Catalog Label Relationships

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Catalog label relationships is a unique feature that IDimager offers. With relationships you can relate one catalog label with another. Then each catalog label gives direct access to the related catalog labels in the catalog structure. This mechanism is mainly intended a better way to navigate through your structure. You'll typically create relationships for intensively used catalog labels.

 

To create a relationship between catalog labels is easy.Open the Catalog Explorer and the branch Catalog Labels to access your existing label structure. Then find the catalog label that you'd like to relate to another catalog label. Right click on the label and select "New Relationship" or press [Ctrl]+[Insert].

 

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This dialog displays the selected catalog label on top. You can select the related catalog label by either clicking the <...> button or by just typing its name. No need to type the path, in the sample above I just typed "Den Haag" and when leaving the field, IDimager did the auto completion.

 

Now, the relationship I am creating is from Hertwig to Den Haag (the city where Hertwig lives). To describe the relationship I should specify how Hertwig relates to Den Haag and because relationship work two ways, I should also specify how Den Haag related to Hertwig. So when considering the role Hertwig/Den Haag it would be "Hertwig lives in Den Haag". This is the role I should enter in the first field. When considering the role Den Haag/Hertwig, this would be "Den Haag is residence for Hertwig". That is what we enter in the second role.

 

That's it basically and you are done defining the relationship. Click <OK> to store the relationship and close the dialog.

 

Back in the Catalog Explorer, you'll notice that the selected catalog label now has children... even though there are no sub labels. Expand the node and notice that the related catalog label is presented.

 

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Relationships are always recognizable by their purple color. The relationship node displays a magnifying glass icon, followed by the name of the related catalog label, and then the role of the relationship between square brackets. You can click the magnifying glass icon to instantly jump to the related catalog label at its original position.

 

The relationship is accessible in both directions. Also below the related catalog label there is now a relationship visible which also shows the role to that catalog label.

 

This way relationships enable you to quickly navigate through the catalog structure and prevents you from having to constantly scroll through the structure which could be annoying once you have a lot of catalog labels defined. Relationships offer a simple, yet very powerful mechanism.