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3.9 Full Release

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    Q: What do I need to know if I'm upgrading from a previous version of D20PRO to the new 3.9 release?

    A: Three key things for installing 3.9 when an older version was in use prior.

    1) Install 3.9 into a new folder so as to not overwrite your original version. This is to ensure you can access campaign data in the original version in the event auto-conversion doesn't work 100% with your previous version.

    The older the previous version the harder the conversion to 3.9 is for us to manage automagically!

    v.3.9 does represent a significant bump in the capabilities and data D20PRO is managing. this does mean some of the core data structures had to change to make the new system and ensure we can continue improving it.

    2) When migrating an old campaign to 3.9: We advise opening your previous version of D20PRO and closing all the maps. This will save all creatures, markers, and other map objects into a clean state in the library. You can either save the map over the original library object or save a copy with the current state, your choice.

    Then close the campaign and copy the campaign folder to the new install location.

    Alternately, you can export the maps and creatures from the old version, so long as they are not encrypted. Then import them into a new fresh campaign built-in 3.9. This can be a bit more time consuming than moving things forward by copying the folder, so we advise you try the folder copy first.

    3) Lights have received a major overhaul and the image size used for lights is optimized in 3.9. If you have lights from a map build prior to 3.9, you'll want to go through the map and remove the light and re-add it using the 3.9 lighting mechanic. Alternatively, you can open the Draw Tools->Fog of War->Lights and go through each one and edit the light.

    Editing a light and saving it with a minor change will force the system to rebuild the light image and dramatically improve speed, performance as well as the appearance of the lights!
     
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    Q: Some of my players are seeing Lock icons instead of map art. How do I fix this?

    A: This is resolvable by having the player close their session and restart. When they restart the application, double-check the memory setting at the bottom of the launcher. The Player should have a memory setting that matches the GM's memory setting. For example, if the GM has 2GB of RAM allocated to the game, then the players should all be running with 2GB RAM settings.

    As a group, you may need to set your RAM settings to match the lowest common memory size. We advise a minimum setting of 2GB with 4GB or more being particularly nice to have.

    In the case that the memory settings are fine, a reconnect may also resolve the issue and is worth trying before starting down a network connection speed investigation path! If you suspect that networking is involved. reach out to us in the Tech Support channel for further assistance.
     
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    Q: Why did my spell casting classes lose their spell tabs after upgrading to 3.9 and how do I get them back?

    A: First, don't panic. The 3.9 update includes a massive number of changes to how spellcasting works. This required some changes at the most fundamental levels and may require that you remove your spellcasting class from a creature and re-add it. If you've followed the advice regarding upgrading, you should be able to open the campaign in the previous version and note any spell selections.

    To cleanup update, the spellcasting for a caster who's not providing a spells tab simply remove the class, then Apply the changes. Open the creature to edit again, then add the class back to the creature and set it to the appropriate level.

    Note, the spell selections will be reset during this process, so again, you can reference the previously installed version to recover the list or just make the selections again.

    The new mechanic is designed to be much more versatile going forward so as to avoid this kind of issue with future updates.
     
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    Q: My firewall is setup correctly but we still cannot connect for some reason. Any ideas?

    A: Yes indeed! Both Windows and OSX have a file AND firewall permissions system that were extended in recent updates. If you are not automatically prompted to add exceptions for these elements, you'll need to add the exception manually.

    For OSX, this is done via the Security Panel and you can tell it to allow read/write access to the D20PRO directory. For Windows, you want to open the Windows Security panel and add exceptions to the Firewall & Network protection area as well as the App & Browser control options.

    Please reach out to us in the #technical-support channel if you need assistance or check the guide for hosting a game instructions here:

    http://guide.d20pro.com/gs_hosting_a_game.html
     
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