Sharing Data between computers - Step by Step
Sharing ProSelect Templates and Pricing Data with other Computers in your Studio
Most studios use multiple computers in their studio operation. It's important that each computer using ProSelect has the most recent pricing and product
ProSelect uses three basic data sets.
In order for ProSelect data to be automatically synchronized between computers, all the computers must have access to the ProSelectData.xml and the ProSelect Resources folder.
Sharing Data in your Studio (using the "Shared Resources" folder method)
It's important that all computers in your studio are running the same version of ProSelect.
You'll need a LAN (local area network) with wired (not wireless) connections (speed and reliability reasons). See the article "Networking Basics for Photography Studios" for more information.
This requires a shared folder/drive that all computers have access to, with read and write privileges. It's important that each computer automatically login to this location on startup. Auto-login will save you a ton of headaches.
Adding this data to the next computer
Sharing Data Between Multiple Physical Locations
If you have a studio with two or more locations or want to be able to work on pricing and create templates from home or while traveling, this is an option.
If you have more than one physical location, be sure you have separate ProSelect licenses for each location (in separate TimeExposure accounts - See the Sales Policy page for more on "How many ProSelect licenses do I need?"). These individual licenses can share the same pricing and resources.
To share between locations, you'll need to have a cloud storage account like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Using Dropbox (Dropbox.com).
Dropbox is a cloud storage service that keeps a section of your hard drive, the Dropbox folder, automatically backed up to their cloud servers. You'll have a copy of the data residing on your local computer and the backup in the cloud. For this process, you need to have the Dropbox desktop application installed on your computer. When Dropbox is properly installed on all the machines for sharing, you will see a Dropbox icon on your System Tray (WIN) or Menu Bar (MAC). A local Dropbox folder will also show when in File Explorer (WIN) or Finder (MAC).
You can have a free Dropbox account or a paid account. The difference is the amount of storage you'll need (and a few other features). If you want to share your ProSelect Resources with other physical locations, you'll most likely need a paid account. The size of the ProSelect Resources folder can vary from a few gigabytes to over a 100GB.
** Please see this important article Using Dropbox - beware! regarding using DropBox also.
To share synchronize your ProSelect data to multiple locations, you need to have the ProSelect Resources folder in the Dropbox folder. Follow the instructions above under "Sharing Data in your Studio". When you go to Point 9 (under the "Sharing Data in your Studio" section), choose your ProSelect Resources folder in Dropbox as your desired location for the ProSelect Resources folder. Continue with the rest of the process.
The computers in the other locations will need to use the same Dropbox account or use a Dropbox folder, shared from the source account.
A few things to keep in mind:
Using Google Drive File Stream (Google Drive)
The Google Drive File Stream app must be installed on all computers where data needs to be used. All computers must have access to the Google Drive account or through shared access.
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