You have several installations of KeySCAPE and wish to merge the softworks databases and share these in a common location with others in your team.
The default is to install the database locally so, unless KeySCAPE has been configured differently, any changes made will only be available on the local database. This means that others can't share your customisations. Also, if your hard drive fails and it is not backed up, you will lose any customisation.
We strongly recommend that the database is saved on a server, where it will be backed up and can be shared by others in the team. See: Share KeySCAPE Database
There is currently no option to merge databases but you can move the database location and combine content with others, as follows:
- On the computer that has the most customisation (plant lists, mixes, etc.), open KeySCAPE and go to Core>Main>Configure
- On the Softworks tab, next to ‘Database Name’ note the location and name of the database, typically:
- Location: C:\ProgramData\KeySCAPE Application Data\All Users\KeySOFTWORKS\Database
- Database Name: KSW_Database.mdb
Note: if the location is already set to a shared location, go to step 7
Note: This should now be using the shared copy of the database. Go to Softworks>Database Manager to confirm your customisations are still available.
Note: If no custom planting list or mix groups have been created, close the Database Manager dialog and continue to step 10
Note: This should now be using the shared copy of the database. Go to Softworks>Database Manager to confirm you can see the customisations.
Warning: Saving the database to a file-sharing service, such as One Drive, Amazon Cloud, Dropbox or Google Drive, is not good practice as, these backup systems rely on synchronisation between the local and online copy. If the online connection is lost, there is a danger that when this connection is restored, the shared database is overwritten with your latest changes, losing changes that others may have made whist offline.