BeadTool saves all patterns, palettes, layouts and settings to a single database file. This makes backup a simple task and frees you from having to figure out where everything is.
While it is not recommended, it is possible to disable the entire Library functionality and go back to storing individual files on your computer.
If you need to take a pattern, palette or layout from your Library and save it as an actual file onto your computer or flash drive, follow these steps:
You can also do these steps with your Library folders. For instance, if you wanted to save your entire "My Patterns" folder to your desktop, you'd right click on that folder instead of just 1 individual pattern file.
To get them back (or transfer from another computer):
Since BeadTool 4 uses a single-file database to store all patterns, palettes and layouts you'll need to take those BeadTool 3 files and import them into your Library database. The process is fairly simple:
You can sort your BeadTool Library files and folders alphabetically by:
BeadTool's Library is a single-file database that stores all of your patterns, palettes, stamps and layouts.
In most cases, I do not recommend accessing the Library database file directly because of the potential for breaking things. However, there are some cases that you have no choice (like restoring from the hard drive of a dead computer).
The location of the database file depends on what operating system you're using. Furthermore, one of the parent folders on the path is likely to be hidden (because you're not supposed to be accessing this part of your computer anyway).
Replace YourUsername with whatever your username on that computer you installed BeadTool onto.
C:\Documents and Settings\YourUsername\Application Data\BeadTool\BeadTool.db
You can transfer a single pattern or an entire folder of patterns from one computer to another. These instructions can be applied to patterns, stamps, palettes and layouts.