Ever lose a project on your computer? In this post, we will pass along a couple tips or best practices for managing your PRO Landscape project files. From Image Editor, project files are saved as PLP files and drawing files from Planner are saved as LNF files. When saving these files users are ask to save them to a location on the hard drive. It is a good practice to save these files within your Documents folder. Many users go a step further and the create a folder in their Documents folder called “PRO Landscape Projects” and they will create a subfolder for each customer. Any files related to that customer such as project files, orginal photos, plot plans, exported images and PDF documents are all saved to this folder. Some users will archive their older projects and back them up to a separate drive. Saving files in this manner takes a little discipline, but can save you time when attempting to locate projects down the road. It is a good idea to backup your project files, databases and symbol libraries to an external drive from time to time. In Proposal program, you will find a Database Backup Utility which can assist you in backing these non-project files. Check out the video tutorial found under the Proposal videos which demonstrate the Database Backup Utility. For those of you that use cloud-base backup services such as Carbonite, Crash Plan or iDrive, it is extremely important to add the following folders to your backup. Windows XP: C:/PROGRAM FILES/Drafix/PRO Landscape/REPORTS/ C:/PROGRAM FILES/Drafix/PRO Landscape/SYMBOLS/ C:/PRO Landscape Library/Images/ Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8: C:/USERS/Public/Public Documents/Drafix/PRO Landscape/ (if it exists) C:/USERS/Public/Public Documents/PRO Landscape/ (if it exists) C:/PRO Landscape Library/Images/ (if it exists) Note: Within Public/Documents folder at lease one Drafix or PRO Landscape folder should exist. If both exists, back up both of them. In the Proposal software a dedicated quote files is not saved to a specific file location. The Proposal software is a database driven application. What this means is that when you create an estimate the quote is saved into the database. You will notice that when you modify the pricing grid, there is not a save or save as option because it automatically saves the data into the database. This is why we ask that you backup database on a routine basis. Many user will export their quotes to PDF format so they have an actual dedicated file for the estimate. The export to PDF, you will find this option on the PREVIEW tab on the quote. Practicing these routines can save you hours of headaches if your system crashes. If in doubt, give support a called and we can advise you.