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A question about MS Binder [Jan. 2nd, 2007|03:17 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Microsoft Office 2000 (and certain earlier versions) came with an application called Binder. It allows the user to take a collection of Office documents (Word and Excel files, for the most part), bind them together, and treat them as if they're a single file.

Office 2003 didn't have Binder. It had a tool which would unbind Binder files and drop all the component document files into a single directory, but no mechanism for re-binding them, and no mechanism for working on files within a binder.

There's a workaround which involves installing Office 2003, and then installing Binder from the Office 2000 CD and changing the file association so that Binder files open in Binder 2000 instead of in Office 2003's unbinder applet.

Does anyone know if there's a new improved (and supported) MS Binder in Office 2007, or if there's a compatible Binder application from a third party, that's going to still be supported after Office 2000 reaches end-of-life?

[User Picture]From: the_magician
2007-01-02 03:53 pm (UTC)
As far as I can determine, MS Binder died after Office 2000 .... though support for unbinding continues ... I haven't seen a 3rd party replacement (until you mentioned it, I didn't even know it existed and I've been using Windows since at least Windows 2)

"Microsoft Office Binder
The last version of Microsoft Office to include the Office Binder is Office 2000. However, a utility to extract all Office files from a Binder file is included in Office 2002 and in later versions of Office.

For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
281931 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281931/) "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action" error message when you open a Binder file
822622 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822622/) Description of Office Binder support with Office 2003 and Office XP products"


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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2007-01-02 03:58 pm (UTC)
this isn't really the same thing at all, it's a new paradigm for storing student's work in a virtual three-ring binder with tabs etc.

So more of a PIM than a way of automatically zipping and unzipping directories of files (which I think is the closest way of doing what MS Binder did) ...

... though since recent versions of Windows seem to support handling zip files directly, that might be a useful work around ...
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[User Picture]From: sbisson
2007-01-02 04:08 pm (UTC)
No, no Binder post Office 2000.

You'll get much the same effect though with a Groove 2007 workspace.
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