Originally Posted by donakat
I agree with your thing about the naming, though it would be hard for designers who sell in various stores
I don't sort my purchases by store so I didn't think about that. Honestly, I wish the filenames were the same at different sites. Another peeve of mine, which I do more than I care to admit...is when I buy a kit multiple times, because I forget I've already bought it! Going through all my files to check is impossible (I should create a database, but am too lazy). So having one name and having that download file name in the description would help me.
My method is: (1) Download file (2) unzip the folder (3) drag the zip file into a seperate folder for backup, then (4) organize my files and rename folders if I have to.
So, if I knew the name of the download file I'd just have to search my zip folder for that name rather than scroll through years worth of purchases looking for a similar visual.
I rename my folders using 3 initials for the name (so they sort by designer) then the kit name then I add ++ to the end if I've copied those files into my big folder. So a name might be ABC_SpringTime++. That way designer folders are arranged together (I have started adding GDS_ to the beginning of the designer's folders from this site so a name would be GDS_ABC_SpringTime++).
Then I keep one big folder 00_Paper that includes all the paper from all the kits (and is tagged by color in Bridge. This way when I'm making a layout I can just go to that one folder and scroll through until I see something that would work (rather than go in and out of each kit folder).
:: This is where the problem comes in on the unique file names when I go to copy those papers to 00_Paper if there is a similar name it gets replaced.
I have seperate directories / folders for kit, paper, elements, frames, brag book, ribbon, etc.