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Frequently Asked Questions About The Shadow File

1. What is a Shadow File?

2. Can I open a shadow file without opening the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase first?

3. How do I create a Shadow File?

4. How many shadow files can I have?

5. Why do I get the message "Filename too long" when trying to open a shadow file?

6. How do I prevent my shadow file from becoming corrupted? (v4.11 only)


1. What is a Shadow File?

A shadow File is a file which contains your additions to an infobase (such as notes, highlighters etc.). A good analogy is to consider a shadow file to be like a clear cellophane sheet (or sheets) which can be placed over a book and onto which you can scribble your notes without scribbling on the book itself. When you place the cellophane sheet over a page of a book, you can see your notes on the sheet and also the text of the book underneath. You can have many different cellophane sheets for different projects, but the book remains untouched.

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2. Can I open a shadow file without opening the Folio program first?

Yes. Just double-click on the shadow file icon in "Windows Explorer" or "My Computer".

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3. How do I create a Shadow File?

Open the original NFO file. Select "New" from the File Menu. Enter the name and directory to store your shadow file.

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4. How many shadow files can I have?

As many as you like. You can keep one for each project for example.

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5. Why do I get the message "Filename too long" when trying to open a shadow file?

Your shadow file has been corrupted. Look at question #10. Make backups regularly.

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6. How do I prevent my shadow file from becoming corrupted? (v4.11 only)

Sometimes when your operating system crashes before your shadow file was saved, the shadow file becomes corrupted. There is no easy way to fix it. The only thing you can do is scrap the corrupted file and create a new shadow file in it's place.

However if you backup your shadow file at least once a day, it could save you a lot of headache. When the file crashes you just replace it with the backed up copy and you're again up and running.

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