Yes, I concur - on both counts. Tourweaver 2.0 is a great program - in many respects. But it is buggy. And the "save" function seems not only buggy but also confusing.
Unless I am really confused - which is entirely plausible - there seem to be two different "save" features with distinctly different functions:
1) File > Save (or pressing the floppy disk icon) and File > Save As both produce a set of "project folders" containing tour files, encapsulated within a single outer folder plus a single file with a .tw extension. The only difference, as expected, is that "Save As" allows us the option of specifying a filename and directory path. Otherwise, Tourweaver uses its own default naming convention and directory path.
It seems that using the .tw file is the only way to reopen a tour in Tourweaver. Ergo, if you don't use the File > Save" or File > Save As function, there is apparently no way to reopen a tour in Tourweaver at a later time - even five minutes later - once you've closed the tour, and if you can't reopen the tour, you can't edit it, and if you need to edit it, you'll just have to re-create it! Please correct me if I am mistaken. On the plus side, experimentation reveals that Tourweaver 2.0 automatically saves a .tw file for us, names it "Project___.tw" and places it in Tourweaver's default "Workspace" folder (such as C"\Program Files\Easypano\Tourweaver 2.00 Professional Edition\Workspace). Thank you Easypano! Now all we would have to do is figure out which Project___.tw tour goes with which tour, but that's a whole lot better than having no .tw file.
2) File > Publish > Publish (or clicking the "Publish" icon, then clicking "Publish") produces a couple folders containing compressed scenes with a ".jpe" extension and sounds; two html files, neither of which is useful for editing the tour (again, please correct me if I am mistaken), and a handful of additional files. The tour which used to be editable through a primary html file is now a combination of files including a compressed and encrypted .js file, a compressed images___.ZIP file, and a config___.txt file. I am not proficient at coding (HTML or otherwise) but it appears that the config___.txt file may be equivalent to the prior version's .HTML file, in which case the tour IS
editable outside of Tourweaver and without a .tw file. (If you haven't already figured it out, I'm experimenting with the program and testing hypotheses as I write this.)
CAUTION- the SAVE option under PUBLISH (File > Publish > Save or Publish icon > Save) seems to do NOTHING!
For a new tour which has not yet been published, this "Save" feature does not create any files or folders (at least none that I have discovered).
For a previously published tour, this Save feature does not save any changes, edits, or additions made since the the last time you clicked "Publish." Clicking this Save feature does not, as far as I can tell, create or update any files at all. This is not just buggy - unless I am completely mistaken, this is downright dangerous!
Easypano - what's up???
I started this simply to confirm to mstoss that TW2 and its "save" functions" are indeed "buggy." However,after re-reading this, I think I'll post it as a new post AND submit a bug report.
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