Recorder 6 - Information

Upgrades  (Provided free of charge for use only by legitimate holders of an  R6  Site ID  for the purpose of updating their system )


You are strongly advised to keep your copy of Recorder 6 updated to the most recent version. The upgrades contain useful extensions to the functionality as well as bug fixes.  From V6.10 onwards upgrades do not include dictionary updates. These need to be downloaded from the Dictionary Downloads page. You can check which version of both Recorder and the Species Dictionary you are currently using by clicking "Help" and then selecting "About Recorder 6".


You MUST backup of your database and also your  user file and application folders before running the upgrade.  To run the upgrade download and unzip the appropriate file to somewhere on your hard drive. Find file RecorderUpgrade.exe and double click on it. Note that you will need Admin rights on the computer to run the upgrade. After the upgrade has run, open Recorder and check the version details in Help-About Recorder 6. The four index tables must be rebuilt after each upgrade. Cary out your own checks to ensure that R6  is working correctly and that no data  has been lost. If you have modified the database in anyway or changed XML Reports or users files ensure that the upgrade has not affected these. Retain your backups until you are satisfied that R6  is working to your satisfaction.  For release notes covering each version click here.

Upgrade 6.26.2


Upgrade from 6.14.4, 6.14.5, 6.15.4 or 6.16.2, 6.17.1, 6.18.1, 6.19.4,  6.22.2, 6.23.2, 6.24.0, 6.25.1, 6.26.1 to 6.26.2   -  Download:  V6.26.2Upgrade.zip


This zipped file will upgrade Recorder 6 from version 6.14.4, 6.14.5, 6.15.4, 6.16.2, 6.17.1, 6.18.1, 6.19.4, 6.22.2, 6.23.2, 6.24.0, 6.25.1,6.26.1 to the latest version (V6.26.2  build 286). If you have an earlier version of Recorder 6, you will first need to upgrade to 6.14.4 using the upgrades below. Upgrade 6.26.2 fixes a two bugs in 6.26.1 and provides an updated version of help.  The version should read '6.26.2.286’ and the database version ‘000000AX’.  Release notes Rec6v626_ReleaseNotes.doc


Users who have already upgraded to 6.26.1 must also download and run dictionary upgrades up to 0000003X. This will resolve issues with the ‘Redundant flag’  which is preventing some species from being used for data entry.

Upgrade  prior to 6.26.2

These zipped files will upgrade Recorder 6 from the earliest version to 6.13.3. Run each upgrade in turn starting with the one appropriate to your current version. However, if  upgrading from a very early version  it is suggested that you ask for help on the Forum before starting. In some circumstances you may be better off transferring your data into the latest version.


Upgrade from  6.13.3 to 6.14.4 - Download:  V6.14.4Upgrade.zip

Upgrade from any version of Recorder 6 (earlier than 6.7.2) to 6.7.2

Upgrade from 6.7.2  to 6.9.3

Upgrade from 6.9.3 to 6.10

Upgrade from 6.10 to 6.13.3

Upgrade 6.28.0 (16 December 2017)


Upgrade from 6.14.4, 6.14.5, 6.15.4 or 6.16.2, 6.17.1, 6.18.1, 6.19.4,  6.22.2, 6.23.2, 6.24.0, 6.25.1, 6.26.1/2, RC6.27 to 6.28   - Download:  V6.28.0Upgrade.zip


This zipped file will upgrade Recorder 6 from versions 6.14.4.  If you have an earlier version of Recorder 6, you will first need to upgrade to 6.14.4 using the upgrades below. Upgrade 6.28  incorporates the changes made in the Release Candidate Version (6.27).  The version should read 6.28.0.287 and the database version B5.  Release notes Rec6v628_ReleaseNotes.doc


Upgrade 6.29.0 (Release Candidate )  - Database Version to 000000BW - Upgrade from 6.28.0 only


This is a Release Candidate Version which we believe to be suitable for use on a live system, but could possibly have some undetected bugs.  Download:  6.29UpgradeReleaseCandidate.zip.   Any changes to this version will be provided as a new release. If necessary we will provide immediate fixes for any show stopping bugs. Only install this version if you are in a position to o  run an additional upgrade if  required. Release notes are provided in the zip file. Please read these before installing and make sure you back up your database and other files as detailed above. Retain your backups until you are satisfied that R6  is working to your satisfaction.  Report any issues directly to  mike@Lfield.co.uk   - 01635 820904 (07900 218617) .   


This upgrade has been tested on SQL Server 2008, 2014 and 2016.  Nothing has been done which will stop it working on earlier versions and it  should still work with SQL  Server 2000  and SQL Server 2005.  R6 will run on SQL Server 2017 and the only reported problems have been fixed in this release, however, insufficient testing has been done on SQL Server 2017 for us to be sure that there are no hidden issues.