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|Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 5:54 pm Post subject: File Current Feature
I would like PE to be able to notify me if a source (original) file is newer than the copy in PE. Addressing this issue might not be in game-plan for current updates to PE. But, maybe this can be added in a subsequent version of PE.
Over a few weeks time I have been creating and modifying files I want in PE. This activity has resulted in uncertenty that the file copy in PE is current, or needs to be updated.
I use the "Update from Original" feature, so I know PE retains a path to the original file. But how do I know which files I need to perform that operation on? If PE had an "Update All", or "Scan for old files" that resulted in a file list, or some flag on a file to indicate the original file is newer than what is in PE this would help. A silent "Update All" command is probably dangerous, so producing some output that lets a user indicate which files should be updated seems the best option - to me.
I guess my preference would be to have a command that searches all files in a PE project and adds an icon or other indicator to files that PE determines have a date-time older than the original file. You might consider accouting for files that are newer in PE than the original too. The user might have modified the copy of the file in PE - intentionally or unintentionally. I guess the root issue is one of sychronizing two copies of a file - either could be different and the user ought to have a way to at least know there is a sync problem. Somehow - PE shoud have a capability to address this situation.
At least PE should provide access to basic file properties that include the date-time stamp of when the file was placed in PE. With such a list I could compare dates with original files. It such a list was a basic side-by-side list with filepath and date-time stamp for the PE copy and the original files you would have a good start to resolving my issue. The abilty to print this list would be helpful as a check list.