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Saving Projects as a Single File

A Storyboard Pro project is composed of many small files. Each drawing in a project is a file, which may result in projects containing over 10,000 files. This can quickly fill your storage solution with a high number of files, straining the file system and backup process.

You can reduce the number of files and protect the integrity of projects by saving (packing) the project in a single file. A packed project file is appended with the .sbpz extension.

The location of your packed file (*.sbpz) does not have to be in the same place as your current project file. For example, you can save the packed file on your company’s server and save the current version on your local computer.

You can open a packed file in the usual way by using the File > Open command or by double clicking the file in the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS X). The packed file extracts to a temporary folder on your computer.

Windows: \Users\[username]\Documents\Toon Boom Animation\StoryboardPro Project Cache
Mac OS X: /Users/[username]/Documents/Toon Boom Animation/StoryboardPro Project Cache

When opening a project in Storyboard Pro, you can select an .sbpz file (the packed project); this file will be updated when you perform a Save and Pack. If you opened an .sboard project, you can perform a Save As to a packed format, after which that file (the packed/zipped one) will be updated by the Save and Pack.

- Unpacked projects do not appear in the list of recent projects, so you don't accidentally open the project in the cache.
- Multiple users cannot open the same packed project at the same time.
- When working with a packed project and you have Storyboard Pro set to automatically save your project, Autosave, it is saved to the project cache.