File Manager: File Subscriptions
Files that reside outside your course in a sharable location, such as Repository or Template Manager, can be added to your course by either copying the files or by creating file subscriptions. Unlike file copies, file subscriptions maintain continuity between copies of a file by allowing changes to the original file to be automatically reflected in the file in your course.
Whenever you use the Content Browser to get a file that is stored in a sharable location, you must indicate whether you want to subscribe to the file or copy the file. Subscribing to the file creates a file subscription which is stored in your course's File Manager. All file subscriptions display the Subscribed to a remote file icon next to the ActionLinks icon.
Example: A file exists in Repository that you want to use in multiple courses. From within each course, you create a file subscription to the file. Now, when the file in Repository is updated, the changes will be reflected in the file copies in each course.
In File Manager, some actions that are available on files are not available on file subscriptions; you cannot edit, rename, copy, download, zip, or declare character sets for file subscriptions. However, you can perform the following tasks:
- create file subscriptions
- preview file subscriptions
- view file subscription information
- view content HREF information on file subscriptions
- move file subscriptions
- delete file subscriptions
You can also cancel file subscriptions. This replaces the file subscription with a file copy meaning that changes to the original file will not be reflected in your course. This gives you ownership of the copied file and all file options become available to you.