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Fred Slota

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  1. I'm confused with what you are describing as the problem, and what you are suggesting as the solution. 3 different shippers? As in, your order is for multiple items, being broken across multiple sellers, and thus being shipped in multiple shipments with multiple shipping charges? As for your proposed solution, if I understand the proposal, how often would your seller(s) be local/co-local such that they could hand-deliver to a drop-off or shipping consolidation location?
  2. I don't begrudge the overlooked cases, and sorry if it sounds like I'm beating a horse that you think is already dead. To be clear, it is acceptable for landscape-oriented covers to have landscape-oriented cover scans, regardless of the orientation of the internal printed material, yes?
  3. The database has lots of missing and incomplete notes, as the vast majority of them should carry across all printings and variations but aren't. Best method for consistency, and for database size, would be to add a table separating Type/Number from Printing/Variation, having a single common Notes field per Type/Number, and a finely differentiated Notes field for every separate Printing/Variation.
  4. There are, I think, two 4-ptychs (not triptychs) across variants of Rising Stars #1, one having a "Monster Edition" stamp on the covers. 1) #1/E & 1/H both show the unstamped third part. I think 1/E should be the stamped part (see question 3) 2) #1/F shows the stamped fourth part, there appears to be no entry for the unstamped fourth part. 3) The unstamped variants appear to have Notes indicating "Forward by Neil Gaiman", while the stamped versions do not. Is this a correct difference between the two variations?
  5. Item Description reads "Wraparound triptych cover". unless there are 2 missing issues, I think this is a wraparound gatefold cover. Am I right?
  6. 6 Titles, three "DCeased", three "Dceased"
  7. Could also be used when highlighting other information in the grid, to automatically pre-pend issue identification. Example, highlight several Item Description fields, right click "Copy with Issue Title & Type", paste a block of Title, Issue Type, Item Descriptions.
  8. Works well if it's a search and has both Title and Item # columns... Avengers & Moon Girl 1/B X-Men & Moon Girl 1/A A.X.E.: X-Men 1/A not so well if you're in a Title grid... 1/A 1/B 1/C
  9. Also also, 13/G has a wrong cover - collage instead of individual cover.
  10. Add to the right-click menu for issues in the grid... Copy Issue identification to clipboard. Issue titles and Item numbers. Would make reporting of issues with issues via forum or e-mail both faster and less typo-prone.
  11. Yes... I understand we can do that... I'm suggesting an additional in program way to do this that could fit better in the flow of user and the ComicBase editorial system. Instead of the user copying the picture(s) into an e-mail, typing a message which might or might not contain typos or misinformation, and then requiring the editorial team to open the individual e-mails, read and understand the message, find title(s) and issue(s) in question and copy the pictures over.
  12. As far as I know, there is no automated way to submit corrections of these kinds Current scan is not cropped, either with extra edge graphics or the bare scanner bed. Correction will probably be smaller. Current scan is a collage when the book is only a portion of the collage. Correction will probably be smaller. Current scan is for the wrong book. Correction might be smaller or same size. Current scan needs a rotation. Correction will probably be the same size. I understand the normal process can avoid sending if the image is not larger, but a manual override can be useful in some circumstances.
  13. I understand the difficulties on consistency. I'm unclear on what this last statement is saying, though... Are landscape-oriented scans for internally portrait oriented books acceptable? And if so, is there a way to force a user correction submission for rotation, as that will generally be a same-size picture and not automatically submitted?
  14. Apologies, I hadn't looked it up because I hadn't considered that it wasn't widely available. Apparently, the spill formulas I used are available only in Excel 365 on the various platforms. I knew they were new, but hadn't considered how new... Thank you for trying.
  15. Say you've selected a number of issues and want to add a note to the Notes field, a detail to an Item Description, a name to one of the Credit fields. You don't want to disturb the existing information, but you also don't want to manually add the detail to each issue, one by one. Add a check box to the Quick Change dialog such that the change doesn't replace the entries, but adds to them. I would suggest that the feature does a check for a leading delimiter and offers to add one if missing.
  16. It doesn't look like Find & Replace will append to the end? If I want to add to the Notes field, say, is there a way?
  17. Again, no hurry... just wondered with the fast feedback earlier whether there was any new news...
  18. I did some additional searches, narrowing by publisher or looking at higher ratios, but the numbers don't really matter... What dose or doesn't currently exist, which scans follow the rules and which ones break the rules. The question isn't what the rules/guidelines are for portrait vs. landscape cover scans, but why those are the rules/guidelines. The best reason I can come up with was that early on there was a desire to optimize the resolution of the thumbnail scans. But, if so, is that still a valid reason? Screens are larger now. I think the software currently uses a larger default/initial thumbnail size than before. And we currently accept landscape scans for comic strip books, wide scans for wraparound and gatefold covers. Why don't we accept landscape scans for special covers on internally standard books?
  19. Did a rebuild last night. Advanced find for ((I.[PictureWidth]*10)/I.[PictureHeight] > 14) AND ((I.[PictureWidth]*10)/I.[PictureHeight] < 17) which I believe winnowed out wraparound and gatefold cover scans. There are 1,822 cover scans that look like they have been entered in landscape orientation. I highly doubt that the majority of those were books that read entirely in landscape. I think the cat is out of the bag...
  20. No hurry, but did you manage to get it working?
  21. Both are wraparound covers that together form a diptych. Both cover scans appear to have extra stuff above and below the cover image, I assume that came from some solicitation.
  22. In the Find and Replace dialog window... Drop-down box with options of None, Mark, Custom Check 1, Custom Check 2, Custom Check 3. Before Replace All is performed, check to see if the selected Check Box is unchecked across the whole database, prompt with warning if not. For every issue modified by Replace All, set the selected Check Box. Check Box to opt in to perform a search of the checked setting after the Replace All is finished.
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