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About the Database

Harmony can be used in database mode (online) via the server connection (Harmony Server) or as a standalone application (offline).

Several animators can work simultaneously on the same project while the asset library provides users with easy access to up-to-date media assets. Harmony is scalable; more than 100 staging clients can share animation just as easily as a few can.

Harmony Server is the link between the client machines and the server. It lets you work on the different projects stored in the central Harmony database.

At the heart of the Harmony solution is the server, which centralizes all the production assets in a repository. The server is compatible with Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. To learn more, refer to the Control Center Guide.

If you installed the complete version (Harmony Server / Network), when you start Harmony, you can opt to either work offline in the application as a standalone software, or connect to the database to work on projects via the database.

When working with Harmony Server, the scenes and their data are stored directly on the server. No data is saved or stored on the client machine. The client machines access the database and load the scenes and drawings directly from the server. Each time the user saves his scene, the data is updated directly on the server. There are no upload or download operations (check-in, check-out) done between the server and the clients.

NOTE: If you have a standalone license, you will not have access to the database. You will automatically start the application in standalone mode.