Customization - Data Fields

For each animal PedPal stores a variety of information such as sex, name and so on. These are called 'data fields'.

Several data fields are built in - e.g. date of birth. These are known as 'system fields'. They are listed below.

You can extend the standard list of fields by adding your own. Such fields are called 'user defined fields' or simply 'user fields'. PedPal has a limit of 100 user fields.

When you create a new data file, PedPal lets you choose from a selection of commonly used fields to add to the file - such as registration number, breeder name and so on.

Data fields can be customized in a number of ways:

  • Add, delete and edit the user defined fields: choose File|Settings, then select the User Fields tab.
  • Change the way in which the Name field is displayed - See Customization - Name Format.
  • Change the labels used by system fields (by adjusting the terminology settings - select Preferences from the File menu (Mac: use the 'PedPal' application menu), then click on the Terminology tab).
  • Change the field usage - i.e. control where they appear in pedigrees: choose File|Settings, then edit the individual fields on the User Fields & System Fields tabs.
  • Change the order in which fields are listed in pedigrees: choose File|Settings, select the Form Field Order tab, then adjust the ordering as required.
  • Customize the layout of the Record Details window - you can control the size and positioning of the fields within the window and organize them into different tabs. See Customization - Record Details window.
  • Customize the Select Record window by choosing the fields you would like to see displayed in its 'Key Fields' panel. See Customization - Select Record window.

System Fields

The following table lists all the fixed fields that are built in to PedPal and which are always available.

To control the names used by these fields select Preferences from the File menu (Mac: use the 'PedPal' application menu), then click on the Terminology tab.

Field Purpose
Date of Birth

Self explanatory.

Date of Death

Self explanatory.

Sex

The animal's gender.

Sire and Dam

Name of the sire and the dam.

Suffix

The name suffix. There is an option to have this automatically appended to the animal's name when it appears in a pedigree. See Customization - Name Format.

Title

The animal's title. This is prepended to the animal's name when it appears in a pedigree, and its presence determines whether the name is displayed with title highlighting applied. See Customization - Name Format.


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