The Publish or Perish main window consists of the following elements, as shown in the screen shot:
- Folder tree
- Queries list
- Current query pane (adapts to the currently selected query's data source)
- Metrics pane
- Results list
Across the top of the main window is the toolbar that contains the most commonly used commands for Publish or Perish. Not all commands are available at all times; for some commands (for example, Lookup and Lookup Direct) you must first select a query in the list on the right before the command becomes active. Unavailable commands are grayed out.
Click this button to perform the query. If possible, the query is satisfied from the local Publish or Perish cache; this saves time and reduces the load on the data source. If no cache entry for the query exists or the entry is older than the maximum cache age, then the query is forwarded to the data source. After the results are received, the local cache is automatically refreshed.
Click this button to send the query directly to the data source, bypassing the local Publish or Perish cache. This may be useful if you suspect that the data source may have newer information available than is available through the local cache. When the results are returned, the local cache is automatically refreshed.
Note: It is not useful to perform multiple direct lookups for the same query shortly after another; this merely increases the load on the data source and increases the chance that your computer may be temporarily denied access by the data source. We recommend that you only use the Lookup Direct function as a last resort.
|New Query||Click this button to show a drop-down menu from which you can create a new query. It will be placed in the currently selected folder (or in the parent folder of the currently selected query).|
|New Folder||Click this button to create a new query folder under the current folder.|
|Import External Data||Click this button to import external data into Publish or Perish.|
Click this button to show a drop-down menu from which you can select an export format for the currently selected results.
Click this button to copy the currently selected folder or queries to the Windows clipboard and delete them from their current position. You can then paste them into a different folder.
Deleted items are moved to the Trash folder rather than deleted outright, unless the items are already in the Trash folder; then they will be permanently deleted.
|Copy||Click this button to copy the currently selected folder or query to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste it into a different folder.||Ctrl+C|
|Paste||Click this button to paste the folder or query on the Windows clipboard into the current folder.||Ctrl+V|
Click this button to delete the currently selected folder or query. If you delete a folder, all queries in it are also deleted.
Copyright © 2016 David Adams. All rights reserved. Page last modified on Fri 23 Dec 2016 16:33
Web master of Harzing.com and developer of the Publish or Perish software, among other things. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering, a PhD in Operations Research, and likes to watch academic life from a safe distance.