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Loading A New Import Library

If you import data from multiple sources into Collect!, you may want to load an alternate import library for each type of file that you process. This allows you to keep your import routines separate.

Collect! creates a subfolder in the CV11\import folder for each new library that you load. You can load a library that already contains import maps, or you can load a brand new empty library and create the specifications from scratch. Then use Select Import Library to view the list of available libraries, including any new libraries you create. They can be selected and used as required.

We will step through the process of adding a new import library to the list of registered libraries available through Select Import Library.

We will cover:

- Loading a pre-existing import library
- Loading a new empty import library

tip.gif These steps apply to CV11.3 Build 1.1 and newer. For previous builds, you may want to refer to the Help documentation for your Collect! version.

Loading A Pre-Existing Import Library

Use this procedure to create a new import library and load a previously saved import library. After that, you can open the new library and edit it as needed or use it as is to import data into Collect!.

tip.gif Please refer to Help topic, Save File Formats for information about creating your XML import file.

1. Copy your pre-existing import library XML file to a TEMP folder.

2. Select File from the top menu bar and then select Import/Export to view the submenu.

3. Select Customize Import/Export and then select New Import Library.


Import/ Export Menu Creating New Library

4. You will be prompted to enter a name for your new library. Maximum 8 CHARACTERS. Select OK to continue.


Enter A Name for Your New Library

5. Collect! will let you know that you have successfully created a new library and have registered it with the RDM server. A new folder is created in the CV11\import folder with the same name that you see in this prompt. This is also the name that will be displayed in the choices for Select Import Library. Select OK to continue.


New Library Name

6. Now you can use the Select Import Library choice to use this new library.


New Libraries in Select Import Library List

7. Update Definitions
Whenever you select a different import library, you should update your field definitions through File, Import, Update Definitions. Select YES when the prompt appears and Collect! will update the definitions.

tip.gif When you Update Definitions, there may be discrepancies, if your Collect! Build is different from the Build the XML import file was created in. If so, you may need to modify the import map. You can view the subindex and fieldindex names in the Field Definitions accessed through File, Import/Export, Customize Import/Export->Field Definitions. Please ask Technical Services for help if you have discrepancies and you are not sure what to do.

8. Once the library is selected you can use Import/Export, Customize Import/Export-> Load File Formats to load your pre-existing XML import library into your newly created library. Please refer to Help topic, Load File Formats for details.

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Loading A New Empty Import Library

Next, we will use similar steps to create an empty import library.

Use this procedure to register a new empty import map with the RDM server. After that, you can open the new library and edit it as needed.

tip.gif Please be aware that creating a new empty library will not automatically load the Record and Field Definitions. You must " Update Definitions" right after creating your new empty library.

1. Sign into Collect! as you would normally and stop at the Main Menu.

2. Follow Steps 2 through 5 above to create a new import library.

3. Now you can use Select Import Library to load this new library.


New Library in Select Import Library List


New Library Selected

4. You must Update Definitions to load the Record Definitions and Field Definitions into your new library. This is covered next.

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Loading Record And Field Definitions

To load Record and Field Definitions into your library. select File, Import/Export, Update Definitions. Then select YES when prompted to "Rebuild the form field ID list."

After the list of definitions is rebuilt, you are ready to create your import maps.

Use Import/Export, Customize Import/Export, Edit File Format to build your new import map.

tip.gif You can also populate your new empty import library with a previously saved XML import map file. Please refer to Help topic, Load File Formats for details.

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Summary

The New Import Library feature in CV11 allows you to register any number of new import libraries to use in Collect!. You can create a brand new library or load a pre-existing one. Each library that you use must be registered with the RDM server. The New Import Library function takes care of this and you can seamlessly switch libraries as needed to import many types of data files into your system.

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See Also

- Import/Export Topics

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