Help Set Manager deal with orphan references

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spinality
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Help Set Manager deal with orphan references

Post by spinality » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:18 pm

This has to do with resolving "orphans" in setlists when the source documents are removed or renamed.

I keep a number of longer-term setlists, such as holiday tunes and tunes for a particular band. In my normal management of My Scores PDFs, I sometimes consolidate a number of individual scores into a larger file, or I replace a file with a later version. When this happens, some setlists need to be fixed. The orphans are very obvious in the Gig Set View, where the links are grayed out.

But to fix them in the Set Manager, it's not so easy to spot which entries have troubles. Out of 50 song titles, I need to find the half-dozen that are in a grayed-out book. I can see this clearly in the Gig Set View, but in the Set Manager they are harder to locate. I can double-tap any entry to bring it to the results window, and if I've picked the right one I'll see a grayed-out source: great. But then, after I've done this once and searched for the replacement, I have to "clear search results first!" before previewing another entry. It becomes a multi-step process to find and replace each orphaned title.

Here are a few ways I could think of that this process would be simplified and sped up:

a) Let me select new items even if there are search results (this would help in some other situations as well) -- clear the search field automatically, and either clear the results or leave them there as if added from a different set list

b) Give a preview of the source document name when tapping any set list entry, e.g. in the title bar or in a new status field,

c) Show the source document name alongside the song title in the set list items (this would require a third column, or a different way of displaying the titles), or

d) Let me search for orphan replacements directly from the Gig Set View interface.

That's what comes to mind. I can see that none of these are likely to be quick and easy changes, but perhaps you can see a way to simplify this process. By getting much more organized in terms of consolidating my single-page scores, which you've recommended as a way to tame iPad storage, I'm finding that my longer-term setlists are requiring increased care and feeding.

Thanks if you have any suggestions or thoughts on this.

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Re: Help Set Manager deal with orphan references

Post by spinality » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:26 am

Amazing, you apparently just made a change that addresses this issue! Now I see that I can add new results much more quickly. I haven't done much work yet with the new version, but it looks like this will be a huge time-saver. Thanks for again anticipating our needs!

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Re: Help Set Manager deal with orphan references

Post by Phil Smith » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:50 pm

I'm glad it's working out for you but we haven't made any changes that address anything that you have posted.
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Re: Help Set Manager deal with orphan references

Post by spinality » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:12 am

Phil Smith wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:50 pm
I'm glad it's working out for you but we haven't made any changes that address anything that you have posted.
Hilarious. I must have just discovered features or behavior that I'd overlooked.

Well, thanks for having them there anyway even if I missed them.

I do think it would be helpful if, instead of the "clear selection first" message, we had the option to replace the selection -- similar to the "replace/append results" choice that appears when there's no selection. And finally, if you're able to think of anything automated to assist in dealing with orphans after filename changes (e.g. rename via a long-click on an orphan entry), that would be a big help.

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