2.2.4. Seascape Flex

Seascape Flex is a light-weight server that extends the Web Archive with additional features including a full-text search capability, user management features, and scalability.

The product can be installed on your Windows server or a localhost. Once it is installed, the product automatically updates your web archive by adding the advanced search dialog to the interface, as well as a new administration page, where you can manage users and database access permissions. 

Seascape Flex also integrates with Active Directory so that you can import your existing AD users or groups if needed.

Seascape Flex Installation

Here are the steps to install Seascape Flex.

1. Download the SeascapeFlexInstaller.msi installation file and open it to start the Setup Wizard

2. Follow the wizard steps to complete the installation. Once the installation is completed, click Finish to launch the Seascape Flex Control Panel:

3. In the Control Panel enter your IP address (use localhost if installing on a local workstation), enter a desired port number, and select the root folder of your existing Web Archive:

You will also need to enter a password for the initial Administrator user (the username is admin). When finished, click the Start button:

4. The Seascape Flex services are now running and will begin to index your web archive records. Depending on the size of your archive the file indexing may take a while to complete.

You can use the links in the Control Panel to restart the services if needed, change the Seascape Flex settings, and check for product updates. 

To open your archive click on the Open Catalog link:

5. You can now enter your username and password and log in:

6. When you open Seascape Flex for the first time you will need to enter your license key to activate the product. 

Copy the license key into the provided field and click Activate License:

7. Your Seascape Flex archive now opens in a web browser and you can begin to use it:

Seascape Flex Search

When you open one of the databases that were saved in the Web Archive, you will now a new Advanced Search dialog which you can open by clicking on the triangle icon in the top-right corner:

The dialog enables you to search all of your PDF records, attachments, and metadata

You can also narrow down your search using form and metadata filters, and selecting a date range for when the documents were created or modified by specific users: 

After you enter your search phrases and settings, click on the Search button. 

Seascape Flex will now search your archive and display the matching results as shown in the below example. 

To view the attachments and metadata for any record in the search results, simply expand the sidebar on the right of your screen, and select one of the documents in the search results: 

If you wish to filter the document view and not search the archive's records, simply close the Documents tag in the Search box:

The Search box now switches to the Search view columns mode which allows you to quickly locate specific entries in the view:

You can always switch back to the Advanced Search mode by clicking on the triangle icon in the Search box. 

Seascape Flex Administration

To open the Seascape Flex administration page click on the gear icon in the top right corner. 

The administration page allows you to create groups and users, or import existing groups and users from the Active Directory:

To create a new group, click on the Create Group button. 

You can always edit the settings for groups or delete groups you no longer need using the action icons shown to the right of the groups:

Here is the Create group popup where you can enter the name and the description of the group, and assign a user role for all of the group's members:

To create a new user, switch to the Users tab and click on the Create user button:

To import an AD group or user, click on the Import AD group or Import AD user button and log in with your AD credentials. 

After you log in, you will be provided with options for importing groups and users into Seascape Flex:

Seascape Flex Database Permissions

To set access permissions for specific databases, navigate to the Home Page and click on the Permissions icon on any database:

The Permissions popup now appears where you can add user groups to the database and select the access level for each group. 

You can also remove groups using the Delete icons shown next to each enabled group: