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FTM 2012 Media Directory Preferences

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Re: FTM 2012 Media Directory Preferences

Posted: 6 Feb 2013 9:42AM GMT
Classification: Query

I'm not sure if you've ever noticed but the .ftmb file generated by using "backup" is actually a zip file with relative addresses in it, i.e. no absolute path information. It contains the .ftm file and all the media files. The Autogenerated .ftmb contains only the .ftm file.

Probably to reduce errors all media files that do not live within the standard folder are copied as though they are in the standard folder (not the media folder) and then saved in the zip file - it can be opened using 7-zip, amongst others. I think this means that every .ftmb has its own copy of the media files.

Even if the media files are kept in a folder on another disc, they will be copied across to the "standard" folder and saved in the .ftmb file and the .ftm file "adjusted" to point to the new location before being saved as well...

[standard folder on my machine is My Documents\Family Tree Maker]

That's what my testing a few weeks ago showed. I expect it's to stop errors when the .ftmb is copied to a totally different computer.

It's possible to have several folders within the main media folder and put the various images in those. They'll be saved in the .ftmb retaining that relative path information. I haven't tried this so I'm not sure what happens on restoration.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
DavidHassell4... 5 Feb 2013 1:06AM GMT 
johndd189 5 Feb 2013 1:46AM GMT 
DavidHassell4... 5 Feb 2013 2:18AM GMT 
tulrose 5 Feb 2013 2:34AM GMT 
DavidHassell4... 5 Feb 2013 3:08AM GMT 
tulrose 5 Feb 2013 3:21AM GMT 
DavidHassell4... 6 Feb 2013 11:11AM GMT 
silverfox3280 6 Feb 2013 2:55PM GMT 
alanmon 6 Feb 2013 4:42PM GMT 
DavidHassell4... 7 Feb 2013 6:21AM GMT 
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