The installation of Trilobase is very easy. Just execute the installation file and follow the instructions.
You can currently select between these languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Catalan.
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You can install Trilobase on any Windows PC (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1, windows 10).
A minimum of 4GB of memory and 50GB of free disk space is required.
Just download the installation file and run it on your computer. Follow the instructions.
After the installation, you will find the Trilobase icon on your desktop. Double-click this icon to start Trilobase.
The main screen will apppear:
The left part of the screen is the menu with the following sections:
The buttons in the lower right corner are the "Languages" and the "Settings" menus.
All kinds of fossils can be entered in the database : Ammonites, sea urchins, trilobites, belemnites, brachiopods, sponges, corals, graptolites, shark teeth, plants, etc...
The following screens shows the main screen with the list of fossils:
Use the menu "Select an action..." and "Open the selected fossil" or double-click a fossil from the list to open the fossil.
The following screen will appear:
19 taxonomic tables are included.
Every mineral of your collection has its place in Trilobase. All the mineral properties can be entered manually or you can be selected them from a list of more than 3000 valid and approved IMA mineral names. This list with properties is included in English, French and Dutch.
A direct link to Mindat (http://www.mindat.org) is also included (internet connection required). The mineral detail screen shows the following information:
For each artifact you can enter the type, material, the period or age, how it is discovered, the dimensions, weight, etc.
An artifact can be stone age material like axes and arrow points, or medieval pottery, or roman coins...
Even paintings and other antiquarian objects can be entered without problems in the database.
The following screen shows the artifact details:
You can easily enter the collecting sites in Trilobase. You can enter the type of site (quarry, natural exposure, road works,...), the route, contact information,etc...
If you know the coordinates (in decimal format), you can open Google maps or Bing maps directly from within Trilobase to show you the exact location on the map (internet connection required).
You can also store all additional data like photos and documents about the collecting site. The following screen shows the collecting site details:
A collecting site can be added to each fossil, mineral or artifact. There are 2 ways to do this:
Solution 1: Drag & Drop the site
The "Group" section of Trilobase is an unique feature that allows you to group items together. A good example is to create a group when you acquire an old collection: You can then create a group called "Old collection from John Doe" and store all the items from this collection in this group. You can also create a group for pathological fossils or special twin crystals. An item can belong to 0, 1, 2 or more groups.
A clever use of the groups can make the search for certain items easier.
Your bibliography can be entered in Trilobase. For each book, paper or pdf you can enter the author, title, abstract and keywords.
A bibliography can be linked to each fossil, mineral or artifact.
It is very important to know where each item of your collection is stored.
No more items gets lost or unfindable.
Solution 2: Use the menu
You can add up to 99 images (photos) to each single item in the database.
Just drag and drop the photo's or "double-click" to open the file manager. A new thumbnail of each photo is added to the detail window.
Double-click a thumbnail to view the details of each photo.
Trilobase v8 is currently available in 7 languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, German and Italian.
However, you can add new languages easily: just create and edit a new text file in the subfolder "/languages" of the Trilobase program.
Don't forget to make a backup of your data on a regular base. A backup is a simple copy of your data on another device.
You can copy your data on an external hard drive, a network drive, a DVD, ZIP drive, etc...
Store the backup in a safe place.
Please read carefully
This is the list of files that you must backup regularly:
When you have to re-install trilobase (for example on a new computer), you must first install trilobase again and then copy the above files to your new computer. This way you will not loose your precious data.