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In addition to your project and media files, there are other files, important to the program, which reside in My Documents.
Without having the default My Documents folder on the C drive, this computer can't find these files.
Thanks for your reply, so basically we can't use this program offline then? Thats a real problem as many of our users move around from school to school recording and editing inteviews with children.
I don't work for Adobe, so I don't have any "secret details" but after reading in various Premiere fora for several years, I am fairly confident in saying that no flavor of Premiere is designed to work in a network environment... and they mostly do not
By using file/folder redirect "trickery" to direct the program to a network you are defeating the purpose of the program... which is to run on a standalone computer, so everything is where the programmers decided it should reside
The best you can do is actually un-and-re-install the program on a computer with an ACTUAL folder structure, so the program will work
You may then copy files to a server... but don't try to edit from there
Or you can set up your My Documents so that it saves to the computer instead of to your network.
You can not be disconnected from My Documents.
I think your missing my point here. I am not trying to run it as a networked app. It is quite common for closed network environments to have some folder redirection, in our case my docs is redirected so that poeples work when saved is always saved in a network drive and therefore backed up at night.
Thanks for taking the time to reply though.
Unfortunately Group Policy redirects My Docs for all pc's so I cannot change their my docs to point to the C: drive.
Can you create a C: drive folder to store your PRE files in? If so that may be sufficient (but you should daily copy the files to your network for back up).
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I cant find any reg keys that would allow me to point to an alternative location on the C drive, I think the install specifically targets My Docs and therefore does not allow for using another location.
>I am not trying to run it as a networked app
You may not be trying to install the program on a server for multiple users, but you ARE going outside the design by using a network in any fashion
Like it or not, PElements/Premiere are simply not designed to be used with a network... only on a standalone computer
The Feature Request https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform is always available
For anyone who gets into the same problem as me I have found a work around.
By enabling offline files on the laptops and allowing them to sync My Docs, it gave them a local copy of the files that were not avaiable when the laptop was not connected to the network and now Premiere Elements will open offline.
The only limitation is if the user is trying to use multiple pc's.
They have a desktop pc that they use with Elements and then they also have a laptop they take away and use with elements. Because they change the files on their offline copy of My Docs when they try and sync back to the network they will get a file version error that will force them to choose which version they want to keep but its a small price to pay to make this product work regardless of whether the pc is on a network or standalone.
Personally I dont think that applications shoudl save any data to My Docs that the user themselves will not access, it should save to the application data folder under the users profile in Documents and Settings. But thats just my opinion of the most common mistake that developers make that causes problems with trying to run an application in a closed environment.
Just other users here... go to the link I provided and tell Adobe what you think/want