All files related to a single job or project should normally be kept in a project folder, and each project folder would normally go in your Initial Project Folder. By default, your Initial Project Folder is
C:\Users\user-name\Documents\Copan\(Win Vista / Win 7),
C:\Documents and Settings\user-name\My Documents\Copan\(Win XP), or
C:\My Documents\Copan\(Win 98),
Copan keeps track of what is known as the current project folder. When you're about to open or create a project data file, you are shown the current project folder first, and if you choose another location, the new location becomes the current project folder.
A coordfile is a standalone file containing a head record and a set of survey point records. It is a binary file and has a .pts name extension.
See § Coordinate Files on how to do basic coordinate file management and § Point Records on the nature and management of point records.
info.display.txtfile within the current project folder. The file is overwritten (or emptied) before each activity, so you may wish to Save As or print it regularly from whichever program is displaying it. See § Info Display File on printing or viewing the file. (Prior to version 10.05, there was only a single info display file, stored in the user settings folder.)
codes.txt), required when using code descriptions or extensions (see § Point Codes). Copan looks for them in your Auxiliary Files Folder which starts out being within the Initial Project Folder but it can be changed to, say, a common location on a file server. (Prior to version 10.08, auxiliary files were located in the program folder.)
You or your colleagues are responsible for creating your auxiliary files.
Note that you have the option to have separate auxiliary files associated with each project. You might choose to do this if your point codes tend to change from project to project. To do it for particular projects only, check Copy auxiliary files to project folder when you create a coordinate file. To do it for all new projects, check Auto copy auxiliary files to new project folder in § Program Settings. In either case, Copan will copy the contents of the Auxiliary Files Folder to the particular project folder.
For your information, there are two other sets of files — User Settings and Program Files — whose locations you cannot change and with which you needn't concern yourself (usually).
C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Copan\(Win Vista / Win 7),
C:\Documents and Settings\user-name\Application Data\Copan\(Win XP), or
C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Copan\(Win 98),
C:\Program Files (x86)\Copan version-number\(64-bit Win) or
C:\Program Files\Copan version-number\(32-bit Win).