1Definition and use cases
The definition of a snapshot would be a state of your entire document at a particular point of the time. Therefore, the primary purpose of making a snapshot is to remember the document`s status for later comparison or export.
A perfect use case example would be a negotiation process. There will always be the "first version of a contract" every party is fine with. With further changes, it often makes sense to compare the current status of the agreement with the one everyone initially agreed upon.
Hence, making snapshots of a document at the desired stages of the negotiation is a perfect solution compared to creating multiple document versions and storing them separately.
If the Snapshots feature is active on your system, a new tab "Snapshots" will appear in the left tab bar. From there, you can create an unlimited amount of snapshots of one document in SMASHDOCs, meaning a snap of a clean version of your document, including comments. To do this, click on the "New" button for the window to create snapshots to open.
During the creation process, indicate
- name of the snapshot
- it`s numbering level
- a note (optional)
During the import of sdox-/Word-document to SMASHDOCs the default name of an initial snapshot is 'Original'.
Later on, you can filter taken snapshots depending on their levels. Also adding notes like the ones in the examples below, help you distinguish the purpose of the particular snapshot or add any other information you feel like adding.
If the option "Show details" is on, information about what, when, and by whom was created will be displayed in the list.
Apart from a date of the snapshot creation, its exact time is also provided.
Once you deactivate "Show details", only names of snapshots will be shown.
3Snapshots as a separate user right
Option "Snapshots" is only available for users who have the respective user right activated in the particular document. If you wish to invite a user to your document so that he/she can take snapshots, grant him this right straightforward during the invitation or activate the "Snapshots" option later on in the user management.
4Comparison of snapshots
You can compare snapshots between each other and then merge the necessary changes.
Please be aware that merge is only possible if comparing to the current status of the document.
As in the usual comparison process, you can select the changes you want to merge or merge everything at once by clicking on "Merge all".
In other cases, namely if comparing two or more snapshots with one another, the result will be a comparison report view - without the possibility to merge changes.
5Export of snapshots
Snapshots can also be exported as original sdox file and / or as a WORD document. Exported snapshots both in sdox and docx format can later always be compared using our comparison functionality.