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If you have been using a personalized configuration file in version 4 or 5, you will need to load that file into
version 6 as well. Note that some new configuration items have been added, so you may need to update
your old configuration file. You should be able to share the same configuration files between both versions
Upgrading from v
versions 4 and above are a substantial upgrade from version 3. All the file structures, source
files and configuration files have changed completely.
Therefore, if you are upgrading, you should install version 6 of Hot Potato
over the top of version 3,
overwriting it. We do not recommend keeping both versions on your machine, unless you understand quite
thoroughly how the programs work (especially with regard to source files).
rting Configuration Fil
If you have configuration files that you need to convert from version 3 to version 4+, here is the best way to
1. Start a Potato, and go to the
2. Click on the Load button, and load your old configuration file.
3. Click on
, and save the file with a new name (this is important!).
With the next Potato, follow the same steps -- load the OLD file, and save it with the new name. Do each
Potato in turn, gradually transferring all the old configuration information from the old file to the new one.
You will notice that there are some new configuration settings in versions 4 and 5 that were not there in
version 3; you can set these as you go along, if you wish.
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Version 6.3 has no new features, except that it is free. You will be prompted to register when you start the
application. This process simply asks for your name, and stores it in the system registry; your name will be
inserted into exercises you create with Hot Potatoes, identifying you as the author of the exercises. It will
not be sent to us or to anyone else.
Version 188.8.131.52 adds two new menu items: The Options menu now has two menu items to choose the
source file location, and reset it to the default. See Editing the source files for more information on this.
Version 184.108.40.206 adds a new Show tooltips command on the Options menu.
In Version 220.127.116.11, JQuiz has some refinements in the information shown to students doing the exercises.
After each question, the student can now see how many questions they have completed so far, and when
all the questions are completed, they're told that they've finished. This helps avoid the problem where
students skip questions and then forget that they haven't answered all of them.
Version 18.104.22.168 of Hot Potato
has better handling for its own XML data files, if they've been edited by an
external program. In some XML editors, empty tags may be replaced with self-closing empty element tags.
This behaviour is actually not what the W3C recommends, but it's often done. Such tags would cause Hot
to fail to open the changed files, but that is now fixed.
Version 22.214.171.124 of Hot Potato
introduces only one new feature: case sensitivity in JCross. You can now
create crosswords which use lower-case letters, and have answers accepted or rejected based on case.
Version 6.2 of Hot Potato
introduces support for SCORM 1.2. You can now output your exercises in the
form of SCORM packages which can be imported into learning management systems that support SCORM.
Version 6.1 of Hot Potato
introduces one new feature, Create zip package, which enables you to create
a portable zip archive of your exercise, along with any related media files.
From version 126.96.36.199, this Help file is in the form of an HTMLHelp (.chm) file. That means that a recent
version of Internet Explorer must be installed in Windows before the file will work. It is assumed that
anyone working regularly on Web-based materials will be updating Windows regularly, as a