Project export

Exporting a project offers an easy way to archive your work.

All project resources (SDL files, images, fonts, height field data files...) are as well as the project related settings (render launcher, project properties...) written into an archive (ZIP or TAR file).

Exporting projects

A wizard is used to export a PovClipse project:

  • Bring up the context menu (right-click) on the project to be exported.
  • Select "Export..."
  • A selection dialog comes up asking for the export wizard to be used:
    Export wizard selection
    Select "Other / PovClipse Project" and hit the "Next" button.
  • The next page offers the export options:
    Export options

    From the top:

    • The top left tree offers the choice which projects are to be exported and the folders to include. The project you right-clicked is automatically selected.

      ATTENTION: NEVER unselect the .metadata folder of a PovClipse project!
      The .metadata folder holds the project properties and the render configuration. If you deselect the folder your archive will ***NOT*** contain any render configuration or project properties!

      You may include as much projects as you want in your archive, there is no limitation.
    • The top right tree offers the choice which files to be included in the export archive. The tree always shows the content of the folder selected in the left tree.

      ATTENTION: NEVER unselect the .project file in your project's root folder!
      If you do so Eclipse will not recognize the project as a project as such! This means you would have to recreate a brand new project and copy all files from your archive over to the new project.
      But why do it the hard way?

    • Using the "Select Types..." button you can select all files having a selected extension.
    • The "Select All" and "Deselect All" buttons can be used to select (or deselect) all projects and their complete content at once.
    • Specify your archive name in the text field "To archive file". Use the "Browse" button to select an existing file.
      If you specify a relative path the archive will be written to the working directory of your eclipse installation (do not confuse with the eclipse workspace directory!).
    • "Save in Zip / Tar format" chooses the archive format to be used.
    • If the checkbox "Compress the contents of the file" is selected the archive will be compressed, otherwise not.
  • Press the "Finish" Button to create your archive.

    If you have deselected the .metadata folder or the .project file a dialog shows up asking for confirmation not to include the file or folder:
    Confirmation dialog
    Confirm only if you are absolutely knowing what you are doing! Please see the warning notes above!

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