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4. Preferences
4.1    Show preferences
4.2    Table columns
4.3    Network sync path
4.4    Optional BackUps
4.5    Text width
4.6    Header and Footer

4.1  Show preferences
To open the settings, select the desired catalog from the main window and click (bottom right) on , to display the catalog settings. All available there refer to the selected catalog. This allows you to configure every catalog individually. If you want to close the settings again, click (bottom right) on .

4.2  Table columns
Each catalog has a small database table with four columns. You can define the column headings yourself. In the document window, the column headings are also used as placeholders in the data fields.

You can also specify how many of the four table columns are displayed in the document table, if you do not necessarily need four columns for each catalog type. You can hide columns 2 to 4 by simply not entering a column heading. However, the column 1 is always displayed, otherwise the document table would have no contents.

You can also customize the width of the table columns. To do this, open the required catalog and click between two columns in the header of the document table. You can move the columns to the left or right by holding the left mouse button.

4.3  Network sync path
If you have more than one Mac in use, it is very helpful if you can also access the catalogs with other Macs. However, there are two basically different requirements for the type of synchronization:

1. Sync content between multiple Macs of one user.
Example: You have an iMac in your office and you also use a MacBook for mobile purposes. For catalogs that only you want to access, it is useful for you to use a personalized cloud drive (for example, iCloudDrive) for synchronization. First, create a folder in your cloud drive so that not all documents appear in the main folder of your cloud drive.

2. Sync content between multiple Mac's of different users
For example, you run a small network, and members of your family are supposed to access specific catalogs with their own Macs. For this case, it is useful that you use a shared network folder as the network sync path.

The key advantage of myCatalogs is that the synchronization can be customized for each catalog and not automatically synchronize all contents of the entire app. Finally, there are catalogs that you do not want to sync, others you want to sync with your personal Macs and other catalogs are to be synchronized with the Macs by others (for example, family members or co-workers).

After you have prepared your network sync path as described here, click (right of "Sync path") on and select the network folder for this catalog. Now open the catalog and close it again, because the sync files (in the sync path you selected) are written when the catalog will be closed. Now start myCatalogs on the second Mac, create a catalog with the same name and select the same sync path. If you now open the catalog on the second Mac, all documents are read in automatically and you have the same status automatically.

If you want to quit synchronization of a catalog, click on (right next to "Sync path").

4.4  Optional BackUps
Optionally, you can determine whether a back-up of each document is created when the catalog will be closed. You can use the BackUp Manager (see point 9 of this documentation) to restore the created BackUps. To do this, selectd the desired catalog an select the option "Create BackUp’s by closing this catalog".

4.5  Text width
In addition to the settings for the individual catalogs, you can also make settings for individual documents. An important point is the text width (middle area in the document window). This is displayed in pixels for each document (e.g. Text 450px). If you change the width of the document window, the information about the current width of the text area also changes. With this option you can specify differently wide text ranges for documents in the same catalog. myCatalogs opens every document in the specified width. More information about the text area can be found under point 5 of this documentation.

4.6  Header and Footer
MyCatalogs offers you an individually configurable header and footer for your printouts. You can specify the header and footer design for each document or for all the documents in a catalog. Please click on the desired document at the right on and the window for configuring the header and footer is opened.

Now you have two text editors (for the header and footer) and an underlying preview window.

Both text areas are complete RTFD editors.

To edit the text areas, you can use the top toolbar or a text from another program on your Mac, like "TextEdit".

If you want to create dynamic headers, simply place one or more of the available placeholders at the desired location. You can delete both texts by clicking on "Reset" and use the default settings of myCatalogs.

By clicking on "Preview", you will see the output of your header and footer at the bottom.

If you want to use these settings in the entire catalog, please select the option "Use for all Documents in this Catalog".

If you then click on "OK", the settings are saved.

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