Feature request: switching between projects

#1

Would it be possible to have the Open item in the Projects sub-menu present a list of the available projects and allow switching to one of them? The appearance would be similar to the Import/Library item.

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#2

Hi @drmibell - it's possible... but would need a bit more thought than simply throwing up a list of projects.

We already know the Import/Library menu is fiddly to use, particularly once you have any more than one or two levels of hierarchy. It simply doesn't scale very well. So I'm cautious with any proposal that suggests adding more menus. (In fact, I'm sketching out some designs that will get rid of the submenus under both Import and Export and have them both open a single dialog that allows you to pick where you import/export from/to... but that's for another thread another day)

It can't be an endless list if presented as a menu. The advantage of the dialog is you can quickly search for a project to open it. That's perhaps less of a concern if you only have a small number of projects locally. I don't think we have enough feedback to know what a 'typical' user has.

It could be an 'Open Recent" type menu that lists the 5 most recently opened projects - in a similar fashion to Word/Powerpoint et al.

Any other thoughts out there?

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#3

I should be happy I'm not managing dozens of projects at once. An 'Open Recent' menu would work well for me.

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#4

One thing you can do - for now - is use the node-red command to start Node-RED but add in the name of a json file. For example you could have node-red gardenwatering.json as one project and node-red housemonitor.json as another. This will create the json file and a credentials file for the project so in the .node-red folder you would see:
gardenwatering.json
gardenwatering_cred.json
housemonitor.json
housemonitor_cred.json
And the you would have a seperate set of flows in the two projects.
(Thanks to @dceejay for this hint)

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