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Organizing 3DWriting Projects Into a Personal Portfolio

With computers and computer programs, there are always three or four different ways to accomplish the same task.  When it comes to organizing 3DWriting projects, this is certainly the case.  Iíll try to give you the simplest way to organize folders and a hint or two that will help you find the way that works best for you.

The simplest way to organize your projects is to create a 3DWriting document that acts as a table of contents to all your projects. That page will have links to the first page in each one of your project. In order to do this, you must know the name and location of the first page of each project.  This is called the path to the document.

Much depends on how you are saving your projects.  I suggested that you save each project in its own folder, and I will assume you took my advice and saved each project in its own folder.  You may have even organized your folders into other folders by subject or some other grouping of your choosing.  Your collection of projects may look like the expanded folder diagram below.

In this diagram, everything is kept in a folder named MyProjects. (Keep in mind that each project folder may contain multiple documents that make up the project.)

Portfolio organizational chart

Creating a Table of Contents

To organize all of this, all you must do is create a single document inside the MyProjects folder that will act as a link to the other projects.  It might look like this before we create any links.

Sample index page

Making a Table of Contents

The first thing we will do is save the table of contents inside the MyProjects folder and give it the name (index.htm).  

So we are linking from index.htm to lab1.htm, which is located in the Science folder.  The path we have to take from where we are to where we want to be is from index.htm, to the Science folder, to the lab1.htm document.  It is written as Science/lab1.htm , because we donít include the name of the document from which we are linking.

Note: Links are case sensitive and must be typed exactly as folder and file names were saved.

Top level index linking

Looking at the diagram below, to create the link on our index.htm document we highlight the words Lab 1, click on the Link icon, and type in the path to the document.

We must type it in instead of using Select File, because 3DWriter will only display documents in the current folder and will not let you browse to documents in other folders  There is a very good reason for this.

Linking outside of the folder

Now continue creating links to each project and when you are done, you will have a table of contents that will link to every project you have.

Beyond the Basics

Plan your work well and make good use of the index file and you can create paths that allow users to explore your portfolio in hundreds of different ways. The method above only offers the user one way to look at your work.

If you include an index.htm document in every folder, instead of creating a single index that lists every document, you can create links from your main index to other index pages and links from the other index pages to anywhere you like. That would make the top level index document look like this.

Main index screen shot

The word Science would link to Science/index.htm, which might look like this.

Science index page screen shot



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