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Walkthrough: Adding An Item

When you want to add an new item to your list, you do the following (Based on "Sample List.van"):


 

Simply press the "Add" button:


You can also press the 'A' key as well.

A new panel will slide out from the Right Hand Side of Vanilla:


Let's do a sample entry for a fake Movie. First of all, let's enter a name:


Next, we can either type in the "Type" of data, or simply select it from the Pull Down Menu (as shown):


As you can see from above, that Vanilla already knows what type of "Types" that you currently have in your list. At this point, we can just select Movie from the Menu. If you wanted to add a new Type, just type it in, and when you go to enter the next item, your new "Type" will be automatically selectable.


At this point, there are two possible paths (click on the headers to expand):


--> Path #1 (Clean Up)

If you are just going to type in your description, just type it in the Description Field:


If your are, for example pasting text from a .NFO file, usually you find that there are a lot of extra characters in the text. This makes it undesirable to have it like that in your description. For example, a .NFO file could have the following description:


To fix this up in Vanilla, simply select the relevant text and paste it into the Description field:


As you can see, the description has a lot of ugly characters in it. To fix this, just press the "Clean Up" Button:


and, Vanilla then cleans up the text as:


All you need to do is join up the paragraphs, and away you go!

--> Path #2 (Expand)

The next field is Genre. You can either select the appropriate Genre, or simply type in a new one. See the Sample List for a good way to structure your Genres. (Genres works the same way as "Type"). For this Genre, we'll select "Movie Action":



After Genre, the next field is Size:


You can use size to represent different data, for example, the Number of physical discs a certain Game encompasses, or you can use Size to specify a file size of a particular movie (for example, 700). For our example, lets stick with it being 1 Disk in size.


The next element is Format:


As you can see from the Sample List, there is a wide range of Formats. You can select an existing one, or just type a new format! You can do some interesting things. For example, continuing from the above example, you can set the Size to 700, and then Add/Select the Format of "Megs". For our purposes, we'll just assume that our awesome movie is on one DVD. Select DVD:



Finally, we'll come to our last bit. This is "Reference". You just enter a relevant code. For example, you may number all your Game in the sequence of GAME001, GAME002, etc.. or you could something like D2C4R2, which could be decoded as Drawer 2, Column 4, Row 2. Basically enter whatever you need, so you can find the item. You could even use file paths. But for our example, we'll just use:



Below the reference, there are two buttons:


Press the "Add Record" to add the our item (The Kirra Chronicles), or press the "Cancel/Finish" button to go back and NOT add the item. .


Your "Add Record" screen look something like once it is completed:



Once we press the "Add Record" Button, "The Kirra Chronicles" will be added to our list, and the log will reflect this:


The Log will tell you the name of the item you added, with the Reference in Brackets (makes it easy to keep track of what the next Reference number should be). Once the "Add Record" button is pressed, the panel will clear, so you can start entering a new item. If you added an new Types, Formats, or Genres, then the pull down lists will have any new data added to them.


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