Media DirectoryMedia DirectoryThe Media directory is a central location under the current Augean project for storing media files. Copying files to the Media directory helps prevents broken links to external files. (if the external files is accidently moved or deleted, the link to it will be broken.).
Help ⟶ About ... shows the location of the Media Directory
Location of the MEDIA_DIRECTORY where media files are stored (Click on the image to enlarge)
When adding media, Augean provides a button, to copy the media to the MEDIA_DIRECTORY
The media currently outside the MEDIA_DIRECTORY (Click on the image to enlarge) If the image is outside the media directory, it cant be backed up. It may be lost.
Press the to copy the file to the media directory.
The file is now copied to the Media Directory (notice how the path has changed).
Image copied to media directory
If you click Help ⟶ About ..., and Click on MEDIA_DIRECTORY you can see the file
The MEDIA_DIRECTORY, viewed in windows which is under the current project.
You can have subdirectories under the MEDIA_DIRECTORY
In windows explorer, the file is moved to a subdirectory under the MEDIA_DIRECTORY (Click on the image to enlarge)
In Augean adjust the media file path to point to the subdirectory. Thats better, now the file is in a subdirectory called "newphotos" under the MEDIA_DIRECTORY
Media Report Generation Generate a report of files outside the media directory using Reports ⟶ Media Report ...
Report showing files outside the MEDIA_DIRECTORY
In this report there are 10 files outside the media directory. The report gives you the option to move the files into the media directory will update the GEDCOM with new links to the files in the media directory. (all references to the file in the GEDCOM will be updated)
The report is interactive, click on the link to view the file
Click on the link will show the file
Before moving to the MEDIA_DIRECTORY, the file name was stored in the GEDCOM as a link to the external file C:\imagetemp\JK3.jpg This link can be broken if the file is moved. It is recommended to copy all files to the Media Directory Once in the Media Directory, the file name is changed to MEDIA_DIRECTORY\JK3.jpg which is directly inside the Augean project.
Backup the Media
One advantage of stored media in the media directory, is allows for easy backup of the media. Backup the project and media files using File ⟶ Backup ...
Backup project and also the Media Directory (Click on the image to enlarge)
The backup .zip archive contains both the GEDCOM file and the media from the media directory Using the media directory, helps prevent broken links. Using the media directory allows for easy backups Using the media directory allows projects to be moved easily between computers.