Using the Collection
Each open collection is displayed in a “collection viewer” window. You open a collection by using the Open or Open Recent choices on a collection window’s File menu. Any collections that were open, when you last exited from Recollector, will be automatically reopened the next time you run Recollector. If a collection being opened is password-protected, you will be prompted to supply the password before the collection viewer is displayed. The collection viewer window is a tabbed display, with three tabs (or “views”) for looking at your collection: (1) List; (2) Image Gallery; (3) Item Details. The List View and the Image Gallery let you browse through the many records in your collection; the Item Details let you examine all the information for a single record. Click on a tab to switch to the corresponding view. You can also switch views using the Options menu.
The List View
Each row in the List View corresponds to an item in your collection. One row is always shown as the currently selected row. Use your mouse to click any row to make it the selected row. (Or use the Up and Down arrow buttons on your keyboard, or the Previous and Next buttons shown at the upper right part of the window.) The camera icon (), shown in the second column of the list, indicates that the corresponding record contains at least one image.
See the section of the User’s Guide on Selecting Fields for the List View to see how you can specify which fields (and their order) appear in the List View.
A “thumbnail banner” is shown at the top of the List View. The thumbnail banner shows thumbnails for all the selected record’s images. Click on a different row in the List View and that record’s image(s) will be displayed in the thumbnail banner. The images in the thumbnail banner are clickable: Click on an image and the selected image will be displayed in a newly opened image viewer window. The thumbnail banner can be hidden by clicking the Hide Pix button in the header bar, and, if hidden, can be shown again by clicking the same button (now named Show Pix).
The size of the images shown in the thumbnail banner is controlled by a preference on the Images tab of the Preferences Dialog.
The Image Gallery
The Image Gallery tab gives you a visual way to browse the items in your collection. Like the List View, all your collection items are shown in the Image Gallery, but instead of a tabular set of rows, the Image Gallery displays a grid of thumbnail images, one for each item in the collection. Even items that have no images are shown in the Image Gallery, but a note (“[No image]”) is displayed.
Just like the List View, the Image Gallery is scrollable, so you can browse through all the items in your collection. Also, just like the List View, the currently selected record is highlighted, here with a light gray background. In the Image Gallery, only one thumbnail image is displayed per record, but if a record contains multiple images, then an arrow button is shown, as can be seen in two cells in the top row of the example above. Clicking on the arrow swaps the current image for the next image found in the record. (A second arrow, at the left of the image, will be shown when you are displaying the second or subsequent image for a record, and you can use this arrow to move back to an earlier image.)
Click on a cell in the Image Gallery grid to make it be the selected record. Hold down the <Ctrl> key and click on the cell to bring up an image viewer window.
The size of the images shown in the Image Gallery is controlled by a preference on the Images tab of the Preferences Dialog. The default size is 150 pixels (length or width of the longest side of the thumbnail).
Below each image in the Image Gallery are shown field values for the corresponding record. By default, the first three fields in the List View are selected as the fields whose values are shown. However, you can create a field profile which will override the default behavior. Create a field profile named Image Gallery (be sure to name it exactly as shown here, as two words with initial capital letters ‘I’ and ‘G’); the first six fields included in the Image Gallery field profile will be the fields whose values are displayed below the thumbnails, regardless of which fields are displayed in the List View. The Image Gallery field profile may have fewer than six fields; if it has more than six fields, only the first six fields will be used. Note that the program will truncate any field values that are too long to be included on a single line within a cell of the Image Gallery.
The Item Details
To look at the full details for the currently selected record, switch to the Item Details. You can do this by clicking on the Item Details tab or by double-clicking on the desired row in the List View or the desired cell in the Image Gallery.
Following is a description of the various functions that can be performed from the collection viewer window, all of which are available from the menus. (In some cases, operations are invoked from options menus, brought up by a right-button click on the window. These options are described below.) Some functions are only available in one or two of the views (List, Image Gallery and Item Details); others are available in all three views.
New Collection – Use this choice to create a new collection. You will be given a choice of creating a new collection from one of the built-in templates or from an existing Excel spreadsheet or a delimited text file. See the description of Defining a New Collection.
Open – [shortcut: <CTRL>-O] Use this choice to open an existing collection by navigating to, and selecting, its collection file on the disk. This is the file in XML format (with filename extension “.xml”) that is the on-disk storage for the collection data. If you choose a file that corresponds to a collection that is already open, that collection’s viewer window will be brought to the front. If you choose a collection file that isn’t currently open, it will be opened and a new collection viewer for that collection will be created and brought to the front. If you choose a file that is not a valid Recollector collection file, an error message will be displayed.
Open Recent – This menu choice opens a sub-menu that shows a list of previously (and currently) open collections. The list is ordered with the most recently used collection at the top and the least recently used collection at the bottom. Selecting an item from the sub-menu is the same as opening the collection using the Open menu choice: If the selected collection is already open, its window will be brought to the front; otherwise the chosen collection will be opened and its newly-created collection viewer will be displayed.
Print – [shortcut:
<CTRL>-P] From the Item Details, the single entry is printed. The order
of the fields is identical to the on-screen order. This order can be changed
via the Item Details: Field Order choice of the Options menu. If the Item Details contains one or more
thumbnail images, these will also be printed as images.
From the Image Gallery, the entire Image Gallery is printed. If a subset is currently in effect, only the items in the subset will be included (just as in the on-screen Image Gallery). For records that contain multiple images, only one image will be shown in the printed version of the Image Gallery. Because a printed page usually will be of a different size than the on-screen collection window, the printed Image Gallery may include a different number of columns than the on-screen Image Gallery.
From the List View the entire list is printed in tabular format. The printout does not wrap columns which don’t fit on a single page. For this reason, using Print from the List View is only useful when you have set up your List View to only display a few columns. For a better approach to printing all of your collection data, consider using either of the next two menu choices (Print Details for All Entries or Generate Printed Report).
Print Details for All Entries – This choice will produce an Item Details printout for each row in the list. Each item will begin printing on a new page. Normally this will include all the records in your collection, but if you have been looking at only a portion of your maps (Subsetting in effect – see the Subset menu choices, below), only the records included in the current Subset will be printed. The order of the printed records will match the current sort order.
Generate Printed Report (with wizard) – Use this choice to produce a customized, compact printed report for your entire collection (or for a subset). A “wizard” will step you through the choices you need to tailor the report to your needs. This is described fully in the help for Generating Printed Reports.
Generate Web Site (with wizard) – Use this choice to generate a set of web pages that comprise a collection web site for your entire collection (or for a subset). A “wizard” will step you through the choices you need to tailor the web site to your needs. This is described fully in the help for Generating a Collection Web Site.
This choice will bring up a window showing you a brief summary of your collection.
The summary gives the name and filename of the collection, the location of the
collection’s Image Directory, the date and time that the collection was last
modified, and totals for any currency and number fields. If a subset is in
effect (see Subsetting the Collection), then the
subset name will be shown and the record count and currency/number-field totals
will be shown for both the subset items and for the full set of records in the
Note: Totals for currency fields will be treated in a special way if your collection contains a number-type field whose name is Quantity* (exactly as shown here, with capital ‘Q’ and an asterisk as the last character in the field name). If a Quantity* field exists, then its value will be multiplied by the currency field’s value in calculating totals. This allows you to handle the case of a collection with multiples, by having just a single record for the set of duplicate items, with the number of duplicates specified in the Quantity* field. The currency field should reflect the price/value for just a single item, and the computation of totals will be done by multiplying the currency value by the Quantity* value. (If Quantity* is left blank in a record, a default value of 1 will be assumed.)
Export to Excel – This choice will invoke Excel, create a new spreadsheet, and copy the data from the collection viewer into the spreadsheet. (Only the fields selected for display in the List View will be copied. Adjust the set of fields displayed in the List View by the List: Field Selection choice of the Options menu, or by using a Field Profile.) This choice will only function correctly if Microsoft Excel® is installed on your computer. Before the export is performed, the program will ask whether you want formatting codes (e.g. for italic text, or for specifying a hyperlink) to be stripped out of text fields. By default, the formatting codes are stripped out. However, if you anticipate importing the data back into Recollector at some later time, you may want to retain the formatting codes, in which case you should indicate this when prompted.
Export to File – This choice will write out a tab-delimited or comma-delimited ASCII file (also known as a CSV-format file) from the List, with the field names in the first row. You will be prompted for the name and location of the destination file. (Only the fields selected for display in the List View will be copied. Adjust the set of fields displayed in the List View by the List: Field Selection choice of the Options menu, or by using a Field Profile.) Before the export is performed, the program will ask whether you want formatting codes (e.g. for italic text, or for specifying a hyperlink) to be stripped out of text fields. By default, the formatting codes are stripped out. However, if you anticipate importing the data back into Recollector at some later time, you may want to retain the formatting codes, in which case you should indicate this when prompted.
Export for download to the Recollector App – This choice will prepare a download file for sending a copy of your collection to a smartphone or tablet device, where it can be viewed using the Recollector App, the companion app of the PC version of Recollector. Versions of the Recollector App are available for Android phones and tablets and for Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. See the descriptions of Viewing your collection on an Android device or Viewing your collection in an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
Import Records from Excel (not available in Item Details) – See the description of Importing Data into the Collection.
Import Records from File (not available in Item Details) – See the description of Importing Data into the Collection.
Close – [shortcut: >CTRL>-X] Use this choice to close the collection
viewer. If this is the only collection viewer window that you have open,
closing it will also exit from Recollector. Because this choice explicitly asks
to close the collection, the collection will not be automatically re-opened the
next time you run Recollector. (Use the Exit
menu choice if you want to exit from Recollector in a way that will
automatically open the same collections the next time you run the program.)
If the collection has unsaved changes, the collection – including the most recent changes – will be automatically saved to disk. If you want to close a collection without saving changes, click the close button (“X”) at the upper right corner of the window. If you have unsaved changes, this method of closing the window will cause the program to prompt you as to whether to save unsaved changes, and you can choose to close the collection without saving your changes.
Because this choice explicitly asks to close the collection, if closing the collection causes Recollector to exit (because the collection being closed is the only open collection), the collection will not be automatically re-opened the next time you run Recollector. (Use the Exit menu choice if you want to exit from Recollector in a way that will automatically open the same collections the next time you run the program.)
If you have more than one open collection viewer window, closing one of them will cause one of the other collection viewer windows to be brought forward, and Recollector will continue to run.
Save – [shortcut: >CTRL>-S] Use this choice to save the current state of the collection to disk. If you are doing a large amount of data entry or editing, it is a good idea to periodically save your changes so that you will not lose your work in the event of a power failure or any other kind of unexpected interruption. You can also turn on auto-save, which will cause your collection to automatically be saved back to disk on a regular interval. This is described more fully in the description of auto-save, in the Preferences Dialog. Note: The Save menu choice will be disabled if the collection has not been changed since the last save. You can also tell whether or not the collection has been changed by the collection window’s title bar: An asterisk will be displayed at the end of the title if the collection has been changed since the last save.
Revert – This choice undoes any as-yet unsaved changes. Depending upon when in the session you request to revert, the program may prompt you as to whether you want to revert to the most recently saved version of your collection, or to the version of your collection as it was just before you began the current session. After performing a revert operation, Recollector redisplays your collection, always beginning in the List View, regardless of the previous view you had been using.
Set Password – Use this choice to specify that your collection is to be saved using password-protected encryption. See the full description of encrypting and password-protecting your collection.
Managed Access – Use this choice to set up Managed Access for your collection. This is a method of safely sharing work on a collection database among a group of cooperating people. See the description of this facility in the section on Managed Access.
Backup Collection – This choice allows you to back up the currently open collection. See the full description of backup.
Restore or Copy a Collection from Backup – This choice lets you restore a collection from a backup made using the Backup Collection facility. You can also use this choice to copy a backed-up collection to a new computer (or to a new location on the same computer). See the full description of restore.
Export Collection Template – Use this choice to create a new (XML format) collection file, but one that has no data records in it. The file created by this menu choice will have information about the structure of your collection (field definitions, collection name, currency and dimension units, field profiles and picklist definitions), but none of the data. This newly created collection file can be used for:
· Creating a new collection whose structure is, at the outset, identical to that of the current collection. If you want to create a new collection similar to an existing one, then it is easier to start out with the structure of the existing one than to create a new one from scratch. Simply open the written-out template file as a new collection (by using Open on the File menu of a collection window). You can then modify the newly opened collection in any way you want (e.g changing the collection’s name, its fields, etc.) and begin to add data records to it.
· Sending a database “schema” for your collection to somebody else who also owns a copy of Recollector. This lets you share your database setup with others, without having to also share the actual contents of your collection.
Note: There are several parts of a collection (other than the data) that are not included in a template. These include subset definitions (which tend to be data-dependent, in that the conditions refer to data values) and X-link and P-link definitions. Also, no Image Directory specification is included in a template, since a new user of the template will typically want to specify the location of their own Image Directory.
Exit – Use this choice to terminate the program. All open collection viewer windows (and their associated image windows and adding/editing windows) will be closed. Recollector will remember which collections were open when you choose Exit, and the next time the program is run those collections will automatically be opened. Note: If you have made changes to any open collections since the last time the collection was saved, the program will prompt you as to whether to save your changes before closing. If auto-save is enabled (see auto-save) the program will automatically save your changes without any prompt.
Select All (Item Details only) – [shortcut: <CTRL>-A] Selects the entire contents of the window (typically in preparation for doing a Copy operation).
Copy (Item Details only) – [shortcut: <CTRL>-C] Copies the selected text to the clipboard (typically for subsequent pasting into some other application).
Edit Record – [shortcut: <CTRL>-E] This choice lets you edit the currently selected record. See the description of Editing Data.
Add New Record(s) – [shortcut: <CTRL>-N] See the description of Adding Data.
Add a Copy of Current Record – See the description of Adding Data.
Enable Multi-Record Delete (List View only) – This is a toggle, which, when turned on, allows you to select more than one row. This allows you to delete multiple rows at one command, rather than having to delete records one at a time. When multi-record delete is enabled, the following actions can be used to select rows:
· Click: Selects the clicked-on row and deselects all other rows. (This has the same effect as clicking on a row when not in multi-record delete mode.) The clicked-on row also becomes the “anchor” row for subsequent <Shift>-click or <Shift+Ctrl>-click operations.
· <Ctrl>-click: Toggles the clicked-on row. If the row was previously unselected, it now becomes selected (in addition to whatever other rows were previously selected), and it also becomes the anchor row. If the row was previous selected, it becomes unselected, unless it was the only selected row, since the program requires that at least one row be selected at all times.
· <Shift>-click: Selects the block of rows between the clicked-on row and the anchor row.
· <Shift+Ctrl>-click: Toggles all of the rows in the block between the clicked-on row and the anchor row. If this would cause the de-selection of all rows, the anchor row is left selected, since the program requires that at least one row be selected at all times.
Multi-record delete mode does not stay in effect after most other operations. Other operations, such as switching to Item Details or adding or editing data records, will turn off multi-record delete mode if it is on. Therefore, you should only turn this mode on immediately prior to selecting rows and then choosing Delete Record(s) from the Edit menu. If you turn multi-record delete mode off after having selected multiple rows, but without performing a delete, the list will revert to having just a single row selected.
Delete Record(s) – [shortcut: <CTRL>-W] This choice will delete the currently selected record(s) from your collection database. You will be prompted to confirm that you really want to delete the selected records. There is no undo capability (other than revert, which undoes all changes made since the last save), so if you mistakenly delete a record, you may have to enter it again. If multi-record delete mode has been enabled (only available in List View; see the description of the prior menu item), and multiple records in the list have been selected, all the selected records will be deleted. Multi-record delete mode will be turned off automatically when the deletion operation is completed.
Modify Fields or Image Directory – This choice lets you make changes to the set of fields that are defined for the collection. You can create additional fields, or modify (rename or change the data type) or delete existing fields. You can also change the name of the collection or the default units for currency and dimension fields. In addition, you can specify or change the Image Directory to be used for the collection. The dialog used to modify fields and the image directory is described more fully in Modifying a Collection’s Fields & Specifying the Image Directory.
Find – [shortcut: <CTRL>-F] In the List View or Image Gallery, you will be prompted for a text string and a field to search in, with options to search in all fields, or in all fields displayed in the List View. In Item Details mode, you will just be prompted for a text string. You can also specify a case-independent or case-dependent search.
In List View or in the Image Gallery, you have two options for searching:
· Search for next matching record – this option will search forward, from the currently selected record, looking for the next record that meets the search criteria. That record will then become the selected record. The search will wrap back to the top if the last row is reached. If a subset is active, only the records in the active subset will be searched.
· Create a temporary ‘search subset’ with just the matching records – this option will find all the records that meet the search criteria and the set of items shown will be reduced to just those matching items. A note, in the lower right-hand corner of the window, will remind you when a search subset is in effect. Recollector also has a separate, more elaborate, and capable subsetting capability, which is described fully in a separate chapter on Subsetting. The ‘search subset’ capability is a somewhat quick-and-easy way to perform subsetting temporarily. The chapter on Subsetting describes both kinds of subsetting.
You will be told if no match is found.
In Item Details mode, all found instances of the search string will be highlighted (with a yellow background). If you have searched for a string in the List View or the Image Gallery, and you then immediately switch to Item Details, all matching instances of the found string in the record will be highlighted.
Find Again (not available in Item Details) – [shortcut: <CTRL>-A] Repeats the previous search, continuing from the next. If the end of the list is reached, the search will wrap around automatically, and continue searching from the first record. This menu choice is not available for Item Details since the Find menu choice finds all the matching instances in the record at one time.
Find and Replace (only available in List View) – Use this choice to search for a text in a particular field, across all rows, and request replacement with a different text. See the section, below, that describes Find and Replace in greater detail.
Clear Search Subset – Use this choice to turn off a search subset, if one is currently active. The note regarding the current search subset will be cleared from the lower right corner of the window, indicating that no search subset is currently in effect.
Go to ID # – [shortcut: <CTRL>-G] Use this choice to jump directly to the record with a particular ID # value.
Back to Previous Record – [shortcut: <CTRL>-B] In Item Details mode, use this choice to go back to the previous record, after you have jumped to a new record by clicking on an “ID #” link. This operates similarly to the “Back” button in a Web browser, returning you to the previous page after you have clicked on a link to jump to a new page. In List View or the Image Gallery mode, this menu choice will only be enabled right after you have used the Go to ID # menu choice (see previous item). Choosing Back to Previous Record will return you to whatever record had been selected before you used the Go to ID # menu choice.
Select a Subset – Use this menu choice to limit the collection list to just the subset of records that meet a specified condition. For a full description, see Subsetting the Collection.
Show Full Collection (no subsetting) – Use this menu choice to return the collection list to the full set of records in the collection database. This choice turns off any subsetting that had been in effect. For a full description, see Subsetting the Collection. This menu item also turns off the search subset, if one was in effect. (See, above, under Find, on the Search menu, for a description of the ‘search subset’ capability.)
Manage Subsets – Use this choice to create new subset definitions, or to modify or delete existing subset definitions. For a full description, see Subsetting the Collection.
Display Subset Definition – This choice will bring up a window in which the record-selection criteria for the current subset definition are displayed.
Sort Order – Use this menu choice to modify the sorting order of the collection’s records. See the description of Sorting the collection.
List: Field Selection – Use this menu choice to modify the set of fields that are displayed in the List View, as well as to modify the order in which the fields are displayed. See the description of Selecting Fields for the List View.
Set Field Selection from Profile – Use this menu choice to set the fields displayed in the List View from a “field profile”. Choose this menu and a sub-menu will be displayed listing the available profiles. If no field profiles are defined, this menu choice will be disabled. You create new field profiles using the Manage Field Profiles dialog (also accessed from the Options menu). See the full description of field profiles in Creating and using Field Profiles.
Item Details: Field Order – Use this choice to change the order in which fields are displayed in the Item Details window, as well as in the data-entry/editing window. A dialog box will be shown with a list of all the fields, in their current order. Select field names in the list and use the buttons at the right to move the selected fields up or down in the list. You can also user drag-and-drop to rearrange the items in the list.
View Collection List / View Image Gallery / View Item Details – These three choices are the equivalent of clicking on the List, the Image Gallery, and the Item Details tabs, respectively. They also provide shortcuts (<CTRL>-L and <CTRL>-D, respectively) for switching to the List View or to Item Details using the keyboard.
Limit Item Details to Only Fields Shown in List – This choice is a toggle. Normally this toggle is not selected (no check mark shown next to it on the menu), in which case the Item Details display shows all fields that contain any data. If there are certain fields that you wish to hide, even in Item Details mode, you can do this by first altering the List View to include only those fields that you also wish to display in the Item Details. (Use either List: Field Selection or Set Field Selection from Profile, described above, to alter the set of fields shown in the List View.) Then turn this toggle on. Note that the order of the fields shown in the Item Details display will also be the same as that shown in the List View if you select this option. This allows you to create a completely custom Item Details display (choice of items and their order) by creating a field profile (see Creating and using Field Profiles for details on how to do this) that has just the fields you want to see, in the order you want to see them. Then switch the List View to use this profile (using Set Field Selection from Profile, described above) and turn the Limit Item Details to Only Fields Shown in List toggle on. Now, when you switch to the Item Details display, you will see the custom field selection/order that you desire.
Show (Item Details only) – Selecting this menu choice causes the Item
Details to advance from one record to the next, automatically, after a
specified interval. The interval is
specified on the Item Details tab of the Preferences
Dialog. The term “slide show” is
used loosely, since what is being shown are not slides or pictures, but rather
the data as shown in the Item Details.
But the auto-advancing effect is similar to an automated slide
show. Once started, the slide show will
stop when you pick Stop Slide Show
from the Options menu, switch to the
List View or Image Gallery, ask to edit or add records, or when you invoke many
of the choices available on the menus (particularly those choices that bring up
dialogs). To re-start the slide show,
just re-select this menu item.
If you want to present a slide show of the images in your collection, you can use the slide show facility along with several other facilities to produce the best effect. You can create a field profile that only includes your image-type field(s), and then you can set the List View to use this field profile, and, also, turn on the Limit Item Details to Only Fields Shown in List toggle (described above). That way, the Item Details will only display your images. Since the images shown are thumbnails, you might also want to go to the Images tab of the Preferences dialog and set the maximum width and height of thumbnails to be larger-than-normal values (values up to 1000 are allowed).
Manage Field Profiles – Use this choice to create, modify or delete field profiles. See Creating and using Field Profiles for a full description.
Manage Picklists – Use this choice to create, modify, delete, or assign picklists to fields. When a picklist is assigned to a short or one-line text field, the data entry/editing screen will display a drop-down list (a “picklist”) to allow a field’s value to be entered by simply selecting a value from the list. See the full description of Using Picklists.
Preferences – Use this choice to set various preferences. See the full description of Setting User Preferences.
Small Font /
Medium Font / Large Font – These choices let you change the size of text
used. Select whichever size you find most comfortable for viewing data in the
collection viewer window. If you have multiple collections open, changing the
font size will change the display in all collection viewer windows. The
fonts used in adding/editing windows also reflect the font size choice. However
the font in any open adding/editing window will not change immediately. You
must close and re-open an adding/editing window in order to
get it to display using the new font size.
These font size choices affect the List View and the Image Gallery, and they can also affect the Item Details and the data-entry/editing window. But the Item Details and the data-entry/editing window also have separate preferences that let you specifically change the font size (and font family) just for use in those contexts. You can set these choices (both for font family and font size) in the Data Entry/Editing tab and the Item Details tab of the Preferences dialog. As a convenience, the data-entry/editing window lets you access the editor’s font preferences via its own Preferences menu choice.
Data Adding/Editing Window – This menu choice is only enabled if the data-entry window associated with this collection is open (either on-screen or iconified). Choosing this menu item will raise the data-entry/editing window above all other windows. This can be useful if the window has gotten underneath other windows on your screen
Collection Windows – This sub-menu gives you access to any of the currently open collection viewer windows. Any collection that you choose from this sub-menu will be brought to the front. Only currently open collections are listed in this menu. To open a collection that is not currently open, use Open Recent on the File menu.
Image Windows – This sub-menu gives you access to a sub-menu listing all of the open image viewer windows. If there are multiple such windows open, they can become obscured by one another or by other windows on your screen. This menu gives you an easy way to bring any particular image viewer window to the top. If no image viewer windows are currently open, this menu choice is disabled. If you have multiple collection viewer windows open, the image window menu lists all image windows, regardless of whether an image window was opened by this collection or by a different collection.
Close All Image Windows – Use this menu choice to immediately close all image viewer windows. If many image viewer windows are open, this is an easier way to clean them up than going to each window separately to close it. This menu choice will be disabled if no image viewer windows are open.
Recollector User’s Guide – This menu choice opens the User’s Guide (part of which you are currently reading).
Check for Updates – This menu choice will open a browser window that will show you whether you are running the latest version of Recollector. If you are not up-to-date, you will be invited to download the latest version of the program.
Purchase License (upgrade from Demo Mode) (only present when running in Demo Mode) – This choice will take you to a web page where you can purchase a Recollector License. Licenses are emailed as soon as they are purchased, and you can use the next menu choice (About Recollector / Product Registration) to register Recollector with the license key that was emailed to you.
About Recollector / Product Registration – Use this menu choice to display a dialog containing information about the version of Recollector that you are currently running, as well as contact information for customer support. If you are running the evaluation version (Demo Mode) of the product, a button on this dialog will let you enter a registration key, to convert the product to a fully licensed, unrestricted version.
Interaction with the Collection Viewer window in the List View
In addition to the menu choices, you can use the mouse and keyboard to interact with the collection viewer window in the List View.
This menu provides choices letting you edit the selected record (equivalent to choosing Edit Record from the Edit menu or clicking the Edit button), adding a copy of the current record (equivalent to choosing Add a Copy of Current Record from the Edit menu), deleting the selected record, or switching to either the Image Gallery or the Item Details for the selected record.
The Find and Replace dialog (which is only available from the List View) lets you replace, for a given field, some, or all, of the occurrences of a particular text. This is useful when you realize that you have a text (a word, a name, or a phrase) in many of your data records, and that this text is incorrect. For example, you may have a ‘Manufacturer’ field, and in numerous records you entered the name ‘Broughton’. But you later learn that the correct name for this manufacturer is ‘Broughton & Sons’. It would be cumbersome to have to search and find, and then manually edit, each occurrence of ‘Broughton’ in the records of your collection. Use Find and Replace to easily correct the text globally. Choosing Find and Replace brings up the following dialog:
Enter the text you want to modify in the Find text-entry box and enter the text you want to replace it with in the Replace with text-entry box. Choose the field you want to search in from the Search in drop-down list. (Note: Find and Replace does not let you replace values across multiple fields; only one field at a time can be modified. If you want to modify multiple fields, operate on one field at a time, and then select a different field from the Search in drop-down list, and continue.) Use the Case-independent check box to choose whether the program will match the Find text to all versions of that text, regardless of lower- or upper-casing. (If Find contains “Smith”, then the program will match this with “Smith”, “smith”, “SMITH”, etc., if the Case-independent check box is turned on. If the check box is turned off, only an exact match with “Smith” will be made.) Use the Match entire field contents check box to specify whether the Find text must match the entire contents of the selected field. By default, this check box is turned off, meaning that a match will be made to the Find text whether it is all or just part of the field’s contents.
Once you have entered your search and replace criteria, click the Find next button. The program will begin searching from the currently selected record, looking for records that have the Find text in the selected field. If the program reaches the last row without having found a match, it will loop back to the first row and continue the search. Once all rows have been searched, if the Find text is not found in any record, this will be reported. But if a match is found, then the first match found will be displayed:
The display shows which record the match was found in (row number in the List View, and the value of the ID # field), and the text is shown, highlighting the matching text. At this point you can:
· Click Find next again, to move on to the next matching occurrence (which could be in the same record – if the field’s contents contain the Find text more than once – or in a different record). No change to the data will be made.
· Click Replace, which will replace the highlighted text by the Replace with text. The updated field contents will be shown.
· Click Replace and find next which will replace the highlighted text by the Replace with text, and will then search for the next occurrence of the Find text.
· Click Replace all. The program will warn you that all occurrences of the Find text will be replaced by the Replace with text in the selected field, in all the data records in the List View. If you choose to proceed, the substitutions will be made, and the program will report how many changes were made. A progress dialog will show the process of scanning the collection and making replacements.
· Click Close to exit the Find and Replace dialog
The following notes describe some of the features and limitations of the Find and Replace capability of Recollector:
· After doing a Replace or Replace and find next, the data in your collection will be immediately updated. However, the display of the data in the List View will not be updated immediately (because, with a very big collection, this can cause an annoying delay each time a replacement is made). The List View will be refreshed when you close the Find and Replace dialog. The program will warn you (just once) about this deferred refreshing of the List View. You can also click the Update List button to cause immediate updating of the List View. This button will only be enabled if there are pending updates to the List View based on replacements you have made. (If you do a Replace all, the List View will be refreshed as soon as the replacement operation is complete; you do not need to wait until you close the Find and Replace dialog in this case.)
· The program will not find text that includes more than one style. So, for example, if you had a record with the text “undiscovered” (with just the first two letters underlined), then a Find text of undiscovered will not match this. When a match is found for a text that is all of one style, but not the “normal” style, then the replaced text will also have that style. So if a match is found to a word that is all in bold, then after replacement, the new text will also be bold.
· The program will not find text that overlaps the beginning or end of a hyperlink. So, for example, if you had the text “web site for information” (where the word site was a hyperlink), then if the Find text were web site, it would not match, since part of the field’s value (“web”) is not hyperlinked, while part of the value (“site”) is.
· The Find text and the Replace with text are limited to a single line. You cannot match text that spans more than one paragraph (in a multi-line text field), nor can you introduce a paragraph break in the replacement text.
· The program will not find text that is in the hidden part of hyperlinks. For example, if you had a W-style hyperlink with the URL http://www.harrypotter.com, and you had a Find text of harrypotter, the text in the hidden URL component of the hyperlink would not be found.
· If the Case-independent check box is turned on, this does not affect the case of the text used for replacement. When you do a replace operation, the Replace with text is used, without modification, even if the Find match was case-independent and the case of the found text differs from that of the specified Find text.
· The Replace all operation warns you that the modifications about to be made cannot be undone. However, even though there is no specific Undo choice, you can use Recollector’s Revert capability (on the File menu), to throw away a set changes made by doing a Replace all (or a series of individual Replace operations).
· The Find and Replace dialog only operates on the rows currently shown in the List View. So, if a subset is in effect, only those records in the subset will be affected. To ensure that all records in the collection are operated on, turn off subsetting before doing Find and Replace.
· When replacing values in a field that is associated with a picklist, you must use full-field searching (by turning on the Match entire field contents check box). Also, if the associated picklist is strict, the replacement value must be one of the picklist’s values. If not strict, the program will warn you if you try to use a replacement string that is not one of the picklist’s values, but you will be able to proceed anyway.
Interaction with the Collection Viewer window in the Image Gallery
In addition to the menu choices, you can use the mouse and keyboard to interact with the collection viewer window in the Image Gallery.
This menu provides choices letting you enlarge the images for the record by displaying an Image Viewer window, edit the selected record (equivalent to choosing Edit Record from the Edit menu or clicking the Edit button), add a copy of the current record (equivalent to choosing Add a Copy of Current Record from the Edit menu), or switching to either the List View or the Item Details for the selected record
Interaction with the Collection Viewer window in Item Details mode
You may see links – identified by blue, underlined text – in the Item Details window display. These are of two different types:
This menu provides choices letting you edit the selected record (equivalent to choosing Edit Record from the Edit menu or clicking the Edit button), add a copy of the current record (equivalent to choosing Add a Copy of Current Record from the Edit menu), moving to the previous or next record, returning to the record that from which you jumped to the current record (equivalent to choosing Back to Previous Record from the Search menu), or switching to either the List View or the Image Gallery.
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