ReaderwareAW Export Wizard

ReaderwareAW export allows you to export the data in your ReaderwareAW database to a  number of different formats: There are a number of reasons for using ReaderwareAW export:


These are the basic steps:
  1. Pick the format you want to export to
  2. Select the file you want to export to
  3. Select the albums you want to export
  4. Select the database columns you want to export
  5. Run ReaderwareAW export
  6. Check the results

Format Selection

This is the first page of the ReaderwareAW export wizard. The first step is to select  which format you want to create the file in. Your choices are:

CSV/TAB Delimited Options

When you select the CSV or TAB delimited formats the following options are available:

File/Folder Selection

You need to tell Readerware the destination for the exported data.

Click on the Browse button and select the file or folder from the standard selection dialog.

If you check the Always replace existing file check box ReaderwareAW will automatically overwrite this file if it exists. This is useful if you are doing regular export runs to the same file. If this is not checked, ReaderwareAW will display a confirmation dialog before overwriting an existing file.

For TAB delimited and CSV files you can also select the file encoding. This is important if your database contains data in multiple languages. You are exporting data from Readerware and importing into another program. It is important that you select the encoding that the other program is expecting. If there is a mismatch then data may not transfer correctly.
ANSI - This is your system encoding and is the default. It will work for databases that contain the system language.
Unicode (little endian) - Unicode is a double byte character set and can handle virtually any language and any combination of languages. Little endian is used on Intel systems.
Unicode (big endian) - Unicode is a double byte character set and can handle virtually any language and any combination of languages. Big endian is used on other systems like PPC.
UTF-8 - UTF-8 is a variable width encoding and can handle all characters in the Unicode character set. It has become popular as you don't need to worry about endianness.
In general you should choose either ANSI or UTF-8. If you are exporting your database to another program on the same system ANSI should work fine. If your database contains multiple languages or you are transferring the file to another computer, use UTF-8. But remember the other program must be able to handle the encoding you select, so check their documentation.

Album Selection Page

There are two choices when selecting which albums to export:

Column Selection Page

Some formats determine the columns that are exported, for example the Palm format defines which columns need to be included in the exported file. In this case the column selection page is not displayed.

There are two ways to select the database columns you want to export

Verification Page

Next up is the verification page. This is your last chance to change your settings prior to running ReaderwareAW export. A quick summary of your choices is listed. Click on Next if you are ready to go. Click on Back if you want to change your choices.

Export Running Page

When you reach this page, ReaderwareAW export is running. You will see a progress bar that will update as ReaderwareAW exports the data to the file. Immediately below the progress bar is a Cancel button which you can use to interrupt the export.

When the export completes, click on the Next button to proceed to the final page of this wizard.

Export Complete Page

This page displays the overall export statistics:
Normally this is all the information you need to ensure your data was exported correctly. If user logging is enabled, ReaderwareAW also creates a log file called awuser.log. This file lists each item and any error messages. You can view this log file in any text editor.

When you are done, click the Finish  button to exit the export wizard.

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