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Frequently Asked Questions
This in-depth FAQ is broken down into sections and should answer the most commonly asked questions about RapidWeaver Classic and the forthcoming RapidWeaver Elements. If your question is not answered below, head to the RapidWeaver Community.
You can continue to use RapidWeaver 8 for as long as you like. Upgrading to RapidWeaver Classic 9.x is optional.
There are many features and fixes that have gone into RapidWeaver Classic. Best of all, it's 100% compatible with all your existing projects and addons.
RapidWeaver Classic requires macOS 10.14 or newer.
Yes, if it worked with RapidWeaver 8, it will work with RapidWeaver Classic 9.x.
Yes. All plugins, themes, and projects work in RapidWeaver Classic.
Yes, ALL RapidWeaver 8 projects are 100% compatible with RapidWeaver Classic.
When you open an existing RapidWeaver 8 project it will be upgraded to a RapidWeaver Classic project and saved as a copy with the extension .rwc — your original project will not be modified.
Once you've upgraded a project you should remember to always edit and work on the newer one with the .rwc file extension.
Just like most software, newer save files are not backwards compatible.
So while RapidWeaver Classic will open RapidWeaver 8 files, RapidWeaver 8 cannot open RapidWeaver Classic files.
We have no plans to release RapidWeaver Classic on the Mac App Store. This may change in the future should the demand be there for it.
Yes! RapidWeaver 8, and RapidWeaver Classic can be installed alongside each other. they can even share the same addons folder.
RW8 and RWC share the same bundle ID and the Finder uses that to populate Launchpad. We did this so it was easy for users to upgrade, if we change the bundle ID, Sandboxing prevents the new app from accessing the same files/resources/addons - it’s a bit of a nightmare for users upgrading.
The Finder picks the newest app with the same bundle ID, so in this case, it will choose RWC.
Both apps are still installed on your Mac and can be found in the Applications Folder. There is no issue running them side-by-side.
YES! RapidWeaver Classic is a Universal app and compatible with both Intel and Apple Silicon-based Macs. To take advantage of RapidWeaver on M1 Macs, you’ll want to make sure all your plugins are up-to-date. If some of your installed plugins are not Universal, they will not run in the native version of RapidWeaver. If a plugin isn't compatible with Apple Silicon you will see the following error:
RapidWeaver Failed to load some plugins
PluginName: Couldn't obtain plugin principle class
To make older plugins (that are not Universal) run on an M1 Mac you'll need to install Rosetta for macOS. Apple has a guide on how to install Rosetta. Along with information on how to enable it on a per App basis. However, by running RapidWeaver under Rosetta, you'll lose some of the huge speed improvements M1 chips can bring. Please check with the developer of any plugins you're using to see if they are available as Universal builds.
Ideally, you'd always want to add code or make any changes in the project and re-publish the website. That way, the RapidWeaver project is the master file. In theory, you can edit the HTML/code once it's been exported. However, your changes will get wiped out the next time you upload your website from RapidWeaver. If you're wondering about the best way to do something, you can always get help on the RapidWeaver Forum. It’s always best to make changes in the original RapidWeaver project file where possible. It’s always best to make changes in the original RapidWeaver
If you need to migrate projects or open older projects, but no longer have your license number, you can use the ones provided below.
Warning: Older version of RapidWeaver are no longer supported. We recommend upgrading to RapidWeaver Classic 9 or newer.
RapidWeaver 7 Project files have a .rw file extension. RapidWeaver 7 licences are a string containing numbers and letters.
RapidWeaver 6 Project files have a .rw6 file extension. RapidWeaver 6 licenses are very long, and start with RMS.
RapidWeaver 5 project files have a .rwsw file extension. RapidWeaver 5 licenses contain three words separated by a dash.
RapidWeaver 4 project files have a .rwsw file extension. Licenses for both RapidWeaver 3.6 and RapidWeaver 4 start with RW3SN.
RapidWeaver 3 project files have a .rwp file extension. Licenses for RapidWeaver3.5 and earlier start with RWPL.
Use the following license to register a copy of RapidWeaver 3.5: RWPL.4408.58.1978.1891