Retaining Theme and settings while upgrading to

  1. 2 years ago

    Hi All,

    I wonder how we can retain theme and other settings while upgrading from version to

    I copied database file (*.doo) from to Data Files folder.

    ps, I am using portable version.


  2. Chris

    5 Jul 2017 Developer, Moderator, Beta Tester

    All of the doogiePIM settings for preferences, theme, etc. can be found in the doogiePIM application folder, eg: C:\BiteSpire\doogiePIM\doogiePIMSettings.ini

    Simply copy this settings file over to your new folder and you should find your settings will be loaded.
    Note: Ensure doogiePIM is completely shutdown BEFORE copying the file.

    If you have customised advert server block settings and edited email message signatures, then you'll need to copy over every file in your original "Data Files" folder, not just the .doo file.

    I hope this helps. Let me know how it goes.

  3. Hi Chris, thanks for quick reply. I am using portable version and copying "doogiePIMSettings.ini" file helped retaining theme, toolbar layout.

    Its just home page which couldn't retain the layout and showing General $0.00, No recent doNote Document, recently visited Bookmarks which i deleted in homepage. However its not a big deal and I can delete them again.

    Thanks again.

  4. Chris

    10 Jul 2017 Developer, Moderator, Beta Tester

    Eek! I made a mistake. You should also copy over the file "DatabaseStates.ini". This is where various settings relating to database are saved. Including the Home Page preferences.

    Sorry about that.


  5. Perhaps you can add an import and export option in Settings and Preferences, so you can import your settings after a fresh installation or portable setup.

  6. last year
    Edited last year by Metta

    +1 for adding the option to reimport settings after an update

    Or, even better yet, is there any chance we could have a preference setting to KEEP all custom settings and preferences when updating?

  7. Also wondering if we could have the option to save and export all custom settings and preferences for use in another database?

  8. Chris

    25 Mar 2018 Developer, Moderator, Beta Tester

    Please note, this comments about the settings earlier in this thread is for a very old version and no longer apply to version 2+

    For a complete list of what files to backup and restore when moving doogiePIM to a different computer can be found here:

    Basically, everything is now in the Data Files sub-folder for ease of access. Always backup that whole folder and you're good to go.

  9. Chris wrote: "Always backup that whole folder [data files] and you're good to go."

    Based on a quick review of the help file, it looks like:
    > we need to run the "archive" option if we want to save ALL our "data files" and
    > the current database we want to archive needs to be CLOSED before executing the archive command.

    Is this correct?

  10. Chris

    26 Mar 2018 Developer, Moderator, Beta Tester
    Edited last year by Chris

    The "Archive Files" utility is within doogiePIM. This means to use the zip function, a file must be closed in order for it to be processed by the Windows file system. Therefore, there is an option in the Archive Files window to automatically close the current database for you, of which you will need to reopen it after.

    You don't have to use this facility as it's just a zip files system in case you don't have one yourself. Personally, I always exit doogiePIM and use a batch file that invokes 7zip to backup my data files.


    @echo off
    :: variables
    set SRCFOLDER=C:\BiteSpire\doogiePIM2\Data Files
    set backupfil=%date:~0,4%-%date:~5,2%-%date:~8,2%-
    "c:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a %backupfil%DataFiles.7z "%SRCFOLDER%"
    xcopy "%backupfil%source.7z" "f:\backups"

    7zip can be downloaded from here:

  11. Thanks for clarifying, Chris.

    I'll ask my outstanding question another way:
    > Am I correct in understanding the built-in backup option does NOT include the Data Files?
    > Hence the need for a secondary zip backup? Or does the zip backup serve another, different purpose?

    With my thanks in advance for your patience,

  12. Chris

    26 Mar 2018 Developer, Moderator, Beta Tester
    Edited last year by Chris

    Backup Database

    The command "Backup Database...", located in the Corner Menu and File menu, ONLY backups up the current open database file to a copy of that database saved to a specific location and NOT the whole Data Files folder. It's designed to be a quick backup that retains your important data but things like cosmetics and indexed search isn't included, as this can be recreated without much fuss. It's a lot faster to execute this method and perfect for multiple-times-a-day backups.

    Archive Files

    The command "Archive Files...", located in the Tools menu is designed to backup a group of files together into a single archive file. It can be a backup of your data files or some other folder. It's a tool to be used just like any other zipper utility. But as it happens, it's a fair way of backing up your complete data files which include all your settings, cosmetics, custom reports, etc. It can take a lot longer than the first option so it designed more for an end-of-day backup.

    I hope this helps and sorry if my original explaination was not understable. I tend to think quickly and not realise that others are not an expert in doogiePIM - mea culpa.


  13. Great! This helps immensely, Chris. Very much appreciate the helpful distinction you've provided.

    I'm pleased to report this is how I'm already using the Backup tool -- and I'll plan my end-of-day Archive accordingly. :-)


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