Menus in AutoSort


Menu Index:

Main Window

Popup Menu Info

Root Section Popup Menu

File Series Popup Menu

File Popup Menu

Celebrity Popup Menu

 


THE MAIN WINDOW MENU

This menu is available at the top of AutoSort's main window.

Menu

Menu Item / Sub-Menu

Description

[File]   Shows the file operations sub-menu, see menu items below.
  [Identify Files...]

This is usually the first thing you'll do with AutoSort, this brings up the 'Identifications Options Window' and starts a file identification session.

For more information, see Identifying Files.

 

[Move/Copy Marked Files...]

Brings up the 'File Move/Copy Options' window and starts a file move/copy operation.

You would normally use this after running an identification session.  Proceeding with the operation will cause your files to be moved or copied to folders bearing celebrity names.

Note:  This menu item is not available unless you have identified some files.

For more information, see Moving / Copying Files.

  [Exit]

This simply exits the AutoSort application and terminates any session in progress.

Upon exiting, AutoSort checks to see if you've made any modifications to the database and prompts you to save as required.

[Database]   Shows the database operations sub-menu, see menu items below.
  [Edit...]

Brings up the main celebrity database editor.

The database editor gives you a global view of all the celebrities included in the distribitued database merged with all the modifications and additions you might have made.

For more information, see The Database Editor .

  [Save]

Saves all the changes you've made to the database in your "User.cdb" file.  This does not affect the distributed celebrity database which resides in the "CelebDatabase.cdb" file.

Should you want to undo all the changes you have made, you can delete your "User.cdb" file.

If you have made several changes and additions to the database, you should consider sending in your "User.cdb" for integration with the main distributed database.  For more info, see Making a Contribution.

  [Send in my "User.cdb"...]

This feature is used to send the celebrity database modifications you have made to the author for integration with the distributed database.

A pre-addressed email message will be created with your "User.cdb" file attached.  Fill in the name and home page address as desired and send the message.

Netscape Users: You need Netscape Communicator version 4.7 or better for this feature to work.  Also, the line feeds don't show up the way they should in the automatically generated message.  This problem is being investigated with Netscape.

For more information about database contributions and update mechanisms, see The Database.

  [About...] This brings up a small statistics window about the database currently installed.
[Options]   Shows the options sub-menu, see menu items below.
  [Options...]

Brings up the options window.

For more information, see The Options .

[Help]   Shows the help sub-menu, see menu items below.
  [Contents...] Brings up the main documentation page.  From there, you may choose to access the documentation on your hard disk or the latest documentation online at the home site on the internet.
  [Online] Brings up various support links on the internet.
  [About...]

Brings up the about window.

The about window contains version information and various support links.  This is also where you enter your registration information to unlock the full power of AutoSort.

For more information, see the About Window.

 

GENERAL POPUP MENUS

A popup menu is a contextual menu that comes up when you click someting with the right mouse button.  Contextual menus show different options depending on where you clicked the right mouse button, more specifically, depending on the type of item you clicked on.

The various popup menus supported within AutoSort are listed below.

 

THE ROOT SECTION POPUP MENU

Clicking the right mouse button on a section name in the main window brings up an option menu that allows you to perform various operations on root sections.

Sub-Menu

Menu Item

Description

[Expand]   Expands (shows or opens) the item or it's sub-items in the hierarchical tree view display.
  [Item]

Expands the contents of that root section.  This is the same as clicking the little plus sign [+] beside the section name.

The same action can be performed by double-clicking on a section name.

  [Children] Expands the contents of that root section and it's immediate child items(file series) of this root section.  This is the same as clicking the little plus sign [+] on every child item(file series) under that section.
  [All Descendants] Expands the contents of all child items recursively through all levels of the hierarchy within this root section.  This is the same as as clicking on a heck of a lot of little plus signs[+]. :-)
[Collapse]   Collapses (hides or closes) items, Opposite of [Expand]
  [Item] Opposite of [Expand] [Item]
  [Children] Opposite of [Expand] [Children]
  [All Descendants] Opposite of [Expand] [All Descendants]

 

THE SIMILAR FILE SERIES POPUP MENU

Clicking the right mouse button on a series name in the main window brings up an option menu that allows you to perform various operations on series of similar files.

Menu Item

Description

[Repeat First File Selection(s)] Copies the celebrity markings(red check marks) of the first file of the series to the remainder of the files within that series.  This is similar to the [Repeat Selection(s)] menu item in the file popup menu .
[Identify Series As...]

Brings up the celebrity finder window and allows the user to manually identify the files contained in that series.  This is similar to the [Identify File As...] menu item in the file popup menu .

After selecting a celebrity in the finder window, all the files within that series will automatically be marked as being related to the selected celebrity.

The celebrity finder also allows you to add new celebrities to the database.  For more information, see The Celebrity Finder .

At the current time, you are limited to selecting an existing celebrity in the database.  There's no support for identifying files with a litteral text string.

[New Celeb From Series...]

Brings up the celebrity editor and allows you to add a new celebrity to the database.  This is similar to the [New Celeb From File...] menu item in the file popup menu .

The advantage of creating new celebrities in this fashion rather than using the database editor is that when the new celebrity form comes up, filtered text from the series name is copied to the storage folder text box.  Since that text is likely to contain the new celebrity's name, this greatly reduces the amount of typing required to create a new celebrity.  This method also minimizes the chances of making spelling errors.

After creating the new celebrity, all the files within that series will automatically be marked as being related to the new celebrity.

For more information about creating new celebrities, see The Database Editor and The Celebrity Editor .

[Delete Files]

Deletes (removes) all files contained in the selected series and places them in the Windows recycle bin.  Alternately, you may select the series title and use the 'Delete' key on the keyboard.

Deletion confirmation can be turned on or off in the options window.

If you delete files by mistake, you can always restore it through normal recycle bin mechanism.

[Copy Text]

Copies the series name as a text string to the Windows clipboard for later pasting operations.

This text can be pasted just about anywhere in any application where text would normally be typed by using the Ctrl-v key combination or paste command as applicable.

[Copy Text (Filtered)] Similar to [Copy Text] except that illegal characters and symbols are filtered out of the string before copying it to the clipboard.

 

THE FILE POPUP MENU

Clicking the right mouse button on a file name in the main window brings up an option menu that allows you to perform various operations on disk files.

Menu Item

Description

[Repeat Selection(s)] Copies the celebrity markings(red check marks) of a file to the remainder of the files within the same series.  This is similar to the [Repeat First File Selection(s)] menu item in the series popup menu .
[Identify File As...]

Brings up the celebrity finder window and allows the user to manually identify a file.  This is similar to the [Identify Series As...] menu item in the series popup menu .

After selecting a celebrity in the finder window, the file will automatically be marked as being related to the selected celebrity.

The celebrity finder also allows you to add new celebrities to the database.  For more information, see The Celebrity Finder .

At the current time, you are limited to selecting an existing celebrity in the database.  There's no support for identifying files with a litteral text string.

[New Celeb From File...]

Brings up the celebrity editor and allows you to add a new celebrity to the database.  This is similar to the [New Celeb From Series...] menu item in the series popup menu .

The advantage of creating new celebrities in this fashion rather than using the database editor is that when the new celebrity form comes up, filtered text from the file name is copied to the storage folder text box.  Since that text is likely to contain the new celebrity's name, this greatly reduces the amount of typing required to create a new celebrity.  This method also minimizes the chances of making spelling errors.

After creating the new celebrity, the file will automatically be marked as being related to the new celebrity.

For more information about creating new celebrities, see The Database Editor and The Celebrity Editor .

[Open File]

Opens the file with your system default registered viewer.  The registered viewer is the application that is normally used for viewing a certain type of file, more specifically, the application to which the files is associated.

The same action can be performed by double-clicking on a file.

[Delete File]

Deletes (removes) the file from disk and places it in the Windows recycle bin.  Alternately, you may select the file and use the 'Delete' key on the keyboard.

Deletion confirmation can be turned on or off in the options window.

If you delete a file by mistake, you can always restore it through normal recycle bin mechanism.

[Copy File Name]

Copies the file name as a text string to the Windows clipboard for later pasting operations.

This text can be pasted just about anywhere in any application where text would normally be typed by using the Ctrl-v key combination or paste command as applicable.

[Copy File Name with Path] Similar to [Copy File Name] except that the entire path and file name are copied to the clipboard.
[Copy File Name (Filtered)] Similar to [Copy File Name] except that illegal characters and symbols are filtered out of the string before copying it to the clipboard.

 

THE CELEBRITY POPUP MENU

Clicking the right mouse button on a celebrity name in the main window brings up an option menu that allows you to perform various operations on celebrities.

Menu Item

Description

[Edit Celeb Data...]

Brings up the celebrity editor and allowes you to edit any information about that celebrity.  Note that all references to that celebrity will be automatically updated throughout the hierarchical tree view display.

The same action can be performed by double-clicking on a celebrity.

For more information on editing celebrities, see The Celebrity Editor .

[Copy Celebrity's Name]

Copies the celebrity's name to the Windows clipboard for later pasting operations.

The actual text string that gets copied is the storage folder name.

This text can be pasted just about anywhere in any application where text would normally be typed by using the Ctrl-v key combination or paste command as applicable.

[Search on IMDb...]

Opens your web browser and searches for this celebrity on the Internet Movie Database.  The IMDb is one of the most widely recognized source of information about actors and actresses on the internet.  Note however that IMDb does not specialize in model celebrities.

This option was implemented to provided quick access to detailed celebrity information.  This reduces the need to clutter AutoSort's celebrity database with highly detailed information.