Most people install DietPower on their home computer. The program can be legally copied onto other machines as well, however¾so long as the copies don't violate the agreement made with DietPower when the program was first installed. (See License Agreement with DietPower, Your.)
Usually, a second installation is made on your office computer, so you can log the foods you have for lunch or the workouts you do in the company gym. This presents a problem: How can your office computer know what you logged for dinner last night¾and how can your home computer know what you did at the office?
The answer is the Travel Bag, a utility that lets you make a backup of your records that you can carry back and forth between computers, or just keep in case the files on your hard drive are destroyed or corrupted.
Besides your eating and exercise records, a Travel Bag backup stores your favorite foods and favorite exercises, your daily weight entries, your goal weight and target date, your calendar notes, your personal preferences from the Options Menu, your choice of Home Screen, your password, and everything else that distinguishes you as a user. In addition, it stores all the foods, recipes, and exercises that you and other users of your installation of DietPower have added to the dictionaries.
One Thing a Travel Disk Won't Do
It won't transfer the DietPower program itself to another computer¾it transfers only personal records between existing installations. To install the program on another computer, you must either download the program from our website (www.dietpower.com) or use the CD-ROM that you got from us.
Your Travel Bag can't carry records between computers unless you enroll in both installations of DietPower with the same first name and birth date, because these are used for naming the personal subfolder that contains your records. If the two subfolder names don't match, the program won't be able to copy records from one to the other.
Will a Travel Bag backup work in different versions of Windows?
If your home computer uses a later version of Windows than your office machine¾or vice versa¾you needn't worry. DietPower will pass your records back and forth without complications.
Will a Travel Bag backup work in different versions of DietPower?
Yes and no. Copying records from one version to another can damage them. It depends on which direction the records are traveling. To make sure it's safe:
Check the build date
on both installations of DietPower, by clicking Help > About Diet
Power at the top of the Home Screen.
(The build date is the day DietPower released the version¾not the day you installed it. Build
dates may differ even if the version numbers match.)
Never copy records from a newer build to an older one. The rule is: Always copy from the same or an older build…to the same or a newer build.
If this sounds confusing...
...just upgrade both installations to the same build, and your records will always be safe. You can download the current build from www.dietpower.com. It will be a 15-day trial copy at first, but you can order a Spare Key to make it work permanently if you've already bought a license for the same version number and it's being used only by people who live in your household. To get a Spare Key, click the Buy Now button that appears each time you start up the trial, and follow the instructions that appear.
What if my records won't fit on a single diskette?
If you're putting a Travel Bag backup on a diskette and the records are too large, DietPower will prompt you to put in a second diskette, then a third and a fourth¾however many you need.
For a typical user, personal records grow at a rate of 200 kilobytes a month, or about two megabytes per year. At that rate, they will fill a standard 1.44-megabyte diskette in about seven months. If you keep a lot of calendar notes or use the same diskette for other files, however, it may run out of room much sooner. Solutions:
Use a larger storage medium, such as a CD or a thumb
Use the Purge function described in Options,
Email your records instead of carrying them on a disk. See "E-mailing Your Records," below.
To make a travel disk:
(Note: This may take several minutes the first time you do it, because DietPower must copy all of your logs for each day since you enrolled in the program. After that, it will copy only those that have changed since you last used the travel disk.)
Put a diskette or other storage medium (we'll use the word disk as a generic term in these instructions) into the drive where you want to copy your records. (In these instructions, we'll assume it's the A: drive.) You can use either a new disk (if it's been formatted) or one previously used as a travel disk. (A travel disk can contain other files besides DietPower's, provided there is enough space on the disk.)
From the Home Screen:
click the Travel Bag button:
open the User Menu (by clicking the word User) and choose "Travel Bag." The Travel Bag should open with its Export tab on top.
If it's not already selected, click the radio button
next to "Back up my records by zipping and copying them TO this drive
In the COPY TO field, enter the address to which you
want to copy the records, either by typing in the address or by clicking
the Browse button and navigating to it.
Click OK. DietPower will zip and copy from the hard
drive all of your DietPower records that are newer than those already
on the travel disk. (Two exceptions: The files named PERSONAL.INF and
HISTORY.INF are always copied, even if they're older. Their contents are listed in Personal
Records, Your.) Then DietPower will remove the Travel Bag dialog,
leaving you back at the Home Screen.
If you're on your way home or to the office, don't forget to remove the travel disk and take it with you.
To copy records from a travel disk to a second machine's hard drive:
Put the travel disk into the drive from which you want
to copy. (In these instructions, we'll continue to assume it's the A:
From DietPower's Home Screen:
click the Travel Bag button:
open the User Menu (by clicking the word User) and choose "Travel Bag."
Click the Import tab.
In the SOURCE field,
enter the address from which the records are being copied, either by typing
in the address or by clicking the Browse button and navigating to it.
Click OK. DietPower will copy form the travel disk all of your files that are newer than those already on the hard drive. (There are two exceptions to this rule¾see Step 5 under "To make a travel disk," above.) Then DietPower will remove the Travel Bag dialog, leaving you back at the Home Screen. The program should now reflect virtually all the work you've done on your other computer.
Instead of copying your records onto a diskette or some other physical storage device, you can email them from one location to another. On the Travel Bag's export tab, just click "Zip and send my records TO an email address" and follow the instructions that appear.
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Last Modified: 7/1/07