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NANY 2011 Teaser Update: ContactFX 0.0.2.0

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J-Mac:
Hi Perry.

Just gave this build a quick look. Still can't create an address book yet! So is anything created in the way of contacts lost? I imagine so for now. I guess then that importing of contacts is still a little ways off then.

In creating a contact I can only bring the four fields showing in the control pallet over: Formatted Name, Given Name, Family Name, and Additional Name. I have entered some Given and Family names - are they to represent First and Last names? Or something else? What is the Additional Name? And I initially thought that the Formatted Name field would be kind of a "Display As" field, automatically filled by the other name fields that are manually populated, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Or at least not yet - perhaps this is simply something that isn't yet implemented?

Anyway I am not certain what can be done just yet with this. I am probably missing some information at this point. Is there more I need to read somewhere?

Thanks!

Jim

Perry Mowbray:
Downloaded and running smoothly! What level of feedback would you like from this build?

i.e. only bugs for now? or also small stuff? or right down to typos?

-timns (October 07, 2010, 10:29 AM)
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Anything and everything is fine Tim. I generally take a build to work to test before uploading here, but you know how it goes....

Perry Mowbray:
Just gave this build a quick look. Still can't create an address book yet! So is anything created in the way of contacts lost? I imagine so for now. I guess then that importing of contacts is still a little ways off then.-J-Mac (October 07, 2010, 01:13 PM)
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 :-[ That's right...

If you want I can bring Saving / Loading addressbooks forward... but I'm mainly working on the functionality in the Contact window at the moment.

And yes, importing contacts is a little way off  ;)

In creating a contact I can only bring the four fields showing in the control pallet over: Formatted Name, Given Name, Family Name, and Additional Name.-J-Mac (October 07, 2010, 01:13 PM)
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That's right. You should also be able to drag the parent field "Name" across and it'll add the three children.

I have entered some Given and Family names - are they to represent First and Last names? Or something else? What is the Additional Name?-J-Mac (October 07, 2010, 01:13 PM)
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I'm using VCard3 and Hcard2 as my basis.

Additional Name(s) are what I'd call middle names.

You can change the label to whatever you like (on an adhoc basis):




Soon you'll be able to change the default label (as well as add your own user controls): I've got this working but just need to add it to the start up events.

You could also change the string used in the language file (\Settings\Language\English.language.xml)

And I initially thought that the Formatted Name field would be kind of a "Display As" field, automatically filled by the other name fields that are manually populated, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Or at least not yet - perhaps this is simply something that isn't yet implemented?-J-Mac (October 07, 2010, 01:13 PM)
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The Display As field is the one at the top. To edit you select "Edit" from the context menu:


The Formatted Name field is a defined HCard / VCard field, I was thinking that you may want to use something different from that as your Display As field?

As for automatic filling, there are two options:

* Formatted Name currently has a default value of name.given & " " & name.family, which will be filled when added to the Contact window after the given name and family name are entered
* Formatted Name could have a default source path of name.given & " " & name.family which means it would be updated automatically. I have not added this at the moment, but soon users will be able to override the default values with their own  :) See linking in a previous post: This version demonstrates the linking abilities. I've written a blog post: ContactFX :: Field Linking, but briefly...

Each field in ContactFX can, rather than hold static data, show data in another field which can be in the same contact, a different contact and, eventually, even a different addressbook file.

The source string can be added to the field by using the Link Effect when dragging and dropping: (see attachment in previous post)
or by typing directly into the text box: (see attachment in previous post)
-Perry Mowbray (September 30, 2010, 09:25 AM)
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Anyway I am not certain what can be done just yet with this. I am probably missing some information at this point. Is there more I need to read somewhere?
-J-Mac (October 07, 2010, 01:13 PM)
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It's mainly testing functionality of the main panel at the moment :) but this will form the basis of how most of the other panels will work (drag and drop / copy and past / edit / etc) ... I'm often not sure of the best way to do something until I start playing with it... and all comments from potential users is very helpful.

This is my tentative roadmap from the OP
Roadmap
This is the tentative roadmap that I'm working toward on my slow march to a 0.1 beta version  ;)

* Version 0.0.2: Basic Window Framework - Main Panel

* Name Fields (display name, first name, additional name, family name, formatted name)
* Drag and Drop (Move / Copy / Link )
* Copy & Paste
* Portable Configuration
* Command-line (-tray hides to tray on startup)
* Language Files (see \Settings\Language\English.language.xml)
* Version 0.0.3: Lists Panel

* List panels
* WebLink fields
* Version 0.0.4: Tab Panel

* Tab Pages
* Address Fields (POB, Extended, Street, Locality, Region)
* Categorization / Type Fields & Settings
* Version 0.0.5: Notes Panel

* Note Lists
* Note Fields (Internal / External)
* Tag Fields
* Version 0.0.6: Integration Functionality

* Command-line Options
* FarrCfx
* Addressbook Search / Filter
* Version 0.0.7: Data Fields

* Add remaining Data Fields
* User Fields
* User Field Editor
* Version 0.0.8: File Functionality

* Save / Import / Export
* Upload to FTP
* Backup-Perry Mowbray (May 13, 2010, 12:15 AM)
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timns:
Ok, here goes in no particular order:

1. "Control Pallet" should be "Control Palette"
2. Some hints for the little blue icons (looks like maybe maximize, collapse, centre?)
3. When editing the main label in the purple area, the edit box is not high enough
4. Error message 'Contacts must have 1 User ID field: Currently there is ony 0."
(I was dragging some fields between 2 contact windows)
I then ended up with a contact with 2 family name labels, then it crashed.
6. Still calls itself version 0.0.1.13
7. Address Book is 2 words
8. If I minimize the windows I can't get them to restore

I really like the overall look of the app, and the ability to drag stuff around is pretty nice. Can you add a couple more fields as soon as contacts can be saved? I'll start keying a few real names in and see how it feels to use.

Perry Mowbray:
Thanks for this...

3. When editing the main label in the purple area, the edit box is not high enough
-timns (October 07, 2010, 05:27 PM)
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High enough? I know it's tight... I've got it on my list to make it wider. A lot of the labels are like that when you're editing them at them moment.

4. Error message 'Contacts must have 1 User ID field: Currently there is ony 0."
(I was dragging some fields between 2 contact windows)
I then ended up with a contact with 2 family name labels, then it crashed.
-timns (October 07, 2010, 05:27 PM)
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Did you drag out a UID? Fields are set up to have maximum and minimum numbers which are check before adding and saving. I thought I'd locked UID so it couldn't be dragged off??

6. Still calls itself version 0.0.1.13
-timns (October 07, 2010, 05:27 PM)
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I think I didn't change the download link in the OP, so if you downloaded from the Download link rather than the history you will have got 13 rather than 17  :-[ (fixed now)

8. If I minimize the windows I can't get them to restore
-timns (October 07, 2010, 05:27 PM)
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COOL!! That one I haven't seen before!! Thanks -- only an issue when in edit mode...

I really like the overall look of the app, and the ability to drag stuff around is pretty nice. Can you add a couple more fields as soon as contacts can be saved? I'll start keying a few real names in and see how it feels to use.-timns (October 07, 2010, 05:27 PM)
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That's probably a good idea... I was going to get the rest of the panels done, but maybe it's more necessary to get the fields done...

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