The Folder Manager is a tool that helps the designer to structure a design project. It is possible to assign articles and Groups of Objects to various folders, as well as to create and edit Set Articles. The structure created in the Folder Manager will be transferred into the Article List in that identical form. Here is an example to show how the Folder Manager can be used.
The point is to give a structure to the design shown in the screenshot below. First comes all the important information on the construction of the Folder Manager and navigation within it. Then the individual functions of this tool are explained in the two succeeding articles.
Clicking on the Folder Manager button on the Articles tab, Article Tools group will open it. Then you will see all the articles from your design listed there as entries. Two vertical columns are used, as in general file managers, to enable you to organize your articles and folders with maximum efficiency.
Besides individual articles and folders, groups of articles (hierarchical articles, configurations) together with Set Articles (as a linkage of individual articles) are shown in the Folder Manager. To make it easier for the user to distinguish them, different icons and fonts are used to represent each type, as the screenshot below will make clear.
Reference articles (reference copies) are represented in the Folder Manager as shown in the picture on the left. The figure in the square brackets is the number of reference objects.
It is important to note that it is impossible to assign objects related to a shared reference to different directories in the Folder Manager at the same time.
Inconsistent articles are displayed in red within the list.
To move from one side of the Folder Manager to the other, use either a mouse click or the Tab key. So that you are always sure which side of the Folder Manager you are currently working on, the active side will be displayed in white in the breadcrumb trail area. The active page is the one on the right in the screenshot below.
The “breadcrumb trail” is to show which level of the folder structure you are currently in (the red frames in the next screenshot have been inserted make this clear).
The uppermost level of the Folder Manager is called Drawing. You can create your own structure, starting with this directory. Clicking on the arrows to the right of the folder names in the breadcrumb trail opens a short menu which is a list of the relevant sub-folders. You can select an entry straight from this menu and will then find you have gone to the relevant directory. The example in the screenshot below shows the sub-folders for 1st Floor. The folder in which you are currently working will be shown in bold (here, it is Office Smith & Miller).
Double-clicking will open folders, Set Articles and groups of articles (by these are meant hierarchical articles and configurations). The screenshot below shows a Set Article opened as an example. On the left-hand side, the closed configuration is shown and on the right-hand side, the configuration when opened is shown, as an aid to understanding.