Data Browser Tool

What is Data Browser Tool?

With Data Browser tool you can conveniently browse folders with a lot of data files, search by applying filtration criteria, display metadata information and quickly load files into DM2003 workspace in one click. If this tool is not installed, you should create new user action with ID=DATABROWSER and appropriate menu item (see New Action Dialog for details).

Data Browser Tool

How to use Data Browser Tool?

  1. To start using Data Browser, click a button near the input box to select active folder. You will see standard system "Select Folder" dialog box. After you select folder and click "Ok", the contents of selected folder will be displayed in accordance with filtration criteria. Value of active folder is remembered when you leave this application and retrieved when you load it again.

  2. Filter controls are the most important to understand. Basically the set of files in the active folder to be displayed depends on the file names (including extensions). You can use several fragments of file name delimited by semicolons. For example, if you wish to display files with ".dmw" and ".dat" extensions (that is, DM2003 desktop files and data files), enter ".dmw;.dat" (without quotes). If appropriate checkbox is not selected, any filtration is disabled and you will see all files and folders. Also you can choose to show only files whose extensions are recognized by DM2003, so that such files can be safely opened.

    Advanced filters allow you to search for files limited by range of modification date, file size (in bytes) and by specified substring in the metadata record (if available). Check appropriate flag and enter values in the input boxes. Notice that empty or incorrect values just not used! Filters have two modes: either all filtration conditions must be satisfied (including all fragments of file name!), or any of the abovementioned criteria. Values in the filter controls also are remembered. Click [>>] button to refresh files table after you change filters.

  3. Files table displays all subfolders of the active folder and all files according to the filtration criteria. Moreover, you can change active folder, select a file to display file details and load file into the DM2003 application. When you click somewhere in the table row, you select appropriate element; by clicking hyperlink you change folder or load file. The result depends on file type: desktop files, HTML and Notes are processed separately; other extensions treated as data files.

  4. File details allows you to display MetaBase information for selected data file (if any). Metadata for data files stored in the separate files (these files have the same name as data files but another extension - *.txt by default), while for desktop files description is included in the same binary file. Another way to display MetaBase records is to use property pages interface: select File|Properties command in the DM2003 or file manager application. In addition, for data files you can select X and Y columns: in this scenario, Data Browser will plot data when you click hyperlink to load data file.

Notice: since build #345, Data Browser Tool relies upon MetaBase provider (proppage.dll or another) to obtain metadata. If no provider coclass available, it will try to use DMINIFile as in previous versions.