Attributes and attribute values in ParagonSMB

Attributes and attribute values in ParagonSMB


In Paragon, we define an attribute and attribute values as follows:

An attribute is a field of information that is used to describe a product, customer, vendor, transaction, etc. For example, an attribute of a product could be color.
An attribute value describes, groups or characteristics of the attribute. For example, 'blue', 'green' and 'red' are attribute values of the attribute 'color'.

Let's break down the attributes screen so we have a better understanding of what attributes are and how we can use them.


Name: Set when creating the attribute - cannot be changed afterwards. 
ID: Automatically created based on the name of the attribute - does not contain spaces or special symbols, cannot be changed and is unique.
Type: There are several types available in Paragon, as explained below.
Used on - available on: Indicates which modules use this attribute in your system (both transactions and references)
Description: Describe what this attribute is for.
Created by: Indicates which user created the attribute.
Created on: Shows the date of the attribute creation.
Duplicate: Allows you to create a copy of this attribute.
Edit: Allows you to modify the characteristic of your attribute.

Attribute types

Freeflow text or number entry: Information that needs to be entered manually like names or phone numbers. Can also be used for creating percentage attributes.  
List to choose from: Pre-defined list of choices you can choose from a drop-down list. For example: Season can create a dropdown list including: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. 
Money and currency: Any attribute that needs to be formatted with decimals and a currency symbol. For example, sales price, purchase cost and credit limit.
On/Off: Displays in the form of a checkbox that can be selected or deselected.   Examples: Yes or no,  on or off, applies or does not apply, includes or does not include, etc.) 
Date picker: Choose a date from a calendar tool. 
Custom: These attributes are basically mini queries that are only configurable by Jonar at the moment.  If you are ever in need of one, let us know at 

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