Navigation around the Master Terminal features is typically performed via the Navigator tree, or via a context menu from a related object.
An additional navigation feature added to Master Terminal in 8.2.2 is a ‘Quick Find’ feature.
‘Quick Find’ is activated via the ‘f10’ function key, from almost any screen in Master Terminal.
As the name implies ‘Quick Find’ attempts to provide more direct access for some of the common actions that need little or no other context.
‘Quick Find’ is designed to quickly navigate to a specific form, or to find and display commonly accessed objects ( such as cargo and pre-notes ) or to print a report without having to traverse the full Navigator.
‘Quick Find’ is deliberately minimalist, and is intended to save a few key strokes (and maybe some time) for a few simple activities commonly performed by the majority of Master Terminal users.
Press ‘f10’ in Master Terminal from any main screen.
The “Quick Find” form will be presented:
Entering “?” as the textual value ( as above ) and pressing ‘Enter’ key (or clicking the find button ) will present some Help text that lists the options that are available for this feature.
Enter your textual search value, and press ‘Enter’ and Master Terminal will attempt to identify an object in the database and display it with no additional context.
Enter a valid <context character> followed by a space character and then your textual action value, and press ‘Enter’ to open a new form or prepare to print a report.
The textual values entered are case-insensitive. (I.e. Quick Find converts all text to upper case before it uses it, so it doesn’t matter which case you enter context characters or search data in)
In general the actions available within Quick Find are terminal dependent. So, if you are using the ‘Quick Find’ feature within a multi terminal environment, you will need to ensure that the Terminal you want to perform the action in is the currently selected terminal in the form.
Quick – Find Objects
The generic search that ‘Quick Find’ performs in 8.2.2 covers Trucks, Yard Locations, Terminal Areas, Active Bookings, Active Releases, Cargo and Pre-notes. (This list is likely to be extended in future releases)
Simply enter the appropriate identifier for one of these items, and the first matching item found will be presented in the appropriate form for that object.
I.e. If you entered “ABCD1234567”, and there was a cargo item on-site with that id, Master Terminal would immediately present the ‘Cargo Enquiry’ form for you with that item populated into the form.
Obviously it would be possible for multiple objects to have the same identifier ( I.e. A truck registration may be the same as a cargo id or release id etc. For this reason a context can be added to make the Quick Find only search a specific subset of the database.)
The context is a single character followed by a space that precedes the value you want to search for.
So if you wanted to see information about a Booking “ABC123”, you could enter “B ABC123” and Master Terminal would only search for a matching Booking, and would ignore the Truck with the registration “ABC123”.
Quick – Print
Enter a context of “P ” followed by your report name (or part of it) and press ‘Enter’.
Master Terminal will present the “Report Runner” form, and it will have selected the first report that it found in your report list that includes the text you entered, and will be waiting for you to press the search icon (green flag) in report runner or to enter the report parameters and press print.
I.e. Enter “P WEIGH” and press ‘Enter’, and the first report including “WEIGH” will be found and presented ready for parameter entry. In our case this was “Load Cargo Weight Summary”
Quick – Open Form
Enter a context of “F ” followed by the ‘Quick Find form name’ and Master Terminal will open a new copy of the nominated form. (A complete list of the available Quick Find form names is listed when you entering “?F” and pressing ‘Enter’ )
I.e. Enter “F RAIL” and press ‘Enter’, and a ‘Rail Operations’ form is immediately initiated.