Graphics Paths

Applies to: All programs


Version 3 of the software introduces a new option where graphics can be stored in a central location and the path to this location entered in File>Option>Paths>Graphic files.

This article describes the new feature but also looks generally at how the software handles graphic files.


Background

When importing graphics into a field the user essentially has two options:

1. Import the full graphic file into the software meaning the original file is no longer needed
2. Reference the graphic file only, meaning the software will need to find it when needed for printing or exporting

Generally it is recommended to use the second option, referencing the graphic file, which means the user must decide how the software is to find the graphic file when needed.? Two further options are therefore available

1. Remembering the path to the file
2. Discarding the path and searching for the graphic when needed



The screen grab above shows the various options. (In this screen grab the graphics will be referenced and the software willl search for the files when needed.)


Remember the path or search when needed

While remembering the path is certainly a viable option it does have the disadvantage that neither the graphic file or the job file (tnj) can move from their original locations. Should this occur the software will not be able to locate the graphic when needed.

A more viable option is therefore to have the software search for the graphics when needed. The software will search for the graphics in:

1. The jobname#graphics folder if one exists
2. Image paths as defined in File>Options>Paths>Images files
3. Graphic paths as defined in File>option>Paths>Graphic files

Storing the graphic files on a central location

The third option is a new feature of Version 3 and allows for graphics to be stored in a central location - a graphics server - making them accessible to all users.

The screen grab below shows such a location entered in the UNC format.


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