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DB/TextWorks Features for Version 4
There were no new features or feature changes in version 4.01.
4.02 - New Feature
4.02 - Feature Changes
the Report window is still formatting when you choose Print (or Print
Preview), you are asked if you want to stop the report formatting so the
Print operation can proceed. If
you respond No, the Print operation is canceled and the Report window
feature is discussed briefly here. See
the DB/TextWorks online help for more information.
4.0 - New Features
Screen/Menu Designer Features
Version 4.0 forms, query screens and menu screens are not compatible with
earlier versions. Once you save a form, query screen or menu screen using
version 4.0, you will not be able to use that form or screen with earlier
versions. Forms and query
screens saved using version 4.0 will not appear in lists in version 3.0
DB/TextWorks or WebPublisher. (They'll
"disappear" as far as the version 3.0 programs are concerned.) Menu screens saved using version 4.0 will display the message
"File 'menuname.tbm' cannot be read by the software."
Note: If you accidentally save a form or query screen with v4.0,
you can use Manage Textbase Elements in v4.0 to export the form to a .XPF
file, then use Manage Textbase Elements in v3.0 to import the file.
(You'll get lots of "unrecognized" errors on the import; choose
three designers have many new features.
new features are specific to the Form Designer.
Screen Designer Features
new features are specific to the Menu Screen Designer and the Query Screen
Screen Designer Features
new features are specific to the Menu Screen Designer:
More Defaults button on the Display tab of the Options dialog permits you
to specify several options (e.g., label position, box width, box and
background colors, etc.) for the Basic Record Form,
Basic Report Form and Basic Query Screen.
The options on the General tab also affect menu screens.
can apply any box and background colors you select to existing saved
forms, etc. without modifying them in the designers (default option).
Today's Date Variable
can now include the @DATE variable as part of your search criteria.
When the search is performed, @DATE will be translated to the
current date. You can also
perform calculations using the @DATE variable.
For example: @DATE -7.
Report as Mail
new "Send Report as Mail" command on the File menu permits you
to send the current report as an electronic mail attachment in a variety
of formats (Plain Text, Rich Text Format, HTML).
You also have the option of including a report in Plain Text format
in the body of the message. Depending
on the email program used to send/receive the message, HTML attachments
may appear in the body of the message.
you select "Mail each record to a different address",
DB/TextWorks will automatically email each record to the address(es) shown
in the specified field in the record, without further interaction from
you. Important: When using
this option, each email addresses must be in a separate entry.
You cannot, for example, type multiple email addresses in the same
entry separated by commas or semicolons.
the "Mail each record to a different address" option may not
work with all email programs.
new Recover Textbase choice on the Manage Textbases menu encapsulates the
textbase recovery process. All
you have to do is specify the name of the textbase you recover, and type
the Master password (if any). Recover
Textbase then dumps that textbase, creates a new textbase by copying the
structure of the existing textbase, and loads the dump file into the new
textbase. The original
textbase is renamed.
This feature will not repair damage to the .TBA file or .TBU file (user
file) where forms, query screens, etc. are stored.
You must perform the steps manually if these files are damaged and,
when you create the new textbase, uncheck the options which copy public
elements and the user file.
can add an additional Applications menu to DB/TextWorks.
This menu contains links to HTML pages.
Which links appear on this menu is specified for each textbase.
Choosing one of the options on this menu opens the HTML page in a
window inside DB/TextWorks. All
the product you can now right+click with the mouse to perform such
operations as Cut, Copy & Paste.
Window for Search Results
a search, you are prompted to specify which window to display the search
results in: Report, Edit, or Display.
You can choose not to display this message, so that records are
automatically displayed in the selected window without asking.
Previous versions only asked if you wanted to display the report.
Printing - Xionics XipPrint
XipPrint=1 in the [Imaging] section of INMAGIC.INI to take advantage of
Xionics XipPrint enabled printers. This
feature should speed up printing for black and white TIFF images. (This
option has not been proven to work with all XipPrint enabled printers.)
Use the FastPrint=1 option for color images.
Window - Copy & Find
and Edit>Find are now available for the Report window.
that you can only copy text from within a single box.
If you need to copy information from multiple boxes/records, you
must still use Copy Special>Report or Copy Special>Record.
- Retains Font
now retains the font of the copied information (often called Rich Text).
When you paste into another application which supports multiple
fonts, the font will be retained. Notes:
"3-D box borders" on the Display tab of the Options dialog to
use three-dimensional box borders in all forms and query screens.
can now suppress search highlighting, for forms which have search
highlighting enabled, without using the Form Designer to modify the form.
Select "None" from either the "Display
highlighting" or "Print highlighting" list on the Search
tab of the Options dialog. For
example: you can use the same form for both printing and displaying,
without having your search terms highlighted in the printout.
Files - Specify Number of Textbases
new "Recently used file list" control on the General tab of the
Options dialog permits you to specify how many recently-opened textbases
to list on the Files menu. You can select a number between 0 and 10.
Previous versions always showed 4 recently-opened textbases.
Entry Mark [F11]
F11 or choose Insert Entry Mark from the Edit menu to break the current
entry into two entries at the cursor position.
Date [F4] - Create New Entry
new "Insert date as new entry" control on the General tab of the
Options dialog permits you to specify whether the inserted date should be
created as a new entry (default behavior) or inserted into the current
entry at the cursor position.
Series - Half Months
new Increment Unit option is available when using Insert Series in Date
fields: Half Month.
section discusses four optional DBTEXT.INI options which control date
formatting in various places. Example:
and sShortDate= control the formatting of dates in reports and the
format of pasted, computed and automatic dates. They use the syntax shown on the Regional Settings dialog.
controls how dates are interpreted for indexing and searching purposes.
iDate= must be set to one of the following values.
0 means M-D-Y
1 means D-M-Y
2 means Y-M-D
controls the format of date indexes shown in the Query Choices Browser and
the behavior of Edit>Insert>Current Date (F4) in the Query window.
Previous versions always used YYYY-Mmm-DD format (e.g.,
1997-May-05). The following
example will yield full month names (1999-January-01):
feature is especially useful when the Primary Month List includes months
whose first three letters are the same (e.g., "juin" and "juillet"
same setting controls the format of dates inserted using
Edit>Insert>Current Date (F4) in the Query window.
So be wary of using formats which use significant characters.
For example, if you specify MM/DD/YY format, since a slash (/)
represents a Boolean OR, you'll need to implement the SpacedRelOps=1
feature described later in this document.
and iDate= are used in place of the Windows Regional Settings for a
particular workstation. They
are primarily useful for applications like DB/Text PowerPack and DB/Text WebPublisher,
which do not use the Regional Settings unless specifically set up to log
on as a user with the desired settings.
Toolbar now has the option to add Separators to toolbars, so you can break
toolbar buttons into groups.
can rearrange and remove buttons without using Customize Toolbar.
Press Shift and use the mouse to drag the button to its new
location. To remove a button, drag it off the toolbar.
can change the location of the toolbar from the top edge of the window to
any of the other three edges. You
can also "undock" the toolbar so that it's a floating toolbox.
When the toolbar is undocked, you can use the mouse to resize it so
that the buttons appear on several lines.
Toolbar location for each window is stored in the Windows registry.
View menu permits you to control whether to display:
hide/display the toolbar for a particular window, select that window, then
use the View menu. To
hide/display the Main toolbar, you must close all other windows.
menu choices have also been moved to the View menu.
For example: Hide Boundaries, which used to be on the Tools menu,
has been renamed Boundaries and moved to the View menu.
Menu - Inmagic on the Web
new "Inmagic on the Web" section has been added to the Help
menu. This pull-right menu
includes choices for the Inmagic Home Page, the Inmagic Support Page and
the Inmagic Product Support Knowledgebase page. Each of these choices launches your default web browser and
loads the appropriate page. The
Product Support Knowledgebase page was available in version 3.0.
of the dialogs can now be resized. This
feature is probably most useful for the Query Choices Browser and the
Editing Choices Browser. Now
you can make the dialog wider so you can see more of long Titles, etc.
The dialogs will revert to their default size the next time you use
will now save the contents of the current window.
For example, if the Edit Record window is the active window, Ctrl+S
will save the record. If the
Form Designer window has focus, Ctrl+S will save the form.
4.0 - Feature Changes
the Edit window, each entry now begins with a "Field entry
delimiter" (by default, a bullet).
You can use the Display tab of the Options dialog to specify which
character to use. Important:
The character used as the field entry delimiter should not be a character
that will appear in the text of your record.
versions separated entries with a dashed line.
The corresponding Form Designer feature, Tools>Text
Formatting>Added Text>Entry Separator>Line is no longer
& Menu Changes
Screens are now called Query Screens.
Several menu choices have been
renamed as a result (e.g., "Query by Example" on the
Search menu is now "Query Screen").
Preferences has been renamed to Options.
Record has been renamed Refresh and moved from the Records menu to the
Windows menu. This menu
choice now affects other windows, including Textbase Information (e.g., to
reflect new record/user counts).
Attributes menu has been removed from the Image Annotation editor.
All of the options which used to be on this menu have been moved
into the dialog brought up by the Annotation Properties choice on the
menu options have been combined into pull-right menus.
two Copy Special choices on the version 3.0 Tools menu have been moved to
the Copy Special pull-right menu on the Edit menu.
Their default names are now "Application (1)" and
"Application (2)". You
can override the default names by using the Menu= option in the textbase
INI file (see "Additional Copy Special Button" in the
"Version 3.0 - New Features" section below).
the Form Designer, Report Options>Record Spacing has been moved onto
the General tab of the Form Properties dialog.
See the "Distance between records" control.
Textbase-Specific Help option now always appears on the Help menu.
It is disabled if there is no textbase-specific help for this
textbase. Previous versions permitted you to specify whether this menu
choice appeared with an installation option in Setup - Configure.
Queries & Command Query Windows
Save Queries and Command Query windows now resemble dialogs in some ways.
Each has text buttons (e.g., Execute Query) as well as toolbar
buttons. In the Saved
Queries window, the list of saved sets is a standard pick list control, so
you can type the first letter to easily jump to a specific saved query in
the list. In previous versions, you used Tab and Shift-Tab to navigate
to different saved sets.
of the options on the designer Tool menu (Box Contents, Labels and
Borders, Text Formatting, Paragraph Formatting, etc.) have been combined
into a single tab dialog.
of the choices on the Attributes menu in the Image Annotation editor have
been combined into a single dialog called Annotation Properties on the
Annotation menu. The
Attributes menu has been removed.
User File Path dialog now has a Browse button to make selecting a directory easier.
This dialog normally only appears the first time you run
bars on boxes in forms and Query screens don't appear until they are
needed (i.e., until the amount of text in the box exceeds the maximum
height of the box). Previous
versions always displayed scroll bars on boxes that had them.
and Cursor Position
cursor will appear where you click with the mouse (e.g., in the Display,
Edit and Query windows). Previous versions put the cursor in the last cursor position
for that box, or at the beginning of the box if this was the first time
you'd clicked in that box since the window was opened.
Record & Passwords
which are read-only due to password protection on the single field in the
box now retain form formatting (e.g., item numbering).
Previous versions removed formatting on boxes containing a single
field, regardless of whether the settings for the current password.
customizations are now stored in the Windows Registry.
Previous versions stored this information in the INMAGIC.INI file.
You will need to redo any toolbar customizations created using
Customize Toolbars menu option has been broken into two menu choices.
A pull-right menu permits you to select whether you want to
customize the Main toolbar or the toolbar for the current window.
Previous versions displayed an intermediate dialog where you
selected which toolbar you wanted to customize.
list of recently opened textbases is now stored in the Windows Registry.
Previous versions stored this information in the INMAGIC.INI file.
a textbase chosen from the recent files list on the File menu causes an
error, you are asked if you want to remove the textbase from the recent
your Windows File Options are set to "Hide file extensions for known
file types", the .TBA extension does not appear.
Otherwise, it does. For
previous versions, the .TBA extension never appeared in the recent files
the textbase path matches the current default directory, the recent files
list does not show the textbase path.
"Already Open" Textbase
previous versions, if you opened a textbase which was already open,
DB/TextWorks closed and reopened the textbase (closed all windows and
prompted for the password, if any). Version 4.0 simply leaves the textbase open.
If you want to change passwords, choose
Use Different Password from the File menu.
If you want to close all windows except the initial window, choose
New Query or close and reopen the textbase.
4.0 - Removed Features
features were available in previous versions, but are not available in
Box - use Copy & Paste instead.
justification. Forms created
with earlier versions using this option will use Left justification
"within Border" options for box Label Position.
Forms created with earlier versions will use the equivalent label
position which is not within the border.
For example, "Center within Border" will become just
Line option for Entry Separators on the Added Text tab of the Text
Paragraph Marks on the Form Preferences dialog.
symbols no longer appear in the Edit Record window.
Instead, paragraphs and entries use hanging indentation.
Each entry begins with the "Field entry delimiter"
specified using Options>Display.
Large Buttons is no longer available in the user interface.
However, you can use the LargeButtons=1 option in the INMAGIC.INI
file to have toolbars use large buttons.
versions permitted you to specify your own keyboard shortcuts (Quick
Keys), status bar text or button text (ToolTip text) for menu choices --
this functionality is no longer available.
You can also no longer specify toolbar icons, but all of the
available toolbar buttons now have icons.
warning messages have been replaced with beeps.
For example: "You cannot enter or change information
The "Match whole word only" control on the Find and Replace dialogs is no longer available for Textbase Information, the various View File windows, and Command Query. This control remains available for Edit Record & Batch Modify.
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