This is the nascent ExpressoBeans User Guide. It will grow over time...feel free to contribute!
There are several ways to search ExpressoBeans:
The EB Search function can be accessed from the ExpressoBeans home page, an EB Member's Member Portal, the Print Search module to the left of any EB art entry, or by using the EB Firefox plugin. For any of these means of access, the EB Search Engine will return EB listings that include the text that is entered in the search field that is included in the search parameters.
Examples of possible searches include:
Note that full names of artists, bands, or keywords need not be entered - by choosing less common letter combinations in the search, it can be abbreviated. For example, koz labb returns the same listings as kozik labbit. Fewer keystrokes add to EB Search's efficiency.
There is also a "Class" pull-down menu on the ExpressoBeans home page and the Print Search module to the left of any EB art entry that can optionally be used to limit the search to a particular art type. The Member Portal includes the "Class" pull-down, as well as pull-downs for the "Artist," "Band," "Year," and "Available" fields.
Firefox Search Plugin
For those who use the Firefox browser, a powerful plug-in is available that allows one to search the ExpressoBeans art database by any text string. The plugin can be downloaded from the "Expresso Beans Firefox Search Plugin" link at the bottom of the Search form. This is the fastest, most powerful means of a "quick search" available - try it, you'll like it!
The ExpressoBeans Wiki can be searched by entering a text string into the box in the "Wiki Search" module to the left of any Wiki page.
The ExpressoBeans Forums can be searched by entering a text string into the box in the "Forum Search" module to the left of any Forum Section page.
Alternatively, a more advanced Forum Search is available through the "Search" link in the "Forum Tools" module to the left of any Forum Section page.
By following the "Help > Statistics" link from the top menu bar on any EB Art Guide page, one can view various statistical searches/sorts.
Adding art to the ExpressoBeans database
Please refer to the Member Usage Policy regarding uploads of images or information to ExpressoBeans.
Adding art to the ExpressoBeans Art Guide
Any EB Member may submit art for inclusion in the EB Art Guide. Please begin by searching the existing EB database to be sure the piece is not already included.
The art submission page is accessed by following the "Add Art" link in the Member Info section on the left of a user's "My Page" page. Please enter information into all fields where the information is known. Listed below is the most important information required for all art submissions. Please review and adhere to these guidelines and you're submission should glide through the approval process. Thanks!
Please note that in order to facilitate pageloading speed, the initial listings in the Artist, Band and Venue drop-down menus are incomplete and include only the highest-ranked listings based on an internal ranking system that gives points based on views and related inventory on the site (8:1). To view the complete listings, click the "More" button to the right and the Add Art page will reload with the full list.
Adding images to existing ExpressoBeans Art Guide entries
Any EB Member may submit images for inclusion with existing EB Art Guide entries. This is done by following the "Add Image" link in the "Image Tools" section of any entry's Image Gallery. You should only add images that are better than the existing ones or that show some special detail of the print. Please do not add images to be used to show the condition of a print for the purposes of selling; this is for education. You may show off your frame jobs if you like. Keep in mind that images take space and space costs money so do not go overboard. All images will be subject to approval.
Please follow the Image Guidelines when submitting images.
Uploading files to the ExpressoBeans Wiki
The EB Wiki Upload page can be accessed from the "Tools" module to the left of any EB Wiki page.
Please note that the file upload function is not used for adding images to EB listings. See "Adding images to existing ExpressoBeans Art Guide entries" for help with this function.
Adding sales to the ExpressoBeans database
Any EB Member may submit sales for inclusion in the EB Art Guide.
Adding personal sales to to ExpressoBeans
On the item screen, for example
choose "Trade or Sell" from the Item Options list on the far left portion of the screen
choose "I want to sell or trade the _____ edition"
Return to "Trade or Sell" from the Item Options list on the far left portion of the screen
Fill in the terms of the sale, click "Sold at price shown" and add the sale price
Adding eBay sales to ExpressoBeans
Enter the eBay item number in the space on the "For Sale or Trade" page and fill out any available details
Managing your collection using ExpressoBeans
Adding an item to your collection
1. Assuming your print already exists in the database, locate your print in the ebeans database via either the search panel fields on the homepage or possibly the "Hot Today" list.
Removing an item from your collection
Follow the same steps as noted above, but when you get to the EB Item Options page there will be a "Remove" button to the right of your item.
ExpressoBeans RSS Feeds
The following feeds may be monitored using a syndicated news reader:
Info regarding adding images, links, etc to forum threads.
Adding an image to your forum post
From within a desired forum thread:
1. Click on button for either "Post Reply" or "Quote" as applicable