49 External Resources Manager (Ermie)

 

The External Resources Manager (Ermie) permits you to create an organization catalog and add links to the organizational catalog to files from the Internet and from your own computer. It can be accessed by selecting Resources | Ermie from the main menu, or by clicking on the Ermie button in the main button bar.

 

The External Resources Manager (Ermie)

The Ermie Catalog Window

The Ermie Viewer

Adding Resource Links

 


The External Resources Manager (Ermie)

 

The External Resources Manager (Ermie) is a catalog tool to organize and quickly access resources stored on your computer and on the Internet. Included is a viewer for common types of resources, such as HTML files, PDF documents, and Word documents.

 

Ermie functions similarly to the bookmark feature in your Internet browser, but it also allows you to organize files located on your computer. You can create multiple Ermie catalog files and change catalog files according to your study needs. You can share Ermie catalog files with other BibleWorks users and import other Ermie catalog files into your own Ermie catalog file.

 

The default Ermie catalog file contains an organizational scheme and links to academic resources that BibleWorks users may find beneficial. You can add to, delete, and reorganize the folders and links according to your own preferences. (Inclusion of the links to the resources does not imply endorsement of the theology views contained in the resources, only that BibleWorks users may find the resources beneficial for scholarly research.)

 


The Ermie Catalog Window

 

The upper section of the Ermie window is the catalog. The dropdown box at the top of the window enables you to open a different Ermie catalog.

 

The organizational tree on the left side of the catalog contains the topical folders. The right side of the catalog displays the links to the resources contained within the folder selected in the organizational tree.

 

Below the organizational tree is a button bar.

 

The Add button opens the Add item window for adding folders or links to the organizational tree.

 

The Add item window contains the following sections and functions:

  

Add New Folder. This section contains a box for entering the name of the new folder to create. After entering the name, click the Create folder button to create the folder.

  

Add new item. The first box in this section is for entering the name of the new file link. The second box contains the path for the file on your computer or the Internet address (URL) for a file on the Internet. The Browse button enables you to more easily find the path for a file on your computer. After entering the path/URL, you can click the Open item button to view the file. After you have entered the name of the new item and the path to the file, click the Create item button.

  

Import contents of a local folder. This button opens a window showing the file system on your computer. Navigate through the list of folders to the folder that contains the files you want to import into your Ermie catalog file.

 

 

The Edit button opens a window for editing the name of a selected folder or the name or URL of a selected link. In the Edit window is also the option to have the linked file open in an external viewer.

 

The Remove button deletes the selected link or folder. If you inadvertently deleted a link or folder which you do not wish to delete, close the catalog file without saving the changes.

 

The More button opens a menu containing the following options:

 

Open - an Ermie catalog file

Import - Import an Ermie catalog file into the current file. The imported file contents are added to the current Ermie catalog file under a newly-created folder named "Imported".

Save - Saves the current catalog.

Save as - Saves the current catalog under a new name.

 


The Ermie Viewer 

 

When you double-click on a resource link in the right side of the catalog window, the resource displays in the viewer at the bottom of the Ermie window. 

 

The Ermie Viewer has three different viewer modes: Split, Browser and Catalog mode. The Browser Mode displays only the Internet Browser, with the catalog hidden. The Catalog Mode shows only the Catalog, with the Browser hidden. Split mode displays both the Catalog and Browser in a split view, with a splitter bar between them to allow you to adjust the relative sizes of each window. You can rotate through the three modes by clicking on the link in the upper right hand portion of the Ermie Window.


Adding Resource Links

 

Add a new folder by clicking the Add button, then enter the name of the new folder in the top section of the Add item window. Click the Create folder button to create the new folder. Click the Done button to close the window. The new folder will appear at the bottom of the current catalog organizational tree. Select the new folder and drag and drop the folder to the desired location.

 

Add a new item by first selecting the folder in which you want the new item to appear. Click the Add button, then enter the name of the new item to create in the lower section of the Add item window. In the Path/URL box type or paste the Internet address of the file or the path and file name of the file on your computer. If the file to be added is located on your computer, you can use the Browse button to locate the file on your computer. The Open item button enables you to view the item. When you have finished entering the name and path/URL of the new item, select the Create item button. Click the Done button to close the window.

 

You can also add links to all the files in a folder on your computer. First select the folder in which you want the new items to appear. Click the Add item button, then select the Import contents of a local folder button at the bottom of the window. Browse to the folder that contains the files names you wish to import as links, and select OK. The Edit Item window opens and gives you the option of naming each item in turn, using an external viewer for the file, opening the item to view it, and skipping that one item or all remaining items.