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 Post subject: More robust controls for puzzle collection entry
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 3:42 pm 
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I often add serveral puzzles to the collection database at once. After doing so, I generally need to go to each puzzle I have added, select modify, click "modify selected puzzle", and make my update. For each one. It would be nice if there was a way to make these modifications at the time the puzzle was added to the collection. Additionally, it would be nice to be able to select multiple puzzles and modify them all at once (on the same screen).

Also, have you thought about providing a way to download the collections? After spending some time setting it up, I think it might be nice to be able to store a copy locally.

Scott


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(I sure am late responding to these two issues... sorry Scott!)

I considered this sort of functionality when I was initially building the software. It seemed like a whole lot more work, and I decided to go the easy route first.

Now that it's been running for about a year, it makes it far easier to judge how useful a new feature would be. Only 19 people out of 52 even bother to use the "descriptions" feature of the collection manager and fewer still (12) are using the "quantity" feature. I don't know how many of those have bothered to enter custom descriptions rather than just go with the default. I suspect it is under a half dozen.

Your second point about providing a way to download the collections is an excellent one, and is something that should have occured to me a long time ago. What do you think would be a good export method?

- "report" style that shows up in the browser and you print it out or save it locally
- "spreadsheet" style that gives you a file to download that you can import into Excel, Access or whatever

I built a site a few months ago (http://MuscleDB.com... isn't it sick that I built that whole site just to gather a collection of that stupid Rubik figure?), that has the above mentioned "spreadsheet" feature. Furthermore, it allows you to IMPORT a spreadsheet if you want. People export their sheet, make a bunch of changes, then can import it overtop of their current collection. Perhaps this will help satisfy the desire for the mass-modify feature you were talking about before.

Let me know what you (and anyone else too, please!) think about all this.

Sandy


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