user

In OS X Accordance 9 is now installed directly in the Applications folder.

You must be an admin of the computer in order to run Accordance for the first time. You should also have permission to modify all the Accordance files in the Accordance folder. If the installer encounters a Preferences file for which you do not have permission, it will abort the migration. You should then use Get Info in the Finder to set the permissions on your Accordance folder to yourself as the admin, and apply them to all enclosed items. You can then try to run Accordance 9 again.

Accordance 9 on OS X will reorganize your Accordance files, and move any unnecessary files to the desktop. Accordance will run in Applications, and the related files will be in user/Library/Application Support/Accordance/. Your preferences and saved files are in the same locations as before, in ~/Documents/ and ~/Library/Preferences/.

Installation and Reorganization Details

The first time you run Accordance 9 it checks whether you have an installation of Accordance version 7 or 8 in order to update that copy. It will ask you to find it if it is not in Applications/Accordance folder.

Accordance will migrate the following to /Library/Application Support/Accordance

Accordance Preferences
Atlas files/Time data
Gloss Folder
Read Mes and Manuals & Documents
Text, Tool, and Parallels modules that were actually installed in your older Accordance

The previous Accordance folder will be moved to your desktop, and relabeled Previous Accordance folder so that you can retrieve any other files from it before deleting it.

The Module Installation Log in Accordance Preferences records the results of each move.

In Classic systems, OS 7.5 through 9, there is no migration of the files.


Accordance will update your user preferences with the paths to the new locations of the modules.

Some user Preferences: Text Sets, Tool Sets, Search All groups, and Favorite modules will be converted to the new User Groups and the settings files for the old items will be moved to the desktop.

Error messages when running Version 9

  • If you get the message that Accordance was unable to migrate the files, the permissions of your Accordance Folder need to be modified.  Go to the Accordance Folder "Get Info" window and make sure your permissions are set to Read & Write for your user.  Click on the padlock in the bottom of the info window and then on the black gear and go to "Apply to Enclosed Items"

    Once those permissions have been changed, move the Accordance folder to Applications (if it isn't there already) and launch Accordance from the Application that is now in your Applications Folder.
  • If you get the message that An error has occurred while Accordance was trying to migrate your modules to a new location

    Please check in the hard drive /Library/Application Support/Accordance
    and user/Library/Application Support/Accordance

    If you see Accordance Preferences there, you just need to find the missing files. Accordance may have failed to move them because they were not in the Accordance folder, or because you do not have permission to change them.

    You can look in any Accordance folders elsewhere on your Mac for these files and move them to /Library/Application Support/Accordance:
    Atlas files folder
    Time data
    any files ending in words, roots, .info, .format, .syntax
    Read Mes and Manuals & Documents (into a folder called Documents)
    Text modules to Modules/Texts
    Tool and Parallels modules to Modules/Tools

    Almost always simply placing these files in position allows Accordance 9 to find them and run correctly. You can then check through and discard the old Accordance folder, once you are sure everything is running well.

Installing Modules from Older DVDs and CD-ROMs into Version 9

You can run older CD-ROM installers for version 7 or 8 as before, then run Accordance 9 and it will move and add the files as necessary. Please check that the newly installed Accordance folder is in Applications, and move it there if it is not. Do not run the older Accordance version installed from the disk.

Older CD-ROMs (up to and including version 6): please see the Installing Old Disks.

Exception: the Graphics DVD

  1. Follow above installation instructions but DO NOT run Accordance.
  2. Open two Finder windows: Application Support/Accordance and Applications/Accordance folder.
  3. Move from Applications/Accordance folder to Application Support/Accordance: Atlas files (a folder), Time data, Map Settings, Timeline settings, User Items, User Layers.
  4. Run Accordance 9.
  5. Open a map window, select a portion and open the 3D. It will ask you to navigate to Altitude data in Atlas files, and select it.

The downloadable module installers do not work with Accordance 9 on OS X. Please use Easy Install in the Accordance menu instead.

Accordance 9 and the PC Emulator

Accordance 9 is still compatible with Mac OS 7.5 to 9 and so will run in Windows on the BasiliskII emulator. Easy Install is not available, but the other new features including Syntax are fully implemented.

Files are not reorganized, except for the Preferences.

Accordance 6 must first be upgraded to 8 in order for Accordance 9 to include the old modules and settings.

The emulator on 64bit Windows 7 and Vista will not read a CD-ROM nor a Mac DVD. Special PC DVDs are available to install files from our DVDs into BasiliskII. Other specially formatted files can be downloaded (links provided on request). The downloadable 68K installers are also compatible with version 9.