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Introduction

The Action Phase screen allows you to setup a new action phase or edit an existing action phase.

Note: Certain changes to an action phase can result is some data loss to existing items associated with the action phase. It is recommended that the built-in backup feature of MyStuff2 be used before making changes that could cause data loss.

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Display

The Action Phase screen displays all of the action phase properties. This includes:

At the bottom of the screen is the toolbar (hidden while in edit mode). The toolbar includes an icon for copying the action phase.

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Icons

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Features

The Action Phase screen is in either view mode or edit mode. To enter edit mode tap the Edit button. To return to view mode tap the Done button. When adding a new action phase you are already in edit mode. Tapping Save will save the new action phase. Tapping Cancel will cancel the new action phase.

Name
Changing an action phase's name requires being in edit mode. Each phase within an action must have a unique name. The name should be simple and no more than 2 or three words. The name will appear in various menus when working with items.
Attributes
An action phase's attributes represent the data you can enter for any item the action phase is applied. An action phase should have one or more attributes to be useful. Attributes can be added, removed, renamed, rearranged, or changed. The Action Phase screen must be in edit mode to add, remove, or rearrange attributes. Other changes can be made in either view or edit mode. Attribute names must be unique within a given action phase. Note: Deleting an attribute or changing the characteristics of an attribute can result in data loss of existing items.
Requires
You can specify that the current action phase requires other phases to be applied first. For example, the Returned phase of the Lend action requires the Lent phase since it makes no sense to indicate a book was returned if it was not lent first. This option will not appear if this phase can't require any other phases. This can happen of this is the only phase or the other phases have dependencies that prevent this phase from having its own dependencies. You can't create circular dependencies (two phases requiring each other).

It is suggested that the setting of Requires and Precludes for each phase be done after adding all phases. Then setup the Requires for all phases as needed. Lastly setup the Precludes for all phases as needed.
Precludes
You may also indicate that once a phase is applied, certain other phases can't be applied. This option will not appear if this phase can't preclude any other phases. A phase can't preclude any phases that it depends on or any phases that depend on it. It is fine to specify that two phases each exclude the other. A common use would be an action with two phases where you would only want one or the other but never both. For each phase set the other phase as precluded.

It is suggested that the setting of Requires and Precludes for each phase be done after adding all phases. Then setup the Requires for all phases as needed. Lastly setup the Precludes for all phases as needed.
Colors
Actions phases can have their own colors for item background, title, and subtitle. These colors override the corresponding color defined at the category, group, or action level. Tap the row to pick a color. To remove a color tap the row and select Default from the color chooser.
Item Visibility
After applying an action phase to an item it may be desired that the item no longer appear in category or location lists. The Item Visibility properties of an action phase let you specify this behavior. If Hide is selected then an item will not appear in the category or location list once the action phase is applied to the item. If Show is selected then if an item is currently hidden due to a previous action phase, the item will be put back in the category or location list. If neither Hide nor Show are selected then the application of the action phase will have no affect on the item's visibility.

If different action phases are applied to an item then the Item Visibility flags are applied in the order the actions were applied to the item.

Hidden items can always be seen by viewing the appropriate action's list of items.
Note
You can enter a note about the action phase. The beginning of the note will appear on the Action screen.

The toolbar provides:

Copy Action Phase
Tap the copy icon to create a copy of the current action phase. This does not copy any items, just the action phase configuration. All you need to do is give the new action phase a name and make whatever other changes you need.