Before You Update Your Image… Part II

SOLO 6.0.3 Update is now available! 

The 6.0.3 update, MSI and Mac Package installers are now available for Version 6 of SOLO, Draft:Builder, Read:OutLoud  and Write:OutLoud. Changes include a replacement dictionary for the Franklin Dictionary.

The SOLO, Draft:Builder, Read:OutLoud, and Write:OutLoud 6.0.3 updates, MSI and MPKG installers will update the following:

  • SOLO 6.0.0, 6.0.1, and 6.0.2 to 6.0.3
  • Co:Writer 6.0.0 and 6.0.1 to 6.0.2 (there is no 6.0.3 version)
  • Draft:Builder, Read:OutLoud, Write:OutLoud 6.0.0, 6.0.1, and 6.0.2 to 6.0.3

For Unlimited Site Licensed customers, you may request your MSI and MPKG Installers by clicking here, fill out the web form, and click the Submit Form button on the page. Processing may take 5-7 business days. If you have already filled out the web form, please be patient as we are processing a backlog of requests. Requests are processed in the order that they were received. Thank you for your patience.

The 6.0.3 Windows (.exe) and Mac (.app) update installer(s) will replace their respective 6.0.2 update installer(s).Click here for the 6.0.3 Update.


If you have SOLO 6, Read:OutLoud 6, Draft:Builder 6, Write:OutLoud 6, or Co:Writer 6 and you installed with an MSI/MPKG installer previously, you would need to install with an MSI/MPKG installer again.

If you installed with an EXE/APP installer previously, you would need to install with an EXE/APP again

Or if you are an Unlimited Site License customer, get the MSI/MPKG installer, uninstall what was originally installed with an EXE/APP installer and install with the MSI/MPKG installer.

Please forward this newsletter on to your IT department and/or personnel for notification. MSI and MPKG Installer requests may take between 5-7 business days to process.

Q&A – 6.0.3 related

Q: Do we have to update our products (mentioned above)?

A: No.

Q: Is there a cost to update from version 6.0.0, 6.0.1, or 6.0.2 to 6.0.3?

A: No.

Q: I have a previous version of SOLO, Co:Writer, Draft:Builder, Read:OutLoud, or Write:OutLoud. Is the 6.0.3 update free for me? 

A: You would need to upgrade your product to version 6. You must have version 6.0.0, 6.0.1, or 6.0.2 to get the 6.0.3 update. Contact Customer Service at 1.800.999.4660 ext. 771 to request a quote to upgrade your previous version. 

Q: What is new in the 6.0.3 update?

A: We have a new dictionary in the latest update (6.0.3) to Read:OutLoud, Draft:Builder, and Write:OutLoud. The Oxford American Children’s Dictionary replaces the Franklin Dictionary.

Q: Why did we make this change?

A: We found that the Oxford Dictionary includes more of the words students are looking up–especially content-area vocabulary and new terminology.

Q: What other changes, if any are there in the 6.0.3 update?

A: We also replaced the spell-checker with a brand new Talking Spell Checker–one that also does a better job identifying words that weren’t in the Franklin Dictionary.

Before you put together that Image…

Verify that the system requirements have been met for those products you are installing. Click the following link to browse over Don Johnston’s product system requirements:

Installation order is important to know when setting up your next Image.

For setting up a fresh image we have a little advice to help you out along the way. If you have purchased multiple products of ours throughout the years, make sure that you install the older programs first. Then apply the newer programs next.

A prime example is SOLO 6 and Start-to-Finish Core Content. You would want to install Start-to-Finish Core Content first, then install SOLO 6. If you install SOLO 6 first, you are going to see many issues, ultimately leaving you with a headache, user complaints and non-functioning software.

Remember, install the older programs first and then the newer/newest ones next to better handle legacy compatibility. Not sure which product came first?

Click here for our Products Version History page.

Click here for the System Requirements page.

Are you working on Images? Below are links to the latest available updates:

Available as of June 2011:

Click here for the SOLO 6.0.3 update.

Click here for the Read:OutLoud 6.0.3 update.

Click here for the Write:OutLoud 6.0.3 update.

Click here for the Draft:Builder 6.0.3 update.

Available as of December 2010:

Click here for the Co:Writer 6.0.2 update.

Click here for the Co:Writer University

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