To create an empty patch that contains your first product version:
Start SmartVersion from the Start Menu.
Click File, then click New.
In the Initial version name box, type a name that will uniquely identify the first product version to yourself and your end-users. This name will be visible in the SmartVersion environment.
Add your product files to this first product version you are creating:
If your product contains files in a flat directory structure, click Select one or several files, then click Browse to select which files are in your product. You cannot manually enter text into the text box, but the files you choose with the Browse button are displayed here.
If your product contains files beneath a particular folder, click Select a complete directory, then click Browse to select which folder contains your product. If you want to include subfolders of your selected folder, check Include subfolders.
Decide how to store the files of your product in your patch file:
If you anticipate that your end-users will already have a copy of this first product version, select Only store file date, size and checksum. This corresponds to a Minimal Patch.
If you anticipate that your end-users may not have a copy of this first product version, select Store file(s) content instead. This corresponds to a Regular Patch.
Click OK to finish creating your empty patch.
In the Save As dialog box, choose a location to save your empty patch containing your first product version.