DO 11: How to Upgrade

Upgrading to Opus 11 is not scary!!!

The Directory Opus 11 beta came out on 19 December, 2013. Within hours, rabid fans of Opus (among which I count myself) had jumped on it. Jon's release announcement takes up 47 pages on my Kindle. That gives you an idea of the scope of features introduced by DO 11. A barrowful. Mixed in with the delight and curiosity, I had a tinge of worry that switching over would mean days of reconfiguring. Not at all.

This page aims to guide those who use my toolbars through the easy process of upgrading to DO 11, which has now been released. It has a sister page that takes a look at new features in Directory Opus 11 as I start using them.

To upgrade, you do not need to uninstall DO 10. Here is what I did. Warning: there's no warranty that it will work on your end.

Visit the Upgrade page
✱ Install DO11 and the new License Certificate
✱ If you're on an e-reader such as Kindle, you may want to download the announcement as a PDF on half-letter size paper
✱ Just in case, back up your DO 10 config. After all, you might decide not to upgrade. Prefs button / Backup and Restore / Backup Configuration
✱ Install DO 11 and Reboot
✱ Load the certificate

At this stage, you should have DO11 running, with your tabs and colors. Take a moment to look at the default toolbars. If there's something you particularly like, make a note of it so you can add it later.

But for the moment, our goal is to quickly return to a familiar working environment so we don't have to hunt around for features. This means turning your familiar toolbars back on.

✱ Right-click an empty space on one of the toolbars. Turn on Menu_Playful, Operations_Playful. Turn off the other toolbars unless you want to play with them.
Important tuning. In DO 11, a toolbar's shortcuts can stay active even if a toolbar is turned off. By default, this feature is turned on for the pre-installed default toolbars, so you need to go and turn that off, otherwise the shortcuts will interfere with the Menu_Playful and Operations_Playful toolbars. Alt-click an empty space on any toolbar to enter the Customize menu. Select the Toolbars tab. Click on the first toolbar at the top, without checking its checkbox. At the bottom right, inspect the "Always enable this toolbar's keys in Listers" checkbox. Turn it off if needed. If not, press the down arrow to select the next toolbar—repeat the operation. If you like, enable the feature for Menu_Playful and Operations_Playful.

✱ Next, you may need to adjust the size of your listers.
Now for an important step: Save your default lister: Ctrl + Alt + F5 or Prefs Button / My Lister: Save + Default. This way, when you modify things or launch again, you can come back to the "Happy Place."
✱ Also right-click an empty space on any toolbar and pick Toolbars / "Set as Default Toolbars Set". Otherwise when you shift to a different lister, Opus 11 will revert to the default toolbars. (In DO 11, each lister can have its own set of toolbars.)

I've started to modify my toolbars for Directory Opus 11, and will be uploading them as I go. For those, you may want to visit my page about what's new in Directory Opus 11.

That's it for now: just a quick post to get us up and going.
I'll probably be adding to this page over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, there are raging discussions on the Opus forum.
As usual, feel free to send your comments.

Wishing you good health and lots of fun with Directory Opus 11,


 What's New in DO 11

1-4 of 4 Threads
Marty – Sunny California
March 28, 2014 - 13:45
Subject: Your site

Andy - at the risk of gushing, your site has made me love Opus, which is already pretty awesome. Your toolbars for v10 are great and I am in the process of roadtesting the stock v11 to make sure I see the value of upgrading. I came by your site today just to see if you've made allowances for the upgrade to v11 and am impressed that you're on the job already. Thanks for your work in making a powerful tool even more accessible by dolts like me.
Reply to Marty
March 28, 2014 - 15:11
Subject: RE: Your site

Hi Marty, Nice to hear from you again! Thank you for your compliments, but I'm afraid that compared to the guys at Team Opus, most of us are indeed dolts! :) There are so many features, and it seems to me that unless I dedicated my life to it, I can only manage to use a fraction. Wishing you a beautiful Spring, Andy
Kim Walden – Stockholm, Sweden
March 05, 2014 - 07:50
Subject: Saving a set of listers as a named layout

Thanks Andy, for your wonderful work. I have used dopus 10 for 8 months with your toolbars, and have just upgraded to dopus 11. However, I want to be able to save a set of listers as a named layout to be able to quickly bring them all up when I need them. This can be done using the standard interface through:

Settings/Lister Layouts/Save All Listers

but how can I do this using your Playful toolbars? I seem to have looked everywhere, but cannot find it. Prefs/Save This Lister… Only saves the current active lister, not all open listers to the layout. Grateful for an answer. Best regards, Kim
Reply to Kim Walden
March 05, 2014 - 09:07
Subject: RE: Saving a set of listers as a named layout

Hi Kim, Thanks for your message. I'm going to have to update the site a bit more over the coming days. In the meantime, I attended to your request. In the new zip file, the Menu toolbar now has the function you want under Prefs / Save all listers. Cheers!
Alex – California
March 04, 2014 - 19:40
Subject: DO 11 toolbar changes

Thank you for you hard work, Andy. If it wasn't for your site, it's unlikely I would have ever got to like Dopus and would have missed out on the most powerful file manager in the world. I am upgrading from v10, which I used with your toolbars. Are your v11 settings much different from v10? I customized your configuration quite a bit, so I am reluctant to just install the v11 toolbars if it's just minor changes. Thanks.
Reply to Alex
March 05, 2014 - 07:23
Subject: RE: DO 11 toolbar changes

Hi Alex, Thank you for your kind comments. The changes so far are minor. If you are happy with your toolbars and especially if you have customized them, there is no need to upgrade. Warmest wishes, A
Candy – greenland
December 20, 2013 - 15:07
Subject: the new opus

Dear Andy,

Thanks for the heads up. You are lightning fast! Can't wait to test the new features, especially since you say upgrading is easy. Sincerely,
Reply to Candy
December 20, 2013 - 15:09
Subject: RE: the new opus

Hi Candy, really Greenland? (really, Candy?) Thanks for your encouragements. As for the new features, I'm yet to explore them. Will upgrade the guide as I do. Warmest wishes, Andy

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