SCS Application Data Folder
Windows provides a folder in which applications can store data for the Windows user, so there is a separate 'application data' folder for each Windows user. SCS creates a folder named ShowCueSystem in the application data folder. The location of this folder depends on the version of Windows you are using.
For example, my Windows user name is Mike and under Windows the SCS Application Data folder is "C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Roaming\ShowCueSystem\".
Note that the application data folder is by default a hidden folder, but you can turn on the option to view hidden items. In Windows 10 this option is under the 'View' menu item of File Explorer.
Device Maps Folder
This folder is named DevMaps and will be created in the SCS Application Data Folder mentioned above. It should not be moved from that location. The folder will store Device Maps for each production cue file for this machine. For example, if you have a cue file named "wizard.scs11" then SCS will save the Device Map(s) for that cue file in a file named "wizard_<ProdId>.scsd", which will be stored in DevMaps, where <ProdId> is a unique 'Production Id'.
If you copy your production to another computer, such as from your design computer to your theatre computer, then the device map file should not be copied - a new device map file will be created on the theatre computer when you first open that cue file with SCS. The device map file on the theatre computer will map SCS devices to physical devices available on that computer. However, if
The reason for the existence of the DevMaps folder is to keep device map files away from the corresponding cue files, so they do not get saved to Production Folders and get included when productions are copied to another computer.
For more details of device maps, see Production Properties - Audio Output Devices.
SM-S Encoded Files Folder
This folder is named EncFiles but it is only created if the Audio Driver is SM-S. SM-S will only play WAV or AIFF files but you may have other file types you want to use, such as MP3 and WMA. SCS attempts to seamlessly support several file types not supported natively by SM-S. It does this by encoding a WAV file equivalent of a requested MP3/etc file, and storing that encoded WAV file in EncFiles.
The folder will be created in the SCS Application Data Folder mentioned above. It should not be moved from that location.
For more details, see Encoded Files Folder.
When you click a Browse button to find an audio file, the Windows 'Open File' dialog will start from the folder you last used with the 'Open File' dialog in the current SCS session. For the first time you 'Browse', the dialog will use the Initial Folder specified in General Options. The default setting for this option is "Documents" or "My Documents".
A Production Folder is a folder in which you may store all the files for a production. The use of a Production Folder is optional but it is very useful if you want to transfer your production to another computer, such as from your design computer to your theatre computer. For details on how to create and use a Production Folder, see Portability (transferring your files to another computer).