Can anyone help me retrieve my data? I just bought a new IMAC and transferred the data via an external hard drive from a 10 year old IMAC. I cannot open my database. I copied the error message below.
This business database is not valid
Manager data is stored in SQLite database. However it appears the file you are attempting to open is not a SQLite database.
You have not provided sufficient information to positively determine your issue. Most likely, you quite an old version of Manager on your old machine. Then, you downloaded and installed a current version on your new machine. Quite a while ago, Manager changed the structure of its database. For a long time, the necessary conversion software was included in the newer versions. But that was recently removed. Therefore, you will need to update in two stages: first to an older version of Manager that still included the conversion, then to the current version.
You can read the developer’s instructions for the process and find links to the interim version of the software in this thread:
I believe you should seriously consider buying access to the cloud version of Manager at least until you get a later computer. You are likely to find it a cost effective investment.
If you want to pursue your current approach, there are 752 versions listed in reverse chronological order at the link provided. You are correct the particular version you require is not on the first page.
At the bottom of the page there’s next and previous buttons.
I just purchased a new IMAC. That is my issue. When I went to transfer the data for Manager I am not able to open the older data on Manager. I did scroll through the the next buttons but it seemed that I was at the end.
It seems that you are getting frustrated with me. So, I will figure it out or not.
Thanks for your help,
@Betsy, rolling a desktop installation back to an obsolete version of Manager is not a trivial undertaking, as you have discovered. That is why @Patch suggested moving to the cloud edition. Notably, you do not need to open the program to migrate your data to the cloud edition. Your data is stored in a standalone data file in the application data folder. It can be imported to the cloud edition with no Manager version installed at all.