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  1. How can I track sold inventory?
    The Readerware bulk editor can be used to reduce available copies as you sell them. The copies editor allows you to set, increment or decrement the copies count. You can adjust the whole database, current search results or selected items. You can...

  2. How can I search my database by ...?
    The search bar in Readerware 3 is configurable. The idea is that you can put the database searches you use all the time at the top of the list, hide the searches you never use. Readerware is shipped with a default set of popular searches...

  3. How can I transfer Readerware 2.0 and my database to a new machine?
    This article is for Readerware 2 users and will guide you through the process of transferring your Readerware 2 database to a new machine. Start by downloading the last version of Readerware 2 from the web site to your new machine. Install the...

  4. Can I loan books out?
    Yes. All Readerware programs include a built in loan tracker. You can check items in and out, query, print items on loan, overdue etc. If you need more functionality there is the Readerware Loan Client which is part of Readerware Client/Server...

  5. Can I preload all my borrowers into the loan tracker?
    Yes. Bring up the loan dialog just as you would if you were checking out a book. Enter the name of the first new borrower and then click on the borrower button to the right of the name. This will display the borrower dialog. Fill out the...

  6. How can I inventory my library?
    Suppose you have just moved and you want to make sure all your DVDs made it to your new home. How can you scan your DVDs and find any missing titles? Start by resetting the inventory count. Use the Bulk Editor, tell it to go through the entire...

  7. How do I copy or duplicate a record?
    Display the record in the detail view, optionally make changes to the displayed data and click on the Add button. Readerware adds a new record to the database containing the displayed data with your changes. If you want to add add multiple copies...

  8. Can I transfer data from Excel into Readerware?
    Yes. Export your data from Excel to a CSV or TAB delimited file and import that into Readerware. The mapping line is key to importing data into Readerware. By itself a CSV or TAB delimited file is just a collection of data. For example a...

  9. Can I transfer a Readerware database to Excel?
    Yes. Export your Readerware database to a TAB delimited file. You can then open this file in Excel

  10. Can I use the report writer for web pages with images?
    Yes. The first thing you need to do is export your images from Readerware so that you can upload the image files to your web site. Select File->Export. Select an image export and choose how you want the image files named and what image...

  11. How Readerware 3.0 handles names
    Names in Readerware 3.0, Author, Artist, Actor etc. are now list fields. Readerware refers to these as contributors. Whatever their role all contributors are in a list that you can select from and maintain. The contributor list is a sort of super...

  12. When I display a book in the detail view, I don't see any data
    The Readerware detail view contains both the image and the data in separate areas of the window. These two areas are divided by a movable bar that you can drag to size each area of the window according to your needs. You can also collapse one...

  13. How do I recreate my database from a backup?
    This article is for Readerware 2 users and will guide you through the process of recreating your Readerware 2 database from a backup. If disaster strikes you can use the Readerware restore wizard to recover your database. If you had a total drive...

  14. How can I merge two Readerware databases?
    Readerware does not have a merge feature as such, but you can merge two databases using Readerware Import/Export. First you need to export from your source database. You can export the entire database or only selected items. To export an entire...

  15. Can I Add a Column or Field to a Readerware Database?
    Yes. Select the Preferences menu item, then User Columns. Check the Active check box for the column(s) you want to add, enter a short title and select the column type. You can then add the new column to the table view. User Defined columns will...

  16. How can I print a list of my items?
    You can print the current table view in Readerware by simply selecting File->Print->Report from the Readerware menu. But sometimes you will get a bunch of narrow columns, what is going on? The print function will print out your collection in...

  17. Auto-Update is giving my unexpected results, Why?
    As you probably know, Readerware auto-update allows you to update your database by extracting additional information from the web. You select the items you want to update, which database columns you want to extract and tell Readerware to either...

  18. How can I enter duplicate items?
    Readerware can handle duplicates in two different ways, you can add the item to the database once and set the copies count or you can add the item to the database multiple times.   This is controlled by a database preference. By default...

  19. How can I track items not found during auto-catalog?
    There are a number of ways you can handle items that were not found during auto-catalog. One option is to add not found items to the database. Select the Preferences menu item, then Auto-Catalog. Then you can easily search for the not found...

  20. How can I enter location during auto-catalog?
    You are using auto-catalog and you want to specify some additional information on your items as you catalog them. Location seems to be the main one. There are a couple of easy ways to do this in Readerware. If you are cataloging books by...

  21. How can I display items in the order they were entered?
    The quick answer is click on the Book ID column header to sort your search results in the order they were entered. Look for the Album ID column in the music version and Video ID column in the video version. Readerware assigns a unique...

  22. Can I catalog eBooks with Readerware?
    Yes. If you have been buying eBooks for your Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble nook, you can catalog these in Readerware. If you have the ISBN, you can auto-catalog these items as normal. With eBooks however the ISBN is often not...

  23. How can I e-mail an item list to a friend?
    You can export to HTML format and attach the resulting file to an e-mail. The HTML listing can be read in any browser or e-mail program. You can send the entire database or search for items first. You can choose which database columns to...

  24. How Can I Backup My database to CD?
    You have to backup the database to your hard drive first, then copy the zip file to a CD. Operating systems typically do not have file system support for CDs, you cannot write directly to a CD the way you can to a hard drive. Select...

  25. How can I change multiple records?
    You can use the Readerware replace wizard to change the entire database, the current search results, selected items or scan/enter a list of items. Select the Edit->Replace menu item to launch the replace wizard. For example suppose you...

  26. Can I browse all my items graphically?
    Yes. Readerware has three main views: Table view - The table view is like a spreadsheet, you can show/hide columns, move them around. You can create as may table views as you need, all with a different column selection. Click on the green...

  27. Where does Readerware store preferences?
    These are stored outside of the database in a location determined by the operating system. These can contain system specific information like paths, window positions etc. which may not transfer well. But they also contain information like views...

  28. How can I update a list?
    When you enter data into Readerware products, you will notice that several fields are lists. You select the appropriate item from the list. Fields that work this way include: Format Category Condition Location etc. So how...

  29. How do I exclude want list items from the main database?
    By default Readerware displays all items in the main database, this includes items that are also in your want list. If you want to exclude want list items from the main database you just need to change one preference setting: Select the...

  30. How can I put an item in my want list?
    You need to change the status of the item to Want. You can display the item in the detail view, select Want from the Status drop down list and click on Update. You can enter Edit Mode in the table view and select the new...

  31. How do I backup my database?
    Backing up your database is a simple process, all you need to provide is the name and location of the backup file you want to create.   By default whenever you close a Readerware program you are asked if you want to backup your database....

  32. How do I copy/rename a Readerware database?
    A Readerware database is made up of multiple files. The best way to copy or rename a Readerware database is using the backup and restore feature. That ensures that all files are handled correctly. Plus you get a free backup in the process Select...

  33. Do I need to be connected to the internet to run Readerware
    No. The only time you need to be connected to the internet is when using the web to catalog items using Readerware auto-catalog or drag & drop. Everything else runs offline, you can search your database, update items, print, check items...

  34. Can Readerware display the total value of my library?
    Yes. Select the View->View Statistics menu item. Readerware will display a number of statistics for your data including the total value. Readerware is actually displaying the statistics for the current search results. If you are...

  35. Can Readerware get the list price of a book?
    Note: This article was written for Readerware 2 and is not applicable to Readerware 3. Readerware 3 will get the list price automatically.   Yes. By default Readerware gets the current value of a book. For a new book that is the current...

  36. Can I create multiple databases?
    Yes, you can create as many databases as you want. Select File->New Database to create a new empty database. The standard file selection dialog will be displayed. Navigate to the folder where you want to create the database and enter the...

  37. Can I enter items manually into the database?
    Yes. There are three ways to catalog items with Readerware products: Auto-Catalog - You enter the ISBN (ISBN-10 or ISBN-13), LCCN, UPC or scan the barcode. Readerware searches for the item and catalogs it automatically complete with cover...

  38. How can I sort entries by ... ?
    You can sort the table view on any column(s). To sort on a column, just click on a column header. An icon is displayed in the header to indicate it is the sort column. The arrow indicates whether the sort is ascending or descending. Click again in...

  39. How can I add an image to an item?
    Start by displaying the book in the detail view, Images tab. Now click on one of the image placeholders, a popup menu appears listing your options. You can copy/paste an image, find an image online, copy it to the clipboard in your browser and...

  40. Readerware remote support setup
    Readerware offers remote support. If you need technical assistance with Readerware products we can connect to your system and perform the work for you or demonstrate what you need to do. Before we can connect to your system, you need to install the...

  41. Finding Duplicates
    A question that comes up quite a bit is how can you detect duplicate entries in a Readerware database? Readerware has a duplicate search in all products to let you quickly find possible duplicates. Select Duplicates from the search by drop down...