I know that Monarch Report Explorer v5 is an older, minimally supported piece of software, and that it's not expected to be fully compliant with newer systems. But I have an interesting problem with it on a Windows 7 machine and wanted to know if anyone had any ideas that might resolve the issue.
We receive .prf files from a customer, and due to regulations they are unable to send them to us in other formats, so we have to work with their .prf files (plus we have a long history of their files we'd need to work with if we ever had to go back in time for something).
When we open the .prf in MRE, we are able to export the reports in certain situations.
1. We can export to a brand new file (type up a brand new name).
2. We can export to a similarly named, similar name-length file (we select a file in the Save interface "062311" and can rename to "062411").
3. We can export to a shorter-named file (we select a file in the interface "062311" and can save as "06231", having deleted the last "1").
All these result in a brand new file, and the original "062311" was not overwritten.
However, if we try to extend the file name of a similary named file, it tries to overwrite the original file we selected. For example, we select the file "062311", and want to modify the name to "062311_CompanyA" in the save interface. This normally should create a new file "062311_CompanyA", but MRE attempts to overwrite the first file "062311". This also occurs if we try to rename it to "062411_CompanyA". We can of course type up the full name new (see example 1 above), but some of our naming structures are complex and it can be quite annoying to have to do this for as many reports as we may export. Also, this could lead to inadvertent overwrites of older files we actually want to keep.
I have tested this on other Windows XP machines we have and it does not result in this error. So it is something in the Windows 7 OS that seems to be the problem, but maybe someone knows something I can try. Otherwise I will have to search out another way of opening .prf files as we move our last machines to Windows 7.