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How do I create a .zip file?

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  • If you want to upload a collection of Boardmaker boards to the BoardmakerShare website, you must first create a .zip file or a board package (.zbp file). (Board packages can only be created using version 6.0 or higher of the Boardmaker Software Family of products. If you have not yet upgraded to version 6, you will need to create a .zip file to upload a collection of your boards to BoardmakerShare.com.)


    The procedure for creating a .zip file will be different depending on whether you are using a Windows or a Mac computer.


    To create a .zip file using a Windows computer:



    1. Browse on your computer for individual boards or folders you want to upload. (The boards and folders you have saved are typically located in the My Boards folder within the My Documents folder on your desktop, which is the default location for saving boards.)

      Select multiple files by holding down the Control (Ctrl) key on your keyboard while clicking on the individual files.



      • If you are creating a collection of related print boards, browse on your computer for individual boards.

      • If you are making a .zip file for an interactive, on-screen activity, the activity will most likely have multiple boards and also a series of folders that end in .mm, with the same name as the boards (for example, Game1.bm2 and Game 1.mm). Be sure to select all of these files and folders.

      • If you have one folder that includes only the files for a single, interactive, on-screen activity, you can just select the one folder and everything in that folder will be included in the .zip file.


      • Right-click on any one of the files you have selected. In the submenu that appears, click Send to » Compressed (zipped) Folder. (The .zip file you create will have the name of the board on which you right-clicked. To change the name of the .zip file to something more descriptive, just click on the file name and type in a new name.)



      To create a .zip file using a Mac computer:


      1. Browse on your computer for individual boards or folders you want to upload. (The boards and folders you have saved are typically located in the My Boards folder within the My Documents folder on your desktop, which is the default location for saving boards.)


        Select multiple files by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on the individual files.



        1. If you are creating a collection of related print boards, browse on your computer for individual boards.

        2. If you are making a .zip file for an interactive, on-screen activity, the activity will most likely have multiple boards and also a series of folders that end in .mm, with the same name as the boards (for example, Game1.bm2 and Game 1.mm). Be sure to select all of these files and folders.

        3. If you have one folder that includes only the files for a single, interactive, on-screen activity, you can just select the one folder and everything in that folder will be included in the .zip file.



      2. Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key while clicking on any one of the files you have selected. In the submenu that appears, click Create Archive of # (number of items in the file) Items. (The .zip file you create will be named Archive.zip file. Click on the file name and type in a new name for the file.)



      3. You can now upload your .zip file to the BoardmakerShare website.

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