Associating Work Areas with Projects or Streams

See the sections below for how to enable and configure the Windows Explorer:

To associate a Windows folder as a work area:

  1. Create a new folder or select a folder that has not previously been associated with a project or stream. Right-click and select Dimensions | Associate with source control.

  2. NOTE  This option does not appear if the folder:

  3. Login in if prompted. The Work Area Defaults dialog box appears.For Project Type select:

  4. In the Associated Dimensions Project/Stream field accept the default or click Browse. In the Select Project/Stream dialog box select one of the options. If you select Another project/stream do one of the following:

  5.       Start typing the ID of a project or stream. Projects/streams that contain any characters in the string are displayed. For example, to find ’QLARIUS:VS_BRANCHA’ type ’vs’.

          Select a project or stream from the list. Favorites and recently used projects/streams are displayed at the top.

          (Streams only) To create a new stream select Create New and complete the Create Stream wizard, see page 296.

    Click OK.

  6. If you want to change the settings that Dimensions CM makes by default, click the Show defaults button, and change the defaults as necessary:

  7. NOTE  It is not necessary to set file permissions to read only just to distinguish files that have been updated. The Change Type column maintained by Dimensions CM provides a more accurate account of whether files need updating. It is now possible to always work with writable files. Setting the Permissions after update and Permissions after deliver to Make writable saves you having to first set permissions each time you want to edit a file.

  8. Click OK.

To get copies of files and associate the selected Windows folder as a work area:

  1. Right-click a folder that is not already associated with a Dimensions CM project or stream and select Dimensions | Get. Login if prompted.

  2. NOTE  This option does not appear if the folder you select has metadata associated with it, or if it is beneath a folder that has already been associated with Dimensions source control.

  3. In the Project/Stream box do one of the following:

  4. Click OK.

  5. If you only want to get files from a subfolder of the stream or project, click Select repository folder to get, and select a folder from the tree.

  6. Select the options you require for the files that are to be copied:

  7. Click OK.

To view or update the properties of a folder associated as a Dimensions work area:

  1. Right-click a folder that has already been associated as a work area (This has an icon overlay: work_area_icon.gif) and select Dimensions | Folder Settings. If necessary, complete the Log in to Dimensions dialog box and click OK.

  2. The Folder Settings dialog box is displayed.

  3. If you want to change the Associated Dimensions Project/Stream, click the browse button and select the project/stream as described in Step 3 on page 506.

  4. If the Work area defaults fields are not visible, click the Show defaults button.

  5. Update the required fields:

  6. See Step 4 on page 506 for details of these fields.

  7. Click OK.

To view or update the properties of a file:

  1. Right-click the file and select Properties.

  2. Click the Dimensions tab.

  3. You will be able to update the following fields:

    You can also view the following fields:

  4. Click OK.

To disassociate a folder as a Dimensions work area:

  1. Right-click the folder and select Disassociate from source control.

  2. Click OK.

To set Dimensions CM preferences for files:

  1. Right-click a file or folder and select Dimensions | Preferences.

  2. Select the change detection option you require:

  3. Click OK.

To enable support for network folders

Do one of the following:

The Dimensions CM menus and icon decorations will now appear for network folders.

If this option is disabled you will not see most of the Dimensions menu options for network files and folders or their icon decorations. If you access a network folder that has been associated with Dimensions CM, on the first occasion you will be prompted as to whether you want to enable support for network folders.

To disable support for network folders

  1. In Windows Explorer, right-click a file folder and select Dimensions | Preferences.

  2. Uncheck Enable support for network folders.