document list view

The document list view shows files on your device.

document list layout

The document list has two components:

view tabs

Immmediately below the title bar of the document list view are the view tabs, one tab for each of the five views:

Click on a tab to select the corresponding view. If your device has a directional control, use Left and Right to move to the next and previous view tab, respectively.


document list/file list

The document list or file list occupies the space below the view tabs. It lists the files and folders within the current folder. Folders always appear before files.

For each file and folder, the list by default shows four pieces of information for each item, described here:

For the following, the list only shows the icon and name.

For each item, the name shows on one line and the date and size show together on a second line. You can optionally hide the date and size line through the List options to allow more items to fit on the screen.

To open a file tap its file name or if your device has a directional control, move the selection highlight to the file's name, then click. To enter a folder, move the selection highlight to the folder's name, then click.

To return to the previous list or to go back up one folder level, press the Back key.

sort order

Use the Sort By command in the List sub-menu to select a sort order for items in the list. You can sort the current list by any of name, date, or size in either ascending or descending order. The initial sort order is by name in ascending order. To reverse the sort order from ascending to descending or from descending to ascending, select the same sort option again.

Regardless of whether the sort order is ascending or descending, folders in the list always appear before files.


views

The document list view provides five different views of documents you have installed on your device.
To access a given view tap its tab or use Left and Right on the directional control, if present on your device, to move to the desired view tab.

Recently Opened

The Recently Opened view lists the documents you have opened recently, ordered from most recently opened at the top to least recently opened at the bottom. By default, the list shows only the ten most recently opened documents. To change the number of documents listed, modify the List options.

Updated

The Updated view lists documents you have previously opened that have been updated since the last time you opened them.

Categorized

The Categorized view lists documents you have placed into one or more categories. iSilo™ initially creates two top-level categories named Business and Personal.

In addition to being able to select a specific category from the category list, you can also select the [All] listing or the [Uncategorized] listing from the top-level category list. With [All], you get a listing of all categorized documents located anywhere and all uncategorized documents located immediately within any of the favorite folders. With [Uncategorized], you get a listing of all uncategorized documents located immediately within any of the favorite folders.


Favorite Folders

The Favorite Folders view provides an easy way to quickly jump to a list of documents in any folder to which you have assigned an alias. iSilo™ initially creates a favorite folder with the alias iSilo to the /Documents/iSilo folder.

Some devices have the capability to have two or more storage cards mounted simultaneously. Viewing the contents of a favorite folder provides a unified view of the same folder across all mounted storage cards.

To add a favorite folder to the list, press and hold down on the folder until you get the context menu and then select the Favorite Folder Alias command in the menu. This command appears in the menu only if a folder is currently selected.

To determine the path of the folder associated with each alias, or to rename and delete favorite folders aliases, use the Favorite Folders command in the Edit sub-menu of the menu.

Favorite folder aliases are always sorted lexicographically in the list and in the Favorite Folders dialog.


Device & Storage Cards

The Device & Storage Cards view provides a way to browse through all files of all folders on your device. This view is initialized to show the storage volumes available on your device.

To list documents installed in the internal storage memory of the device, select the volume named "Device Memory". In the volume list, internal storage volumes have the device icon () to the left of them.

To list the contents of a folder located on a mounted external storage card, select the card volume (named "sdcard") from the volume list and navigate to the desired folder. In the volume list, external storage volumes have the card icon () to the left of them.


file operations

To open a file, tap the file's name or move the selection highlight to the file's name, then click.

To access additional file operations, press and hold on the file's name to activate the context menu. The context menu has the following commands for files:


Open

The Open command in the File context menu opens the document for viewing.

Categories

The Categories command in the File context menu presents the Categories dialog, which you can use to categorize the file into one or more categories. You use the Categories dialog to also create, rename, and delete categories.

Press the Back key to accept changes you have made to the categorization of the file.

categorizing

To place the file in a category, mark the checkbox to the left of the category by moving the selection highlight to the desired category and then clicking. You can place a file into any number of categories. In the Categorized view, the file shows in the list only when you go to a category to which the file belongs.

To remove the file from a given category, unmark the checkbox to the left of the category.

creating a new category

To create a top-level category, use the New command in the menu. In the New Category dialog, enter into the Name field the name of the new category, then click OK.

To create a sub-category, first select the category into which you want the sub-category created, then in the context menu that appears, select New. In the New Category dialog, enter into the Name field the name of the new category, mark the Sub-Category checkbox, then click OK.

To create a category at the same level as another category, select an existing category at the same level, then in the context menu that appears, select New. In the New Category dialog, enter into the Name field the name of the new category, then click OK.

Following are some additional notes about categories:

renaming a category

To rename a category, first select the category to rename, then in the menu, select Rename. Enter the new name into the Name field, then click Rename.

You can not rename a category to that of an existing category at the same level. If you attempt to do so, you get a message informing you that the category already exists.

deleting a category

To delete a category, first select the category to delete, then in the menu, select Delete. You get a message asking you to confirm that you want to delete the selected category and any sub-categories it contains. Select Yes to proceed with deleting the category. Select No to cancel deletion.

If the category has sub-categories, all the sub-categories are also deleted. Any files in the deleted categories are removed from the deleted categories.

Note that deleting a category does not delete the files belonging to those categories.


Delete

Use the Delete command in the File context menu to delete the file. iSilo™ asks for confirmation before deleting the file.

Rename

Use the Rename command in the File context menu to rename the file. When you do so, iSilo™ presents the Rename File dialog so that you can enter a new name for the file.

Information

Use the Information command in the File context menu to view information about the file in the Information dialog that iSilo™ presents. The dialog shows the file name and folder location at the top. Below those fields are the last modification date and time of the file. Next come the Size and Type fields which show the file size and type, respectively.

Copy

Use the Copy command in the File context menu to copy or move the file to any favorite folder.

In the Copy File dialog, mark the Copy Settings/Categories checkbox to also copy the document settings and categorizations of the document. Mark the Delete Original After Copy checkbox if you want to perform the equivalent of moving the file to the new location.

If you need more flexibility in copying files, you can use a third-party file manager.


folder operations

To enter a folder, tap the folder's name or move the selection highlight to the folder's name, then click.

For the Favorite Folders view and the Device & Storage Cards view, you can create an alias to a folder by pressing and holding down on the folder's name to get the context menu. In the context menu select Favorite Folder Alias. If the folder already has an alias, use the command to edit the alias.

Invoking the command shows the Favorite Folder Alias dialog. The Folder Path field shows the path of the folder. You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you the path for the alias. In the Alias field, modify the alias to your liking, then select OK to add the alias. In the Favorite Folders view, the alias should appear in the list when you enter the view.


menus

The document list view menu has the following sub-menus:

Edit

Favorite Folders

Use Favorite Folders on the Edit sub-menu to activate the Edit Favorite Folders dialog to rename and delete favorite folder aliases.

To rename a favorite folder alias, tap the alias or move the selection cursor to the alias and click. This presents the Favorite Folder Alias dialog. The Folder Path field shows the path of the folder associated with the alias. You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you the path for the alias. In the Alias field, modify the alias to your liking, then click Rename to rename the alias.

To delete a favorite folder alias, tap the alias or move the selection cursor to the alias and click. This presents the Favorite Folder Alias dialog. Select Delete to delete the alias. Note that iSilo™ deletes the alias immediately without asking for confirmation.

Press the Back key to exit the Edit Favorite Folders dialog.

Options

Use the Options command in the Edit sub-menu to activate the Options dialog to set options for the following:
List
Use the List options to specify settings that affect the document list view display. Here, you can set the following options:
Icons
Use the Icons options to specify settings to select which mini-icons to show. The following list describes the mini-icons:
Settings
Use the Settings options to specify settings that affect the saving of a document's local settings and the
Recently Opened view.

A document's local settings include the following items:

iSilo™ creates an individual file in the "/Documents/iSilo/Settings" folder of the inserted memory card for each document's local settings for which it saves. By default, iSilo™ automatically saves the local settings for a document when you close the document. You can change this behavior by changing the Local Settings field. The three possible choices are the following: Each local settings file takes up storage space. Over time, if you have viewed many documents, the cumulative space occupied by the local settings files can add up. So by default, when the amount of space used reaches 250KB, iSilo™ deletes the oldest settings files (e.g., based on when the local settings were last written) until the space used goes down to about 90% of the limit. You can increase or decrease this limit by changing the Space to Use Limit field.

If you tend to keep a lot of documents around, you may want to increase the limit. If you are low on space and do not care so much about the local settings of documents you have not viewed recently, then you may want to decrease the limit. The actual size of a local settings file currently depends mostly on how many local bookmarks you have created for the document. However, a rough estimate of the size of a typical local settings file might be anywhere from half a kilobyte to one kilobyte. Using this rough estimate, a limit of 250KB should allow for at least the saving of the local settings for the last 250 documents you have viewed.

For the Recent File List field, specify how many files you want the Recently Opened view to show.

Mode
Use the Mode options to specify trial and free mode settings.

While in trial or registered mode, you can mark or unmark the Free Mode option to turn free mode on and off, respectively, to see what that mode is like.

During the 30-day trial period, you can mark or unmark the Trial Reminder option to enable or disable the messages that let you know how many days you have left in your trial period.

Delete All

Use Delete All on the Edit sub-menu to delete all files in the currently listed folder.

Delete Special

Use Delete Special on the Edit sub-menu to access the following commands:

List

Sort By

Use the Sort By command on the List sub-menu to select a sort order.

Extension Filter

Use the Extension Filter command on the List sub-menu to select what files to display in the document list:

Refresh

Select Refresh on the List sub-menu to force the document list to rescan for files and update the document list. By default, the document list automatically updates itself when it detects new or deleted files and folders. However, there are situations where this may not happen.

Tools

Download

Use Download on the Tools sub-menu to go to the iSilo™ library, a web server, or to connect to a Dropbox account to download document files: When you enter a URL or tap a link that ends with .pdb, .prc, or .txt, iSilo™ assumes that the target is a document file you want to download and so presents the Save Target To dialog asking you to select the folder to which to save the downloaded file. When you tap on any file in your Dropbox account, iSilo™ assumes that you want to download it regardless of what type of file it is and so always presents the Save Target To dialog.

In the Save Target To dialog, the possible choices for the folder to which to save the file are the following:

System Information

Use System Information on the Tools sub-menu to activate the System Information dialog so that you can determine the user ID you need to provide in order to obtain a registration code for a document that requires a registration code. The user ID is provided in the User ID field.

About iSilo

Use About iSilo on the Tools sub-menu to see the iSilo™ About dialog. If the button at the bottom of the dialog says Register, click it to enter your license registration code.

Exit

Select Exit on the Tools sub-menu to quit the application.

document types

iSilo™ provides direct support for a set of standard document types and a catchall for textually viewing the content of any other document type, useful for viewing plain text files.

standard document types

catchall document type

You can use iSilo™ to open any other type of file for viewing in text mode. This is generally only useful for files in a plain text format as iSilo presents the content as is. If the format of the content is binary or a mix of text and binary, then you may see gibberish.
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