Why use Templates?
Working together with different editors can be a challenge. Every editor will have his or her own preferences regarding how they set up a library; the naming convention they use or what keywords, etc.
It can be a real time saver if everybody would use the same setup for a library. So everybody knows right away where to be or what to expect. This is exactly the reason why you should use templates.
How to set it up?
Setting up is really easy. All you need to have is a folder (preferably on shared storage) where you put your Template Libraries. A Template Library is simply an empty library with the right settings placed in a folder. Within PostLab you can link to that folder. When creating a new Library you can than select from your templates the right library you need.
You can have as many templates in a folder as you like.
Step 1: Create a template
There are some rules for Template Libraries and these are:
- Link your Media and /or your Cache locations to a folder that doesn’t exist. For example /tmp/MEDIA and /tmp/CACHE. To do so you obviously need to create those folders first and link your locations to them. When you’re done creating your template you can remove those folders.
This is important because when creating a new library through PostLab it will ask on opening where to put your Media and Cache. And since you don’t know in advance where the media is located you need the user to set this.
- Make sure, when using a shared storage location, that only a few people can modify the template. Otherwise you can’t really know for sure if the template is still right.
Step 2 : PostLab
Go to the preferences of PostLab and choose the plus sign to add your Template Folder and give it a name. When your done click save. And your done!
You can check if all went well by creating a new library. You should see your templates now in the template pop up menu.