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Project Collaboration Via Save & Archive

Postby vmarm » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:00 am

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Qarbon's Viewlet Authoring applications (ViewletBuilder and ViewletQuiz) boast various features that allow you to work with other members on your project team while sharing your projects, especially while using the Enterprise version in conjunction with ViewletCentral. If, however, you don't have access to the version of ViewletCentral, allowing you to access project document management control, you still have the ability to 'share your projects' with other team members. And, in fact, it's quite easy. But, first, a little history.

In past versions (prior to ViewletBuilder7 and ViewletQuiz4) when ever you saved your source file, it was saved with the extension of QVP (ViewletBuilder) or VIE (ViewletQuiz). And, if you needed to move your project to a different computer, all you did was make sure the new computer had a registered and applicable version of the authoring software AND you had your source file handy. The source file for your Viewlet project was actually a compressed (zipped) file containing all of the elements that comprised your Viewlet project. When opened in the Viewlet Authoring software, on the back end, it was uncompressed and opened for you to edit. Then, when you resaved the project, it compressed (zipped) it back up on the back end, resulting in the source file you had become used to using. There were many advantages to this approach, but also several disadvantages.

Over time, the Qarbon development team and customer care heard an outcry from our clients asking for more 'flexibility' to be able to access the elements that comprise their Viewlet's source projects without having to have the software open. Additionally, clients also wanted the ability for fast software processing while opening, working in and closing a Viewlet project. Qarbon heard and responded in ViewletBuilder7 and ViewletQuiz4.

Starting with ViewletBuilder7 and ViewletQuiz4, you can still share your projects with peers easily, but with the new 'Save' and 'Archive' tools, you ALSO have more control when editing elements that make up your project. Let's take a quick look at each.

Saving a Viewlet Project
When you save your Viewlet project, you will be prompted to give it a name and save it with a QVPX (ViewletBuilder) or a VIEX (ViewletQuiz) extension. In this same dialog window, it explains how the project will be saved in the new 'open' format with an XML file and related 'Resources' folder. This new approach no longer compresses (zips) the source file elements, but saves them in a more accessible format. In this way, if you want to make some edits (for the more adventurous of you Viewlet Authors) to some of the 'elements' that make up your Viewlet project, you can now do this WITHOUT having to open up ViewletBuilder or ViewletQuiz. I do this a lot when working with audio clips, performing some noise reduction tasks.


Want to learn more? Click here for more details on 'Saving a Viewlet Project'!

Archiving a Viewlet Project
The new open access source file project format is great, but don't make the mistake many Viewlet Authors often do when first using ViewletBuilder7 or ViewletQuiz4. When sharing the Viewlet project source file with peers or moving it from one computer to another, do NOT use the QVP or the VIE file. In this new saved source file format, this no longer contains the entire project file elements. It is just the XML file that references the other elements in the project. But not to worry. There is a feature that will allow you to compress the elements of your project (like in the olden days when this was automagically performed in the background when saving) and share it (or move it for use on another computer). It is called 'Archive'.


Need more information? Click here to learn the process of 'Archiving a Viewlet Project' in just a few clicks.

Here's the bottom-line. Qarbon offers you the chance to not only access elements of your source files now (as customers demanded), but also remained true to flexibility and ease of use with the 'Save' and 'Archive' tools. Used in conjunction, Viewlet Authors may continue to easily perform save and share authoring tasks but now with the added control of editing 'outside' the application box as needed.

That's it for this post.

Until next time...
Happy Viewleting!


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