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FRSLibrary is a software tool for documenting and tracking your multimedia library. Your personal or professional library might include such items as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, books, magazines, and computer software. The "Overview" tab above lists all of the media types for which FRSLibrary supports data entry. Keeping track of what you own, what you may have loaned out to friends, family members, or co-workers, and seeing a concise overview of your collection is what FRSLibrary will do for you.

How Do I Use FRSLibrary?

Main Window Layout

(fig. 1: the main window)

The application's screen consists of five general areas.

At the top you will find the conventional Windows menu bar, from which you can select actions you wish FRSLibrary to perform.

The main toolbar below that provides shortcuts to some of the more commonly-used menu commands.

Along the vertical, left edge, you will find a number of buttons with various media type names on them (see the next topic for how to change your selection). The one you click on is the one whose data is shown in the rest of the window.

The main yellow area holds all the user interface controls for interacting with the entries for the selected media type. Initially, since your Library is empty, only the green "+" (plus) button is enabled, which is a shortcut for the "Edit | Add Entry" menu command. You press that button to add a new, blank entry to your Library. If you have a lot of entries, you can use the Filter to show just the entries in which you are interested.

The majority of the screen is then devoted to entering, modifying, or viewing data you have entered for the selected media item. Use the various tabs (e.g. "Content", "Physical", etc.) to switch to view the various groupings of data. Which tabs are shown depends on the selected media type.

Viewing A Selection

(fig. 2: entries selection list)

Once you have made a number of entries into your Library, you can re-display an entry using the Entries selection list (see fig. 2). Click the down arrow to see the list, and select an entry to view its information in the window.

In addition, below the Entries selection list are a set of six small navigation buttons (see fig. 3). Hover the computer's cursor over a button to find out what it does, but basically these allow you to move rapidly through the list (the middle two can be held down continuously to rapidly scroll through each entry). If your computer mouse has a scroll wheel and the focus is on this Entries selection list, you can use that scroll wheel to quickly move through the list's entries as well.

(fig. 3: entries selection navigation buttons)

How Do I Select Other Media Types?

(fig. 4: adding cassettes and recordable CDs)

FRSLibrary provides data entry screens for over 40 media types. You can select the ones you want to view via the "Settings | Select Media Types..." menu command. This will display the Select Media Types window (see fig. 4).

Within this window, the media types are organized by type, i.e. audio media types, video media types, print media types, and other. Under each media type category is the list of supported media types in alphabetical order. In the left column (the one with the "?" above it) simply click to check those media types you want to see, and click to remove the check mark from those you no longer wish to see. When you press the OK button on the window, the list of media types shown along the left edge of the FRSLibrary window will change to reflect the ones you selected.

Note that not showing a media type selection button will not affect the data you have entered for that media type; all data is preserved. You only need to show those media types you plan on editing or reviewing from time to time.

The Select None, Select Have (selects only those for which you have added entries), and Select All allow you to quickly select all or none of the entries. Note, however, that at least one media type must be checked.

This completes the basic introduction to FRSLibrary. For more details, you can press F1 at any time in any of the windows of FRSLibrary, or click the Info button.

How Do I Get the Latest Version?

You can always download FRSLibrary directly via the "Download" tab above. However, FRSLibrary automatically checks to see if a new version has been released each time you run it, if you have enabled that option and your computer has an active Internet connection. When a new version has been found, it will be downloaded, and you will be notified of the automatic upgrade when you close the application. Making sure you are always up-to-date is both free and easy!

status bar upgrade download

When an upgrade is being downloaded, a download icon appears in the status bar (shown here on the right). Note that you can close the application at any time. If an upgrade was in the process of being downloaded, the application will stop and try again the next time you run it.

status bar upgrade ready

When the download has completed, the icon will change to one showing a sun (as shown here on the right). At that point the application will be upgraded when you close it.

If for some reason you wish to disable automatic upgrading, click on the "Settings | Automatic Application Upgrade" menu command to turn OFF that feature. The state of the check mark to the left of that menu command indicates whether or not FRSLibrary checks for new upgrades. If you turn that option on again, FRSLibrary will immediately check the Fourth Ray Software server to see if a new version is available, and download it if there is one.

For How Long Can I Use the Free Version?

status bar trial period days remaining

FRSLibrary comes with a one-time, 21-day trial period during which you can use the full functionality of the application for free. There are no restrictions during that time period. When the free trial period is over, you must purchase a license to continue to use the application (click on the "Buy" tab above). All of the data you entered during the free trial period will still be there after you have paid for your license. There is no separate download required after you have purchased your license. The status bar, as shown here on the right, indicates how many days you have remaining in your free trial period.

How Do I Enable the Paid-for Version?

When you have paid for a license for FRSLibrary, you will receive your unique serial number. You can enter the serial number via the "FRSLibrary | Enter Serial Number..." menu command. You will also see this window when you start the application and you have allowed your trial period to expire. You need to enter the serial number you received from us. We recommend copying and then pasting the serial number, as it is easy to mistype it. When ready, press the OK button to have FRSLibrary verify the serial number. If it is valid, the application will switch to a "paid-for" version, which you can verify by clicking on the "FRSLibrary | About..." menu command.