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Old October 20th, 2016, 08:32 AM   #16
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I also tested it with a 8.20 file, here's the log result
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10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: ****** NEW FILE ENTERED LANDING ZONE ******
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: MER dragged into the landing zone
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: MER dropped onto the landing zone
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: 64bit 7z is installed
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: Argument passed to 7z:  e C:\Users\*****\Documents\mer_ver\temp.mer -oC:\Users\*****\Documents\mer_ver -r -aoa
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: Launching 7z
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: 7z has completed with exit code: 0
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: Information read from the extracted file: 3820
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: The MER was created in an unknown version
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: reading PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION file
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: Unable to determine the APA/MER original architecture
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: APA/MER was created for ME
10/20/2016 08:31:10 - INFO: You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone
Edit: Attached a zipped copy of the version file from the .mer
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File Type: zip VERSION_INFORMATION.zip (175 Bytes, 30 views)

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Old October 20th, 2016, 08:37 AM   #17
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Sorry, I should have posted that information too:

10/20/2016 8:35:56 AM - INFO: File Version: V1.4.0.0 has loaded
10/20/2016 8:36:07 AM - INFO: ****** NEW FILE ENTERED LANDING ZONE ******
10/20/2016 8:36:07 AM - INFO: APA dragged onto the landing zone
10/20/2016 8:36:08 AM - INFO: APA dropped onto the landing zone
10/20/2016 8:36:08 AM - INFO: 64bit 7z is installed
10/20/2016 8:36:08 AM - INFO: Argument passed to 7z: e C:\Users\jkerekes\Documents\mer_ver\temp.apa -oC:\Users\jkerekes\Documents\mer_ver -r -aoa
10/20/2016 8:36:08 AM - INFO: Launching 7z
10/20/2016 8:36:11 AM - INFO: 7z has completed with exit code: 0
10/20/2016 8:36:11 AM - INFO: Information read from the extracted file: 3820
10/20/2016 8:36:11 AM - INFO: The MER was created in an unknown version
10/20/2016 8:36:11 AM - INFO: reading PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION file
10/20/2016 8:36:11 AM - INFO: Unable to determine the APA/MER original architecture
10/20/2016 8:36:11 AM - INFO: APA/MER was created for SE
10/20/2016 8:36:12 AM - INFO: You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone

Also this is an APA file for FTView SE Local Station; it isn't a .MER file. Oh, wait, it does say that.
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Old October 20th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #18
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Alright, I posted a 1.4.1, sorry for that, I was doing it in a hurry, and I don't have files to test against. Plus I hadn't looked at the code in a while, now that I look at it, I probably would have done things a little different!

The invalid file thing at the end is related to my attempt to figure out the 32bit/64bit thing, which isn't reliable.

My log files say dumb things, I'm kind of embarrassed. Some things seem funny until you see them on the internet. "Like, totally..." Ugh.

If this doesn't work, it would be nice to get a MER and APA, or I will install the latest in a VM when I get time.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 10:22 AM   #19
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It works! It can't determine that is was made on Windows 7 x86 though. I have to upload some samples.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 11:06 AM   #20
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What is a way that you can determine if a file was done in 32 bit or 64 bit?

I run into these a lot with no history or paper trail.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 11:48 AM   #21
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You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone


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My log files say dumb things, I'm kind of embarrassed. Some things seem funny until you see them on the internet. "Like, totally..." Ugh..
I thought it was hilarious.

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Old October 21st, 2016, 11:50 AM   #22
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What is a way that you can determine if a file was done in 32 bit or 64 bit?

I run into these a lot with no history or paper trail.
I just poked around through the files from an unzipped APA/MER and looked for differences. The thing I stumbled on that I thought would be the ticket was a file called PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION. It seemed that a value saved in that file gave a clue. I need to revisit it though to see if I can make it more reliable, it's been a while since I've dug into it.
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Old December 22nd, 2017, 09:38 AM   #23
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Just letting you know it's still being used and appreciated. I received an MER file to make some changes and I wanted to make sure I sent a compatible file back. This helped me get it done.
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Old December 22nd, 2017, 03:33 PM   #24
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Just letting you know it's still being used and appreciated. I received an MER file to make some changes and I wanted to make sure I sent a compatible file back. This helped me get it done.
Right on man! Glad it helped!
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Old April 6th, 2018, 01:43 PM   #25
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First: A big thank you for this nice software! It has been really helpful.

I've noticed you put a new version (1.4.3) in your download link. Could you tell us what's new?

Thanks again!
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Old April 6th, 2018, 02:27 PM   #26
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I'll do a changelog from now on.

I added identification of newer MER/APA versions.
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Old October 18th, 2018, 03:13 PM   #27
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I just started using this tool, but every file that I .mer or .apa file I use outputs the invalid file error. Is this normal? I included a sample log below.

10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: ****** NEW FILE ENTERED LANDING ZONE ******
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: APA dragged onto the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: APA dropped onto the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: 64bit 7z is installed
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: Argument passed to 7z: e C:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver\temp.apa -oC:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver -r -aoa
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: Launching 7z
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: 7z has completed with exit code: 0
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: Information read from the extracted file: 370
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: The FactoryTalk project was created in V7
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: reading PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION file
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: APA/MER was created on a 32 bit machine
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: APA/MER was created for ME
10/18/2018 1:54:33 PM - INFO: You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone


10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: ****** NEW FILE ENTERED LANDING ZONE ******
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: MER dragged into the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: MER dropped onto the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: 64bit 7z is installed
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: Argument passed to 7z: e C:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver\temp.mer -oC:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver -r -aoa
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: Launching 7z
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: 7z has completed with exit code: 0
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: Information read from the extracted file: 370
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: The FactoryTalk project was created in V7
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: reading PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION file
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: Unable to determine the APA/MER original architecture
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: APA/MER was created for ME
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone
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Old October 18th, 2018, 03:19 PM   #28
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I just started using this tool, but every file that I .mer or .apa file I use outputs the invalid file error. Is this normal? I included a sample log below.

10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: ****** NEW FILE ENTERED LANDING ZONE ******
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: APA dragged onto the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: APA dropped onto the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: 64bit 7z is installed
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: Argument passed to 7z: e C:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver\temp.apa -oC:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver -r -aoa
10/18/2018 1:54:27 PM - INFO: Launching 7z
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: 7z has completed with exit code: 0
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: Information read from the extracted file: 370
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: The FactoryTalk project was created in V7
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: reading PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION file
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: APA/MER was created on a 32 bit machine
10/18/2018 1:54:32 PM - INFO: APA/MER was created for ME
10/18/2018 1:54:33 PM - INFO: You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone


10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: ****** NEW FILE ENTERED LANDING ZONE ******
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: MER dragged into the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: MER dropped onto the landing zone
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: 64bit 7z is installed
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: Argument passed to 7z: e C:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver\temp.mer -oC:\Users\****\Documents\mer_ver -r -aoa
10/18/2018 1:52:50 PM - INFO: Launching 7z
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: 7z has completed with exit code: 0
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: Information read from the extracted file: 370
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: The FactoryTalk project was created in V7
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: reading PRODUCT_VERSION_INFORMATION file
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: Unable to determine the APA/MER original architecture
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: APA/MER was created for ME
10/18/2018 1:52:53 PM - INFO: You totally dropped an invalid file onto the landing zone
Are you dragging/dropping it from a network drive, or is it on the local file system? Try doing it from your desktop.

edit: Nevermind, that isn't the issue. It looks like the part trying to figure out whether it was created with FTVS 32 bit or 64 bit wasn't successful. I found what I thought was a good way to detect that, however as more people used it, I found it wasn't that reliable. I don't really have the means of testing all the possible configurations of OS/Software architectures and version. Plus when application are converted from 32 bit to 64 bit, they were a little different.

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Old October 18th, 2018, 03:42 PM   #29
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Are you dragging/dropping it from a network drive, or is it on the local file system? Try doing it from your desktop.

edit: Nevermind, that isn't the issue. It looks like the part trying to figure out whether it was created with FTVS 32 bit or 64 bit wasn't successful. I found what I thought was a good way to detect that, however as more people used it, I found it wasn't that reliable. I don't really have the means of testing all the possible configurations of OS/Software architectures and version. Plus when application are converted from 32 bit to 64 bit, they were a little different.
That's fine, I'm super happy with the file version. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. As long as the file version isn't impacted I'm good.
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Old October 23rd, 2018, 03:10 PM   #30
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Would it be possible to get the source code? I want to add to the log the name of the file I dropped in.
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