This chapter contains definitions of common terms, words, and technical jargon.
Project Directory, Working Directory or Workspace
Snowtrack thinks in directories. Each project has a main directory, also known as the working directory, or simply, workspace. This can be your 3D scene with hundreds of textures and scene files, or a 2D project with a single file. A typical project structure could look like this:
| + floor.psd
| + background.hdr
| + background-noise.wav
For more information see Project Info.
Version Control, or Version Tracking
Version control originates from software engineering and is the process of managing and organizing changes in software development. Existing version control solutions are difficult to understand and require a deep technical knowledge. With Snowtrack, graphic designers and artists finally have an easy-to-use and intuitive alternative.
Version or Snapshot
A version (or snapshot or project iteration) represents a directory at the time the version was created. In each project you can revert to any past version and your project directory will change its content accordingly.
Track or Branch
A fundamental element of Snowtrack are tracks (sometimes referred to as branches). For more information see Tracks.
When you create a project, you can choose where your file backups will be stored. This can be in one of the following two locations:
Inside the version database
In that case, the entire project (including all file versions) can be restored, even if you delete your project directory.
Inside the project directory:
In that case, Snowtrack creates a hidden directory called
.snowin your project directory. This is the local version database. For more information on this topic, check out the page Get started.