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ParserMonster Framework GUI

The main window has several interesting sections. Look at the Table of Contents:

Section 1: Task List Box

All of the tasks listed here can be run by the application, with the following exceptions:

  • A task file from another ParserMonster application that is not supported by your ParserMonster application.
  • A buggy task file.

Each task is represented by a descriptive icon and, of course, its file name.

Above the Task List Box, a gauge measures how many tasks slots are filled. Each application allows a different number of slots. Hover the cursor over the gauge to see these two numbers.

To the right of the gauge is a checkbox that lets you toggle between viewing tasks as large or small icons. Finally, the button is handy for updating the task list if you add, remove or edit task files.

Clicking on a task selects it as the current task. The Status Box and Window Title Bar displays are updated.

Section 2: Status Box

This area displays additional information whenever you click somewhere on the Main Window. Here, you see useful information about the currently selected task. Learn about task files.

The information changes, depending upon what you click, and whether a task is running. Often, this area is cleared; however, you can review the entire session history by opening the ParserMonster Log File.

Section 3: Source Folder(s)

This box is where you specify the location of your data (or files to be monitored.)

You have several ways to fill this box:

  • By dragging and dropping files and folders from other programs, such as Windows Explorer or Everything.exe
  • The Browse Folders dialog box, via the Read From menu
  • By copying a file list from another program, such as Windows Explorer or Everything.exe, and clicking the Paste Clipboard button

You can repeatedly add files and folders until you have everything you wish to be processed.

The selected folders and their subfolders will be scanned for files. You can limit the folder levels to be scanned.

Click the button to clear this box. Note: this will also clear the File List and File Filter boxes.

If a folder path is too long to be seen in the Source Folders box, click on it to see it in the Status Box.

Section 4: Selected Files

This box is filled as you add files and folders to the Source Folders box. The File Filters box also affects the files shown in the Selected Files box.

If a file path is too long to fit in this box, click on it to see the full path in the Status box.

Clearing the Source Folders box automatically clears the Selected File box.

Section 5: File Filter Box

This box contains a list of all file types in the File List box. Beside each file type is a number indicating how many files of that type are in the list. If the checkbox is checked, all files of that type will be processed or monitored by the task.

Exclude file types by clicking on it to clear its checkbox. Click again to include the file type.

As you filter the file types, the File List updates and the Status box summarizes the current list of file types. However, be aware that adding new files and folders will force the inclusion of any excluded file types that are found in the latest additions. For this reason, you may want to build your source folder completely before filtering file types.

Files that have no extension are counted under none. (see the highlighted row in the picture, above.)

Click on the button to include all file types.

Section 6: Destination Folder

Section 7: Task Action Buttons

Section 8: Menu

Section 9: Window Title Bar

Section 10: Reserved

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mainwindow.txt · Last modified: 2015/01/22 07:29 by Mitch