The Media directory is a central location under the current project for storing media.
It helps prevent broken links.
It makes backups convenient and easy.

 The Media directory is a central location under the current Augean project for storing media files.
Copying files to the Media directory helps prevents broken links to external files.
(if the external files is accidently moved or deleted, the link to it will be broken.).

Help ⟶ About shows the location of the Media Directory

Location of the MEDIA_DIRECTORY where media files are stored
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 To view the MEDIA DIRECTORY click on help then About.
There is a link to view the Media Directory, which is the central location for storing Media in Augean.

If you click Help ⟶ About, and Click on MEDIA_DIRECTORY you can see the file

The MEDIA_DIRECTORY, viewed in windows which is under the current project.
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When adding media, press "Copy to the Media Directory" to copy files to the media directory.
Notice how we can use Grammarly to check the spelling.
The media will be moved to the MEDIA DIRECTORY.

When adding media, Augean provides a button,    to copy the media to the MEDIA_DIRECTORY

The media currently outside the MEDIA_DIRECTORY
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 If the image is outside the media directory, it cant be backed up. It may be lost.

Press the    to copy the file to the media directory.

The file is now copied to the Media Directory (notice how the path has changed).

Image copied to media directory
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 Generate a report of media outside the Media directory using the Media Report.
Remember that media outside the media directory is not included in backups.

Generate a report of files outside the media directory using Reports ⟶ Media Report ...

Report showing files outside the MEDIA_DIRECTORY
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In this report there are 10 files outside the media directory.
The report gives you the option to move the files into the media directory
   will update the GEDCOM with new links to the files in the media directory.
(all references to the file in the GEDCOM will be updated)

The filepath is updated in the GEDCOM when copying to the media directory.

Before copying to Media DirectoryC:\imagetemp\JK3.jpg
After copying to Media DirectoryMEDIA_DIRECTORY\JK3.jpg

Before moving to the MEDIA_DIRECTORY, the file name was stored in the GEDCOM as a link to the external file.
This link can be broken if the file is moved.
It is recommended to copy all files to the Media Directory.
Once in the Media Directory, the file name is changed to to one which is directly inside the Augean project.

 Media in the media directory can be included in backups.

One advantage of stored media in the media directory, is allows for easy backup of the media.
Backup the project and media files using File ⟶ Backup ...

Backup project and also the Media Directory
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The backup .zip archive contains both the GEDCOM file and the media from the media directory
  Using the media directory, helps prevent broken links.
  Using the media directory allows for easy backups
  Using the media directory allows projects to be moved easily between computers.