Site Recorder 4 Tour: Digital Publishing
Publishing the results of your work is one of the most important steps in the life of a project so Site Recorder includes tools that can allow quick and easy publication of complete digital data sets.
The files that are generated by Site Recorder can be shared amongst other users. Those without the full Site Recorder program can use the file reader program called Site Reader which can be downloaded from the 3H Consulting web site for free.
Security of the site information is always a concern, mainly to ensure that it remains intact and secure but also to guard against theft. It may not be an advantage to allow the raw data to be modified, to be extracted and reused or to be printed. Site Recorder incorporates a publishing scheme that allows free distribution of raw data but optionally disallows modification, exporting and printing.
Site files can be locked so they cannot be modified but they can be opened and viewed. The files are password protected so they can only be changed once unlocked with the correct password. This mechanism protects the file against accidental change or tampering and any attempts at overriding the locks will most likely result in the file being unusable.
The Site Recorder file on your computer may include links to source documents and images in any number of different folders. To allow the files to be shared and archived the files have to be copied to a CD and maintaining this same folder structure can be difficult. To overcome this problem, Site Recorder includes a Package tool that neatly wraps up the Site file along with all of the other linked files into a simple folder structure which can easily be copied to CD.
To publish the archive, the single compressed Site file can then be uploaded to the web and a link to it added to a web page. Clicking on the link downloads and opens the file in the same way that you would download a PDF document file. The file is opened automatically by the Site Reader program which uncompresses the files and folders then opens the main Site file as usual.
The archive files on the web site can be updated very easily so it is possible to ensure that the latest archive is available. Version numbers and metadata built in to the Site file make sure that the users can keep track of upgrades.