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DB/TextWorks Version 3 Features
feature is discussed briefly here. See
the DB/TextWorks online help for more information.
3.1 - Feature Changes
Information Shows User Dictionary Location
Information now shows the location of the spell check user dictionary.
The new line appears immediately
under the line showing the user file directory.
Menu Screen to HTML - HTML Title Changed
you exported a menu screen to HTML, previous versions used the HTML Title
"Turbo Searches". Version
3.1 uses the HTML Title "Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher Search".
QBEs with Word Wheels & FrontPage 98
you use FrontPage 98 to edit an HTML QBE screen with Word Wheels exported
with DB/TextWorks version 3.0, FrontPage does not recognize the
<APPLET> codes and discards all the associated <PARAM> and
</APPLET> codes, making the QBE screen non-functional.
Export QBE Screen to HTML for DB/TextWorks version 3.1 adds
"protective" HTML comments around the <APPLET> codes,
making the page more resistant to damage by FrontPage 98.
feature is discussed briefly here. See
the DB/TextWorks online help for more information.
3.0 - Features for use with DB/Text WebPublisher 3.0
QBE and menu screens for use with version 3.0 of WebPublisher are
completely different than those for previous versions.
If you're upgrading from a previous version of WebPublisher, you
must use DB/TextWorks version 3.0 or later to re-export any QBE and menu
screens created for use with the earlier version.
However, WebPublisher 3.0 is completely independent of previous
versions. It's installed in a
different location and has different names for the program files.
So you can run both versions of WebPublisher simultaneously and
make the transition to the new version gradually.
you have not upgraded to WebPublisher 3.0, you cannot use any of the
following features. You must
also use DB/TextWorks version 2.3 or earlier to export QBE screens to HTML
for use with older versions of WebPublisher.
DB/TextWorks version 2.3 (for Windows 3.x) is included as part of
the DB/TextWorks version 3.0 installation.
of Next/Previous Record Buttons
3.0 lets you specify whether you want the Next N Records and Previous N
Records buttons and the list of available forms to appear at the top of
the page, the bottom of the page or both.
This control is on the Number of Records panel of the HTML Options
dialog in the Menu and QBE Screen Designers.
versions required that you select a form from the list then press the
Change Form button. The
Change Form button has been removed; simply selecting a new form in the
list changes the display.
new WebPublisher Links panel on the Text Formatting dialog in the Form
Designer permits you to treat each entry in a field as:
Wheel - Scroll Bars
Word Wheel now has scroll bars.
Wheel - Show Term Index
can now specify that the Word Wheel should display the Term index first.
Check the "Show Terms by Default" control on the Browse
Choices panel of the HTML Options dialog in the QBE Screen Designer.
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WebPublisher Directory Structure
directory structure for WebPublisher has changed completely. Now, all WebPublisher files are installed in a virtual directory.
This restructuring makes many of the following features available.
now works with Secure Socket Layers (SSL), which uses HTTPS:// instead of
QBE/Menu to HTML
no longer need to specify your server name and program directory every
time you export a QBE screen or menu screen to HTML.
Instead, this information is stored in a file on your HTTP server.
textbase path is no longer hardcoded into the HTML QBE screen (or menu
screen). Instead, the first
time a textbase is searched using WebPublisher, it will recursively search
a set of directories specified during installation.
When the textbase is found, the location will be written to the
INMAGIC.INI file. Alternatively,
you can edit the INMAGIC.INI file by hand to specify the textbase
locations. See the
WebPublisher README file for more information.
in a Virtual Directory or Subdirectory
can now be stored in a virtual directory or subdirectory.
This includes both fixed images (e.g., backgrounds, and
leading/trailing logos) and textbase images.
Previous versions required that all images reside in the root
directory of your HTTP server.
See the WebPublisher README file for more information.
3.0 - New Features
Check is available on the Tools menu when the Edit Record or Edit
Secondary Record window is the active window.
no text is selected, Spell Check starts from the beginning of the current
box and goes down, checking each box in tab order.
The Spell Check Setup choice permits you to specify which fields
are checked and which are skipped. By
default, only Text fields are checked for spelling.
text is selected, Spell Check checks the selected text regardless of
whether the field appears in the list of fields to check in Spell Check
Check Spelling dialog has an Options button for setting options such as
whether to ignore capitalized words, etc.
Spell Check ignores boxes which are read-only (e.g.,
for Extended Characters
new User Preference permits you to search for characters with diacritic
marks (known as "extended" or "accented" characters)
by typing the non-extended equivalent.
For example, a search for "ole" will now retrieve
"OLE", "Olé", etc.
new choices on the new Manage Textbases menu permit you to copy, delete,
or rename a textbase in a single step.
If the source and target locations differ for a Rename Textbase
operation, the textbase is moved. These
operations require exclusive access to the textbase.
For example, you cannot delete a textbase someone else has open.
If the textbase has passwords, these operations require the Master
now preserves the size, position and maximization of all windows for each
textbase. Previous versions
retained only the size and position of the three image-related windows:
Images, Image Annotation and Thumbnail.
user has their own Window settings for each textbase.
They are stored in the [Window Placements] section of the
<textbase>.IDI file in the user file directory.
Window settings for windows which are not textbase-specific are
stored in the [Window Placements] section of the INMAGIC.INI file.
can use the new "Fit Window to Form" toolbar button and Windows
menu choice to quickly resize the window after switching forms.
window synchronization is now available.
When you choose Synchronize Windows, all windows will be set to the
selected record in the current window.
When you press Next/Previous Record, etc. the same record will be
displayed in all windows (e.g., Report, Display, Edit, Images).
You can now easily scroll through the records with the record
information and the image displayed side by side.
For previous versions, Synchronize Windows was a one-time operation
which reset all windows to show the same record, but did not keep the
windows synchronized when you chose Next Record, etc.
Modify Options Retained
now preserves the settings for the Import, Export and Batch Modify Options
dialogs for each textbase. This
information is stored in a <textbase>.IDI file in the user file
The Export Options settings on the 'Records to Export' panel not saved.
Records to Export defaults to the current set; if there is no set,
you must export the entire textbase.
This option behaved the same in earlier versions.
Use Current Sort is not retained because there often is no current
sort, and you cannot sort when you choose Export Entire Textbase.
Annotation Path Retained
default location for image annotations is now preserved from session to
session. This setting is
separate for each textbase, and is stored in the <textbase>.INI
file, so it affects all users who open that textbase.
If the textbase directory is write-protected (e.g., on a CD), this
information is stored in the <textbase>.IDI file in the user file
directory. Previous versions
always defaulted to the same directory as the image.
on Multiple Drives/Volumes
two features described in this section enable you to access images on
multiple CDs more easily.
Image Drive control on the User Preferences now permits you to type
multiple drive letters (up to 12, no colon, no spaces).
DB/TextWorks will search each specified drive, in order, for the
can also specify an optional volume ID field for each textbase.
The actual volume ID used can be different for each record.
Edit the textbase INI file to include the following section:
for each record, put a single volume ID entry in that field.
you use one or both of these features, DB/TextWorks will search in
multiple places for an image before displaying a message that it cannot be
Textbase - Copy Private Elements
you use New Textbase/Copy an Existing Inmagic DB/TextWorks Structure,
there's a new check box which permits you to copy private forms, etc.
stored in the user file to the user file for the new textbase.
For previous versions, you had to copy the user file manually
outside of DB/TextWorks.
Screen Designer - Open Current
you choose Design from the Menu Screens option, there's a new option to
edit the current menu screen. For previous versions, you had to choose Open an Existing
Menu Screen and specify the file name.
in Sorted Order
can now export in sorted order. There
must be a current set; to export the entire textbase in sorted order use
Find All Records to create the set. There
must be a current user-specified sort; at minimum, you must choose Sort
and press OK. Use Current
Sort is on the Records to Export tab.
To enable it, select Export Current Set.
Special in Sorted Order
Special can now copy information to the Windows Clipboard in sorted order.
Previous versions used internal record number order.
Add the following line to the <textbase>.INI file:
You must display the report for the sort to occur.
This change only applies when Copy Special copies information from
multiple records in the Report window (MultipleRecs=1 in the
Copy Special Button
Copy Special buttons are now available.
Add an additional [SpecialVendor2] section to <textbase>.INI
using the same syntax. The
Copy Special menu choices now always appear on the Tools menu in addition
to being available for addition to various toolbars.
can specify menu text in the <textbase>.INI file.
Specify an optional accelerator key by preceding it with an
ampersand (&). If no menu
text is specified, these choices default to "Copy Special (1)"
and "Copy Special (2)". Example:
Dates in YYYYMMDD and YYYY-MM-DD Format
is now recognized as a valid date format.
Previous versions indexed this format properly only if you
unchecked "Numbers File Numerically' for the Date field in Edit
Textbase Structure, and would not accept dates in this format in a Date
field marked "Require Strictly Correct Type".
in NNNN-NN-NN format are now always interpreted as YYYY-MM-DD regardless
of your Windows Regional Settings (e.g., even if your short date format is
"Display Current" Menu Screen Option
a new option on the Menu Screens menu: Display Current.
This allows you to open your menu screen if you close it.
In previous versions, you'd have to use Select Menu Screen and
re-select your menu screen, or exit DB/TextWorks and re-enter, or open and
close a textbase.
Product Support Knowledge Base
new Knowledgebase option on the Help menu launches your web browser and
loads the Inmagic Product Support Knowledge Base page.
Here you can search for answers to frequently asked questions,
helpful tips and tricks, software patches for download, etc.
3.0 - Feature Changes
"Manage Textbases" Menu
a new menu when no textbases are open: Manage Textbases.
The Dump Textbase, Load New Textbase, Check Textbase, and View
Check Textbase Report File options have been moved to this menu.
This menu also contains the new Copy Textbase, Rename Textbase, and
Delete Textbase menu choices.
Preferences and Customize Toolbars, which used to appear on the File menu
have been moved to the new Tools menu.
This menu also includes the Spell Check option.
menu screen options which used to appear on the Special menu have been
moved to a new menu called Menu Screens.
Support on the Special menu, which used to bring up a dialog combining the
Check Textbase and Enable/Upgrade Network operations has been renamed
to Enable or Upgrade Network.
set to have Max Lines of "unlimited" are now approximately the
height of the screen. This includes both boxes in the Display/Edit windows and
boxes on such windows as the Textbase Information and View Log File
windows. In earlier versions,
the box height was approximately 20 lines with the default font/box width,
and varied as these settings changed.
Menu Screens, Textbase Elements
versions would display a message like "The form exceeds the maximum
allowed storage space." if a form, menu screen, or QBE screen
exceeded 64K. You could not
save the form until it did not exceed 64K.
limit has been removed. Now, you can save menu screens with more boxes, forms with
more fixed text (generally for use with WebPublisher), etc.
Note, however, that you cannot use menus, etc. which exceed 64K
with versions of DB/TextWorks, DB/SearchWorks, or WebPublisher before 3.0.
Information - Current Forms, etc.
Information now indicates if the forms, QBE screen, and record skeleton
currently in use are private. The
"Currently in Use" section appends "(private)" after
elements stored in the user file. If
"(private)" does not appear, the form is a public form, stored
in the textbase.
Designer - Label Forms
Report Options/Set Up Page for label forms now permits up to 20 labels across. The previous limit was 10.
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