Re: [NTB] Keeping Clipbars in separate libraries
- At 10/2/2012 10:48 AM, Joy wrote:
>Thanks for all your time, Art. TMI for most, but some care and understandFor the most part, no. Sometimes there is a tidbit buried in an obscure
>the fine details and find the info useful. I'm sure many pick up all sorts
>of useful bits and pieces from many of these Q and A's. I know I have.
>FWIW, I *HIGHLY* recommend all serious users look through the help files
>from time to time. There are so many shortcuts, functions and features
>that it's difficult to remember them all.
>I wish more technical info like what you provided was available in them.
>Or did I miss that section? :)
location but most of what I wrote is from teeth-pulling experimentation.
The help files have a lot of info but it is not all easily accessible and
needs so much more. Other than the additions for new features over the
years, the NTB help files are identical - word for word, comma for comma -
since version 4, over a dozen years ago. Documentation is not very high on
Eric's priority list.
The help files are primarily a clip code reference. There is a huge need
for a clip code guide. Each new user has to go through the same painful
learning process without much benefit of those who have gone before. A lot
of info has been posted on these forums but it is hard to find. I have
advocated for a crowd sourced wiki where our contributions could be
collected, organized and be accessible with a good search engine but it
hasn't received much traction.
- The idea of using paired libraries and clipbars is suitable for FUNCTIONAL libraries. For example, a library geared for HTML editing may not have too many clips useful for, say, linear algebra.
Plus, libraries can execute clip commands, when they are loaded (OnOpen clip), such as loading a matching clipbar.
You could for example place identical commands into every library, which has a dedicated clipbar:
On the other hand, if you would rather mix and match your clips, you might construct various clipbars, and pick and choose clips for various libraries. In this case, you might want to add a clipbar navigation segment to your clipbar. Given plenty of screen real estate, it is advisable to place such a navigation block at the LEFT end of the clipbar, and use identical blocks of icons for each clipbar. Even including the icon to load the current clipbar. This will keep these "navigational" icons from jumping around, when you change clipbars. The same nav icon will always be in the same location. Ditto for additional clips, that you use in multiple clipbars.
Note, that the clips for these navigational icons can all be in a single library.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mycroftj" <mycroftj@...> wrote:
> Thanks very much for the explanation but I'm still unclear. (For those trying to follow, I think there are some typos when mentioning .clb, .ctb, etc. files.)
> I do understand clipcode for an entire library is in .clb and clipbars are in .ctb All are in Libraries folder along with my user supplied .bmps
> So far, so good. Now, am I understanding you to be saying the tip is suggesting creating clipbar-A with the clips from clipcode library-A, clipbar-B with the clips from clipcode library-B and so on?
> If so, I don't see how that helps anything. The best part of clipbars is putting clips from different libraries on the same clipbar.
> Perhaps I was reading too much into that particular tip. If I completely missed something you meant, sorry - let me know.
> --- In email@example.com, Alec Burgess <buralex@> wrote:
> > Joy: Each Library that you see in the Libraries pane at the bottom or
> > in the selection pane on the left side is one .clb file. A clipbar (the
> > set of icons which trigger use of a specific clip from a specific
> > library with represented by an icon) are defined by the contents of a
> > .clb file. In that file as you would expect are the name of the library,
> > the name of the clip in that library and either the number of the icon
> > for those using Notetab's icons or the name of a .bmp file). All the
> > .clb, .ctb and .bmp icons are in the Libraries folder.
> > The suggestion is that if you are setting custom clipbars (.CLB) that
> > for each you have a custom library (.CTB) which contains all the clips
> > for that clipbar. There is no requirement that you organize things this
> > way, just a suggestion that it may make it easier to fix things or add
> > things. The clipbar that I use 95% of the time is actually a copy of one
> > that Sheri created to point to her syntax coloring stuff plus some clips
> > that I've copied from standard libraries and others I've created myself.
> > HTH
> > On 2012-09-30 13:19, mycroftj wrote:
> > > I think I have clipbars figured out except I don't understand the help
> > > tip that says "You may consider having separate Libraries for each
> > > Clipbar you make so it will be easier to keep track of them all."
> > >
> > > As far as I see, clipbars are saved in .CTB files and I can add my own
> > > .bmp icon files. These are in the Libraries folder along with the .CLB
> > > (clip code) files. I only have one Libraries folder under
> > > %appdata%\...\NoteTab so don't see where else to put anything or how
> > > this setup could get confusing.
> > >
> > > .. unless one wanted to keep the .bmps and associate clipbars together.
> > >
> > > .. Can Libraries fold have subfolders?
> > >
> > > Thanks for any insights.
> > --
> > Regards ... Alec (buralex@gmail & WinLiveMess - alec.m.burgess@skype)