Making your online content collection easier to navigate and re-use is simple to do with eXie and poses no risk to the content arrangement you already know.
An eXie frame will catalog groups of online content thematically. Each cell in the frame contains a group of subject matter that pertains to the theme and topic of that cell. For example, in a frame that catalogs subject matter about Transportation, a cell may hold content relevant to a transportation theme such as “Cars” and a topic such as “Design”.
Opening a cell in the frame (via click or tap on the cell) allows you to add web links to online content either one item at a time or in batches, inside the cell.
An online folder of content is, in that way, a container of items to be imported into an eXie cell. Here is an example of how that works.
Using Dropbox as an example: a variety of content about car design may be stored in many diferent places and file types. But a single new online folder called “Transfer” can be made, and any relevant items can be copied or moved into that folder.
Any content item stored there has a URL, and the folder in Dropbox online has a URL as well. Use this folder to take your time and make decisions about what you would like to add into eXie.
The convenience of using your Dropbox (or other online) storage system starts with relying on what you already know: the ease of dragging and dropping items from one place to another, and of being able to easily change your mind or undo things.
When you approve of the group of content that you created in the Transfer folder, the URL of that folder will tell eXie where to find that content. Go to the eXie cell in the Car column and Design row. Selecting the cell in eXie (via click or tap) presents the ADD / IMPORT buttons, and selecting Import will make eXie ask for that URL
When you supply the URL, and start the Import, the items in the online folder will appear here as a list. The list can then be immediately edited further if desired, to improve their names as they will display in eXie; or to remove items from the list. Then Save the list, which will cause eXie to record the item URLs as web links in the cell.
All of the imported web links are “live” at that point and will bring up the content if the link is selected in the cell.
Now that you have seen the technique work, use it in the best, smartest way.
When you look at your current folder organization, any folder you see is already useful for supplying items to import without using an additional “Transfer” folder. The real lesson of the Transfer folder is the experience of editing your collection. Thinking about cataloging makes us consider whether we have already grouped content in a highly useful way for ourselves and for other people.
When web links are recorded in eXie, the content must stay at those web locations or it will stop being found by eXie. This means there are two main ways to think about linking to the content.
One is to not reorganize your folders at all, but to pick any single item from any folder and ADD it to the eXie cell. This leaves all folders and item locations as they already are set.
The other is to make new folders that you will keep as your new permanent organization, in effect updating and improving your current storage decisions. In that case, you would not name your new folder “Transfer”, but you would name it in a way that corresponds to the most likely catalog-style usefulness. In our example, “Car Design” would be an obvious folder name. Meanwhile, any single item in the Car Design folder would still be available to ADD to any other relevant frame and cell that you choose
When you have created a catalog with an eXie frame, you can allow others as well as yourself to access the content items you chose, without exposing all of the other folders and content. One content collection can be cataloged in many different ways for different users. And any catalog can evolve over time to provide better special organization of access to the content.