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Ramses Components

Ramses is a complete framework made of different components interacting together. This makes it very modular and scalable to any kind of production, from the freelancer working at home to the biggest studios.

General Description

The Ramses framework can be viewed as a hirerachical tree, going from the data stored by the Ramses Server up to the creative applications add-ons and the files and folder structure on the workstations.

The modularity of Ramses comes from the fact that children modules don’t necessarily need the parent module, at least for their core functionnalities. For example, you can use the Ramses Client without the Ramses Server and Data, or you can even use the Ramses add-ons without the Ramses Client.
But you can not skip levels, i.e. the Ramses Add-ons can not be used with the Ramses Server without having both the Ramses Client and Ramses Daemon.

Ramses Data

Most of the data used by Ramses is stored in SQL databases. When using the Ramses Server, the main data is stored in a remote SQL server; in its default implementation, the Ramses Server works with MySQL.

The Ramses Client keeps a local copy of the data in a SQLite database.

Ramses Server

The Ramses Server is the interface between the client and the data. It is meant only to be used programmatically and it does not have any UI. It is a very standard REST web server written in PHP, exchanging data in JSON.

This means the Ramses Server and its associated Ramses Data can be easily installed everywhere, on a workstation (with a standard web server), on a shared hosting or a private server, no matter the operating system. Installation of Ramses on a server is as simple as copying php files to the server, and adding a little information in the configuration file.

Ramses Client and Daemon

The client is the main Ramses application. It can be used without the Ramses Server, without losing any functionnality, apart from collaborative work. In this case, the data is stored locally. When the server is not available (e.g. loss of internet connection), the Ramses Client can still work offline, and synchronize the data as soon as it comes online later.

The client is a native application (Qt / C++), and is available on Linux, Windows and MacOS, which makes it fast and lightweight. It may be available later for Android.

The client also runs the Ramses Daemon which is a local server which communicates with the Ramses Add-ons and shares the data with them.

Ramses Add-ons

The add-ons are scripts available inside the creative applications (e.g. Blender, Maya, After Effects…). They could be used without the client, with limited functionnalities. In this case, data is retrieved from the Ramses Tree.

The add-ons are in charge of file management and versionning, publishing, etc.

Ramses Tree

On the lowest level, Ramses handles all files and folders for the managed projects. It is able to retrieve missing data from the file structure, and missing files from clones on remote and backup locations.

Both the Add-ons and the Client can manage the files and folders.