When you ‘rebase’ the project to make it ‘portable’ Tropy will look at all the photos and change their paths to be relative to the current location of the project file. For this to work, Tropy needs to be able to find the photos, so in your case, this would have to happen on your assistant’s computer.
- Move the project file to the external disk, into the same folder with all the photos.
- Make the project portable: this means Tropy will figure out where all the photos are relative to the project file on the external disk.
At this point you would be able to open the project on any other computer as long as you keep the project file on the external drive. To move the project permanently to another computer (or the photos to a new location) you could then rebase the project again after the move: then you’d be able to move the project file around again, independently of the photos. You can also just leave the portable project on the external hard drive of course (at the moment there are performance benefits if you keep the project file on a ‘fast’ disk though).
Anyway, if you’ve already ‘moved’ everything (i.e., you have the project and photos and your own computer) then rebasing won’t work anymore because Tropy does not know about the current location of the photos (we’ll address this very soon because this is causing way too much issues for everyone!). So in this case, the easiest thing is to re-write the paths in the database file directly: this should be easy as long as we know where your photos are located on your new computer (or, if we want a portable project, where the photos will be relative to the project file). Like I said, I’m happy to do this for you if you send me the project file (the .tpy file) here. You can attach the file to a message here in the forums; in case the project file is too big, you can also just send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org