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    Info Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Quote Originally Posted by steelypan View Post
    Hi Egg

    Thanks! I managed to download the app from a previous thread I found. My DOS knowledge isn't great. Can you help with the following:
    1. Where do I locate the downloaded ExpandXar.exe? Is that important?
    2. I've created a folder on the C: drive called Xara in which I've put the corrupt file, and used the CMD prompt to change the directory to this folder. I've named my corrupt file "fix.xar"
    3. What do I name the <output>? Do I just create a random name, and do I add the extension .xar?

    Sorry for the questions, I'm just not sure how to follow the instructions from the original thread!

    Steelypan
    Steelypan, place ExpandXar.exe in your C:\Xara folder. I would rename this folder to ExpandXar so you never confuse it with anything else.
    In the CMD window:
    C:\Users\steelyspan>cd C:\ExpandXar
    C:\ExpandXar>dir *.*
    Directory of C:\Expandxar
    ...
    <datetime> ExpandXar.exe
    ...
    <datetime> fix.xar
    ...

    C:\ExpandXar>expandxar fix.xar mended.xar
    C:\ExpandXar>dir *.*
    Directory of C:\Expandxar
    ...
    <datetime> ExpandXar.exe
    ...
    <datetime> fix.xar
    ...
    <datetime> mended.xar
    ...


    Basically, run ExpandXar.exe in what ever directory it is in but add your broken file to the same directory.
    The name of the repaired file is unimportant.
    If you forget to add an extension, you can alter it later.

    Acorn

    Fuller instructions: ReadMe.txt

    The zipped executable: ExpandXar.zip
    Acorn - installed and active Xara software: Cloud+/Pro+, XDPX, XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7, Xara Xtreme 5, back through time (to CC's Artworks).
    Raise software faults with MagiXara: http://support.magix.net/; if Cloud+/Pro+: https://xara.com/contact-us/

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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Quote Originally Posted by Acorn View Post
    Steelypan, place ExpandXar.exe in your C:\Xara folder. I would rename this folder to ExpandXar so you never confuse it with anything else.
    In the CMD window:
    C:\Users\steelyspan>cd C:\ExpandXar
    C:\ExpandXar>dir *.*
    Directory of C:\Expandxar
    ...
    <datetime> ExpandXar.exe
    ...
    <datetime> fix.xar
    ...

    C:\ExpandXar>expandxar fix.xar mended.xar
    C:\ExpandXar>dir *.*
    Directory of C:\Expandxar
    ...
    <datetime> ExpandXar.exe
    ...
    <datetime> fix.xar
    ...
    <datetime> mended.xar
    ...


    Basically, run ExpandXar.exe in what ever directory it is in but add your broken file to the same directory.
    The name of the repaired file is unimportant.
    If you forget to add an extension, you can alter it later.

    Acorn

    Fuller instructions: ReadMe.txt

    The zipped executable: ExpandXar.zip
    Hi Acorn

    You've been really helpful - thanks! Frustratingly, all I get is "PrepareImport Failed"

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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Steelypan, perhaps you could attach your (corrupt) xar file here so we can see if anyone else can open it?
    Egg

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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Quote Originally Posted by steelypan View Post
    Frustratingly, all I get is "PrepareImport Failed"
    that really does sound like it did not save correctly

    if you open a new blank notepad [text] file and dragdrop the xar into it you will see what is there - you won't be able to read it, but if there is hardly anything there, the file may well be empty - it should at least have a header with a xara program reference at the begining such as:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2021-12-18 09_46_02-tig out - Notepad.png 
Views:	24 
Size:	5.7 KB 
ID:	131209

    if it does not, then the likelyhood of anyone other than xara/magix being able to do anything with it is remote, but as egg said if you can upload it here we can but try; if not it's a support ticket I would think, or bite the bullet and recreate
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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Quote Originally Posted by Egg Bramhill View Post
    Steelypan, perhaps you could attach your (corrupt) xar file here so we can see if anyone else can open it?
    Hi Egg. Here it is. I've opened in notpad and there's plenty there - it's 1,532KB

    Thanks again.fix.xar

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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Quote Originally Posted by steelypan View Post
    Hi Egg. Here it is. I've opened in notpad and there's plenty there - it's 1,532KB
    Thanks again.fix.xar
    It is well off. I'm afraid your last resort will be asking Xara.

    Acorn
    Acorn - installed and active Xara software: Cloud+/Pro+, XDPX, XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7, Xara Xtreme 5, back through time (to CC's Artworks).
    Raise software faults with MagiXara: http://support.magix.net/; if Cloud+/Pro+: https://xara.com/contact-us/

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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    Yes, ditto.
    Egg

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    Default Re: Error Message opening .xar file

    there is a 'header' but it is way down in the middle of the file; have to agree with the previous two, sorry
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    no,of couse not - we used to, but since then we have taken a great step forward...
    Wyrd bi ful ard

 

 

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