How to upgrade to Acorn?
If your current Bridge has been upgraded to use the new Acorn user interface this document will help you ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.
The new Bridge installation file includes all of the files that you will need to run Acorn and the associated Bridge. Follow these steps below:
- Close the current Bridge if it is running on your computer
- Download the appropriate Bridge from the list of Bridges
- Run the installer for the Bridge.
- Follow the on screen instructions. This will install the Bridge, Acorn, and the Microsoft Runtime Environment.
- The installer will also remove any old versions of the Bridge, and any associated Windows Scheduled Tasks (On Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003, 2008)
- Once the installation has completed you can access Acorn in two ways:
a) There is a shortcut for Acorn on your desktop and looks like: b) Or can be found from the Start Menu:
- XP: Start->Programs->Acorn->Acorn
- Vista/7: Start->All Programs->Acorn->Acorn
Documentation can be found by:
- accessing the Help menu or the User Guide icon in Acorn
- accessing the Acorn User Guide via the Start Menu
- or Online: http://www.discoverysoftware.com/category/support/kb/acorn-docs/
Now that Acorn should be running, you should verify that your data was imported correctly from the old version of the data extractor. Click on the Schools tab in Acorn and ensure that you have all of your schools listed on the left hand side. Make sure that they have green check marks. If there is a problem with a given school you can click on the school and make sure that the settings are correct.
In order to ensure your scheduled tasks begin working again, you will need to set them up again. Acorn makes this fairly simple, once you have verified your schools, click on each school in turn, and at the bottom of the Acorn screen you should see Automatically extract school data. Click the “Update demographic/attendance data automatically” for each school to ensure that they are added to the scheduled task.
You can make modifications to the Scheduled tasks by opening the Windows Scheduled Task window, available via Control Panel in Windows.