SignBank 6.0 and SignBank 7.0

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Feb 8 16:18:31 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
February 8, 2006

Hello Anny and Everyone!
The new SignBank that Todd completed yesterday is SignBank 6.0,  
because it was created with, and works with FileMaker 6.0. Right now,  
I only have SignBankUS 6.0 posted for download...I hope to post some  
other countries in 6.0 too...

But there is more to this story...

The current version of FileMaker is 8.0! Everytime we have to upgrade  
our SignBank to fit with a new version of FileMaker it costs our non- 
profit money...Right now I have the funding to pay for the upgrade to  
7.0...So in around a month, there will be a SignBank 7.0, that will  
look and work the same from the users point of view, but internally  
will fit better with SignPuddle and SignText, because it has some of  
the modern features needed for programmers to coordinate their  

So there will be a SignBank 7.0 in about a month...

SignBank 6.0 for Mac OS 9 cannot be updated to SignBank 7.0 will never be able to update to a new version if you use  
Mac OS 9...which is a very old operating system...

But if you use SignBank 6.0 for Mac OS X, you can update to SignBank  
7.0 automatically later...

So obviously it is to your advantage to get a Mac OS X computer...

And I have to re-vamp all the lessons I started, to match this new many thanks for the French translations, but it is  
best that we stop on SignBank until you have a new computer and we  
have SignBank 7.0!

Don't you agree?

Val ;-)


Anne-Claude Prélaz Girod in French-Switzerland wrote:

> Ok I'll try that!!
> thanks tfor this change
> just a question... what happens if I download the MacOs 9  
> version... can I then switch to the MacOsX version if I need to  
> change my computer ??? (mine is getting old) I wouldn't like to  
> have to restart it from the beginning... if I'll have to change  
> anyway is it better to start right away with the MacOsX version....  
> (in which their is the swiss french version ??)
> what do you think??
> Let me know
> I'm thinking of getting a Mac Mini (Mac Os X.4, ...)... which I  
> could use with my acutal screen.... or maybe event buy a new  
> laptop...! which I could use when I teach the different workshops!!
> Hope to hear from you soon!
> Anny
> De : "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at>
> Répondre à : sw-l at
> Date : Wed, 8 Feb 2006 04:12:21 -0800
> À : sw-l at
> Objet : [sw-l] SIGNBANK Now a Mac OS 9 version!
> SignWriting List
> February 8, 2006
> Hello Anny and Everyone!
> I am happy to tell you that we now have a Mac OS 9.2 version of  
> SignBank. We also have a Mac OS X and a Windows version.
> So Anny - If you do not get a Mac OS X computer, you can use  
> SignBank on your OS 9 computer!
> The new SignBank is the same except that it does not require ANY  
> password to do editing. I asked Todd to dismantle the password, so  
> that people can use the database without the frustration of not  
> knowing the password...
> Plus, the Lessons database is included now, when you download. This  
> means that it is a larger download than before, so more people will  
> need to get the CD...but in the long run it is better for people to  
> have the Lessons Database open while using SignBank, since all the  
> Help files are right there for you, when you need them...
> At the moment, the new versions are only ready for the US version.  
> Want to try to download it, Anny, to see if the 9.2 version works  
> for you? I can teach you how to change to French within the US  
> version:
> SignBank US Download
> Tell me what happens!
> Val ;-)
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