pbmember
Is it safe to let a new version of an application be downloaded to your computer in Beta form? What's your advice?


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mbaas
There is of course always a health-warning associated to betas, but my personal experience was has been very good: I've been using betas since I'm using PB (2007, after release of V4) and only once did I loose data - when I used an early beta which came with an explicit disclaimer from Harlan. But other than that, they behaved very nicely

And also: the recent betas all did not change data-formats any more, so could always go back to using previous (stable) versions without trouble.

I'd recommend to do a BrainZip (which is generally adviseable) before you start and then go ahead, jump into it

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pbmember

Thanks for your good response. Any other experienced people out there?


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zenrain
I've had the same experience as mbaas.
Ditto on the brainzip prior to running a beta version. I'd also recommend always keeping a prior beta version handy if something is implemented and has an issue that's interfering with your PB use. That way you can always re-install the prior beta.
I think I've only needed to do that twice. That's one per year.

Windows 7
J-1.6.0_22
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OSX 10.6.3
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Shiiko
Generally not dangerous.  I've never lost information.   Worst thing may be that some functionality may not work for a bit; you then report it and the developers usually provide a quick solution to make it work.  You can stay a few versions behind if you want to feel some security. 
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pbmember

I just bought 2 Apple computers (iMac and Macbook) after headaching with PC's for 20 years. I need security after many bad experiences which were more or less perpetual, and so I'm very protective of my new machines.
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