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How preFlect uses Google Drive


Overview

Reading this section is optional, and is provided for advanced users, who may want to know how preFlect uses their Google Drive account, including what folders are created and how they are used.

preFlect makes use of your Google Drive account to publish information about photographic events.

IMPORTANT: For your security and privacy, we recommend that you create and use a Google account that is separate from any other existing personal Google account you might use for other tasks, such as e-mail.

By default, your Google Drive account comes with 15Gb of storage, which is ample to store information about hundreds of events. If you run out of storage, you can delete older events from preFlect, or simply buy more storage on Google Drive.


Folders created by preFlect in Google Drive

Folders Created on Google Drive

After you have authorized preFlect to access your Google Drive account, and successfully signed in to Google Drive, preFlect automatically performs some initial setup tasks.

This includes creating some flect IDs on your device, along with corresponding, and initially empty event folders on your Google Drive for publishing information about photographic events.

These flect IDs will be on standby for when you need to Flect a photograph.


Main Events Folder

For each device that uses Google Drive, a unique events folder will be created in the root of Google Drive, that contains folders used to publish photographic events. This folder is named as follows:

For iPad
"preFlect_events_for_iPad_idnnnnn"

For iPhone
"preFlect_events_for_iPhone_idnnnnn"

nnnnn is a device-specific identifier to prevent folder naming clashes.


Individual Event Folders

For each flect ID created on your device, preFlect will create a corresponding event folder under the events folder created for your device on Google Drive. This is used make event information available (published) for one photographic event.

You can customize the number of default flect IDs created on standby under Preferences. You may want to customize this if you won't have Internet connectivity for an extended period of time, or you use preFlect more frequently.


Older Event Folders (FlectEvents)

If you were running a previous version of preFlect v1.2 or below, which used a folder named "FlectEvents" on Google Drive, this folder will be automatically migrated to the new folder naming discussed when you run the newer preFlect v1.3 or above.


Erasing Folders Directly from Google Drive

If you need to erase an individual event folder, the best way to do this is through the Manage Events feature.

If you need to erase all events, and don't need to keep any of the event information, the best way is to use the Remove All Event Data option under preferences in preFlect.

IMPORTANT: Modifying or deleting these folders directly from Google Drive might prevent you from publishing/revoking information about previously captured photographic events.


Folder Colors

To help you identify which folders are published, they are listed in different colors, as follows:

- Grey Folders - These folders are empty, and are initially created by preFlect in preparation for flecting

- Green Folders - These folders contain files that include published information about photographic events

- Blue Folders - These folders are empty, and represent events that were previously published, and are now revoked


Folder Sharing

Each event folder has a public, readonly anonymous url share to anyone else who has the unique full url to the folder. This is how preFlect allows event information to be published and revoked to and from others who have a copy of a previously flected photograph.


Getting Started

Please refer to the Getting Started guide for more information on setting up preFlect.

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