Setting Up A Master Checklist Edit Project

  1. Back up your AviSys data before starting a Master Checklist Edit project. You should have three rotating backup diskettes, per the instructions in the AviSys User's Guide.
  2. Start AviSys, Version 4.56 or later. (If you have more than one data set, invoke the data set you wish to use as the template for the new one) Create a new data set with File | Add New Data Set. Name the data set distinctly, such as "EDIT". Invoke the data set once to initialize it. Let AviSys clear the Places Tables — you won't ever use this data set for sighting data.
  3. If there are individual bird name adds, deletes, changes, lumps, or splits, this is the time to perform them in AviSys. AviSys has superior facilities for those activities. Start AviSys and invoke the "EDIT" data set. Because there are no sighting records in this data set, you don't have to deal with fixing sightings or handling exceptions — AviSys will accept anything you do. See the User's Guide, Chapter 3 The Master Checklist, Maintaining the Master Checklist.

    Remember, if you add North American birds, also add at least one (except Hawaii) state or province to the birds' State Checklist Status so they will appear in the ABA (North America) checklist. Use the StateCL (or Range) button.

    (If your guide is older than Version 4.5, you are reminded that there is a renumber facility, Utils | Renumber Master Checklist, to instantly add space between species if you need it as you are adding species. See the update documentation.)

  4. Using Windows Explorer, copy the EditMaster program files, EDITMASTER.EXE and EDITMASTER.HLP, to the new data set folder. That folder will be under your base AviSys folder, probably C:\AVI4, and will have the name of the data set, in this example, EDIT.
  5. From Windows Explorer, go to the project folder and double-click MASTEREDIT.EXE to start the edit process.