Using the User Guide for iData Kwik

Welcome to iData Kwik, the flexible, multi-use data management program! iData lets you collect and manage all kinds of written information.

To view the iData Kwik User Guide, select the User Guide menu item in the Help menu. This will open the main User Guide page in your Web browser.

The main User Guide  page contains an index to all of the articles in the Guide. We suggest that you scan through that page one time to get an idea of how it is organized. The basic logic of the organization is explained below.

Help Topics

Help topics are divided into three sections, each further divided into chapters.

Section 1 - Introductory Help Topics includes links to several Help pages, in addition to this one. A few of those are:

iData Kwik Basics presents basic information about how iData Kwik works. iData Kwik is a powerful program. As such, it is a fairly complex program. This tutorial is designed to make it (relatively) easy to learn iData Kwik's most basic features. This is done, in part, by placing detailed explanations on separate pages, so that they can be ignored until they are actually needed.

Datafile Basics explains how datafiles are structured, and how to create and modify records in a datafile, as well as how to navigate records and how to find your data within your datafiles.

License Agreement and Warranty contains the standard legalese. It exists mainly to remind all the honest folks that we've put a lot of time into creating and improving iData Kwik, and we'd like to earn something from the effort. With a single product in a relatively small market, every sale counts, and the return has to justify the effort required to continue to improve the product (and to keep it working with new versions of the Mac OS X, which often involves purchasing new versions of Macintosh hardware that the new versions of OS X will run on.). Please don't help others take it without paying for it.

iData Kwik Version Change History shows the changes and bug fixes for each version of iData Kwik, with the latest at the top and the earliest (1.0) at the bottom.

Section 2 - General Help Topics covers basic information on how iData works and how to set it up. It is designed to make it easy for you to get the most out of iData Kwik, and to get it set up to match your personal working style. We strongly recommend that you read this section before you begin using iData Kwik. Even if you are an experienced user, you may find a little new, useful information there.

Section 2 covers the following topics:

     Files and File Locations -- Where your iData Kwik files are located, and why

    The Datafile Window -- The basic elements of the datafile window

    Toolbar Navigation Buttons -- What the toolbar buttons do, and how to customize the toolbar
    Modifier Keys for Toolbar Buttons -- How to change what toolbar buttons do by holding down various keys

    Changing Commands Keys -- How to use System Preferences to change key commands in iData

    iData Kwik Services -- Setting up iData Kwik to Work With the Services Menu

Section 3 - Functional Help Topics is designed as a reference. It is made up of chapters that are organized around iData's menu structure, making it easy to learn how a particular menu command works. Because this section is designed as a reference, it may repeat some information that is contained in Section 1.

Chapter titles in this section include the main menu name, followed by a sub-menu name, if appropriate. While you should at least look over the chapter titles, you can put off a detailed reading of topics this section until you need to find information on a particular operation. Within iData Kwik, in many dialogs or windows, there will be a button that you can click to take you to the appropriate Help page for that function.

Chapters in this section are arranged in approximately the same order as the menus themselves. Menu items that are common to most Macintosh applications, such as Cut, Copy, and Paste, are not included.

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