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"Backup" Options for StudioLine Basic 

kemartin3
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6/20/2017
kemartin3
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Hi all. I just installed Basic on my PC. In the manual i see references to exporting pictures, but nothing about backups. To do a "backup" it would seem that I have three choices

1. Add the StudioLine data directory I specified during install to a Windows 10 library, and let Windows File History take backups.
2. With StudioLine not running, use native Windows commands to copy the SL data directory to another drive.
3. Use the SL export function against the highest level in the SL image archive tree ("\") and tell it to include "all subfolders of the folder '\'".

Is there another option I am not seeing? Is there a big "gotcha" for any of the above that I haven't realized? Thoughts on which is the best, most reliable option.

Thanks for your help.
Kevin
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Andy Schmidt
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6/20/2017
Andy Schmidt
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Dear Kevin,

Some sort of automated/scheduled Windows or third party backup strategy of the StudioLine Data folder is the most practical option. If ever there was any kind of catastrophic (hardware) loss, you would need to restore the StudioLine Data folder, in it's entirety, to some replacement disk and/or PC. This will recover not only the photos and metadata, but also settings and other information gathered up in StudioLine.

Using the StudioLine Export function is ideally suited when merging multiple StudioLine instances from different installations or computers, or as an "ad-hoc" backup of pictures and metadata. Since it cannot be scheduled automatically, it probably is not as useful as a regular backup. Also, the export will not preserve other settings, objects, etc. you may have created.
On the plus side, the export allows for selective restore and allows for the files to be used by other graphics applications. It could certainly come in handy as a supplement to a full folder backup.
edited by Andy Schmidt on 6/20/2017
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kemartin3
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6/21/2017
kemartin3
kemartin3
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Thanks for the reply Andy. Excellent insight.
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RhondaDennis
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10/3/2017
RhondaDennis
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I had studio like version 2 and just updated to basic 4. In my old program I could backup my studioline on an external drive by going to file, export, studioline file, then double click on images.
Now when I go to file, export, studioline file there is no images.
How do I get images there so I can back up the pictures and descriptions I have uploaded. I want to make sure I have a backup in case my computer fails. The only option given is pages instead of images. If I click on pages then press o.k it says to select the objects to be exported. There is nothing for me to choose from.
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RhondaDennis
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10/3/2017
RhondaDennis
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Why can't I just use the export studioline in the program like before?
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Andy Schmidt
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10/3/2017
Andy Schmidt
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RhondaDennis wrote:
I had studio like version 2 and just updated to basic 4. In my old program I could backup my studioline on an external drive. ...The only option given is pages instead of images



Hi Rhonda,

please see the attached screen shot. The fact that you see "Pages" tells me that you had switched StudioLine Photo Basic to the "Web" Mode. If you concern is with backing up all the pictures and descriptions, please first switch from "Web" to the "Photo" context.

The, when you open the "File" menu you'll see "Export (Save As)" and it will allow you to select an entire folder/subfolder structure. In the Export screen, I recommend you select the option to backup your original images, and tell StudioLine to inject any generally applicable metadata into our original images, in case you had updated descriptions and such.


And Folders (or the entire Image Archive) export in that way, can later be "imported" back into a StudioLine installation in case you need to recover - or into third party products.

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Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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10/3/2017
Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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RhondaDennis wrote:
Why can't I just use the export studioline in the program like before?



Hi Rhonda, the "Export StudioLine" function is specific for any collages, print pages and similar compositions that you created with the "Pages" function of StudioLine. You certainly can use that function as intended: To backup StudioLine "internal" data.

For backing up your standards-compliant photos in a manner that they can be used to restored by StudioLine, or even used by other photo software, you use the "Export Images" or "Export Folders" function of the file menu. You can also right-click a subfolder (or the root folder) in the folder pane to access the "Export" function from there, or even by right-clicking an individual photo in the image archive.
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