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3.10.2 Browsing and Downloading
Once you have connected to the repository, you will be presented with the Repository Panel as seen in Figure 3.6↓.
The Repository Panel shows a list of all projects available on the repository organized into a tree structure. The top-level items are categories of projects, the second-level items are individual projects that are available for download, and all sub-items are part of a given project's file structure containing any arrangement of folders and files. If a copy of a project, file, or folder currently exists on your machine the name the item will be black, otherwise it will appear gray.
When a project is selected, information about the project will appear below the list of projects, including: the project name, the project's description, the owner of the project, and any tags associated with the project. If there are any publications associated with a project, they will be listed below the project info. Additionally, if a file from a project is selected, information about the selected file will be displayed, including: the file name, a description of the file (if available), and any tags associated with the file.
At the top of the Repository Panel, there are several buttons that allow for access to the panel's functions:
The Refresh button will connect to the model repository server, and redownload the project tree and metadata, effectively refreshing the panel.
The Download button download the currently selected item, whether that be an entire project or an individual file.
The Open button will open the currently selected project or file. This button will only be enabled if the currently selected item has already been downloaded.
The Open Containing Folder button will open the folder containing the currently selected item in your system's default file browser. This button will only be enabled if the currently selected item has already been downloaded.
The Delete button will delete the local copy of the currently selected item from your file system. This button will only be enabled if the currently selected item has already been downloaded.
The functionality provided by these buttons can also be access by right-clicking an item in the project list, and selecting the appropriate item from the menu. Additionally, double-clicking a project or file will download the item, and automatically open the file when the download has finished. If the item has already been downloaded, double-clicking the item will open the local copy.
Below the panel's main toolbar is a second toolbar used to search the repository. To search the repository, enter one or more search terms into the text box, and either click the Search button next to the bar or hit return. All items not matching your search terms will be removed from the project tree.
The Search button removes all items from the project tree that do not match the search terms in the search box.
The Clear button clears the search box, and restores all items to the project tree.