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Mineral Catalog on Mindat

Posted by Jonathan Levinger  
Jonathan Levinger February 17, 2012 10:30PM
Is it possible to have this catalog transferred to my laptop in the same format as it appears on mindat. Once saved locally it is in a XL format that is showing only very useless spreadsheet.
I had $19 catalog program that was made for use of any collectables and now after entering about 500 items on mindat I am not sure if I did the right thing. It is very important to be able to keep the mirror image of this inventory on a notebook that I can bring around and consult off line.
So help help help!!!
Jolyon & Katya Ralph February 18, 2012 11:14AM
In a world where it is getting easier and easier to always access the internet, I don't see a need to provide offline tools myself. However I am happy to work with authors of offline mineral catalogue software to help them support import and export to mindat catalogue. But this will have to be software you buy from them, not from mindat.

Jonathan Levinger February 18, 2012 12:21PM
Thanks for getting back on this, Internet is god and getting better but it is not perfect, my supplier gives me everything unlimited for a reasonable price but lines belong to Bell Canada and at my home they are bad and I have about 20% internet downtime here. They will not fix it instead they say; switch to Bell.
Also there is always possibility that US government or any one else screws the things up for a while or for a long while.
I love mindat but something could go wrong, after all mindat is Jolyon, what if something happens to you.
I always made money selling my customers the idea they should have a backup for everything so I am indoctrinated in to the idea of backup.
For now I will see if I can learn to format the XL backup in to something useful. If you had some shortcut available I would buy it and so would probably every one using this otherwise fine catalog of yours. With thousands more specimens to enter I will at it for a long time. Cheers, Jonathan
David Von Bargen February 18, 2012 12:57PM
"what if something happens to you. " - Read the manual (Ownership of Data). We've had continuity plans for over 5 years.
Jonathan Levinger February 18, 2012 07:38PM
Thanks Mr. Von Bargen, however you will have to guide me to what you want me to read, I am slow user and do not find "the manual" or the "ownership of data". I would appreciate a direct link to the page.
Jonathan Levinger February 18, 2012 07:52PM
OK I found "the manual" and the "ownership of data". That definitely reassures me a lot.
Since I use the automatic sign-on I always end up on my own home page. Once I got to the mindat home page I found it all.
Jonathan Levinger February 25, 2012 01:16AM
Just another two nasty questions;
First; would it be possible to make a change so that while doing a data entry one stays on the page where the last item was posted to rather than jump buck to the first page all the time. It would save me a lots of time not to have to guess where to check if I feel that an error was made.

Second; It would be helpful to all of non English mother tongue if the mineral name selector would help us with simple spelling errors such as short spelling on double letters or in general when very close but off by only one character. Prevailing language of the foggy little islands is very easy to learn but the spelling has no rules and even Anglos have a hard time with this.

Changing the first one is probably easy, second I do not know how much work it would be but on Google they do it.
I am getting there slowly, 600 plus entered and only 6000 (and a few more to go). If it was not for Jolyon I would have newer even started.
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