The versions are installed in completely separate directories so version 4 and version 5 can both be installed and can coexist.
When updating a version which has already been installed on a machine it is strongly recommended to first rename/copy the directory
C:\Program files (x86)\CS_Suite_X
to effectively keep a backup.
Version 5 represents some potentially significant change in file formats with new features not present in version 4, and deprecated or obsolete features that have removed. It is currently in active developement.
MSEdge will probably not let you run this installer directly so:
(CS_Suite is not a certified application).
Under Windows Vista, 7, 8 with Internet Explorer, if you get the dialog box "This program might not have installed correctly" then select [This program installed correctly],
Version 4 and 5 should also run under Linux with Wine but this has not been exhaustively tested.
See instructions for installing CS_Suite_4 under Linux Wine.
Download the following program:
This installer will download the distributed files one file at a time. If the installation is interrupted (either by cancelling the download or disruption of Internet connection) the installer can be run again to continue the download and installation. Options are also available to download only the programs and/or the documentation, or ClimGen.
This is new so if you experience problems please let me know (email@example.com) - Roger
* If you currently use a version of CropSyst (I.e. version 2.xx.xx) which is installed in the directory "cropsyst", that version of the program will not be modified. If you already have a cs_suite directory (an earlier version 3), you should save a copy of that version by renaming the old cs_suite directory before installing this latest version 3.
We also always recommend that you make a backup copy of all your parameter files before using them with with a new version.
All of the parameters files from most previous versions are forward compatible with later versions; however, major version upgrades (I.e. from version 2 to version 3 or to version 4) adds a few new parameters to Crop, management, soils and simulation control files, so you may need to edit your parameter files and add the new parameter values. Also there may be some features, operations which have been so completely redone or replaced with a new features that it is not feasible to attempt to convert the some of the older parameters.
From version 2 to 3 the report format files have a new format (that will allow future versions of the CropSyst report format to be forward compatible) you may need to reselect your output variables in your report format files.