Actually You can.
- Make a folder I called mine "test drop outer"
2. insert at least one sketch in it.
- make another folder inside "test drop outer" I called mine "test drop inner"
- drop sketches in there.
- Zip up the complete folder structure.
- Import it.
You will be left with the inner folder containing the sketches and the outer folder will be stripped away leaving the one sketch in the root of the sketchbook itself.
EDIT.. EMPTY outer folder also works and just leaves you with your intended folder structure.
SECOND EDIT...I want to thank you as it was your suggestion that spurred me on to double check the import side. Below is a newer method...
Importing sketches and libraries.
The better way for SKETCHES
Sketches can be really easy to import but you may end up with no structure to them and spend a long time sorting them out.
This method takes a little time but can be well worth the effort.
NOTE there was a size limit to any import of 10mb. This has changed and I am unsure of the new limit
Sort them out BEFORE you import them.
This will allow you to remove the ones you know don’t or won’t work and also allow you to have an archive of trimmed down sketches in case anything goes wrong with your computer.
Start by making a set of folders on your computer. An easy method is alphabetical.
EG. A folder for numerical called “0 to 9 Sketches” and then “A Sketches”, “B Sketches”, “C Sketches” etc.
You can of course use a different method but try to keep it so you know what will be where.
If you are using the alphabetical method move all your “A” related sketches to that folder.
Now sort through them one by one and get rid of any unwanted items especially PDF, DOC, DOCX etc. as that will speed up the import as CREATE will have to do that work for you and may even complain about it.
Continue to do that until they are all organised as you would like them.
When you are done place all those folders inside an empty one let’s say called “IMPORT” The name does not really matter as it will be discarded during the import.
Zip that folder and its contents
Now for the actual import.
This is better done with not too many other sketches littering your sketchbook on create so maybe do a small tidy up in CREATE EDITOR before you start.
Import your zip and your folders should now be separated from the initial one.
NOTE that there was a depth limit to folders currently of 3 max! If you exceed that you could see lots of extra folders appearing and a lot of tidy up to do.
You should then copy the original zips somewhere safe. It is up to you but you could add them into a single ZIP and put it on a flash drive or backup drive.
Moving on to LIBRARIES.
In my case I followed a similar system to above. But there are a few extra things to be aware of.
First is that libraries take up a lot more room than sketches.
Second is that they are more likely to have unwanted files inside especially pictures, documents or even videos. Those will most often be discarded by CREATE and may again even throw up an error.
If you use windows but not apple then get rid of any mac OS items in the library and vice versa.
So like the Sketch routine above go through them and remove any files that are not required by create. That will help a lot in the speed of import and go a long way to making your libraries leaner.
NOTE there was size limit to any import of 10mb.
There may be occasion you have to even break down a library zip into smaller parts eg. “M Libs 01” , “M libs 02”
Another warning is that if there are any “PDE” examples they will not be imported ! ONLY “INO” files will make it into CREATE so if there are any older sketches you would want to do 1 of 2 things with them.
- Open them in the desktop ide (1.6.5 or newer) and re save them with the “INO” extension.
- Delete them.
Luckily we don’t have to make folders for libraries so just importing them should be a simple and painless process once they are imported.
Should create throw an error with any sketch or library then take note of that file name and examine it on your computer again to make sure it does not have any extra unwanted files.