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Old 08-19-2017, 08:22 AM   #1
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Default What's needed to edit data files...

The answer to this question may be something that is over my head, but nothing ventured and all that...

I once enjoyed editing data files for GCA's predecessor (GCB) but that was many moons ago. I don't seem to see the same ability in GCA.

What software/tool/magic ritual is used to edit the data files for GCA? I tried using just Wordpad to edit the text, but it denied me permission when I went to save the file. Do I need something considerably more advanced (read: expensive)?
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: What's needed to edit data files...

No, though I would recommend Notepad instead of Wordpad. Personally I use the completely free Notepad++ for maintaining all of the data files used by GCA.

The reason why you got the permission denied warning is because you were trying to save it back in the Program Files\GURPS Character Assistant 4\ folder. By default newer versions of Windows does not allow users to save, modify, or edit files in those directories without elevated permission. You should be able to save in the Documents\GURPS Character Assistant 4\data files\ folder and the data files you've saved will be made available in GCA4 with a slightly different color hightlighting in the Data Sets window.

There is a lot more information in the GCA FAQ post 12 and post 13
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:10 AM   #3
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No, though I would recommend Notepad instead of Wordpad. Personally I use the completely free Notepad++ for maintaining all of the data files used by GCA.

The reason why you got the permission denied warning is because you were trying to save it back in the Program Files\GURPS Character Assistant 4\ folder. By default newer versions of Windows does not allow users to save, modify, or edit files in those directories without elevated permission. You should be able to save in the Documents\GURPS Character Assistant 4\data files\ folder and the data files you've saved will be made available in GCA4 with a slightly different color hightlighting in the Data Sets window.

There is a lot more information in the GCA FAQ post 12 and post 13
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: What's needed to edit data files...

I like notepad++.
**edit Eric answered this more clearly than I did refer to his post. I started this and walked away, came back and finished it later**

The permission thing sounds like an issue with where the files are located. Note that anything in C:\program files or C:\program files (x86) is going to require administrator permissions to modify. My recommendation is to copy whatever file you are wanting to work with and paste it in c:\users\*your username*\documents\GURPS Character Assistant 4\ before editing it.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: What's needed to edit data files...

Strangely enough, when I did an edit in Notepad instead of Wordpad, the permissions thing didn't come up.
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