December 26th, 2016; Today a new release of Notes Import Export Library (IEL) has been released. You can download 184.108.40.20683 from the product page. Besides a lot of small bug fixes and some cool enhancements, the biggest news is the ability to update you existing Notes target documents with a key.
You can simply specify any target field as a key by right-clicking on it and choose Set as key...
IEL will enumerate all the views in the target database and then let you choose what view to use as a lookup view during import;
This means that IEL for each imported Excel or CSV record, will check if the value in the key-field is found in the lookup-view. If found, IEL will update the existing document instead of creating a new one.
As for formulas, IEL will show you that a field has been designated as a key;
If you combine this new possibility with the ability to save import and export options (as *.vci or *.vce files), you can now pretty quickly have a scenario where you can quickly import - and update - any Excel or CSV file with a predefined option file. Remember, you can simply double-click on the option file to launch it directly witout the need to do any mapping first too.
September 13th, 2016. Today you can download release 220.127.116.1105 of Notes Import Export Library!
Amongst a bunch of fixes and other enhancements, the biggest news is that IEL now support import and export of Comma Separated Files (CSV) with the same ease and power as for the Excel files.
With simple alternatives you can control both the format of the input file (and yes, IEL can read and write almost anything. Got EBCDIC for System i? No problem. Of course you can use “auto” to let IEL guess the input format for you!).
January 17th, 2016 was the date for a new release of Notes Import Export Library. This release has much better control on the import formats when you import from Excel to IBM Notes.
Why does this matter? In previous releases IEL did just fine when you imported Excel numbers and dates to different corresponding data types such as numbers and dates in the IBM Notes documents. Note the stress on the target field type in IBM Notes. If you import Excel numbers and dates into Notes number- and date fields, IEL will first and foremost import the raw number or date into Notes, and then Notes will control how you actually display the data with the field’s display properties.
Unfortunately it had some issues when you imported Excel numbers and dates into text fields in IBM Notes. Then IEL didn’t care as much . Then you see that number data was suffixed with many decimals. For example could the number “2” become “2.0000000” when imported into a text field. Why all the decimals?! Because IEL want all the precision it can get when importing the raw numbers
The new release fix this so almost all standard Excel number formats are now imported into Notes text fields according to the locale settings on your computer. In the screen shot above you see for example that the Excel number 0,350000 is imported as 35% according to the Excel percent format. In the screen shot below you see that the Excel account number with currency is imported as such;
Note how your locale’s currency is automatically added.
Hopefully this will make you import to Notes text fields less frustrating!
The new release also fixes a couple of bugs, where the most important is found the Preview dialog box as shown above. If you changed target field formulas, the Preview dialog didn’t take into account the formula-changes. Another bug was trapped regarding import from other locales, and where blank columns occurred. Garbage data was the result. Now you have correct, blank, data in Notes
Finally a small enhancement. When you work with saved import or export specification files (vci or vce file types), it was kind of annoying that IEL kept insisting to open the file where you last saved it. It now also store the location from where you open your vci or vce files. Makes it a tad easier to work with more mappings.
Head over to the product page to download the new version.
The Notes Import Export Library (IEL) has been updated with some requested features.
This version also contain several small bug fixes, and now Unicode strings won’t be prematurely chopped off anymore! Happy importing/exporting!
Some customers has reported that List Fields crashed with the error message “An unsupported operation was attempted”. Unfortunately, the crash also took the Notes client down into the abyss!
It turns out that the installer I am using had some problems registering the underlying OLE controls correctly and thus List Fields could not find necessary components! The new version 18.104.22.168 attempt to fix this!
Sorry for any inconvenience!
Click here to goto the List Fields homepage and download the updated version!