Using the scan and rescan dialog you can import data
from an external file system into the tree. Select a folder in the
file system and let Argentum MyFiles scan and add a new branch into
Using the scan and rescan dialog you can also update the directory
structure information for a particular disk or folder in your tree. In
explorer select an item, belonging to the disk or the folder you want
to rescan, then click on Rescan. Click the button to rescan. This
operation preserves all hand-added properties - all the descriptions
you have already added to the items will remain.
This dialog will publish items of your tree using HTML,
XML and CSV formatting. With the publishing feature of
Argentum MyFiles you will be able to:
- Prepare your tree for public presentation or
- Send your tree to someone through e-mail.
- Publish your tree to the Internet.
Import your tree into your favorite spreadsheet or database
application for further processing. There are a number of third-party
converters available on the market that support HTML, XML and CSV
conversion to .txt, .doc, .xls, .pdf, and more.
Print out your tree from the browser and get a hard
- Watch your tree in full view with the help of consolidated
Generated HTML content is formatted by using cascading style sheets
(CSS) technology. CSS makes it possible to change formatting of the
whole content by altering only one file, "styles.css" file. You can
change every aspect of look and feel (mainly fonts and colors) by
altering this file.
To publish, select items in the list pane, then run this command.
All selected items, including their descendants, will be sorted and
published under the target folder. You can customize publishing
through the following settings:
Path to the target folder where the resulting content is
- Basic output mode. Choose one of the available modes: HTML,
XML or CSV.
Layout. Consolidated layout places all of the items on a
single page. Distributed layout creates a separate page for each
- Possible decoration style. Available templates differ in
color shade and border look. Printer-friendly version is included to
better accommodate further print out. Remember that these are just the
templates, thus you can always decorate on your own by editing the
list for horizontal block. Every published page has a list of
sections. Each of the sections represents a single item. In HTML mode,
properties of this list will be placed horizontally within a section.
For CSV mode this sets a list of values to place on a line. For XML
mode this sets a list of values to appear as attributes.
filter for vertical block. Every published page has a list of
sections. Each of the sections represents a single item. In HTML mode,
properties of this filter will be placed vertically within a section.
In CSV output mode this filter is ignored. For XML mode this controls
the values to appear as child elements.
This dialog copies branches of the currently opened tree to an
existing tree or a new one. This feature can be very useful as it:
- Allows you to extract selected items of the tree and save them
into another one.
- Enables you to transfer content between trees.
- Gives you the opportunity to perform property filtering. For
example, you may want to clean up the tree by removing some properties
off the tree.
- After updating, adding, scanning and deleting items, a tree
becomes fragmented. While writing items to the target tree,
copy operation reorders, optimizes and packs them, so that access and
update operations on the copied content perform faster. In addition,
copied content usually occupies less disk space than the original,
fragmented one. If you work hard with your trees, it is recommended to
perform a copy and optimize operation every 2-4 months.
- An internal sorting is performed while writing items. This
can improve performance of a new tree. Sorting is performed using the
current sort rule set in the explorer.
Before copying select items in the list pane. All selected items,
including their descendants, will be saved under the nodal item of the
specified tree. The copy/optimize operation can be customized through
the following settings:
- File name of the target tree. If it does not exist it will be
filter. Properties of every item will be filtered according to
The search dialog allows you search in the tree, as well as apply a
to the tree.
The filter is applied, starting from the root. Applying the filter
marks all items that match the criteria with a green mark and all
items that have matching sub-items with a yellow round mark.
The search is controlled by the following settings:
- Processing scope. Choose if you want to include all of the items
within the search scope or just those items that have
- Filtering criterion itself. It is an expression which can contain
wildcards to search for in textual properties. Standard wildcard
symbols are "*" and "?". "*" means any number of characters, "?" means
any single character. If textual portion of the property meets this
wildcard expression, then this item is considered to have met the
criteria. Checking is case insensitive.
- A selectable property in which you want to search.
Argentum MyFiles includes powerful item filtering options.
This enables you to pick subsets of a tree. By a tree subset,
we imply a selective set of branches and items of that tree. Filtering
can be used mainly to search and view particular items and branches
within the explorer and to process tree subsets. Typical applications
are: writing a tree subset to the disk as a new tree and publishing a
tree subset. The main advantage of filtering feature is that, in
general, working with the filtered tree is much the same as working
with the original, non-filtered one.
The results of a filter are visually annotated to an item,
representing one of the four possible states, including one special
- Non-filtered. Blank.
- Filtered. Marked with the green round mark.
- Yellow mark which means that some of descendant items are
filtered, i. e. green-marked.
- An additional, special mark where the item is both filtered and
does contain descendants filtered. Marked with both yellow and green
Therefore a filter classifies all items of the tree into three
parts: blank, green, and yellow. After opening a tree all items of
that tree are, by default, non-filtered. MyFiles then allows you
- Manually build green part of the filter by marking and unmarking
items and branches.
- Automatically apply a filter to the tree, specifying a filter
- Clear the filter, i. e. make it empty.
- Actualize yellow part of the filter so that it gets updated to the
- Switch the filtering on and off, that is make it active or
This dialog actualizes all of yellow items to match the current filtering of items. Yellow items may
lose their real relationship to the green items after manual
modification to the green marks e. g. marking and unmarking items with
green marks. It's because yellow items are not automatically updated
as a result of manual changes to green items. Yellow items are not
automatically updated since this kind of operation may require a lot
of processing time. This command rebuilds the yellow coded part of the
filter so that it gets updated to the current state of filter's green
The main window of MyFiles is called explorer and is divided
into three views or panes: tree (left) pane, list (bottom) pane, and a
property (top) pane.
There is a nice title bar at the top of the explorer window. It
shows you the path to the currently selected item. There is a status
bar at the bottom. It shows you a total number of items in the tree, a
number of items in the current branch, a number of selected items in
the current branch. It also shows you a number of items in green and
yellow filters respectively in case you've switched to an active
Right-clicking the mouse in the list pane or property pane produces
a context sensitive menu. All of the options listed here are
accessible through the main menu and are explained in the relevant
parts of this documentation.
In explorer you may also use "drag & drop" to move items or
item groups from one branch into another. It can be done by selecting
the required items in the list pane and moving them over to the
desired item in the tree pane with the mouse.
You can change current sorting in the list pane by clicking over
the property column header. Subsequent clicks will cause the sort
order to reverse.
You may change the dimension of panes relative to each other by
dragging their floating dividers with the mouse pointer.
Customize MyFiles with the options dialog. This dialog has four
- Fonts for all of the explorer panes.
- Buttons on the tool bar (large or small).
- Archive scanning mode. Once checked MyFiles will scan archives'
contents. Zip, Cab, Exe, Rar, Arj, Lzh, GZip archives are supported.
Switching it off gives you the fastest performance, especially on slow
seek disk drives like CD-ROM's.
- Check-sum (CRC) calculation mode. CRC of every accessible file can
be calculated whilst scanning the file system, however it will slow
down the process as well.
- A description extraction engine can effectively analyze file
content and extract various information out of it. Engine's operation
is controlled by formatting/compiling scripts and it's tuning is very
- A possible decoration style. Available templates differ in color
shade and border look. Printer-friendly version is included to better
accommodate further print out.
- A footer for every HTML page that Argentum MyFiles creates. You
may embed HTML tags into this footer.
- A list
or properties, shown in the tree pane of explorer. Items in the tree
pane are created by combining textual representations of the
properties, listed here, separated by commas.
- A list
or properties, shown in the list pane of explorer. List pane columns
represent properties listed here.
- A property filter can be used to filter properties shown in
the property pane of explorer. With this filter you can hide certain
- A list
or favorite properties for the property pane. This list may contain
both names and full headers to specify non-indexed properties. This
option may help you if you do a lot of typesetting in MyFiles.
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