New Forum for CAD? Dec 15, 2017 23:48:25 GMT via mobile
Post by joanlluch on Dec 15, 2017 23:48:25 GMT
The use of explicit folders is increasingly regarded as obsolete by some younger folks. You just need to look at the ways content tends to be stored and retrieved in mobile phones or modern computer applications. Advanced searching and filtering seems to be the new trend.
In my case, I use a mixed system of folders and ‘structured’ file names to store CAD part drawings and other related files. This makes easier to find particular parts, and you don’t end having one thousand folders. For example I may use file names with a structure like this: assembly-subassembly-partcategory-partname. By following this schema, all parts are explicitly related by its own name and they appear on directory listings next to their related ones. You get all the benefits of structured top-down classification of parts, without the hassle of multiple folder nesting.
The CAD software also seems to make this approach easier than dealing with many folders. Essentially, when you create new part within an assembly, the part is stored by default on the same folder than the assembly, therefore you just need to give the part the right ‘structured’ name and you are done without having to create first a new folder for it. I found this way to be more productive. If you later decide to move a part from an assembly to another, then you just need to “save as” the part with a new appropriate name, again without having to bother about multiple nested folders or folder structures that would need tedious updating/refactoring both in the file system and the CAD assembly references.