Any developer that worked with a design team before probably went (several time) through the process of gathering the most up-to-date resources and templates for a given task. Unless you have a very clear & streamlined process into place, you’ll probably run into several outdated versions of the same files, leaving you confused and/or enraged for having to deal with this.
As I saw my team’s next two weeks getting filled with more and more design tasks, I decided to take on a few of them. However, this meant getting the most recent Sketch resources we might have, in order to keep our design consistent.
My goal was simple, to keep Sketch’s Templates folder linked among the team so it would always be up to date. There’s a familiar practice to keep in sync folders that you cannot move into Dropbox. When I say Dropbox, I might say Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SpiderOak, or any other way to keep files synced between devices.
The method is simple in theory, although the terminal commands might paint it a bit dauting for people who are not familiar with them. Here it goes:
1. Share the Templates folder with your team
Pick where you want that folder to be and create it (as long as it’s inside Dropbox or other syncing/sharing mechanism). It doesn’t really matter where you put it, what that matters is to share it between everyone you want to give access to.
2. Open up a terminal window…
… and run the following command:
cd /Users/<username>/Library/Application\ Support/com.bohemiancoding.sketch3/
Don’t forget to replace
<username> with your OS X alias. You should now be able to see folders like Plugins and Templates, if you run
3. Rename your Templates folder
This is the folder we are going to replace with a synced version, so make sure you rename it (or you can even delete it, if it’s empty).
4. Create the symbolic link
Now that you are in the right place and have all that you need, run the following command:
ln -s <Dropbox_folder_path> Templates
<Dropbox_folder_path> above with the path of the shared folder you have in Dropbox. This simply creates a symbolic link called Templates that points to your original shared folder, where your important files are up to date.
This is a simple process to keep files synced for other programs, not just Sketch. Any other piece fo software that requires its own folder structure where important files are kept, just use the same technique. Happy syncing!