The key to organization is to have a structured approach that makes sense to you. Since your computer stores files in a series of folders, and you have the option to add to that structure, you can use this tool to organize your design files. We have put together two such folder structures to provide to our Gold Members for Free to get you started organizing your embroidery life. One is a series of empty folders where you can organize your designs by category; the other is a series of empty folders where you can organize your designs by digitizer and then category.
Use these two links to download the zip files that contain each of these folder structures, then we will explain exactly how to use them.
Now let's look at how to use each file system, starting with the Category Structure.
Inside the Main folder you will find folders for many of the most popular categories that our designers use, such as animals, holidays, seasons, and sports.
Some category folders also include sub-category folders. You can tell which ones these are by the presence of this little triangle beside the category folder.
Each month, when you download a design, move it into the corresponding category folder or sub-category folder.
I would recommend that you place the entire zip file in the folders, then extract the files that correspond with the file type you need for your machine.
By keeping the zip files in the category folders, if you purchase a new machine the road, you will have the file format needed for the new and old machines in one location.
There is also a generic contributor folder, which includes all of the category folders just like our contributor folders. You can copy this subset of folders as many times as you need and rename to any other digitizer that you use.
To do this, right click on the generic folder, select copy, then right click again and select paste. Right click on the new folder, select rename, and type in the new digitizer's name.
Just like with the Categories Structure, each month, when you down load a design, move it into the corresponding category folder or sub-category folder for the digitizer that provided the design.