Quick Start Guide
for TreePad X Enterprise (single-user)  

Version: 2010, August 26
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Contents

  Introduction
  Very quick start guide
  TreePad explained a bit more
  The article, child nodes and the root node
  The Tree Pane in more detail
  The Article Pane in more detail
  How to create a new database
  How to open an existing database
  When is your data saved?
  Importing data from other TreePad editions
  Opening multiple databases
  More TreePad Enterprise manuals (on TreePad.com)

 

Introduction

TreePad is not a difficult program to use. In fact, quite a number of people will be able to start off using the program without consulting a manual.
However, if you somehow you get a feeling of being lost after opening the program, then this document is for you. This Quick Start Guide explains the basic functions of TreePad, like creating a database, adding, removing, rearranging and editing data.

For a more comprehensive reference on TreePad's wide range of features, please see the online TreePad X Enterprise documentation section.

 

Very quick start guide

(1) Start the TreePad Enterprise program.

(2) In the TreePad Quick Start dialog (which automatically appears at startup), select the option Create a new database and click OK.

(3) The Create new TreePad database dialog will now appear. Just follow the instructions on your screen and enter a database name, such as test1 and specify the location of the database on your harddisk.

(4) After pressing the Finish button the new database is created and you are in the main TreePad Window.

(5) Then click inside the tree pane (the left-hand pane) to set focus to it,

(6) and add a tree node using Menu: Tree/Insert/Child node at bottom.

(7) Click on the top-most node (called root node) and repeat step (6) (this adds another child node to the root node).

Note: each tree node (inside the left-hand pane) corresponds to an article (inside the right-hand pane). An article contains a word processor in which you can edit a 'document' or 'text'. Initially, an article is empty (until you type something in it).

(8) Now click inside the article pane (i.e. the right-hand pane) to set focus to it, then type in your text there (like in any regular word processor or text editor).

(9) To select another node (and its corresponding article), simply click on a node inside the tree pane.

(10) when you select another node (in the tree pane or left-hand pane) the article you just typed in is automatically stored to your harddisk.

(11) add more tree nodes whenever necessary (see steps 5 and 6).

(12) the next time you start TreePad, you can always open the database (which you created in steps 1 - 9) using "Menu: Database/Open local database" and most of the times also using "Menu: Database/Reopen".

That's basically all you need to know to start using the program.

 

TreePad explained a bit more

If you already feel confident enough after reading the very quick start section above, then you might want to skip the remainder of this document or read it later.
In case you choose to continue, first please open the database that you created during steps (1) to (11) above (using Menu: Database/Open local database or the TreePad Quick Start screen) and proceed to the next section.

 

The article, child nodes and the root node

The right-hand pane or the article can contain texts, links, etc. The article is similar to a document inside a Word Processor. The left-hand pane, the tree, can contain a large number of nodes. Nodes are similar to folders and files on your harddisk, or more poetically, leafs of physical trees in the real world.

A node corresponds to only one article (and an article corresponds to only one node). An article is a text or a document (that can be empty). When you select a node (in the left-hand pane), the corresponding article-text (if any) is displayed inside the article pane (the right-hand pane).

The root node is the most fundamental node of the tree. The root node is the topmost (and leftmost) node from which all other nodes spring. All other nodes are descendant nodes of the root node. A TreePad database can contain only one root node.

From here it is assumed that the database you created (in the Very quick start guide section above) contains more than one node.

If the root node in your database has a little '-' sign next to it, then you can see its child nodes. To collapse the root node, just click on the little '-' sign. After this, the child nodes are no longer visible.

If the root node has a little '+' sign next to it, its child nodes are not visible and you can expand it. Just click on the little "+" and expand the node. If a node is expanded, the subtree of that node is shown. This subtree contains the child nodes of the selected node.

So nodes not only can contain texts (i.e. articles), but also other nodes (child nodes)!

When you click on a node, you select that node, and the text inside that node will be displayed in the article inside the right pane. If no text is present, then the article will be empty.

When you click on the '+' sign next to a node, the subtree of that node will be shown (the node becomes expanded). If you click on a '-' sign next to a node, the subtree of that node will be hidden (the node becomes collapsed).

Tree nodes can be easily moved around, deleted, inserted, edited, copied and pasted. Articles can be edited in exactly the same way as in a standard word processing program.

 

The Tree Pane in more detail

 

How to add a child node

* Method 1: click on a node with the left mouse button to select it, then click Menu: Tree/Insert/Child node at bottom. A new node is created, below and slightly to the right of the original node. You can type the node name of the newly created node. After you have finished typing in the node name, press 'enter' on the keyboard.

* Method 2: click on a node with the left mouse button, then using the keyboard press the 'insert' or 'ins' key.

* Method 3: click the node with your right mouse button, inside the tree context menu (the menu that pops up when you right-click on the tree) select Insert, then Child node at bottom.

 

How to add a sibling node

Note: you cannot add a sibling node to the root node.

* Method 1: click on a node (but not the root node!) with the left mouse button to select it, then click Menu: Tree/Insert/Node after. A new node is created, below the original node.

* Method 2: click on a node with the left mouse button, then apply the key combination Shift Insert on your keyboard.

* Method 3: click the node with your right mouse button, inside the tree context menu (the menu that pops up when you right-click on the tree) and select Insert, then Node after.

 

How to delete a node

* Method 1: click on a node with the left mouse button, then click Menu: Tree/Delete/Node-Subtree

* Method 2: click on a node with the left mouse button, then on your keyboard press the 'delete' or 'del' key.

* Method 3: click the node which needs to be deleted with your right mouse button, the tree context menu will pop up. Inside the tree context menu, point your mouse to Delete, then click on Node-Subtree.

Important: when you use this function, not only the selected node will be deleted, but all of it's child nodes as well.

 

How to change the node name

* Method 1: select a node by clicking on it once with your left mouse button. Then click Menu: Tree/Edit node name. A small edit cursor appears inside the node title. Type in the new node name, then press enter on your keyboard.

* Method 2: select a node by clicking on it once with the left mouse button. Wait for one second. Click on it again. A small edit cursor appears in the node title. Type in the new node name, then press 'enter' using your keyboard.

* Method 3: select a node by clicking on it once with the left mouse button. Using your keyboard press the 'F2' function key. Type the node name, then press enter on your keyboard.

 

How to expand a node

* Method 1: if the node displays a little "+" sign on its left, click on that "+" sign and the node will expand, displaying all of its child nodes. If the node does not have a little "+" sign on its left, then either the node is already expanded or it does not contain any child nodes.

* Method 2: click on the node to select it. Then click Menu: Tree/Expand/Subtree one level.

* Method 3: right-click on the node, the tree context menu will pop up. Inside the tree context menu, point to Expand, then click Subtree one level.

 

How to collapse a node

* Method 1 If the node displays a little "-" sign on its left, click on that "-" sign and the node will be collapsed. If the node does not have a little "-" sign, then either the node is already collapsed, or it does not contain any child nodes.

* Method 2: click on the node to select it. Then click Menu: Tree/Collapse/Subtree one level.

* Method 3: right-click on the node, the tree context menu will pop up. Inside the tree context menu, point to Collapse, then click Subtree one level.

 

How to move a node (so that it becomes a child of another node)

Place your mouse cursor over the node you want to move. Press down the left mouse button down, selecting the node. While keeping the left mouse button pressed down, drag the mouse cursor to the destination node and release the left mouse button. The result is that the dragged node has beomce a 'child node' of the destination node.

The above procedure is called 'drag-and-drop'.

Important: the node and all of it's child nodes are moved to the new location.

 

How to move a node (so that it becomes a sibling of another node)

Place your mouse cursor over the node you want to move. Press down the 'shift' key on the keyboard and keep it pressed down. Then press down the left mouse button down, selecting the node. While keeping the left mouse button pressed down, drag the mouse cursor to the destination node and release the left mouse button. Finally release the shift key. The result is that the dragged node has beomce a 'sibling node' of the destination node.

The above procedure is called 'drag-and-drop'. This command moves the node to the position just below the destination node. The difference with the previous command is, that the node will not become a child of the destination node, but a sibling. Note: as indicated above, in TreePad Enterprise you need to press the shift key BEFORE you start the mouse operation.

 

The Article Pane in more detail.

The article pane can be found in the right half of the screen. In the article you can type texts, edit, cut, copy, paste, delete and select blocks of characters just in the same way as in any regular Word Processor or text editor.

As explained above, each node contains one article (or document). When selecting a different tree node, a different article or document will appear in the right half of the screen. Any changes you made in the previous article are remembered and shown when you return to that article. You can return to the previous article by clicking on the previous tree node.

By clicking on the article with your left mouse button you 'focus' the article. When the article is 'focused' it accepts keyboard input, meaning that you can start typing in your text. Right clicking on the article will make the article popup menu appear. This menu contains menu useful editing functions, like cut, copy and paste.

When the article has focus, you can use the menu items inside the Edit, Format and Insert menus to alter the article text.

Please note that when the tree has focus, a number of items inside the Format and Insert menus will apply to the currently selected node title (instead of the article).

 

How to create a new database

To create a new database, click on the 'Database' entry in the main menu, then click on 'New'. After this, follow the instructions on your screen.

 

How to open an existing database

(1) click Menu: Database/Open local database.

(2) In most cases, you can also open the database using Menu: Database/Reopen.

 

When is your data saved?

Any changes you make to the tree are stored immediately to harddisk. This means that when you add a node or change a node title you do not explicitely need to save the tree.

Changes in the article text are automatically stored to harddisk when you click on the tree, navigate to another node, close the database or exit the program. However, you can explicitely save the current article using Menu: Database/Save current article, the keyboard key combination 'Ctrl S' or the 'Save current article' toolbar button.

 

Importing data from other TreePad editions

Converting your TreePad Lite, PLUS, SAFE or Business Edition data into TreePad X Enterprise format is straightforward.

Just perform these two steps:

(1) in TreePad X Enterprise, create a new database through Menu: Database/New

(2) in TreePad X Enterprise, click Menu: Database/Import/Into tree, and select the .hjt or .tpd file

Please note that it is important not to have the .tpd or .hjt file open inside the other TreePad edition while performing the import. This is because the other TreePad edition can lock the file and then TreePad Enterprise will not be able to access it.

 

Opening multiple databases

This last topic is not essential for using TreePad Enterprise, but if need to open multiple databases simulteaneously, you might want to continue reading.

 

How to create a new database without closing the current one

TreePad Enterprise can open up to eight databases simultaneously. For this purpose, it has eight database slot buttons on the very left-hand side of the screen. They are numbered from 1 to 8.

Each slot can contain one database. If you already have a database open, then in all likelyhood that database is open in slot #1.

To access slot #2, just click on the slot button numbered 2 to the very left-hand side of the screen. This will open slot #2 which still is empty.

Now you are ready to create a new database in slot #2. Just click Menu: Database/New and follow the instructions on your screen.

After this, you will have created a new database in slot #2.

To switch back to the first database, just click on database slot button 1 (this will open database slot #1).

 

How to open multiple databases

To open a second database (while the first database remains open), you first need to click on one of the eight numbered database slot buttons on the very left-hand side of the program's main window.

Each database slot can contain one open database. Since there are eight database slots, TreePad Enterprise can open up to eight databases simultaneously.

For instance, to have two databases simultaneously open,

* first open a database in slot #1 using Menu: Database/Open local database (as you have already done before),

* then click on the database slot button 2 to open slot #2, which still is empty.

* Click again on Menu: Database/Open local database. This opens the second database in slot #2.

To switch back to the first database, just click on database slot button 1 (this will open database slot #1).

To open a third database, just click on database slot button 3 to open database slot #3 which still is empty.
Then click Menu: Database/Open local database. This opens the third database in slot #3.

 

This concludes the Quick Start Guide.
More TreePad Enterprise manuals can be found online, here.