You can specify some general settings for how you use iBase in the Options dialog.
To use this dialog, click the:
- General tab to specify some basic settings for using iBase, for example, how you use categories. These are your own personal settings, they do not affect any other user.
- Charting tab to set defaults that will be used when charting in Analyst's Notebook unless specified otherwise in a charting scheme or the Charting Settings dialog. These are your own personal settings, they do not affect any other user.
- Advanced tab to set options that affect just you (the User Settings area of the dialog) as well as all users of this computer (the options in the Local Machine Settings area). For example, you may specify the location of the templates folders. See below for details of the permissions required.
The basic settings on the General page of the Options dialog are described below.
|Default Category Name||
Choose the default category that you want to use when you save a new folder object (such as a set). By default, you will use the folder name General if you leave this blank.
This applies to all users of the database, when no default category is specified for them in iBase Designer. Any individual user of the database may have a default category defined in iBase Designer, in which case, this will be the folder that is used to save all objects by default.
|Prompt for Category when Saving Folder Objects||
If turned on, a prompt for a category is displayed when you save a new folder object (such as a set).
If turned off, you will automatically save folder objects in the default category with the default access type wherever possible. However, the Categorize dialog will always be displayed if you belong to more than one folder object control group.
|Default to 'Public' access||
Determines whether access to a folder object is public, private to the user who flagged it as private, or restricted to members of a folder object control group. Private folder objects can only be listed and viewed by the user who flagged it as private and the system administrator.
|Maximum number of most recently opened databases to show in the file menu||
The Most Recently Used list is the list of databases at the end of the options on the File menu.
Each time a new database is opened, an entry for it is placed in the list. Selecting the entry is a quick means of re-opening the database.
This setting determines the maximum number of entries there can be in the list. Once this number is reached, new entries at the top push the bottom entries off the list.
|Number of rows to be displayed in a multi-line text box||This determines the size of the box when entering or editing data in multi-line text type fields, in terms of the number of lines it can display.|
|Open last used database on start-up||
Turn this on to quickly re-open the database you opened last, whenever you start iBase.
(You do not have to open this database; a prompt is displayed which you can use to cancel the open and select an alternative.)
|Check for matching records whenever a discriminator field value changes (datasheets only)||
This only applies to datasheets and displays a warning about potential duplicate records when you enter data in a discriminator field which results in a match with one or more existing records.
This allows you to check your data at an earlier stage than the Prompt to confirm creation of matching records option which only warns you when you attempt to save the record.
|Prompt to confirm creation of matching records||You are always warned when you attempt to save a record that will create a potential duplicate. However, you can display an additional prompt that appears when you click Yes to create the record.|
|Remember user for Windows single sign-on||
Depending how Windows security is set up at your site, you may be prompted to select the user to log on as. To avoid repeating this step each time you log on, you can turn on the Remember my selection check box in the Logon dialog. You will then log on automatically in future sessions.
When you need to log on as a different iBase user:
|Display dialogs in tabs||This option allows you to choose whether new dialogs appear as tabbed or independent windows. By default this is set as tabbed.|
|Use legacy icons||This option allows you to change the appearance of entity icons to display the 8.1 or earlier icon set. By default the latest icon set is displayed.|
|Activate global shortcut keys||This option allows you to choose whether to use and potentially customize the use of global shortcut keys. By default this is turned on.|
Default charting settings
Use the Charting page of the Options dialog to set the basic options for charting in Analyst's Notebook. These settings can be changed in Analyst's Notebook, for the duration of the session, using the Charting Settings dialog.
|Chart entity/link attributes||
When a record is added to a chart to become a chart item, whether chart attributes are added or not.
It only applies to particular entity or link types:
|Chart pictures to represent entities instead of their icons||
When an entity is added to a chart and the entity has a Picture type field, whether this picture field value is used to represent the chart item (instead of the entity's icon).
It only has an effect if there are no applicable Chart Pictures? options settings in the charting scheme (for the entity type or 'Default') that have a non-'Blank' setting.
If there is more than one picture type field, the top field when the entity is open in a Show dialog is the one used. If you are in doubt, and your entities are not displayed in a Show dialog (they may open in a datasheet-based dialog), consult your system administrator.
|Rearrange new items added to a chart (not the whole chart)||How much a chart is re-arranged to accommodate newly added items.|
|Show toolbar in Analyst's Notebook||Whether the iBase toolbar is displayed when charting iBase data. See About the iBase Toolbar, Menu, and Palettes for details.|
|Default Link Label||
The labels for chart links added from iBase.
The selected option becomes the default selection in the Charting Settings dialog.
|Multiple Link Style||How iBase links added to charts are represented on the chart. The selected option is the default selection in the Charting Settings dialog.|
The options on the Advanced page in the User Settings area of the dialog affect just you. Because the options in the Local Machine Settings area affect all users of this computer, your system administrator may prevent you from changing these settings. See the Administration Center for further details.
|User Templates Folder||Path name of the folder containing templates for creating new databases. Any user can change this path.|
|Temporary Files Folder||
Path name of the folder for temporary files.
These files are created when, for example, you use View to edit a document specified in a document type field.
Any user can change this path.
|Command Group File||Path name of the Access database that organizes the iBase command access control.|
|Icon List File||Path name of the file that lists all the available icons when, for example, you are editing an Icon List code list.|
|Workgroup Templates Folder||Path name of the folder containing database templates for use by all users of this machine.|
|Graphics Folder||Path name of the folder containing the icons used in, for example, the database explorer and menu items (but not the entity, or entity type, icons).|
|Number of records to be displayed before auto-pausing||
The number of records to be displayed before an automatic pause. You might see this, for example, when records are being loaded in a Browse dialog.
Specify '0' to disable auto-pausing.
Note: Contact your system administrator before disabling this, or setting it to a high number, as doing so may result in large numbers of alerts being raised.