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What is the Object Manager?

The Object Manager is the place where all Objects are created and managed. Objects are Users, Resources, Equipment, Rooms, Services, Extras, Groups and Object Classes. This is also where you setup your Object Custom Fields.


Access and Overview

Access the Object Manager by clicking on the Object Manager tab in the Navigation Bar at the top. The Object Manager Navigation tab is visible to any Advanced User. However, the creation and modification of Objects can be limited through the Users' Permission Profile.


Search Fields

Upon accessing the Object Manager, a list of Objects is displayed in the main window on the left hand side.

The right-hand window displays Object Classes or Groups, depending on the selected display option.



Search Field and Type Menu

  • Type in the white search field to search for Objects within the selected Type (if any).You can also search for Activities and other keywords in fields that are setup in the Object Custom Fields. See also: Settings > Update Search Results When Typing.
  • Select a Type to display all Objects of the selected Type. Or select (All) and type in the search field to search for a specific Object. 

Division (Only available if licensed)

Filter here Object by Division.

Display Options

You can access the display options by clicking on the top left corner menu of the Object Manager tab.



Columns: Toggle the Names On or Off to show/ hide columns from the display in the main window. The options below the grey line are Object Custom Fields that you can set up.


Second Window Shows: Toggle to Object Classes (2 options see below) or Groups which will be displayed in the right-hand side window.



  1. Object Classes As A Tree:

    Shows Classes in a Tree structure (expand/ collapse) with Parent Class and Child Classes. A Parent Class could be "Cameras" the Child Classes could be "EOS Camera"or "HD Cam".
    Multiple Objects can be selected from the left window and by dragging and dropping on to a specific Object Class they will be added to that Object Class.
    Double click the class to see its members in the left window.
    *(hold cmd for multi select and shift to hold the selection)



    Once in this view if you press right mouse click on any of the object classes on the right window you will get the following options:



    • New In: This option allows to create a new Object which will be directly added to the selected Object Class. Select an Object Class, right mouse click and New In: Select the category the Object should be added in and fill in the data.
    • Edit Class: Will take you to the settings window of th class
    • New Class (In xxx): To create a Child Class, choose: New Class (In Parent Class xxx)Double click the class to see its members in the left window.
    • Please note it won't be possible to drag and drop one or multiple Objects onto an ObjectClass so they become part of it when this option is chosen.
    • Delete Class: Delete a Class.

  2. Object Classes As A List:

    Classes are displayed in a table style view, sorted by Name.



    Multiple Objects can be selected from the left window and by dragging and dropping on to an specific Object Class, they will be added to that Object Class.
    Double click the class to see it's members in the left window.
    *(hold cmd for multi select and shift to hold the selection).



    • Edit: Do a right mouse click to access the edit window for this Object Class
    • New Class: Do a right mouse click to create a new Class.
    • Remove: Select the Object Class to be deleted from the system, then right-mouse click and select Remove.

Groups:

Shows a list of created Groups. Double click to show the members of a group in main window.



Select a Group, right mouse click to either "Edit" a group or "Remove" for deleting it.

Right mouse click to create a "New Group".



Import/ Export Objects farmerswife Objects from  Format CSV File


The Import/Export farmerswife Objects Format CSV File functionality is useful for 
importing new Objects into farmerswife, or for modifying values of existing Objects, by using a csv file (in Excel or Numbers).



Export:

  • Start by exporting a list of Objects from the Object Manager, so you can work on the exported file and add new Objects there or modify the exported ones.
  • Go to the Object Manager, highlight at least one Object, and from the drop-down menu choose Import/Export farmerswife Objects Format CSV File > Export.
  • As the CSV file opens, use it to fill in the missing Objects, under the corresponding columns.
  • When you are done, save the Excel or Numbers file to a csv file (make sure you select the option to save it as a Windows Comma Separated (csv) file if you work on a Mac, otherwise the import won’t work). 
  • Make sure that in the Object Manager > drop-down menu > Import/ Export farmerswife Objects Format CSV file > Update Object Name If Matches When Importing is turned OFF before you do the import. This setting was developed for clients that use the same csv file, without farmerswife's ID numbers and re-import the same csv file more than once. This setting must always be turned off if you respect the import and export workflow in farmerswife.

 Import:

  • Now, start the import by clicking on the drop-down menu, and now select Import/Export farmerswife Objects Format CSV File > Import
  • Select the csv file and make sure the column separator is set correctly. Easy rule: if it doesn't work with a comma, try the semicolon. 
  • The Default Type To Create New Objects In When Not Defined In File window will pop up prompting you to define the column type (User, Resource, Suite, Object Class…) for those Objects that did not get a type defined in the csv (suggestion, add  the type in the csv before the import).  If the column Type is filled, it doesn't matter which option is chosen in this window. 
  • As the import is done, a new window will show how many Objects have been imported or updated, and the Object Manager will show the latest imported Objects. Please check the numbers of items you want to import in the csv file and compare to the updated Object message you will receive in farmerswife.
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