Export a dictionary to a ZooZL file (D)

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You can export a dictionary to a ZooZL file. A ZooZL file contains all the files from a dictionary (text, videos, and pictures), all packed into a single file. This makes it easier to move the dictionary to another computer or store it for long-term archiving.

You might want to export a dictionary to a ZooZL file for any of three reasons:

When you export a dictionary, you can control what people can do with it. You can let people make changes or you can let them only read it.

How to export a dictionary to a ZooZL file


Then, click graphic Tools > graphic Export dictionary. You will see this dialog:

On the left-hand side of the dialog, there is a list of possible folders where you can save the exported ZooZL file. Choose the folder where you want to save it. 

Click a folder to see what ZooZL files are already there. The dictionary names are on the right-hand side of the dialog. The dialog only shows ZooZL files that came from the same dictionary project. It shows the name the dictionary had when it was exported. If there is more than one ZooZL file there, you may see the same dictionary name more than once, but they will be different versions in different files (with different file names). 

If you want to see more details about a specific file, click on it. You will see the ZooZL file name, dictionary name, version, and modified date underneath.

You can also see the file names and other information about each file in detail view.

Next, choose a file name for the new ZooZL file. You can do this in two ways:

Next, set the permissions for the export.

Caution: SooSL uses a simple means to lock a dictionary as "read-only". A clever person can break the lock easily. If you want to share the dictionary and want to be sure that people won't change it, publish it on the SooSL website.

Finally, click graphic and wait.  It can take several seconds or minutes to copy all the dictionary's files into the ZooZL file. When it is done, you will see this message:

Click .

After you export the dictionary, you can: 

Detail view

When you are deciding where to save the ZooZL file in the Export Dictionary dialog (above), if you want to see more information about the ZooZL files that are already saved, click Detail View in the top-right corner of the dialog. 

This view shows more information:

Saving ZooZL files in network (LAN) locations

The Export Dictionary dialog is special for SooSL, to make it easier to find where to export ZooZL files. However, it isn't as complete as a normal File Open dialog. It doesn't show all the files in your folders or give you access to your local area network (LAN). To export a dictionary to another computer on your local network, see this topic.


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