System Preferences


System preferences are adjusted by the administrator and they are effective for all SpeedBase users. As most of these settings are stored in your database, they will change if you connect to a different database or you create a new database.

Open "Database" from main menu, select "Preferences" and then click to "System Preferences" item.

Display

Toolbar Style: Select the style of the main toolbar. New users are recommended to prefere "large buttons with text".
Field Labels: On record detail windows the titles of fields can either be left aligned with some space to the field box or sticked to the left side of the field box. Choose the style you prefere. You may need to open form designer window for each of your catalogs to rearrange the label positions after changing the alignment.

Date & Time

Date Format: Select the date display format you wish to use.
Time Format: Select the time display format you wish to use.
First Day of Week: Select the first day of week on your locale.

Data Conversions

Copy Format

You may customize the formatting of the data when the "Copy" button is clicked from the main toolbar.
Include Field Titles: If checked, the field titles are also added to the copied record(s).
Skip Empty Fields: If checked, empty fields do not create an empty line or title in the copied data.
Field Seperator: Select a special character or type a custom character which will be inserted between successive data fields.
Record Seperator: Select a special character or type a custom character which will be inserted between successive records.
Header Seperator: Select a special character or type a custom character which will be inserted between field titles.

Tip: If you want a tabular format, where field titles are on top and each row represents a record, check "include field titles", uncheck "skip empty fields", select field/header seperator as "tab" and record seperator as "new line".

Tip: If you want each single line to have a field title and field value, check "include field titles", select field seperator as "new line", record seperator as "double line" and type a colon into the header seperator box.

Text Representations

Checked Box: Enter the corresponding text value to be used on reports when a checkbox is left checked.
Unchecked Box: Enter the corresponding text value to be used on reports when a checkbox is left unchecked.
General Button: You may overwrite the name used for the general button which is displayed on record windows.

Barcode Reader

You may configure SpeedBase to automatically find and open the record whose barcode is read by a barcode scanning device. To do this, create a small text field in the required catalog and save barcode text with the records. Then, specify the catalog and the field carrying barcode data on this window. Whenever you want to use your barcode scanner, just click the "Barcode" button from the main toolbar and scan a barcode. SpeedBase will automatically search for the barcode and display the right record.

Performance

Max. records per page: Select the maximum number of records which are displayed on each page of a record list window. If you wish to list more records on a page you may increase this number. If the time needed to list the records becomes considerably high, you may decrease it.
Max. items in guide box: When you type into a field of type relationship, SpeedBase displays a list box to suggest a list of records which begin with the typed text, if this list loads too slowly you may decrease the maximum number.
Check for system events: SpeedBase periodically checks system events to take the necessary action whenever an instant message is received or a reminder needs to be displayed. Setting this interval to a large value will impact proper operation of the reminder feature. The recommended value is 3 sec.

Backup & Recovery

Auto create daily database backups: (Strongly Recommended) By default SpeedBase automatically creates daily database backups. Keeping this feature active is essential in order to recover from an unlucky database failure or loss of data due to accidental user action. SpeedBase automatically deletes the older backups when the number of backups reach a predefined number.

Instant Messenger

Keep read messages in DB for: Select the time period that SpeedBase should keep an instant message that is read (the message is deleted afterwards).
Max. lifetime of unread messages: Select the time period that SpeedBase should keep an instant message that is not read (the message is deleted afterwards).

Error Handling

Suppress Recurring Errors: (Not recommended) This box should be left unchecked.
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