Brandy redux -> Error: Unexpected file format (7/14/2009 5:53:42 PM)
When opening a saved calendar collection, the error message "Unexpected file format" appears. This can occur when the file becomes damaged.
However, it should be noted that this can also occur when an attempt is made to open a *.bcc file in a version of Calendar Creator which is older than the version that was used to create the *.bcc file. This happens because Calendar Creator *.bcc files are not backward compatible.
Recovering Calendar Collection from Backup
Calendar Creator™ can automatically create backups of calendar files so that the data can be recovered if a file becomes damaged.
In WinXP, you should be able to find those *.bak files in this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Broderbund Software\Print\Calendar Creator
In WinVista, you should be able to find those *.bak files in these folders:
C:\Users\All Users\Broderbund Software\Print\Calendar Creator
C:\ProgramData\Broderbund Software\Print\Calendar Creator
If a *.bak file is found, it should be possible to recover that file by renaming the file with a *.bcc extension, then opening that file in the normal manner.
Note: If no file appears that matches the name of the calendar collection that does not properly open, no backup was created for that calendar collection. Skip to the Importing Event Data into New Calendar heading below for alternative instructions.
Importing Event Data into New Calendar
If no backup is available, the event data may still be recovered by creating a new calendar and importing the event data from the original file. Formatting, such as the color of the dates, font used for events, or images added to the project, is not retained.
Perform the following steps to import the event data into a new calendar.
1. Launch Calendar Creator™ and create a new Ready-Made Calendar or Basic Calendar.
2. Click the 'File' menu, choose 'Import', and choose 'Events'. An 'Open' dialog will appear.
3. Navigate to the location of the *.bcc calendar file that will not properly open.
4. Select this calendar then click on the 'Open' button. The events from the selected calendar should appear in the newly created calendar collection.
If there is no *.bak file to recover, and if the *.bcc file is too damaged to import, the only option would be to create an entirely New Calendar from scratch.