If you look closely you’ll notice several renamed files. For example: database.vpp.bak_002d. That is one of the many backup copies of the project. If you rename this into a name which VP recognizes (for example: database2.vpp) then you should be able to open the file using Visual Paradigm. You can reach this location using a file browser, as shown above.
VP usually keeps several backup copies in such a location.
The second option, but something tells me that you’re probably not using it, is VPository. In other words: VP’s cloud service. If you saved your project in VPository you can always open an earlier version of your project, or revert your project back to an earlier point:
OK, the backups are available and I can accept that as a fallback, but they’re not an adequate response in this situation.
I now realise what I did. I was playing around with the tools I haven’t yet looked at last night and something I did triggered the creation of a bunch of empty drawings (might have been the TOGAF ADM option or something like that)
I remember noticing this bunch of empty drawings dotted throughout my project and thinking that perhaps one of my colleagues had dived in and edited it. Felt somewhat irritated because I’d explicitly told them to make copies in their own folder and leave my stuff alone. Only this morning did I remember the probable cause and immediately set about deleting all the unwanted drawings. I suspect my fat finger event materialised in the middle of that cleanup.
Then spent the rest of the day typing, I would guess, about 5000 words into th the glossary and doing a few revisions to some of my drawings.
Going back to the first backup which contains my deleted drawing would cost me those 5000 words. That aint gonna happen. It would only take me half an hour max to recreate the missing drawing.
But that shouldn’t be necessary. It should surely be triivial for VP to provide a simple and foolproof way of transferring a drawing from one project to another.
Now, a possible solution is hinted at by your question:
I’m a little confused why you’d use the Excel format for backups?
the simple answer is, I’m a beginner. I’m confused. If there’s a better, more reliable way that does what I would expect, that’s all I need to know.
However, in my defence, the ONLY options which specify “Active Diagram” are Image and Excel, in the Project Export option menu I see. Image was obviously useless, so I tried Excel.
Is there any other way to export just an active diagram?
I’m happy to learn that you managed to sort this out! It’s always a very tricky issue whenever you have to deal with data loss (or corruption), especially if you keep in mind how much time and effort can go into a modeling project.
You mentioned moving diagrams across projects… Now, I don’t know what license / VP edition you’re using, but Standard (and up of course) allow you to reference projects (or “link” them if you will).
This can make it easy to quickly access diagrams from both projects. You can easily check if this is available to you by checking the “Project” toolbar, if it has a big icon which says “Referenced Project” then you can use this:
Maybe food for thought?
But for now, good to know you managed to sort this out!