Vee-Hive stores data in a database, called a Library. The following terminology is used throughout this document to describe the contents of a Library:
Files and Segments
A file is just that, a file located on a hard disk or other storage device. In the case of a Vee-Hive Library, the file is also a multimedia file, typically with file extensions such as (but not limited to) AVI, DIVX, MPG, or WMV.
A Segment is conceptually the same as a File, the only difference being that a Segment does not cover the entire duration of a File. To illustrate this, if we were to play a file we could reasonably expect it to start from the beginning and play til the end. If, however, we were to play a Segment we would only be playing back a part of a File, for example the closing credits of a movie.
For the purpose of this document, the terms File and Segment are interchangeable, unless explicitly stated otherwise, since Vee-Hive treats them, in most cases, exactly the same.
Tag Categories represent a collection of related but mutually exclusive Tags, usually arranged in a hierarchy. A Tag Category represents the top-most level of that hierarchy, i.e. all Tags within the hierarchy belong in that Tag Category.
Tags are the labels that you attach to a File in order to describe its content. The file ‘Pulp Fiction.AVI’, for instance, might be tagged ‘Tarantino’ (a Tag in the ‘Directors’ Tag Category), ‘Travolta’ (from the ‘Actors’ Tag Category’) and ‘Movie’, amongst other things.
Links represent relationships between Tags that exist in different Tag Categories. When creating a Link, you are effectively ‘tagging a tag’. See the section ‘Linking Tags’ for more information on this powerful feature.
Example: Tag ‘Tarantino’ linked to tag ‘American’
Synonyms are similar to Links, the only difference being that the related Tags exist within the same Tag Category; that being the case, they each represent an alias for the other, hence the term Sysnonym. A good example of this might be a Tag Category called ‘Actor’ which contains the Tags ‘Michael Caine’ and ‘Maurice Mickelwhite’. A Synonym would identify that these Tags both refer to the same person. Not a lot of people know that…
Views represent a dynamic way of viewing Files in the File Browser that meet a defined criteria. A View represents a composite, automated sequence of dragging and dropping. See the section ‘Creating Views’ for more information.
Searches also perform the function of finding Files: However, Searches are very similar in nature to the file searches that can be performed within Windows Explorer; the user enters a term to be sought for and the results represent filenames that contain the term. In addition to this, however, Vee-Hive can optionally look for the term in the user-data entered for the File’s Title and Description.
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