To set data and backup folders

Alarm Stickies 3 data are stored in 4 different databases and in a file of program settings:

  1. nast.dbx(data of stickies with existing alert)
  2. oast.dbx(data of stickies with exceeded alert or containing notes taken without alert)
  3. rec.dbx (data of recurrences)
  4. book.dbx(data of rubric)
  5. AS3.settings (program settings: folders, shortcuts, langs etc. etc.)

Note: all the original files have last modification date set to 01/01/2010.

One of the features of AS3 is that you can choose the destination folder of the 4 databases and of the program settings. So doing you can eventually share stickies and data with other PCs, if you select the same shared folder (eg a cloud folder on One Drive or Google Drive or a network folder) in all the installations of AS3. At the limit you can share the stickies on the same PC with multiple operating systems installed, pointing all the AS3 installations to the same data folder of the HD.


Program data folder:

There are several scenarios in the execution of operations:

  1. First AS3 installation (new users)
  2. First AS3 installation on a second or third PC, pointing to the shared folder already set in the first PC, if them exist
  3. Subsequent modification of the data folder path in any of the shared PCs

  1. First AS3 installation

     

    Initially is displayed the default folder, which is created at the first launch of AS3 and in which are automatically entered the files necessary for the operation of the program.

    The backup folder is not set and you can choose it as you like at any time (better on another partition).

    Each time you change the data folder its contained data are automatically transferred to the new folder, if the destination folder is empty. Otherwise you will be asked which files to overwrite.

    To chose the folders click on the folder icons. Click into the label of the paths to open the folders.



  2. First AS3 installation on a second or third PC, pointing to the shared folder already set in the first PC, if in the first PC you have set a shared one.

    I the subsequent PCs you just need to manually select the path program data folder already defined in the first PC and them will automatically load the program settings that you have previously set and the data of the shared databases.

  3. Subsequent modification of the data folder path in any of the shared PCs

    Once all the PCs are pointing to the same data folder, it's of course possible to decide to change it. To this end it is assumed that the databases in the current folder are the most current, whereby:

    • If the new destination folder is empty, all the data in the previous folder will be automatically copied to the new destination.

    • If the new destination folder already contains data, you will be asked which files to overwrite.

    • Finally point also other PCs to the new shared folder.


Backup folder
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If you use AS3 shared with multiple PCs, the backup folder must also be a shared one. The difference with the data folder is that while it's necessary to point to the data folder in every single PC... the backup folder, once selected on the first PC, it is automatically set in the other PCs.

You can backup the program data at any time, even selecting different backup folders. Are saved the last three backups (eg nast.dbx, nast (1) .dbx and nast (2) .dbx), so if you do an unwanted backup you can open the folder (click on its path box) and:

During the data recovery of the last backup you can choose in a appropriate window which data to recover and which not.

Note: AS3 databases are simple Microsoft Office Access ones, and can be opened and checked without problems with that program or with an Access reader.