Current program version: Release 1.07.0 of 18 May 2017
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Editorial note: the homepage is still being processed by a design change. Not all articles available yet again. Stay informed by the RSS-Feed. The English reader: excuse please the time being not perfect English (first pre-translation).
inEx Help (F1)
The inEx help function with the F1-key accesses by the InterNet-Browser the local copy or on-line version of the inEx Homepage. The F1-help is available for
- the treeView: if this is focussed, it gets help to itself or for the elements of the switch- or task-bar, when the mouse hovers over its elements.
- the other elements of the standard GUI: listView, text/imageView, search-imput-box and targetBar
- the main menu and the local menus of the standard GUI
To utilise the help also in the off-line mode, the user may make a local copy of the inEx Homepage. First, create a folder ...\documents\inEx - db-files\ local inEx HP or similar. Then assign this to the homepage folder registration (main menu: Settings / Help (F1) ... / Change Homepage Folder).
Download or update the local homepage copy, see main menu: Settings / Help (F1) ... / Check Homepage Updates.
Hint: Because of the change of the homepage design, currently (May 2017) not all descriptions are available again.
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Undo / Redo
Changes to an inEx-file (database) are recorded automatically as long as it is open in the inEx-explorer. Changes from previous openings are not reversible. The number of records is practically not limited. Call in the local treeView menu / unDo (Ctrl+Y) resp. reDo (Shift+Ctrl+Y).
Note: In case of a German keyboard layout the short-keys Y + Z are swapped (see therefore also main menu Settings).
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The original states of items that have been modified, deleted, moved or added, can be displayed with the edit-recorder. Call in the local treeView menu / Edit Recorder (Ctrl+E) or DClick at status bar right-hand field.
Note: The simultaneous insertion or deletion of several records is summarized in a single notation and can not viewed scattered (improvement in furture version).
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The inEx-File (Database)
One inEx file (database) offers space for lot of hundred thousands items. It's also useable from USB-sticks. It can converted to a text-file and/or created by such ones (DB2txt and txt2DB). A database or parts of it can exchanged with other inEx-users, and inserted into other inEx-databases, by eMail, InterNet or file-copies (inEx-tree-file^), - or local between inEx-databases by Copy&Paste.
The first default database contains several items as examples how to organize the information space. They can be changed, expanded or deleted. None of them are necessary for the inEx-program.
At page 'File Support' see the list All inEx Database Functions^. More information about used files and directories see there inEx Files^ and inEx Directories^.
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Items (entries) are the basic elements of the database. An entry can contain a maximun of 250 character text, corresponding to a short paragraph with four lines. Longer texts can easily be saved as a text file by pasteAsFile^. Each entry has a position inside an entry list and has an icon associated as a secondary attribute.
Entries are to distinguish between:
- standard entries (unicate and non-functional),
- link and doublets entries^, and
- functional entries^
Entries are automatically identified by their character content (include punctuation and symbols). So there is no need for any additional entry administration.
Entries with identical content are called either doublets OR originals and links (see: links^).
The icon of the entry determines the type of the entry. Except the few functional icons, its meaning depends only by the users interpretation (see: Icons^).
New single entries are generated often by the shortkeys Ctrl+Dot (type txNoteLine), or also by Ctrl+Spacebar (type txSpaceLine). See also in local treeView menu / New. A very productive way is also the cloning^ of entries. Single or multiple new entries can be generated also by paste from the clipboard (Ctrl+P(aste)) or by Drag&Drop (DnD).
The generation of new items takes place in the treeView. The new item(s) can inserted above an entry or into an entry as a sub-entry (child). To insert into an entry, use additional the shift key in case of shortkeys or DnD. See also in the local treeView menu.
Entries can be moved any desired, inside the line of a list or over the whole treeView space. Either by the mouse inside the treeView or from the listView to the treeView. Also by Mark Item (Ctrl+X) and Move Item (Ctrl+M), or by Move Up (Ctrl+<) and Move Down (Ctrl+>).
Whenever appropriate entries should be dated. A date can be a worthwhile search and arrangement criterion. It is easy to date by the function Daystamp^ (Ctrl+D). For details see the link.
Note: For using the Report-Lists^ function, entries require a leading datestamp.
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Entries with identical text content called either Doublets or Link(s) and Original.
Function of a link is to refer to the (normally only one) original entry. A link can be recognized by the link-flag, a small rectangle at the entry-icon bottom-left.
Links or doublets will be generated normally by the Cloning^. But if needed, the link-mark-sign, a leading degree character ("°"), can added or deleted manual in entry Edit mode.
By a link entry (treeView side), you may jump to the original entry with the key arrow-right (or (Ctrl+)DClick).
By selecting (Enter/Click) a link, the listView (right side) will show the list of the original entry. At top of the list all entries are listed additional, which contain links to this original. These entries are special virtual entries, so called upLinks, recognizable by a small rectangel at the entry-icon top-right. A special added seperator-entry separates this top-part(s) from the real list entries.
Doublets are a bit like links, but rather comparable with TAGs, or keys. Just as well as in links case, entries which contains the listed doublet are additional listed at the top of the list, but not marked as upLinks. Nevertheless, by the seperator they are identifiable as additional virtual entries.
Some entry types can be only doublets (file references (txFile), InterNet-links (txInterNet)), never links. They effect as unique keys. Some other types (txMoney, txMoneyDir) can be only one original (and may have links), never doublets.
By editing doublets or links/origins, the multiple incidences will be signaled by a bold font. If necessary, at end of the process a request pops up, asks to change all entries or only the current one.
By deleting a original entry and links still existing, a warning with cancel option will be displayed.
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The cloning is an easy way to use an existing entry to create a new entry which differ only partly from the old one. The new one can be now a link, or it will be edited to change details in the entry content.
So, there are two (three) variations of cloning:
- clone & link
- clone & modify
- file clone
A clone will be created in two steps. At first a copy of an entry is made (see below). The new entry is now in a special mode, the cloneStatus, which is recognizable by a diagonal red cross above the entry-icon. Now the new entry can be used in one of the two ways clone & link or clone & modify, described a step later here.
Generate the first copy can made by DnD an entry with pressed (Shift+)Ctrl key. An other way is to mark an entry (Ctrl+X main menu or some local menus) and paste a copy with (Shift+)Ctrl+V (or main menu "clone(-in) marked"). Please note at this point, at the treeView, Ctrl+V will work only for marked items. Use Ctrl+P(aste) here to paste in the common used way. The reason for this is that cloning is more often used here then the common paste function.
• clone & link
If the result shall be a link, everything is already done. The cloneStatus can be canceled by ESC, but also automatical by an edit at another place or by save (Ctrl+A).
Note: cloning a link, the result will be a link to the original; links to links are not possible.
• clone & modify
Often, new entries shall differ only in details. In this case, a change to the Edit mode (Shift+Enter or mouse down one second) will end the cloneStatus and the link-mark-sign is deleted automatical. The new entry can be edited now as a new original entry.
• file clone
Practical tip: by the day-stamp function (Ctrl+D) an existing day-stamp can be overwritten if the caret stands inside or at the beginning of a day-stamp.
The file cloning works in a different way. It is useful to create a backup file, or a new modified control file, or to copy a template file for a new use. If a file reference item (txFile) is marked, in the main menu "Mark" the option "Clone File" is available. A new file name must be declared, and the referenced file will be copied and a new reference item will be inserted into the treeView's current position.
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By insert a file into the tree, two items will be created: the file-reference-item (txFile) and a superior file-header-item.
Image: first one: downloaded by the txInterNet-item and Shift+Ctrl+Enter, second one: created by DnD from the Windows Shell (File Manager etc.)
The insertion can be made by Copy&Paste (CnP) or Drag&Drop (DnD) from the desktop, form the Windows File Manager, an open- or save-dialog, or by inserting a complete file specification (drive:\path\fileName.ext). There are also some inEx-functions who create files and inserts file-reference and -header couples (pasteAsFile^, downLoad^, feedReader^, MP3-PlayList^, newTextFile^).
Description see at page File Support^
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The following section describes all functions related to the topic of search.
When you start to type (or by F3), the focus changes to the search input line^ automatical. Then start the search by Enter (or F3). To repeat the last search use F3 twice.
As an option, the wordsList is an input aid, and gives by a pop-up window an overview of existing words according to the input. Double-clicking a word in the pop-up-list sets the word to the input line.
To create or update the wordsList, use main-menu Tools & Views / Words List. The list will (so far) not be saved and must be created new after a program start. This wordsList is available as a prototyp since version 1.06.1 with the provisional limitations: a) modifications in the database will not change the wordsList, and b) an update gets new words, but words, which do not longer exists, will not be deleted.
Hint: If the inEx keyManager^ also in use, and its popup-list is visible, add a space to switch to the wordsList.
Image: Words List Popup
• InterNet-Search (updated by version 1.06.0)
To forward the search to an InterNet search engine use additional Shift+Ctrl with Return or F3, or RClick the Find-Button. To select the default search engine, see main menu Settings / Search Engine.
Image: Dialog InterNet-Search
• Drop-Down List
The drop-down list of the search input line you can also pop-up with Ctrl+F3. At an open drop-down list, you can start the search easily by the right arrow button or by a RClick (these additional functionality works also at the targetBox, for the case to open the selected directory).
By the Element-Search^ dialog (Ctrl+Q) you choose one or more parts of the current item and start the search.
At the item Edit mode you can start a search with the selected item part by F3 or an InterNet search by Shift+Ctrl+F3.
By a Drag&Drop^ into the search input line, a search will start automatical. Useful also to check if a file or an InterNet link already noted.
To make an AND-search, link the search parts (two or three) with the AND-label " .. " (space-dot-dot-space).
• Sign Exact Search
Sign Exact Search: Please bear in mind, spaces in front or at end of a search part will be a part of the search (as well as punctuation marks and other). Note: AND-label spaces are part of the label, not the search.
• More Functions
If you want to start a search with the current date, call the Day Stamp^ function (Ctrl+D) and the search input line with the date gets the focus.
Use the masterKey^ item type (type signs "++"). A search leads straight to the item (examples: "++++", "+++a", "++ix" etc.;
with "++help" you get to the integrated inEx-Help section).
Item Type Search : Leads the first search part with an item type sign combo, the search is limited to items with that type. To blanket this, add a space in front of the type combo. By the local menu of the iconBar^ you can add the type combo of the selected icon at the top of the search input line.
By the LRG buttons you can enable the search including Link- (L) and Report- (R) items, or the letter case compliance (G). Default are all disabled.
• Search Result Lists
At the Search Result Lists^, right hand are the found items, left hand its parents lists. The local menus contain some special functions:
- All replace
replaces the marked parts at all items with a new one, edited by a dialog. The replacements be made only by true letter case (check the result count against the displayed count of found results).
- Money Total and Value Total
makes up the sum of the money^ or value^ data the result list contains.
- List Copy as Links (with version 1.06.0)
produces a list of all items as links (clipboard). Can be used for documentation, or maybe to insert into a new list for further usage (for editing, or as image or media lists (playlists) etc.).
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The inEx keyManager (ixKM)
The keyManager is an integrated tool to mange keys (TAGs), used in the whole item stock. This part of the inEx-explorer is currently in development and will be finished with the program version 2.00. See main menu Tools&Views.
The keyManager will be a special window and offers several options to manage the whole occurring keys under different conditions. Also - at the main window - a search-support-function will pop-up at the moment if at the search box a third character typed and be there are keys leading with this.
A key is defined as a character line ending with two (or more) colons (key-weight). So-called smal-keys with only one colon are not (primary) keys in the analytics, but may have an important rule as sub-keys in mass occurence of daily or part-notes items.
A First Step Implementation (Prototype)
By version 1.05.0, the bacis analytic function was finished in a first version and also a simple kind of the search-support pop-up.
With this version, the inEx keyManager analytic data are not yet integrated into the pool data (db file), so you have to run the keyManager update (main menu Tools&Views) first after each program call if you want to use its search-support. Also, so far, editings do not update the analytics. A new update-run is needed to include changes.
If the keyManager update finished, provisional also a result copy is puted to the clipboard. You may use a text program to inspect the analytic results and find something to improve. In future, a keyManager window will offer several options to manage the key-system in easy ways, as well an instant update by edits of the information stock.
The search support pop-up
The most utility of the search support is to see which keys are already existing for a special case. That prevents a wrong use of thinkable key variations, and shows in which combinations keys are occurs.
In its current preliminary form it has a two-step function by double-clicks. After the pop-up, a first double-click on a key will put the key into the search box. Each following double-click will add the new clicked key.
The local menu gives an overview of the listed keys and provides a jump to a key at its position in the pop-up window. (by version 1.06.0).
Hint: If you use also the wordsList^ add a space to switch to the wordsList.
See also: Label Concepts / Identity Labels
keyLyzer (experimental, first by version 1.07.0)
A first and experimental part to get a graphical overview about the key-usage of items of a list.
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The inEx iSocExplorer (isocx)
The iSocExplorer (information society explorer, short: isocx) is an inEx-explorer research tool, based on the largest open information stock, the Wikipedia. It opens a new analytic space based on the Wikipedia "knowledge". In future a visualisation tool may be included, using the collected lemma-keys.
You can call the isocx function by the main menu "Tools&Views" if the selected item refers to a previously saved Wikipedia file, or - more commended - by a selected InterNet link (txInterNet) to a Wikipedia page, which use a Wikipedia online API call (both ways have a different analytic result; the API version has often more information).
This function can be used in different ways, occasionally to get a brief, compressed overview about a wiki page (to gather information about the subject, or for Wikipedia editors to check the used and maybe not used wp-internal links), or building a collection of page data withhin the scope of special subject investigations (and use links of the isocx items to chain sources to special aspects), or, at the end, to use the isocx items as a key system in general.
For intense usage, it is recommended to work it in a separate own inEx pool (data base, inEx file). You may create your own excerpts by clone the original wp.en_data:: item, and expand the key to xy_wp.en_data:: (and change the icon). Then gather and order items by your own interest from the original data set as links into the list (as links is recommended). But sure, You may also use the original data set list to compress the content by re-sort and delete items - it depends on your intentions. A new and complete result can be reproduced by a isocx call if the selected item the reference to the result file (wp_w_.... .txt).
The isocx items are marked by special keys (xx = country specific label):
Items with these keys are functional items by these functional keys (resp. "labels", not by the icon types). A (Ctrl+) DClick or Ctrl+Return generates a browser call to the special page at Wikipedia.
Except the data type, the generated items should be seen as identity-keys, like as txFile and txInterNet reference items (so, don't edit these and do not insert childs). Doubletts refer to all lists which contain them too and shows their linked network (at the listView and by search).
With the inEx version 1.05.0/1/2, a first isocx prototype is implemented, and will be extended in the future. Because it is a first implementation, the results may not be perfect in all cases (please let me know a page with trouble by eMail (see viestenz.de)). But hold in mind, special parts like reference or embedded lists as well tables are ignored intentionally.
Image: Part of an isocx data result list
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TLS (SSL, https)
For calling a page or a download from InterNet by the txInterNet items, the secure InterNet connection (TLS) can be switched on or off. But as yet, not all server are able to support TLS(*) and browsers may message "Page not available", if TLS switched on, or a download may fail, if it is on or off. So, is TLS on, and in case of a call, a dialog will pop up first to decide to use or not a TLS connection.
*) Transport Layer Security /// Wikipedia
TLS mode can be set on / off with DClick at the TLS-Switch in the status bar. The basic settings can be configured in main menu / settings / InterNet Settings.
As an alternative, introduced by program version 1.06.1, a TLS-List automats the decission. If a server listed in the list, the current TLS state will be ignored, and it will be proceed as specified.
The TLS List
The TLS-List is (so far) NOT used in case of downloads (except Wikipedia) or feed-updates (state: version 1.06.2). It is used in case of InterNet calls by txInterNet items, interNetSearch and links in the textView, and for the representation of the feed-basic-links by the feedView function^. Furthermore, by the treePage function^, the ixInterNet items will be produced as https-links, if this notified by the list. Also copy or DnD(out) checks it for propper http or https labels.
The TLS-List can be opened for an overview or to edit by main menu Settings / InterNet Settings / TLS List. At the end of the list you will find an explanation for the notifications. The file (_inex_tlscons.ini.txt) is located in the folder ...User\Documents\inEx - db-files, and will be created automatical, if it not (yet) exists.
The standard file contains only a few items and can be extended manually. But there is also an extended version, available for download from here. This file will be updatet from time to time:
Extended TLS List - Version .16.1219
The following describes the download and replacement. But, if you have changed your TLS-list, make a copy of it first !
Select the target folder (targetBox):
...User\Documents\inEx - db-files
if it not already exist at the targeBox:
a) menu Settings / InterNet Settings / TLS List
b) at the opened Text-Editor: menu File / Save as ...
c) save dialog: if needed open the folder view
d) DnD any file of the save dialog folder to the targetBox
e) close the Text-Editor
Download the extended TLS List:
a) Drag this link "extended list" into the treeView
b) Download the file by the created txInterNet-link (Shift-Ctrl-Return)
c) DnD the created file item to the targetBox
d) Confirm "Overwrite?", ready
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The inEx-explorer offers an easy way for an HTML-Export^ of database content. It builds local or online usable browser-pages by 'one button-push'.
The export will be made either by the inEx treePage^ function, or by the inEx pageFab^. The treePage function is the most easy way and offers several options for different kinds of the page representation.
The pageFab need first the development of a pageFab-composition by HTML-clichés and pageFab-macros. The composition controls the layout and which kind of items will be 'produced' and how. But at the end, it builds the pages also by 'one button-push'. An example for this is the inEx-homepage here and also the theHyperBox.de^^, a music-rating-site, a hobby of the author.
Use the links above for more information.
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- Drag&Drop (DnD + CnP)
- Desktop Wallpaper
content in processing
• Drag&Drop (DnD + CnP)
Drag and Drop are supported at treeView (in+out), listView (out), hotNotes (in+out), Search Input Bar (in) and the targetBox (in). The description is splitted into the following three groups:
- DnD + treeView / listView + targetBox
- DnD + Windows Shell
- DnD + Browser
DnD + treeView / listView + targetBox
• File-Reference (txFile) => targetBox
... moves the referenced file to the targetBox folder, or creates a file copy (with Ctrl-Key), or a file-link (with Shift+Ctrl-key) there.
• "Simple" item (not a txFile) => targetBox
... creates a text file (.txt) at the targetBox folder, and adding a file reference (txFile) as child into the item.
• Item from listView => treeView
... moves the item to the targeted treeView position (with Shift moves into), or creates a link there (with (Shift+)Ctrl-key).
• Item inside the treeView
... moves the item to the targeted position (with Shift moves into), or creates a link there (with (Shift+)Ctrl-key).
DnD + Windows Shell (Desktop, File-Manager, Open-/Save-Dialogs)
• File-Reference (txFile) => Desktop or File-Manager
... creates a file copy (with Ctrl) or a file link (with Shift+Ctrl)
• File-Reference (txFile) => Windows Head-Line of a Program-Window
... starts the file by the program, if this support the file format (text, image, ...)
• File or Folder (shell) => Search Input Bar
... starts a search for the file or folder reference. If the file found, but with different path, a hint will come up.
• File or Folder (shell) => targetBox
... the folder or the file path will be added to the targetBox.
• File or Folder (shell) => treeView
... creates a file (or folder) reference. A file-header item will be created by the file attributes, the reference as its child, if not used Shift and/or Ctrl, which suppress the header creation. See also: File Items^
DnD + Browser
• InterNet-Link (txInterNet) or File Reference (txFile) => Browser Adress Bar
... (maybe with Ctrl-key) calls the InterNet page, or shows the file.
See also: TLS (https)^
• Browser Link => Search Input Bar
... starts a seach for the InterNet adress.
• Browser Link => treeView
... inserts the link text and the InterNet link as its child. Optional (main menu Settings / DnD-in: ...) also the adress of the origin linking page. By pressed Shift- and/or Ctrl-key, only the link adresse will be created (as Child with Shift).
: Wikipedia and Youtube links will be detected
and created with adequate formats
Drag and Drop^
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• Day Stamp
content in work
• Master Key
content in work
• History (main menu)
• Normalization To ASCII-Character Set
By insertions with DnD (or CnP) into the treeView or to the search-input, or by insertions at the item-edit-mode, the following modifications be carried out:
- apostrophe variants replaced to ' (h27 / d39)
- quotes variants to " (h22 / d34)
- - a) but not Chevrons and Guillemets
- - b) half quotes replaced as apostrophe
- hyphen / dash variants to - (h2D / d45)
For different typografic variations, this pocedure ensure the textual identity of the insertions (valid since version 1.01).
Hint: Insertions by DnD (treeView and search edit) will decode percent-codes (e.g. %20) ONLY at the FIRST line; and by CnP generaly NOT.
Known issue: DnD file references (txFile) to the hotNotes memo or the internal text editor works not quite right. The DnD icon don't change to acception mode but it will inserts, at least after a second try.
• Desktop Image (wallpaper)
Description see page Standard GUI^
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