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Built4 Crafts Manual


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Built4 Crafts View Mode

To use this help file, click on the plus sign to open or maximize and the minus sign to close or minimize.

The view mode displays all the information you have entered about each project in a protected view. This prevents accidental deletion or changes in the information you have entered. To view any project, simply click on the quick find list located on the left hand side.

The main section contains the project information. Built4 Crafts is designed to accept as much information as you want to enter. The only required field is the name of the project. You can freely use the program to save any amount of information in the style you want.


action toolbarThe toolbar is the main navigation. The first three icons on the left side are the action icons.

  1. You can add a project by clicking on the first icon. This icon will navigate to DATA MODE. You can delete in VIEW MODE by pressing the second icon. Caution: this will delete the project completely with no recovery. A popup message does alert you to this action. The third icon will take you to DATA MODE where you can safely make changes to your project.
  2. The active project is displayed in measuring stick (graphic) at the top part of the page. The active project is the current craft project that is being viewed. If the name of the active craft project appears in red, this will indicate that the project has been selected by you to be a favorite. This bell and whistle may help in finding that certain project that you may be looking for.
  3. Built4 Crafts includes helpful reports to view and print. Simply click on the REPORT icon and a drop down will appear.
  4. To exit the program, simply click on the EXIT icon. You can also close the window and exit as you would in many window programs.

The QUICK FIND is a great tool that will help you sort through your crafts by categories. This will display all records available in any category that you choose.quickfind

  1. Navigate through the records using these record navigation buttons. You can easily go to the first project, previous project, next project or last project. Click the middle icon and ALL project will be available to view.
    If you have not chosen a main category, using the navigation arrows or viewing the PROJECT REPORT is the only way to find these projects. The PROJECT REPORT offers navigation to any project. (More information about categories is explained later.)
  2. Project count is displayed by showing the number of projects.
  3. By typing a few letters into the white box of the QUICK FIND system will cause a sorting action to begin, assisting your search for a specific record. For example: if you pressed the Wood Craft and then would type in the letters MI in the white box- all the projects starting with MI - example MIRROR would be displayed.
  4. Click on the double arrow icon to clear the sort. This will break the category sort and all the projects will be displayed in the main section that have been entered in the program.
  5. Click on the project name listed and the information you have entered will now be displayed and considered the active project.
quickfind Clicking on any of these categories will display all the projects in that section. The category choices include:
  • ARTS
  • KNIT
  • MISC
  • WOOD

Note: these categories can not be changed. You can add more categories but they will not change this main list. Any categories that you add will be displayed in the Information Box and will be sortable in the Project Report. If a project is not sorted by the main categories shown above, they will not be displayed when clicking on the category icon.

Information is show in the bright blue box if you have entered the information in the project. If you have not entered the information (example Yield) in the field, then the field will not appear. It is similar to a quick reference and can be very handy when you are working with a project.

  • Three bonus databases are included:Magazines, Websites, and Suppliers.
  • Shows which category you are presently in.
  • The project time is shown as a guide.
  • Display the cost of the project using the 5-$ method.
  • A sub category is available to help you sort your projects and is customizable.
  • The YIELD is shown for quick reference.
  • Document. This is a very handy bell and whistle. Now you can easily find documents such as PDFS and Word docs that are stored on your computer, then open that file and view. No more searching and searching for that one certain file. Extremely handy if you have saved a diagrams or chart to the project file. When there is an associated file attached, the document icon will turn blue. NOTE: This only stores the location of where the document is stored on your computer. It is a good policy to create a folder and keep all the documents associated with B4 Crafts in that folder. Save the folder where it can be easily found. If you move the folder, the program will not be able to find the document. This does not save the document to the program itself in order to keep this software lightweight.

While in the VIEW MODE, you can zoom in [5] and see a close up of the photo by clicking on the arrows located in the lower right side of photo. All these areas are optional and do not affect the software itself. If you have not added this information, the field does not display.

view pic
  1. Above the photo, the source of the project is shown. This can be someone who created the project, gave you the project or the website where you found the project.
  2. Beside the photo is your rating of the project using the 5 star method.
  3. Below that is the status of the project: tested or not tested will display if you have made that indication.
  4. Following that is your rating of the difficulty of the project using the 5 star method.
And finally, the picture itself.

Six tabs are shown in the main section of the View Page. The first shown (by default) is the list of supplies. main section

  • INSTRUCTIONS will display showing the directions that relate to the current active project.
  • CONVERT section is reference tool that is very handy while working with your crafts. More on this section later.
  • MATERIAL displays a cheat sheet for material lengths. This chart is simply for REFERENCE ONLY.
  • CROCHET A great quick chart for crochet needles
  • KNIT Knitting needles conversion chart.
  • NOTES Sticky note to add your project.

Great tool to have when converting projects. Easy to read charts. convert

  • The Quick Convert will help convert different measurements that are often used in cooking. Metric to Imperial, Imperial to Metric and convert using Imperial to Imperial and Metric to Metric.
  • A helpful chart showing the frequently used measurements.
  • A fast look up chart displaying standard measurements.
  • Area provides a quick chart that may be helpful with your designs. Please note, these are only for reference and subject to change as the industry change their designs.

Built4 Crafts Does NOT Guarantee Accuracy.

The following are great reference only charts. NOTE: Fabric properties and pattern piece layout affects the amount of fabric you will need for any project. Check with the pattern for exact measurement requirements. Built4 Crafts Does NOT Guarantee Accuracy. material

Three bonus popup databases are included. Websites, Suppliers, and Magazines. As with most areas of Built4 Crafts, they are optional and do not affect the workings of the main program. All three work in the same manner. For this document, we will only discuss one. Magazines. The database is opened by clicking on the MAGAZINE icon, in the main section of the VIEW MODE page. This works very similar to the main layout and you may now be familiar with. The upper header section offers the ADD, DELETE and CLOSE icons.

  1. The CLOSE icon will save any changes or additions and close the popup database. Fill in as much information as you want.
  2. The name of the project (or supplier or website). (required field)
  3. Category- optional field. Retail or Online –optional. In this case you would be able to indicate if the magazine is online or purchased. HINT: if the magazine is available both paper form and online, hold the shit key down on your keyboard to select both options.
  4. The main area for data entry to store your information.
  5. The QUICK FIND. Works similar to the QUICK FIND on the main page but is not controlled by categories. All your magazine names are sortable and available.

Each bonus database has different information to gather.

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