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Sun, Mar 14, 2010 3:22 pm

Changing the Location of the Data File for Sierra Hallmark Studio Deluxe

By default, the data file used to store calendar events for Sierra Hallmark Studio Deluxe 1.0 is located in the directory c:\program files\Sierra\CardStudio\Data. The file that holds the event data is PLANR32.DAT. You will also see backpage.cc1 and PLANR32.BAK in the same directory. The location of the file is stored in the Windows registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sierra OnLine\Hallmark Card Studio\Deluxe\1\Paths\DataPath.
c:\>reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sierra OnLine\Hallmark Card Studio\De
luxe\1\Paths" /v DataPath

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sierra OnLine\Hallmark Card Studio\Deluxe\1\Paths
    DataPath    REG_SZ    c:\program files\Sierra\CardStudio\Data

You can change the location by editing the registry with regedit or by using the reg add command. E.g., if you wanted to have Card Studio Deluxe store events at a shared network location where multiple computers running the software could use the same data, you could alter the registry to point to that location. E.g., to point to a shared directory \\Server\Sierra\CardStudio\Data, you could use the following:

c:\>reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sierra OnLine\Hallmark Card Studio\Delu
xe\1\Paths" /v DataPath /t REG_SZ /d \\Server\Sierra\CardStudio\Data /f
The operation completed successfully.

References:

  1. Sierra's Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe Data Location
    MoonPoint Support

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Tue, Nov 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Sierra's Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe Data Location

Sierra's Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 1.0 creates a registry entry to indicate where it stores event planner calendar entries and address book entries. The registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sierra OnLine\Hallmark Card Studio\Deluxe\1\Paths might have the following information for a default installation.

Value name:DataPath
Value data:c:\SIERRA\CardStudio\Data

On a Windows XP system, you would find the PLANR32.DAT file it uses at that location. However, on a Windows 7 system, the data might actually be stored in PLANR32.DAT in another location specific to the user account from which the data is accessed, .e.g for a user with an account name of Liza, the data directory would be C:\Users\Liza\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\SIERRA\CardStudio\Data, assuming you selected the default location for installing the software rather than putting it under C:\Program Files\SIERRA\CardStudio as I would do. The PLANR32.BAK backup file it creates when you update the data would be in the same location.

Note: the VirtualStore registry entry is an example of Registry virtualization. According to Microsoft, "Registry virtualization is an application compatibility technology that enables registry write operations that have global impact to be redirected to per-user locations. This redirection is transparent to applications reading from or writing to the registry. It is supported starting with Windows Vista."

But, you can have Card Studio look elsewhere by changing the regsitry value for DataPath. E.g. you could have the program on two systems look in a directory at a network location for the data, so that the two systems would share the same data. For instance you could put \\MyServer\Shared\Sierra\CardStudio\Data in that registry entry to have it look on a system named MyServer with a directory shared as Shared. Note: you will have to run regedit from an administrator's account to be able to update the registry entry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sierra OnLine\Hallmark Card Studio\Deluxe\1\Paths

Value name:DataPath
Value data:\\MyServer\Shared\Sierra\CardStudio\Data

References:

  1. Hallmark Card Studio Software
  2. Registry Virtualization
    Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN)

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