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Online Search

Menu path: Tools > Online Search

Data Crow can save you time by retrieving information about an item from an online database such as, and

Starting a search #

The online search is available from the item form (to update an existing item), from the menu bar and the tool bar.

Additionally, existing items can be updated from the item form, by clicking on update button.

Before you can find the item you want, make sure you have selected the correct server. Each server comes with its own options. For example; when you select an Amazon server you can select the location of the server you want to use. The server located in Germany will deliver you with descriptions in German, etc.

By default Data Crow searches on keywords. If there are other search modes available these will be displayed behind the keywords field. You can simply select another search mode to search on an (for example) the UPC.

To stop a search press “stop”. The search is then stopped and you can start a new search. To clear previous found results, press “clear”.

Settings #

There are several settings for you to consider.

Values to retrieve

When searching for new items you can specify for which fields values should be retrieved. To do this click the settings button and select all the fields for which you want Data Crow to find values for. When updating an item an almost identical option exists. This time however you select the fields for which the values of the existing item should be overwritten (if at all).

Retrieve full details on initial search (slow)

Instead of retrieving only the minimal amount of information you can choose to retrieve the full set of information at once. This will slow down the search significantly!

Automatically add or update the item when a perfect match has occurred

Selecting this option Data Crow will stop the search as soon as it considers a match to be perfect.

Retrieve additional information on persons & companies

Data Crow can retrieve (in some cases, depending on the online search services capabilities) additional information on persons like actors and companies like software development organizations. By default this option is disabled as this option slows down the online search. When this option is disabled, persons and companies are still created but without any additional information. They will only have a name and nothing else. When this option is enabled Data Crow will try and retrieve images and a description.

Applying the Result(s) #

If you were looking for an item not yet present in Data Crow you can select the item(s) and press “Add item(s)”. The items are now added to your collection!

If you are updating an existing item press the “Update” button instead. The values in the item form will be updated with the values from the selected result. Before you update check if you want to overwrite existing values. If so, tick the “overwrite existing values” (off by default). This setting will be remembered.