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  • Workflow advice: Working from/Updating archived projects

    Posted by Armand Bakx on March 23, 2023 at 9:23 am


    I have a question about optimizing my workflow in regards to archiving. I feel like there must be a better way method to what I’m doing at the moment.
    What I currently do after I’m done working in a .aep file is clean up my project, organize my Project panel, get rid of any unused or redundant compositions/files etc., and finally use File > Dependencies > Collect Files…, to put everything in one place, and have everything linked up in a concise, local location.
    This works great imo to keep things tidy, and prevents working with files that have links to a lot of different locations across Dropboxes and other cloud archives. I was wondering however whether it was possible, when working from this new .aep file – adding new files/directories to it, maybe removing some – to ‘update’ it in such a way that the directory setup doesn’t change, but all the additional files get added to this directory.

    Am I using the Collect Files… function wrong? Is it something only used for preparing files for passing them on? Is there a way of working that comes close to what I’m describing? I’m mostly looking for a workflow where I can have one location for a project, with everything imported being linked locally instead of different directories all over the place.

    Very curious to hear your guys input or workflow advice. I feel like there’s a better way of working that I’m not utilizing. Maybe I’m missing something obvious.

    Thanks in advance, and kind regards,

    Armand Bakx replied 1 year, 1 month ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Boston Cainfra

    March 25, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    Hello Armand

    You are using the Collect Files function correctly; it is frequently used to gather all the project-related files in one place.

    You can use the “Collect Files…” function again and choose the option “Collect Source Files” rather than “Collect Files,” which will only collect the files that are used in the current composition, to update your.aep file with new files without changing the directory setup.

    Use of project management software, which offers collaboration and version control features and enables you to keep all your project files and assets in one location, is another workflow to take into account. Asana, Trello, and are a few examples.


  • Armand Bakx

    March 30, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Hello Boston,

    Thanks for your reply, and apologies for my late answer. I’m excited to learn that there is a way of achieving what I’m looking for. Unfortunately I have reached a dead end. The “Collect Files” dialog box doesn’t show the “Collect Source Files” option you mentioned. It does seem like it would answer my question. Where should I be able to find it? Am I looking in the wrong place?

    Thanks in advance!

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