Chapter 2. Using Tellico

Quick Start

By default, Tellico starts with an empty book collection. To work with some other type of collection, create it using the FileNew menu item, or the button on the toolbar. Collections are populated with some of the more common fields, but you can add, modify, or delete them to suit your needs.

New entries can be added by using the Entry Editor. The CollectionNew Entry menu item will open the Entry Editor with an empty entry ready for editing. The Entry Editor can also be opened by using the SettingsShow Entry Editor menu item. Once you've entered the values for the entry, you can save it to the collection by using the Save Entry button in the Entry Editor dialog, which remains open in case you want to continue adding new entries. Once you've saved an entry in the collection, you can modify it by clicking on it in the main window. If the Entry Editor is not already open, you can double click an entry to open the editor and start editing.

If you want to include an image in the entry, you can use the standard KDE File Selector by clicking the Select Image... button in the Entry Editor, or you can drag an image from the file manager or web browser into the Entry Editor.

When you select an entry, the Entry View shows a formatted view of the entry's contents. You can change the template used for showing the entry in the Configuration Dialog.

The entries in the collection are grouped together when they share the same values for certain fields, such as the author or director. You can change the field used for grouping by using the combo box in the toolbar or the SettingsGroup Selection menu item.

You can use the Quick Filter in the toolbar to limit the visible entries. The filter is also useful when you want to quickly find an entry. You can type in the title or some other unique word that identifies the entry and the Column View will only show the entries that match the filter. More complex filtering can use field names directly, such as author=stephenson. The status bar shows you how many entries are in the collection, and how many are currently being filtered.