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–  Tips And Suggestions  –

This section provides a number of helpful suggestions on the use of Card Vault. When we come up with techniques that make using Card Vault even easier or more powerful (or when users suggest them), we'll post them here so you can take advantage of them. And if you come up with ideas of your own to exploit the power of Card Vault, please let us know so that we can share them with other users.


Entering your collection quickly using Batch Edit.


Using the Batch Edit facility within Card Vault, you can very quickly get your collection entered into the product. If you have lots of every Common card, you can add them into Card Vault in one shot. Open the Batch Edit mechanism, then filter the cards to select only Common cards and whichever releases you want to initialize. Then check the "Quantity Owned" box and enter an appropriate value. Lastly, right click on the list of cards on the left and choose "Select All". When you click the "OK" button, Card Vault will update your inventory with the specified value for all selected Common cards.
Now do the same for Uncommon cards, using an appropriate value. If you have between 2 and 4 of all Uncommon cards, set the value to 3. Then you simply need to manually adjust the quantities of each Uncommon card by +/-1, which is much faster than starting from zero!


How do I make a backup of my inventory?


We'll start with the easy method for backing up your inventory.

  1. Launch Card Vault and load the game system you want to backup.
  2. Go into the Inventory Manager
  3. Go to the File menu and select "Save Inventory XML File".
  4. Click the "Browse" button to specify the file where you want the backup saved.
  5. Check all the checkboxes and select the "Output All Cards" option.
  6. Click on "Proceed". Your entire inventory data is now saved in the file you specified.

The above method requires that you manually generate the backup. Some users will want to configure automatic backup tools to save their inventory data, so we'll outline that as an alternative.

Card Vault stores the inventory database for each game system in the folder where the data files reside for the game. Beneath the directory where you installed Card Vault is a folder named "data", and beneath this folder are separate sub-folders for every game system you've installed. For example, the data files for Magic will be found in "C:\CardVault\data\magic" by default.

Within each game system folder, Card Vault maintains a file named "inv.cvz". This file holds all the inventory data for the game system. By simply making a backup of this file, you'll be preserving your complete inventory database for the game system.


How can I move cards from 'unspecified' to 'mint' quality within my inventory?


You can't do this directly within Card Vault. The solution is to export the cards to XML, do a text conversion on that file, and then bring the data back into CV. If you inadvertently started entering all your inventory with one card quality and want to convert them to another, here's how.

  1. MAKE A BACKUP! The steps outlined here will be physically changing (read: destroying) your existing inventory. So save a backup just in case things go horribly wrong. The file you need to save is named "inv.cvz" and will be found in the folder where the game system data files reside. For example, if you are working with LotR and CV was installed in
    the default location, the file will be "C:\CardVault\data\inv.cvz".
  2. Launch CV and go into the inventory manager for the game system.
  3. Click on the "Tools" button.
  4. Select the "Save to XML" option, then specify the file to create via the "Browse" button. Make sure to check the 3 options for what to include, but do NOT check the "Restrict Output" option.
  5. Click on the "Save XML" button to generate the XML file.
  6. Open the XML file you generated within a text editor.
  7. Do a global search and replace from [quality="unknown"] to [quality="mint"]. Then save the changes.
  8. Click on the "Tools" button again.
  9. Select the "Reset Inventory to Empty" option, then click the "Reset" button at the bottom. WARNING! This will DELETE your current inventory. You DID save a backup, right? Just checking.
  10. Click on the "Tools" button one more time. Third time's a charm, right?
  11. This time, select the "Load from XML" option, and specify the same file you just created and modified as the file to be loaded.
  12. Click the "Load XML" button and your modified inventory contents should now be loaded.


How can I setup two different inventories for the same game system?


If you have two or more users sharing a single installation of Card Vault, you CAN enable each to have their separate inventory. Each game system folder can have a single inventory database. However, you can easily duplicate a game system so that you have multiple folders containing the same game. To accomplish this, simply import the data files for the game system a second time, and change the folder into which the files are imported. Both folders will contain separate inventory databases that can be used by two separate users.