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From: "Jim Byram" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Re: Changing File Locations (was Project Files In My Documents)
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 20:42:40 -0400
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John Davis wrote:
> This subject is triggering a bit of angst for me. This looks like trouble
> approaching on the horizon. I don't know whether to fight or flee, and I'm
> really too old and fat for either.
Take a deep breath. It'll pass. <g>
WinVista isn't out yet and will need to mature on the vine for a while after
it comes out so you are in no rush.
> What are some of the considerations and caveats we should be aware of if
> we undertake to separate our program and data files, speaking mainly of
> TMG? How do we insure that every program can find its non-program files?
> What is a good way to begin this process, using TMG as an example? I'm
> thinking that with exhibit references, Second Site references to TMG
> projects, special UDF folder, etc., that this could get hairy if one were
> not meticulous.
TMG itself will need to take care of the program data files. This will
happen down the line.
You can now put your projects and exhibits wherever you wish (I would
recommend in a TMG folder in the My Documents folder). The Preferences path
options allow TMG to find those files so that is not really a concern. If
you set the paths correctly, TMG can locate the files.
> It would seem that there are a lot of programs that will need to have
> files shuffled around, not just TMG, to make sure that they all meet these
> standards. Don't most programs install virtually everything under their
> own proprietary-named directory by default?
Most major programs have been completely compliant with the WinVista
requirements for some time.The writing has been on the blackboard for
developers for at least several years. Of course, a number of them can't
> I'm thinking it might be a good idea to get a head start on the process
> before changing OS's, if this is going to be the name of the game in the
> near future. I have XP Pro.
About all you can do is to move your data files to user space (My Documents)
for those programs that give you the option to set the paths.
Note that under WinXP, the location of My Documents can be changed (and the
folder renamed). You do this from the My Documents on your desktop by
right-clicking on the icon and selecting the proper options. For example, my
My Documents folder has been changed to D:\Work. Haven't looked to see if
you can do that under WinVista because the default location under WinVista
is more convenient than under WinXP and I haven't had any incentive to move
Hang in there and ask questions when you are not sure.