Collection Areas

How are different file types stored and viewed in a Collection?

SnapGene version 5.3 and later includes an Area for RNA files and provides a new RNA file type (.rna)

SnapGene version 5.3 and later includes an "All Files" view of all Areas.

Structure of a Collection

A SnapGene Collection is divided into 4 Areas, each Area corresponds to a folder which can hold defined file types.

  • RNA Files (.rna)- can contain RNA sequences
  • Protein Files (.prot) - can contain Protein files
  • DNA Files (.dna) - can contain DNA files
  • Miscellaneous Files - can contain any file type that is not RNA, DNA or protein.

An Area folder may contain individual files of the appropriate file type, and subfolders containing the appropriate file type.

A Collection subfolder can have a "linked" subfolder in each Area. See this article for more information on creating linked folders - Create Links Between Collection Areas.

As of SnapGene version 5.3. New file types/Areas may be added to Collections in future versions of SnapGene.

View an Area in List View

In this example we will view the DNA Area. Select the DNA File Area and click the "List View" button. List view will show all files in the selected Area, regardless of whether they are located in the top folder, or in subfolders.

List view allows you to search all files in the selected Area of the Collection. Available search criteria will depend on the Area selected - see Search a Collection.

View an Area in Folder View

In this example we will view the DNA Area. Select  the DNA File Area and click the "Folder View" button. Folder View will show all files and subfolders within the Area. Folder "aliases" allow you to jump to linked subfolders in other Areas.

View All Areas in Folder View

NEW: The "All Areas" view is available in SnapGene 5.3 and later

Select "All Areas" view and select Folder view. All files in the Collection are listed. Files in "linked" subfolders in different Areas will be grouped and displayed as a single subfolder.