You will see changes in the 'base' timestone tables - Jobs,
Subjects, Orders etc - without refresh. Si if you start a new job
or change a subject name for example, you don't need to refresh to
see those changes. Other stuff will such as anything that has a
calculation, many reports and summaries. You can go to
Edit>Preferences and turn off any refresh items you don't think
you'll need. This will help with refresh time somewhat.
The idea with refreshing is to do it last thing at night or
first thing in the morning then not worry about it. It's unlikely
you will need to see refreshed data at 10am for stuff that was done
at 9am. Normally in tsPortal you will looking up stuff that is
already a bit old. It depends on what you're doing and you'll soon
get to know when you need to refresh and when you don't.
(Incidentally one reason large organisations like banks, call
centres etc tell you "It will take 24 hours before it gets into the
system" or "transactions from the previous day may not show up yet"
is precisely this.They too are working from flattened data
optimised for them rather than the original data that is optimised
Regarding the image previews. The right hand side will show you
the original image when it can. It looks for them in this
1. If you've selected 'Remember the path' when you imported them
then it will know where to find them. I suspect this is what you're
doing and why you see them.
2. You can enter a parent path in File>Paths. It will then look
in that location for a jobname folder or a jobname#images
3. You can enter an explicit path in Jobs Mode for each path
For many people none of those three criteria are true or not
true for all jobs so they will not see the image on the right hand
side. In this case you can use the MBS plug-in. This will display
the thumbnail that is stored in the database. And it is always
there and in the correct rotation. Some people elect to do both so
they see a before and after.