Chapter 3. Tasks

3.1. Working with projects

Exporting allows you to make backups of projects and settings and share projects with friends who have Web Image Collector. You can export files from the Workbench in several ways, depending on the export wizard that you select.

3.1.1. Creating a project

To create a project

  • On the main menu bar, click File - New Project. The New Project wizard opens.

  • Select a category from the left column and then select the type of project to create from the right column. To assist in locating a particular wizard, the text field can be used to show only the wizards that match the entered text. Click Next.

  • In the Project name field, type a name for your new project.

  • (Optional) The project that you create will map to a directory structure in the file system. The default file system location is displayed in the Location field. If you want to create the project and its contained resources in a different location, clear the Use default location checkbox and specify the new location.

  • Click Finish. The new project is listed in one of the navigation views.

3.1.2. Closing a project

When a project is closed, it can no longer be changed in the Workbench and its resources no longer appear in the Workbench, but they do still reside on the local file system. Closed projects require less memory.

To close a project

  • Select the project in one of the navigation views.

  • Click Close Project on the pop-up menu.

To re-open the project

  • Select the project in one of the navigation views.

  • Click Open Project on the pop-up menu.

3.1.3. Editing a project

All projects have settings that are configured when a project is created. These are called project properties and they can be changed by launching the project properties dialog.

To edit a project

  • Select the project in one of the navigation views.

  • Click Properties on the pop-up menu.

3.1.4. Deleting a project

When a project is deleted from the workspace, you have the choice to remove it from the workspace only or to also remove the files from the filesystem. By removing from the workspace only, you will keep the project files on your computer but the project will not be visible in the Project Explorer view. When a project is removed from the workspace but not from the filesystem it can be added back to the workspace using the import Existing projects into the Workspace importer in the File menu.

To delete a project and remove its contents from the file system

  • Select the project in one of the navigation views.

  • Click Delete on the pop-up menu.

  • Check the box Delete project contents on disk

  • Click Ok

To delete a project from the workspace without removing its contents from the file system

  • Select the project in one of the navigation views.

  • Click Delete on the pop-up menu.

  • Leave unchecked the box Delete project contents on disk

  • Click Ok

3.2. Importing

Importing allows you to restore backups of projects and settings and share projects with friends who have Newsgroup Image Collector. You can import files into the Workbench in several ways, depending on the import wizard that you select. The recommended way to restore project backups created with the export wizard is to use the Existing projects into Workspace wizard.

3.2.1. Existing projects into Workspace

This wizard will import projects from a folder on the file system or projects stored in an archive file. This wizard is the recommended way to restore project backups created with the Archvie file and File system export wizards.

To restore projects from a directory, select a folder which contains projects that were exported or previously existed in another workspace. To restore projects from an archive file, select an archive file that was created using the Archive file exporter. File directories and archive files may contain more than one project, and they will appear in the project list. Select the project(s) to import and click finish.

3.2.2. Importing an archive file

This wizard will import archive files created with the Archive file export wizard or a manually created zip or tar file. The files in the archive will be imported into an existing project at the project root folder level. This importer is ideal for adding new files into an existing project. This is not the recommended way to restore project backups created with the Archive file export wizard. To restore exported projects, use the Existing Projects into Workspace wizard.

3.2.3. Importing a file system

This wizard will import files created with the File system export wizard or a manually created files and folders. The files in the directory will be imported into an existing project at the project root folder level. This importer is ideal for adding new files into an existing project. This is not the recommended way to restore project backups created with the File system export wizard. To restore exported projects, use the Existing Projects into Workspace wizard.

3.2.4. Importing preferences

Importing preferences will restore backups of the global application settings under the Window - Preferences section.

3.2.5. Importing project XML

The Project XML Importer will import one or more projects that were exported using the Project XML Exporter. You can import from an XML file located on your computer's filesystem or from the web at a specified URL.

3.2.6. Importing legacy project XML

The legacy project XML importer will import projects created with the 2.x version of Newsgroup Image Collector. This importer should be used if you have upgraded from the 2.x version and you have projectes that you would like to import into the new product.

3.2.7. Importing legacy license

The legacy license importer will import a product license created with the 2.x version of Newsgroup Image Collector. If you have purchased a license for the 2.x version of Newsgroup Image Collector, you can use this importer to add your paid license to the new product.

3.3. Exporting

Exporting allows you to make backups of projects and settings and share projects with friends who have Web Image Collector. You can export files from the Workbench in several ways, depending on the export wizard that you select.

3.3.1. Exporting an archive file

Exporting an archive file will bundle together all files and settings of one or more projects into a single zip or tar file. You can then use the zip file to send to friends or save to another location as a backup. The Export archive file wizard by default will include all files in the project. The wizard gives you the ability to filter out unwanted files and folders.

3.3.2. Exporting a file system

Exporting a file system will make a copy of an existing project to a new location. All project files and folders will be duplicated and saved to the specified directory. The wizard also gives you the ability to filter out unwanted files and folders.

3.3.3. Exporting preferences

Exporting preferences will make a backup of the global application settings under the Window - Preferences section. Not all preferences can be exported and therefore the list may be empty. As more features and plugins are added to the product, new preferences may appear which are available for exporting.

3.3.4. Exporting project XML

The Project XML Exporter will create a single XML file with the settings for the selected project or projects. This exporter gives you the ability to backup the project settings without including the downloaded image files. You can then share this XML file with friends so they can download the same images.

3.4. Updating and installing software

This product provides facilities for adding new software to the platform or updating software in the system.

3.4.1. Updating the installation

To check to see whether there are updates for the items installed in your system (requires Internet access):

  • Click Help - Check for Updates.

  • This will contact the Web sites defined in your Available Software Sites preferences to look for upgrades. If upgrades are available, they will be presented in the Available Updates wizard.

To check for updates for only certain items in your installation, use the Installed Software page to select the items you are interested in and check for updates.

  • Click Help - About and then click Installation Details... to open a dialog showing pages that provide more detail about your installation.

  • Click the Installed Software tab to see a list of the software items that you have installed into your system.

  • Select the items that you wish to update.

  • Click Update.... This will contact the Web sites defined in your Available Software Sites preferences to look for upgrades. If upgrades are available, they will be presented in the Available Updates wizard.

3.4.2. Installing new software

The Install New Software wizard allows you to add new software to your installation. To install new software:

  • Click Help - Install New Software.... This wizard shows you the items that are available for installation.

  • You may type the location of a software site or select an existing software site using the Work With combo at the top of the page. By default, the items in a site are grouped by category, with only the latest version of each item shown. You can change the way that you browse available software using the following mechanisms:

    • Using the Work With combo box, you can select a site to browse its contents, or you can choose to browse software from all sites. Browsing all sites is useful when you know the name of something but do not know where it is located.

    • The filter box can be used to type part of the name of something that you are looking for. The list of items will be filtered to only those matching the text that you type.

    • A checkbox at the bottom of the page can be used to control whether the items should be grouped in categories, or listed by name.

    • A checkbox at the bottom of the page can be used to control whether all versions, or only the latest versions, of software are shown in the list.

    • A checkbox at the bottom of the page can be used to control whether items that are already installed should be shown in the list.

  • As you browse the available software, you can check the items that you wish to install.

  • When you have finished making your selections, click Next to install the checked items. If the items you are installing require other software items in order to operate, those requirements will be included in your request. A checkbox at the bottom of this page controls whether all software sites will contacted when looking for requirements, or only the site shown in the Work With combo box.

  • Once you click Next, the wizard will validate your selections against your installed software, and report any configuration problems that might prevent you from installing a particular software item.

    • If there are conflicts that prevent you from installing one or more of your selections, the problems will be reported in the details area at the bottom of the wizard. You may uncheck one or more of the selected items and validate the install by clicking Next again. Or, you may click Back to return to the first page and change your selections.

    • If all of the requirements are available and there are no other installation conflicts, clicking Next will show the Install Details page. The items to be installed will be listed. Expanding each item will show what additional items will be required to complete the install. You will see an estimated size of the installation at the bottom of the page.

  • If the selected items have license agreements to be reviewed, you must click Next. Carefully review the license agreements for the items you wish to install. You may also notice items in the license list that you did not choose for install, but that are required by the the items that you are installing. If the terms of all these licenses are acceptable, check "I accept the terms in the license agreements." Do not proceed to download the features if the license terms are not acceptable.

  • If the license agreements are acceptable, or if the selected items did not have license agreements to review, click Finish. This will begin the download and installation of the new software.

  • Some of the items may be digitally signed by the company that provides them. This allows you to verify more easily that the features and plug-ins that are about to be downloaded and installed are coming from a trusted supplier. You may be prompted to verify digitally signed content once the signature is detected.

  • Warning: Because of the possibility of harmful or even malicious software, you should only download software from parties that you trust. Once all of the software is downloaded successfully and the necessary files installed into the product on the local computer, you will be prompted to restart for the Workbench. Click Yes when asked to exit and restart the Workbench for the changes to take effect.

3.4.3. Updating software using the Available Updates wizard

The Available Updates wizard shows you what updates are available for your software. This wizard is shown if you click the automatic updates notification popup, or if you check for updates using the Help - Check for Updates command. To update your system:

  • Review the list of upgrades shown in the wizard. If you do not wish to accept all of the proposed updates, you may check and uncheck different items in the list.

  • Click Next to see the detailed list of items that will be upgraded. Expanding each item will show what additional items (if any) will be upgraded as part of the update.

  • If the selected items have license agreements to be reviewed, you must click Next. Carefully review the license agreements for the upgraded items. If the terms of all these licenses are acceptable, check "I accept the terms in the license agreements." Do not proceed to download the software if the license terms are not acceptable.

  • If the license agreements are acceptable, or if the selected items did not have license agreements to review, click Finish. This will begin the download and installation of the updated software.

  • Some of the items may be digitally signed by the company that provides them. This allows you to verify more easily that the features and plug-ins that are about to be downloaded and installed are coming from a trusted supplier. You may be prompted to verify digitally signed content once the signature is detected.

  • Warning: Because of the possibility of harmful or even malicious software, you should only download software from parties that you trust. Once all of the software is downloaded successfully and the necessary files installed into the product on the local computer, you will be prompted to restart for the Workbench. Click Yes when asked to exit and restart the Workbench for the changes to take effect.

3.4.4. Adding a new software site

There are several different ways to add a software site to the list of sites that are used when browsing available software and checking for updates. You must know the Web Site location (URL) of the site that you want to add. To add the site, use one of the following procedures:

  • Add a new site using the Install/Update - Available Software Sites preference page.

    • Click the Add... button.

    • Type a name into the Name text box.

    • If the software site is located on the web, type the Web Site location (URL) of the site into the Location text box. You may also paste or drag and drop a URL from a web browser into this text box.

    • If the software site is in your local file system (including a CD), click Local... to specify the directory location of the site.

    • If the software site is in your local file system but is packaged as a jar or zip file, click Archive... to specify the name of the file.

  • Drag and drop the site URL from a browser into one of the following locations:

    • The Work With combo box or the software list on the first page of the Install New Software wizard.

    • The Available Software Sites preference page.

    • The Location text field in the Add Site... dialog.

  • On some platforms, you may be able to drag and drop a local directory or archive file from the file system into the same locations.

3.4.5. Working with the Available Software sites

The Available Software Sites preference page allows you to define the software sites that are consulted when browsing for available software or updating the system. To manage the list of sites used by the system:

  • Open the Install/Update - Available Software Sites preference page to see the list of sites that are used to gather the available software and search for updates.

  • All sites registered in the system are shown in the list. Sites marked as Enabled are those that are used to search for updates and browse available software. Sites marked as Disabled are not consulted by the system. For example, you may wish to disable a site that is temporarily not available or experiencing network problems in order to speed up the search for updates.

  • Select a site to see optional information about the status of the site at the bottom of the page. For example, if the system has been unable to find the site on the network, the status will indicate that it is not available.

  • Click Test Connection to see if a site can be found by the system.

You may change the sites that are used by the system in several ways:

  • To add sites to the system:

    • Click Add... to enter the location of a new site.

    • You may select a disabled site and click Enable in order to make it available to the system.

    • Click Import... to import a list of sites that was previously exported to a file.

  • To remove sites from the system:

    • Select a site and click Disable if you want to temporarily stop using the site. This will keep the site in the list so that you can enable it later.

    • Click Remove to remove the site from the list of sites.

  • Click Export... to save the list of sites to a file. This is useful for sharing site lists with other users or across multiple installations.

3.4.6. Scheduling automatic updates

You can configure the product update to automatically search for updates to the installed software on a periodic basis. You can configure how these updates are scheduled and performed from the Install/Update - Automatic Updates preference page. Scheduling options

Each time the product starts, the update scheduler will activate based on the chosen scheduling. You can choose between the following update policies:

  • No automatic search

  • On each startup (default)

  • Every day at a specific time (i.e. 3:00PM)

  • On a scheduled day of the week at a specific time (i.e. Monday 8:00AM)

  • If the application is not active at a scheduled time and the search is past due, it will immediately start on the next startup

Scheduling options define when searches are performed but do not define what actually happens when updates are found. Download options control this behavior (this set of options is disabled if automatic search is turned off). You can choose between:

  • Search for updates and notify me when they are available (default)

  • Download new updates automatically and notify me when ready to install them

In both cases, the update scheduler will execute in the background when necessary based on the scheduling options. There will be no messages if no updates are found. If there are updates, the behavior will depend on the chosen download option. Search and notify

If search only is selected, a popup will appear notifying you that updates have been found, and an updates icon will appear in the status bar. You may click on the popup to review the list of updates. The same Available Updates wizard is used when you search for updates manually using Help - Check for Updates.

If you do not wish to update your system right away, you may dismiss the notification popup by clicking on the [X] in the corner of the popup. When you are ready to review the updates, you may then click on the update icon in the status bar.

If the second option has been selected (download updates automatically), the search will be scheduled as before, but when new updates are found, the download will commence immediately. When all the features have been successfully downloaded, a popup will appear notifying you that updates have been found and downloaded, and an updates icon will appear in the status bar. You may click on the popup to review the list of updates. The same Available Updates wizard is used when you search for updates manually using Help - Check for Updates.

If you do not wish to update your system right away, you may dismiss the notification popup by clicking on the [X] in the corner of the popup. When you are ready to review the updates, you may then click on the update icon in the status bar. The software that was downloaded will be used the next time you update the system. Reminder options

Reminder options define what happens when updates are found. You can choose between:

  • Notify me once about updates (default)

  • Remind me about updates. This option lets you choose the time interval for being reminded about updates.

In either case, a popup will appear when updates are available. Clicking the popup will open the Available Updates wizard so that you can review the updates. If you do not wish to update your system right away, you may dismiss the notification popup by clicking on the [X] in the corner of the popup. If you have selected a time interval for reminders, the popup will appear when the specified interval has passed.

3.5. Product activation

3.5.1. Trial Version and Product Activation

Newsgroup Image Collector is a fully featured product limited to a 15 day trial. If you decide that you like NIC and want to use it beyond the trial period, you must activate your copy of NIC.

To activate NIC, you must first purchase a product license. After you purchase a license, you will receive a license key. Simply copy and paste this key into the activation area of NIC to complete the activation.

3.5.2. Purchase A Product License

To purchase a product license for NIC please visit the product license purchase page

At this page you will enter the number of licenses you want to purchase. A license is limited to one computer and one user account on the computer. If you plan to use NIC on more that one computer, you will need to purchase a license for each computer. Similarly, if you have multiple user accounts on your computer and you want to use NIC on more than one user account, you will need to purchase a license for each user account.

After you specify the number of licenses to purchase, you will see the results in a shopping cart with options to edit your cart. If you are ready to purchase the items in your cart, click continue. At this point, you will need to login or create a new account at our website. Following this, you will be presented with payment options such as credit card and paypal. After your payment is processed, you will see your license key on the web page. You will also receive an email containing your license key and invoice details. Select and copy the license key so that you can paste the text of the key into NIC.

3.5.3. Activate Your License

Start NIC and select Windows - Preferences from the menu. You will then see the Preferences dialog, then click on License Manager on the left. Select the Newsgroup Image Collector license in the table and then click Activate.

You will now see the license activation wizard. Paste in your product license key and click next.

You will now see the final page with a status bar. NIC will connect to our license server and verify your license key. When this is completed, you will have an activated full version of Newsgroup Image Collector.

3.6. Switching Workspaces

The current workspace can be switched by using the File - Switch Workspace command. If you have already switched your workspace previously the previous workspaces will be available for selection in the Switch Workspace menu.

The Switch Workspace -- Other.. menu item will open the switch workspace dialog. The dialog will allow you to browse for or manually enter a new workspace location. The combo will also allow you to select your previously selected workspaces.

3.6.1. Settings Transfer

When you switch your workspace you can select settings than will be transferred to the new workspace.