A SnapGene Collection is a special folder and structured set of subfolders used for storage and management of SnapGene files.
A SnapGene 'Project' folder, can be any folder accessible from your computer. The 'Project' side panel mirrors what you would see in Windows File Explorer, macOS Finder or a Linux OS File Manager. The 'Project' side panel streamlines file access and management, and allows you to find, view and work with your files without switching to and from your OS file manager.
The following table summarises current similarities and differences between Collections and 'Projects'.
|SnapGene Collection||Project Folder|
|File Management||Yes, see Collections||Yes, see Using the SnapGene 7.0 Interface|
|Structured File Storage||Yes:
'DNA Files’ folder (for .dna files)
'RNA Files' area (for .rna files)
'Protein Files' folder (for .prot files)
'Micellaneous Files' folder (for all other file types)
All files types can reside in a project folder or any subfolder.
|Search for sequence and file metadata||Yes - via the Collection Search Tool, see Search a Collection
||Yes, via the File Manager Search tool, see Searching in a Project folder|
|Tabbed File View||No||Yes, see Using Tabs in the Project Interface|
||Yes, see Define a Working Set in a Collection||No†|
|Sorting based on date or File Code Numbering||Yes, see Configure Code Numbers for a Collection||No†
|Bulk Edit of File Description Information
||Yes, see Bulk edit the Description Information of multiple Sequences||No†
|Vector NTI Database Conversion||Yes, see Import a Vector NTI Database||Yes, from SnapGene 7.0.2 Vector NTI databases are imported as a Project.|
|File locking when editing||Yes||Yes
† May be added in future.