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4.1 Search for Media

The search after media is done via the search widget, which is placed at the left side. You should start the process with choosing the appropriate media type. This is useful, if you want to work with the selected media type later on. The choose of a media type allows you to add, view and edit media type special fields (like tracks for music devices). A search with all media types, allows you only to view and edit properties, which are shared by all types (like title). The results of your search are displayed at the main window. The firlst column at the result table shows you, where the medium is found. The Meganizer logo indicates, that the data are out of the local datbase, where any other symbol indicates the specific searchplugin, which provides the data (e.g. \includegraphics[height=8pt]{../../../src/searchplugins/amazon/icons/amazon} for Amazon). With help of the option Area the include of external sources can be allowed, disallowd and forced. The standard options means, that the local database is searh for your own media first. If there are no results, the local database is searched for media of other people. And finally external sources are queried, if nothing was found before.

4.1.1 Using external Datasources (like Amazon)

Searchplugins are used to search external datasources, if the medium wasn’t found in local database. Actually only Amazon can be searched. Generally two steps need to be done. First any datasource has different media types with different names. Therefore a connection between known types of Meganizer and the types of the datasource must be done (s. Fig. 4.1). This dialog appears automatically on the first search if no connections are made. You may change the connection later on at the Settingsdialog of the specific source.

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Figure 4.1: Connection between media types of Meganizer and searchprovider

As second task, the special properties of the mediatype in Meganizer must be connected with the special properties of the datasource type. This is needed, because the plugins doesn’t know anything about special types. They only know the standard properties which have all types in common (like Genre, Title, Manufacturer). The connection dialog of properties appears also on first search and can be reached at the same place in the Settingsdialog. At the dialog (s. Fig. 4.2), you choose a property of Meganizer and the corresponding one at the datasource. Afterwards you press on Connect to connect them. If you want to release a connection, click on it and click the button with red minus as symbol.

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Figure 4.2: Connection of media attributes

4.1.2 Export List of Media

If you want to export a list of media, you must first compose a search, where all media are into. Afterwards, you can select the media you want like in every other application. If you want to select all, press Ctrl+A or does not choose any entry. In both cases all media in list would be exported. Finally click on Export at the context menu or at the toolbar to start the export. You can choose the location and the format of the export. Right now HTMl- and OpenDocument-Format are provided.