View Full Version : Making a Full-File Shortcut?

08-15-2011, 09:06 AM
Does anyone know if there's a way to make a shortcut that acts like a full file, as a way to make a working backup? Like, say I want to back up a .max file, but I'm still working on that file, could I create some sort of shortcut-type-thing, that would be independent of the original (so one could be deleted without the other becoming broken), but would update along with the original file. Is that possible?

Adam L. Gray
08-15-2011, 09:20 AM
What you're looking for is basically an instanced file? Hmm, never heard of such a thing tbh, lol. It's an interesting idea, but I don't quite see the purpouse of it. Say, if one of the files become corrupt, both of them would probably be.

But I guess what you're referring to is saving the file in your original directory, then a copy of it being saved in a backup directory. In which case I'd probably go for putting your actual directory and saving the original files to something like Dropbox. That way, should something happen they will still be stored online. And you can take em with you to any computer that has internet access.

You would need some sort of 'streaming' app for the thing you're after here. And I can't really find anything about it. So afraid I couldn't be of more help there, should prolly wait for someone else to chip in first. But if there's no such thing (and none willing to create it) then dropbox or another internet backup storage might be something consider.


Ben Apuna
08-15-2011, 09:25 AM
You could try some sort of source/revision/version control (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revision_control) system.

TortoiseSVN (http://tortoisesvn.net/)

Git (http://git-scm.com/)

Mercurial (http://mercurial.selenic.com/)

Perforce (http://www.perforce.com/)

Normally these things are used for code, but I think they will probably work for art asset files as well.

So you would "check out" a file and work on it. The original file stays safe until you commit changes to it.

I really should be using one of these things by now so I could speak with more experience on the matter (aside from Visual SourceSafe (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/3h0544kx%28VS.80%29.aspx) long ago...) but so far I haven't bothered with it yet.

08-15-2011, 10:00 AM
I'm using svn for some projects right now and it works so great that I decided to use it for backups. All I have to do is commit my whole folder and it saves it to an external hdd. It's great to be able to add, revise and delete files and folders without having to do copy and paste work. I really recommend it alongside stuff like dropbox.

08-15-2011, 10:33 AM
Normally these things are used for code, but I think they will probably work for art asset files as well.

We use Tortoise here at work and it handles any files you care to throw at it.

08-15-2011, 12:09 PM
You can use Dropbox. It automatically backs up your files. If you accidently delete or over write a file you can restore the previous version from dropbox.com.

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Eric Chadwick
08-15-2011, 05:44 PM
I think this might be what you're looking for.

08-15-2011, 06:30 PM
Svn is great but it can be a problem if your not willing to be organised and commit your changes. If you can discipline yourself then its a fantastic tool.

The nice thing about dropbox is its automatic and pretty transparent to the user. that said some people worry about its security.

things to consider :)

08-16-2011, 04:59 AM
I would just run the resource collector (utilities -> more -> resource collector) and send a copy of the file and all its assets to another location whenever it changes much.