I am having an infuriating problem with asset management in processing. I am whipping together a quick system prototype, but the images and fonts I have loaded into processing are inconsistantly failing to be loaded.
I imported images and fonts using the menu options (Sketch -> Add file... and Tools -> Create font...). The files have clearly been copied to my sketch's data folder.
Every so often as I'm making changes in another class from my fonts and images, I get the fail loading errors:
The file is "missing or inaccessible" for images and "Could not load the font" for fonts.
The only way I can get these errors to go away is by pasting the full explicit address of the file. That is...
I replace this (which errors): PFont fontBig = loadFont("Gisha-Bold-16.vlw");
with this: PFont fontBig = loadFont("C:/Users/April/Dropbox/MnA/Emotale/Prototype/Emotale/data/Gisha-Bold-16.vlw");
Voila! No more errors. The file is not moved or renamed, and I touch nothing in settings or anything. In the process of recompiling or whatever Processing does, it forgets how to use its own data file and dies. However, I want to keep all addresses relative in this project (as I should be able to given that all assets are in the data folder).
To be clear, these errors do not happen immediately. For a while, there will be no errors. However, it will randomly fail to load 1 or more assets (where I copy-paste the address and move on until the next set complain some hour or two later). I am on a Windows machine and have moderate programming experience.
I have tried with no success: Reinstalling processing to different locations including my programs folder. Copy-pasting the inner Emotale folder (the sketch folder) into processing's sketch folder on my local machine instead of inside dropbox (and removing the absolute addresses). Removing and re-adding files.
My googling for help so far has come up with A. wrong names/mistypes in code or B. assets not being in the data folder. Neither of those are the case. Can anyone help me to get my data folder working properly again?