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DSB and DSBX

File types and structure in general.

dsb format

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DSB data format is for local / home use only. It has a similar structure to DSBX type, but it can be sad it is just a part of a bigger DSBX file.

Why do we have two similar formats? Let's look how teachers plan their lectures. They have a lot of multimedia files available on their computers.

After entering basic information concerning a new lecture (lecture name, school, grade, teaching units and topics, students activities, literature, the schedule from the first to the last minute, etc), teacher can attach one or more external files with every activity separately. After lecture editing, a complete plan should be saved in a kind of index file with DSB extension. Index file contains all entered data ordered by minute, but without attached multimedia files. DSB file has paths to external files only, not files themselves. DSB file is a lecture skeleton, while DSBX file is a complete body.

Each multimedia file can be used in several lectures and if teacher saves each plan within DSBX format, all bigger "packed" files will occupy a lot of hard disk space.

If teacher still doesn't want to take lectures to school, he/she will keep the data in a smaller DSB format files.

dsbX format

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DSBX data format is for school / exchange use only. It has a similar structure to DSB type, but it can be sad DSBX file is just a part of a bigger DSBX file.

Why do we have two similar formats? Let's look at how teachers prepare lectures. They have a lot of multimedia files on their computers.

When teacher wants to take a lecture to school, he/she opens lecture in the program and clicks the "Pack" button. All required texts and files will be packed in a file with DSBX format. Then teacher copies a prepared lecture to flash memory or CD-ROM and takes to school.

At school teacher opens the file with free DSB Player and teaches students.

The same files can be played or modified by other teachers (if it is allowed by the author). Author can also exchange files, give it for free or sell them to other colleagues.

If you want to take lecture to school, or exchange it, you will save data in "a bigger" DSBX format.

If you have the editing password ("Can Be Modified?" password), you can also "Unpack" dsbx file.

YOU ARE HERE: DSB Project The Project File Formats

Don't Waste Content

School's or teacher's own multimedia content will not be in the same folders on all school computers. Sometimes teacher's personal folders and files may be renamed or even deleted! As a real professional, every teacher should always be ready for a backup option. If it is not late, the same teacher’s files (if he/she has them at all) should be carried on flash memory. Texts, photographs, tables, sound and video files will always be with him/her. And teacher will be satisfied. But not for long.

Don't Waste Time

When creating and presenting educational contents teachers use a lot of programs and spend hours. Furthermore, in the search for programs and already prepared files on the school computers, they spend at least 5 minutes per school class. Sometimes they never find the file. Why wasting time?

Don't Waste IT

In a few months, all computers will be overloaded with multimedia files. You will not know which file is used for particular lecture. Duplicated contents are inevitable. Time for finding files is increased. Therefore you must use, as reminder, paper agenda. Once again. Poor organization can take you away from your computer. Why wasting IT?

Don't Waste Paper

Book, paper agenda, organizer or notebook are unfortunately very much used for lecture preparation. For every lecture, teachers write a lot of data. But, more important is the content. Teachers note down all the activities, from the first to the last minute of the lecture as well as the files he/she needs. Some files are folders, some on CD-ROMs, and some are downloaded. However, teachers need to enter not only file names, but also descriptions of contents which will be explained to students. Do you really need paper instructions?

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