Collections management

In this page there are all GCstar features concerning collections management.

Add or remove items

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Adding an item can be done using first toolbar button. File menu contains also such an item.

A new item is then added to list and no information is attached to it.

All fields can then be filled in by user. Also another feature described below may be used. Values will be changed directly into the information panel if current display mode allows it (see Display settings). Or inside the window that pops up when double-clicking on an item in the list.

To change the pictures, the user have to click on it. A dialog box is then used to select new picture. Right click displays a menu with more options (clearing the image and viewing it in its real size).

The Delete button on bottom part of window right side can be used to remove an item. The deletion won’t be effective until the collection is saved.

Delete current item

This can also be done through the contextual menu that appears when right clicking on a list item. Or using the corresponding option in the Edit menu.

A confirmation will be asked before the removal.

Confirmation asked to the user

The windows contains a checkbox to disable this confirmation. Enabling it again is done in the Features tab of Preferences.

Automatic information retrieval

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There is an easy way to fill information. Only the name must be entered in corresponding field on top of right side of the window. Clicking on Fetch Information button or pressing Enter key will launch a automatic search. GCstar behaviour then depends on a specific option as explained in the chapter concerning Internet configuration). There are 3 possibilities.

The user may want to select the web site to use each time a search occurs. Then, such a window is opened:

Web site selection

Some plugins could use more than one field for the search. As shown here, for books collection, the title and the ISBN could be used. Then a list will appear next to the query to select what field should be used. The query will be pre-filled with the value the user entered in GCstar perform performing the fetch.

If the checkbox on the window bottom is checked in, selected website will be remembered. This corresponds to second possibility where nothing will be asked to the user. The search is there performed only on the specified website.

Finally, another available search type is an automatic one. A site list is defined by the user. If nothing is found on the first site, search is automatically performed on the second one. And so on until one or many results are found (or all sites have been used).

Next step depends of what has been found.

Should only one result be found, all fields are automatically filled in with information. But if many ones are returned by search, user have to choose in a list.

Search results

Columns headers can be clicked to sort results according to column data. This can be useful to find more easily a given result. When text to display is too large, there will be three dots on the end. Hovering the mouse on it will display a tooltip containing the full text.

To select a result, it is possible either to double-click on it or select it and then click on OK. The information will then be downloaded from the web site.

If nothing has been found, the user can select another web site.

When a result has been selected, there is a last step. Default behaviour is to use all the information found as values for corresponding fields. But this can be changed through an option described in chapter concerning Internet configuration. If Select fields to be imported is checked, a window will be opened.

Selection of fields to be imported

There is another way to add an item. When you are browsing one of the websites used by GCstar, you

en/collections_management.txt · Last modified: 29/07/2012 12:40 by Tian

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