Supported Legacy Reflection, Extra!, and KEA! Files in Reflection Desktop

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This technical note lists legacy file types supported by Reflection Desktop products. These include files created using legacy Reflection products (version 14.x and earlier), Extra!, KEA!, and several third party products.

Note: For Reflection 2014 or 2011, see KB 7021495 instead.


Enabling Support for Legacy Files

In the Reflection Desktop installers, all legacy Reflection, Extra!, and Rumba compatibility features are enabled by default.

Figure 1: Reflection Desktop feature selection.

Supported Reflection Legacy Files

The following Reflection legacy files are supported:

File extension
Reflection for UNIX and OpenVMS Settings File
Reflection for Secure IT Settings File
Reflection for REGIS Graphics Settings File
Reflection for IBM Settings
VBA Macro File
FTP Settings File
Mainframe Transfer Request File
AS/400 Transfer Request File
Reflection Command Language Scripting File
Reflection Basic Scripting Files
Reflection Macro File

Supported Extra! Legacy Files

File extension
Extra! QuickPads
Extra! Toolbars (read only)
Extra! Display Session
Extra! Keyboard Map
(.ekm files can now be browsed for in the keyboard map file picker)

Extra! File Transfer Schemes
Extra! Layout Files *
Extra! Basic Macros
Extra! Basic Header
Extra! 3270 & 5250 File Transfer List (beginning in version 2011 R2)
Extra! 5250 File Transfer Scheme (beginning in version 16.0)

*Extra! layout files are one type of Extra! macro. To run Extra! layout files in Reflection, you must create a file association with the .elf file extension. Follow these steps:

  1. Copy your .edp and .elf files to \Documents\Micro Focus\Reflection.
  2. Double-click an .elf file in the \Documents\Micro Focus\Reflection folder.
  3. Windows will prompt you for a file association.
    1. Browse to the Reflection install directory and select ebrun.exe.
    2. Select the check box to always use this program to open this type of file.

Supported KEA! Legacy Files

The following KEA! file type is supported.

File extension
KEA! configuration file

Supported Third Party Macro/Script Files

You can run a majority of macros created by the following products. The macros run directly without conversion.

File extension
OpenText/Hummingbird HostExplorer - Hummingbird Basic macro
Brandon Systems/Jolly Giant QWS 3270 macro
Micro Focus Rumba macro
IBM Personal Communications macro
IBM Personal Communications VBScript

For more information about running macros, see

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Troubleshooting Legacy Files

If you have problems with your legacy files, review the following issues.

Trusted Location

If your Extra! .edp files are stored in Program Files\Attachmate\EXTRA! (and not in \My Documents), and you open the .edp files in Reflection , then an error displays: "Unable to open because it is not in a trusted location." To resolve this error, add the .edp file location (path) to Reflection's Trusted Locations (specified in Reflection Workspace Settings).

Custom Configuration File Location

If you open an .edp file that refers to other custom configuration files (for example, a custom keyboard map file), the custom configuration file must be in either:

  • The “schemes” subfolder in the “Default legacy EXTRA! directory” (configured in Reflection Workspace Settings), typically My Documents\Attachmate\EXTRA!\schemes, OR
  • The same location as the .edp file

If no custom configuration file is found, Reflection will use a default file, and you may think that the Extra! custom configuration settings have been lost.

In Reflection Desktop, when an .edp session file is opened and a custom keyboard map is found, a new .xkb file is created. To determine if Reflection Desktop found the custom keyboard map, open the Manage Keyboard Maps dialog and look at the filename being used (.ekm or .xkb). If Reflection cannot find the keyboard map file, defaults are used.

Additional Information

Legacy KB ID

This document was originally published as Attachmate Technical Note 2807.

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