Updated: 29th June 2020
Although CTS Archive can be used as a stand-a-lone product, the audience for what is documented below is specifically targeted at CTS Wardrobe users.

This page covers the two basic methods of using archive with the built in baskets, I must stress you don’t have to use the baskets, you can use any box (either your own or the vendor supplied unpacker your package was delivered in). You can even drop individual items into archive draws and link those too the same wardrobe item. I am just keeping this native to how archive is designed to keep it as newbie friendly as possible.

Section 7.1 runs through the steps when initiating an archive from the in world Cabinet. Section 7.2 runs through the steps when initiating an archive from the Wardrobe dashboard. This 2nd method is more streamlined and less error prone in terms of linking an archive with a wardrobe item.

I am assuming here that you are either interested in purchasing or have purchased CTS Archive. I am also assuming that once you do own the product that you have at least rezzed an Archive Cabinet and created at lease one or two draws, if not then visit here for initial Help.

When do I archive? Now that I have about 90% of the backlog done, I find for myself its best to create the archive entry once I add a new item to my wardrobe. This way I keep everything in sync and up to date, reducing the requirement to leave objects laying around in inventory.

I have gone with an option of using three Archive Cabinets, each is logically targeted at archiving specific items.

  1. Lilith’s Archive 1 [Avatar]: This is were I store things like Appliers, Skins, Nails, Hair…..
  2. Lilith’s Archive 2 [Wearables]: This is were I archive Shoes, Clothing, Accessories…….
  3. Lilith’s Archive 3 [Rezzables]: This is were I archive my home, plants, decor…… Basically using Wardrobe as a visual catalog system and redeliver system rather than storing these items in folders in my inventory.
Archive 1 [Avatar] – Archive 2 [Wearables] – Archive 3 [Rezzables]
Image updated 4th June 2020 – draws added after this date are not reflected in this graphic.

7.1 Method 1 – Using an Archive Cabinet

The process of archiving when initiating it from in world is to use an Archive Cabinet by touching it then following 13 steps that I have divided up into logical sub topics. This method is slightly more involved than method 7.2 which is why I documented it first as it does provide a guide as to what is happening under the covers when using the other method.

7.1.1 Creating a Basket

Firstly, you don’t have to use the Archive baskets, you can use the Objects that you received when you purchased an item, generally these are HUD based inventory givers these days although some are still rezzable boxes that you open. You can also archive individual objects if you wish.

Caveat: I DO NOT archive NO-COPY items as this would result in the archive cabinet inheriting NO-COPY. I box up these items and store then in a special folder in Inventory. 

Personally, I prefer to use the baskets that the system comes with, the main reason for this is cause I use the method I documented in 7.2 as its streamlined and extremely fast once you know what your doing.

The following provides a step-by-step guide of how I archived my Blueberry Iconic Mega Pack which was used as the example for adding items to Wardrobe. In this case it will ultimately be archived into the Shorts & Tops draw in my Lilith’s Wearables cabinet and linked to the Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack item in Wardrobe.

Archive 2

Clicking the Lilith’s Wearable cabinet will bring up the Archive Menu on the right.

(1) Click on Rez Basket, a text entry dialog will then be presented.

Archive 3

(2) I give it the same name as my Wardrobe item (cut & paste it from Wardrobe), as mentioned above in the intro the reason I use baskets with a matching name as the wardrobe item will come clear in later steps. (3) click Submit, the basket will then be rezzed on the ground in front of the unit.

Archive 4

(4) Right click the basket for Edit as per image to the right, the basket edit panel will open. Your only interested in the “Content” tab as per (A) in the image below.

7.1.2 Adding Contents to the Basket

Back when adding this item to wardrobe I said I took a copy into RLV and not the original unpacked folder from the creator when I purchased it. This is the reason, I now use that original unpacked folder as the source for the archive process.

These steps are also used for Method 2, section 7.2.2 (below)
Archive 5

(5) I drag the entire folder to (6) which is the contents of the basket. Once copied click the refresh button (7), you should be able to scroll down and see all 55 items are now copied over from the folder in inventory to the basket. Next right click (8) Blueberry – Iconic – MEGA PACK in inventory and delete, or drag to Trash as it is no longer required. The final step here is to right click (9) the basket and Take it into inventory. If you still have the package laying around in inventory sent by the creator you can also trash it. You can generally get a re-delivery if there is ever a need.

7.1.3 CTRL+drag Basket to Archive

These steps are also used for Method 2, section 7.2.3 (below).
Archive 6

In inventory I now have the basket with the name Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack. Which you can see on the left side of the image below. The next step is to CTL drag this object (10) to the wardrobe Unit (11).

7.1.4 Selecting a Draw & Linking it with a Wardrobe Item

Archive 7

A dialog box will open,  I will select the relevant draw or next to be presented with the next set of draws. In this case 9. Shorts & Tops is the best match. I simply click the correct icon (12).

Finally the last dialog box will open, this allows you to link the archived basket with a Wardrobe item. Because I named the basket the same name as the corresponding wardrobe item it will generally match as the first number.

I simply click the number 1. Blueberry button (13) to complete the link.

I no-longer have any use to keep the copy of the basket in inventory (10) above, simply right click and delete or drag to Trash.

If you now refresh your webpage view you will now notice the wardrobe item now includes a box icon left of trash. This is the retrieve from Archive icon. See section 7.3 below for details.

7.2 Method 2 – Using Wardrobe

The process of archiving when initiating it from your wardrobe is a much more streamlined process and I would suggest that you use this over method 1. Basically its less error prone to typos and is a more point and click process that automates steps like naming your basket, the draw it will be placed in and the wardrobe item it is linked too.

7.2.1 Creating a Basket

(1) Click on the Archive icon left of the trash icon for the wardrobe item you want to archive. Here I am using the same Blueberry item I used for method 1. If like me you may have multiple archive cabinets, if so you then select the one you want by clicking on it (2). In my case, this is clothing so it goes in my Wearables archive.

Now click on the draw you want the archive to be stored in (3) and then select which archiving mode you want to use (4). Generally you will use the 2nd option I’ll keep the folder in the inventory. Then click OK.

A dialog window will open saying that a basket is been created in world. Once that has completed the contents of the dialog will show as per the image below.

In the SL viewer local chat you will see three messages similar to these;

[hh:mm] Lilith’s Archive 2 [Wearables]: Rezzing a new box “Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack”…
[hh:mm] Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack: Fill me with stuff. When done, take me to your inventory, and then Ctrl+drag me to the Archive.
[hh:mm] Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack: zdrop on xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack

7.2.2 Adding Contents to the Basket

Now you will do the same steps (5), (6), (7), (8) & (9) that are documented in section 7.1.2 above.

7.2.3 CTRL+drag Basket to Archive

Once you have completed those steps, you do steps (10) & (11) that are documented in section 7.1.3 above. Wardrobe will automatically place the archive basket in the correct draw and link it to the wardrobe item.

In the SL viewer local chat you will see a message similar to this;

[hh:mm] Lilith’s Archive 2 [Wearables]: The item “Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack” was moved to drawer “Shorts & Tops”.

As with method 1, once you have completed there is no need to keep the archive basket in inventory. Right click and trash or drag it to trash.

7.3 Retrieving a Basket from Archive

To retrieve a basket from archive you find the item in wardrobe.

This can be done several ways. I don’t think there is a better way, it really comes down to what you find works for yourself. In my case I tend to simply limit my view to the creator tag.

Lets assume I accidentally deleted a component of my Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack item and I need to recover it. One option is to TP to Blueberry and request a re-delivery. Right who wants to go there, especially on new release day.

Icon Retrive this Item from Archive

The other option is to retrieve it from archive, to do this I would do a tag search on Blueberry. Then scroll and find the item, once found I would click the Retrieve from Archive icon. The following dialog will open.

If all you want to do is retrieve then you simply click OK (1). If you wish to rebuild the archive for any reason (for example product update), you would first check delete (A) and then click OK (1).

A standard inventory accept dialog will be waiting for you back in the SL viewer. You simply accept this. If your using Archive baskets, you can simply REZ them and right click for Open to either copy items into inventory or delete items to rebuild.

Archive 11

Because I use Catznip and have configured “Accept In” folders with a specific folder for archive retrieval I always select that folder. In my case (1) Archive Recall followed by (2) Keep.

This results in the basket going into the associated folder within a sub folder that is automatically created as yymmdd. For example, if I retrieve my Blueberry 27_Iconic Mega Pack archive basket on 3rd September 2019 it will end up in inventory in folder path My Inventory\[CTS Archive Baskets Recalled]\190903\

Archive 12
NOTE: Catznip viewer feature
Archive 13

I do this to keep my inventory organized as it makes it relatively easy to just cleanup by dragging any yymmdd folder to trash once I no longer require to keep them. Cause of how I organize my folders in inventory these always sit just under trash so its no major dragging.

In the case of rebuilding the archive due to say an update you would first delete the contents of this basket and then using this basket start from 6.2.

7.4 Archive Updater

This section is new and still needs to be fleshed out with further details and graphics.

After receiving and unpacking the Archive updater simply rez the object (CTS) Archive Updater near your in world Archive Cabinets.

Once the update begins it will take between 2 – 5 minutes depending on the number of cabinets you have rezzed and the number of draws in each cabinet. The following messages will be issues to your local chat and displayed on the updater or cabinets during the process.

[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Searching for Archives…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Found # Archives to update, with a total number of ## drawers.
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Installing updaters in Archives…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Cleaning Archive inventories…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Updating Archive inventories…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Cleaning up Archives…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Installing updaters in drawers…

[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Cleaning drawer inventories…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Updating drawer inventories…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Cleaning up drawers…
[hh:mm] Archive Updater: Update complete. You can delete the updater now.

For video tutorials on using Archive then visit Butta’s Getting Started with CTS Archive