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4.7 Edit data around Media

Data for media can be data like persons or genres, which are shared among different media (also known as foreignkeys). To edit them, Meganizer provides special dialogs, which are all designed very similar (s. Fig. 4.8). You will find a list of existing data of the specific type in the database on the left side (In this example that are genres). To find a special Date, type in some part of the name to filter out not suitable items (s. Fig. 4.9).

If the wanted item appears, select it with a left click and the details will be shown on the right side. To modify the entry, click on Edit, do your changes and click on Save. The last action stores the changes into the database and sets the filter to the edited entry. This is done, to automatically select the last used entry. To cancel your changes, simply click on any other item in the list on the left, without pressing on Save. If you need another item, click on New. This activates the empty right side and fill in the filter from the left to the corresponding field of the new item. To add the new item to the database, click on Save.

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Figure 4.8: The dialog to edit Genres

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Figure 4.9: Filter entries

This dialogs are shown automatically, if you want to add a medium to the database, which have not unique foreignkeys or the foreignkey is not found at the database. In this case, the filter is already set to the value, which is held by the medium. If this leads to an empty item list, please change the filter to a more specific one, to find an existing suitable item. To choose an existing item, select it and click Ok. If no existing item is acceptable (be aware of types, ...), create a new one as mentioned above. To cancel the insertion into the database, press Cancel.

4.7.1 Persons and Roles

You can add persons to a medium, which are involved in the medium, like authors, composers, translators, orchestras and many others. The connection between the medium and the person is called Role. The mosst common roles are already present at the database, but you can and should also add other roles to the database as you like. The dialog to do that, can be found at Roles under the File menu or by clicking on New Role at the details window of the medium.

4.7.2 Manufacturers

Every medium must have a manufacturer. But to be closer to the speach of each specific media, the manufacturer is named differently by the media types. For example the manufacturer of a book is called Publisher, while the manufacturer of a music device is called Label. Since all this are the same at the end and one manufacturer can produce different types of media, all manufacturers can be used for all types of media. This is also the reason, why the Manufacturer entry at the File menu leads you to the used edit dialog for manufacturer.

4.7.3 Genre

Genres are also independent from the media type. The related dialog can be reached through Genres at the File menu.