Technical Note #2
Title: The List Viewer is Our Friend Last Revised: 4/22/93
Description: The benefits of List Viewers. Using a List Viewer to find missing data. Date
Searching with a List Viewer.
Data in PackRat 5.0 is entered using forms. Even on objects, such as the Day View, where you
appear to type directly on the object, a form is being used. You just may not necessarily see the
form right away.
The List Viewer is a means of seeing data entered into a specific form, or group of forms. It
removes your dependency on the highly customized views of certain objects. The Contact List,
and Things To Do List are both customized List Viewers, but there are time when you may be
better off with a personal List Viewer instead of those objects.
Why a List Viewer?
The List Viewer allows you to display the fields you need to see. Also, it allows you to specify not
only one specific form, but a whole category of forms, or the whole database of forms. If you're
not sure into which form data was entered, using a Category or Global List Viewer can be of
Finding the Missing Data
Let's say you entered some data on your Day View, but can't seem to find it. This is the perfect
job for a List Viewer. (And we'll stick with the Day View as an example.) Add a List Viewer which
points to the same form as the Day View (maybe the Agenda form). Once you add the List
Viewer, do a Search-All. Most often, the data will be there. You will have just entered it into the
year 2010, instead of 1993. From the List Viewer, you can go into each record, edit the year, and
have it placed in the correct era.
Variations of this scenario could include using a Category List Viewer if you're not sure in which
form the missing data is located.
Many forms have some sort of date field on them. By using the standard search screen, you can
perform a date-ranged search (not to be confused with a de-ranged search). However, there is
an easier way. If you select a date range on a calendar, then drag that range to a List Viewer, a
date-ranged search will be performed.
Use this in a scenario where someone wants to have a list of all their meeting within a certain
date range. Using a more broad List Viewer, you could also have it show a list of everything in
the database which falls into that range (i.e. "everything I did last week").
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