Okay, not a tip or trick, but we get asked this question a lot so we thought we would throw it out there.
‘Where is my database file located?’
The short answer is – it doesn’t matter.
The long answer:
In Evidentia 1 people could ‘see’ the database file. They could copy it to different machines, and move it around. In Evidentia 2 this accidental convenience went away.
Evidentia 2 was a ‘technology upgrade’. The purpose was to improve turn around time on new features, provide Evidentia on more devices, and take advantage of opportunities to integrate with newer technologies.
In doing so Evidentia is using a framework that is focused on security, whether it is being used online or not. The framework stores all databases in a secure ‘sandbox’, and only Evidentia is allowed to open and manipulate those files. Likewise Evidentia cannot play in other ‘sandboxes’ without permission.
Now many users are used to being able to move these files around – they can do it in Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker, etc…
Well you can in Evidentia too, sort of. You just need to export the Database and import it into the new location. We believe this intentional action is more secure, and in the long run more flexible.
“But I can see the database files on Dropbox.”
Yes, and to be honest that was a mistake.
Some cloud services provide a private location for applications to store it’s private files, the ones users should not touch. During development we placed the Dropbox copy of the database files in a visible location so we could see what was going on, make sure everything was working correctly. It was useful for troubleshooting issues during BETA.
And then… we forgot. We forgot to move those files to the hidden directory created specifically for Evidentia.
Pay no attention to those files behind the curtain…
So pay no attention to those files in the Database directory. They may ‘disappear’. They are not meant to be viewed or handled by users, and are specific to Evidentia.
Danger, danger Will Robinson! Keep Out! Beyond here there be dragons!