The first step in using Stonefield Query Enterprise Studio is to set up the options, especially those used as defaults for new projects. To do so, click the Options link in the Tasks section of the Start Page.

The following options are available on the General page:

  • Load last project at startup: turn this option on if you want Studio to automatically open the project you had open the last time when it starts.

  • Display captions after object names: turning this option on displays the caption defined for an object after its name in Studio. For example, if you defined a caption of "Customers" for a table named ARCUST, it'll appear in Studio as "ARCUST (Customers)." This is especially useful if you aren't that familiar with the structure of the database.

  • Display non-reportable objects: you can specify that certain tables and fields are non-reportable, meaning the user won't see them in Stonefield Query. However, by default, they do appear in Studio. If you have a lot of non-reportable tables and fields, it can make the lists of those objects quite long and cluttered. Turn this option off to only see reportable tables and fields. You can, of course, turn this option on and off as required.

  • Number of recent projects to keep: you can have as many Stonefield Query projects as you wish. The value of this option tells Studio how many to keep in its most recent list, displayed when you click the arrow beside the Open button in the toolbar. Note that the Recent Projects section in the Start Page displays a maximum of seven projects regardless of what Number of recent projects to keep is set to.

  • When launching Stonefield Query Enterprise Web: this option allows you to specify which browser to launch Stonefield Query Enterprise Web in. Choose Use default browser to use your default browser or Use specific browser if you want to use a specific browser. In that case, choose the desired browser from the list.

You can create a private labeled or branded version of Stonefield Query by changing a number of configuration settings. This allows you to distribute Stonefield Query as your own branded product, so your end-users won't know it's Stonefield Query from Stonefield Software; they'll think it's something you've created just for them. This also allows you to sell your branded version for whatever price fits your business model. Rather than changing the configuration settings for each project you create, the options in the Default configuration settings for new projects section allow you to specify what they should be for all new projects.

  • Company name: this setting is the name you want displayed in the About dialog and in the help.

  • Company web site: this setting is the web site you want displayed in the About dialog. You don't have to include "http://;" this is added automatically.

  • Support email: this setting is the email address you want displayed in the About dialog.

  • Support contact information: the Technical Support topic in the help files generated by the Create Help Files function specifies how to contact your technical support. This setting allows you to specify this contact information. See the help topic for the Support Contact Information configuration setting for details.

  • Logo image file: this setting is the name of an image file displayed in the Login page in Stonefield Query. See the help topic for the Logo Image File configuration setting for information about the type of image to use.