Readerware Export Wizard
There are a number of reasons for using Readerware export:
Readerware Export is not a good way to transfer your Readerware database
to a new machine. Use backup and restore to transfer your complete Readerware
environment to a new machine.
- Transfer you database to your mobile device,
take your database with you on your next trip to your favorite book stores.
- Create your own web pages to publish your collection online.
- Transfer data to online book sellers and auction sites.
- Transfer data to other programs or databases
Readerware export allows you to export the data in your Readerware
database to a number of different formats:
- CSV, (Comma Separated Value)
is a standard data interchange format, use it to transfer data to other
programs and databases.
- TAB Delimited - Another
standard data interchange format. You can open a TAB delimited in file in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel or Open Office.
A TAB delimited file provides an easy way to transfer your Readerware database to a spreadsheet.
- HTML - The universal
web, you can export your Readerware database to HTML to create web
pages. Readerware will build an HTML table displaying all the selected
rows and columns.
When Readerware creates the HTML table it uses a style sheet, rware.css,
which is distributed with the product. The style sheet controls various
formatting options such as the colors, font styles etc. To display
you must copy the rware.css file to the same location as the
HTML file. You can customize the style sheet, change the font or color
of the HTML title, the background
colors used in the table etc. You can also create more advanced HTML
pages using the Readerware
- Readerware Mobile - You can
transfer your database to your Android phone or tablet,
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch etc.
with Readerware Mobile a lightweight edition
of Readerware that runs on portable devices. In most cases you can also use
the network sync option to transfer your database to your mobile device, this
is faster and easier than using export.
- iPod Notes - You can transfer your Readerware database to
your iPod MP3 player and have it with you when you
shop. Readerware can export your data right to your iPod, just connect
it and then select your iPod on the Folder
Selection page of the wizard. To access your database on your iPod,
select the Notes function and then Readerware.
- Images - Create image files from your Readerware database.
You can choose the image, the image format and how the image files are named.
- Generic UIEE (Universal
Exchange Environment) - A common format used to exchange book
It is used by several book sites.
- Amazon UIEE - A
of the UIEE format used by Amazon.
- BookHound - You can
transfer your database to BookHound from
- HomeBase 2.0 - You can
data to HomeBase from Advanced Book Exchange Inc. You can also upload
exported file to the ABE web site. To import this into HomeBase, select
File->Import / Export->Import
from the HomeBase menu. Select the merge or zap option and click OK.
the file you created in Readerware. Here is a tip, if you plan to
regularly transfer files between HomeBase
and Readerware, save the file in the HomeBase export directory. Then
try and import the file into HomeBase it will be right there.
will remember the location when you create your next export
These are the basic steps:
- Pick the format you want to export to
- Select the file you want to export to
- Select the books you want to export
- Select the database columns you want to export
- Run Readerware export
- Check the results
This is the first page of the Readerware export wizard. The first step
is to select which format
you want to create the file in. Your
- CSV, (Comma Separated Value)
- TAB delimited.
- Readerware Mobile
- Readerware Mobile (iPod Notes)
- Generic UIEE, (Universal
- Amazon UIEE
- HomeBase 2.0
CSV/TAB Delimited Options
When you select the CSV or TAB delimited formats the following options are available:
- Output header line - Include the column header line used to identify the columns contained in the file.
- Enclose fields in double quotes - Readerware will enclose fields in double quotes when necessary. Use this option when you always need the fields enclosed in double quotes.
- Escape new lines - Some other programs cannot import fields containing new lines. Choose this option and Readerware will replace new lines with '\n'.
You need to tell Readerware the destination for the exported data.
Click on the Browse button and select the file or folder
the standard selection dialog.
If you check the Always replace existing file check
Readerware will automatically overwrite this file if it exists. This is
useful if you are doing regular export runs to the same file. If this
not checked, Readerware will display a confirmation dialog before
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.
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.
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.
Book Selection Page
There are two choices when selecting which books to export:
- Current Search Results - The books returned by the last search
You need to search for the books before starting the Readerware export
wizard. You can control exactly which books are exported, for example
can search by category, then date entered etc.
- All Books - This will export all books in the database.
Column Selection Page
Some formats determine the columns that are exported, for example
UIEE format defines which columns need to be included in the exported
In this case the column selection page is not displayed.
There are two ways to select the database columns you want to export
- Current View Columns - The columns currently displayed in the
table will be exported. Readerware views are extremely flexible. You
define any number of views and control which columns are included in
view and the order. If you have a regular export you want to run,
create a view for the export containing exactly the data you want. Then
just select the view before starting the Readerware export wizard.
- Selected Database Columns - If you select this option the list of
columns is enabled. You select exactly which columns you want to export
and the order. Columns listed with a green check mark are exported,
listed with a red cross are not. Double click on any entry to toggle
state. To change the order of the columns, select an entry in the list
and use the up and down arrows to change its location in the list.
Next up is the verification page. This is your last chance to change
settings prior to running Readerware export. A quick summary of your
is listed. Click on Next if you are ready to go. Click
if you want to change your choices.
Export Running Page
When you reach this page, Readerware export is
You will see a progress bar that will update as Readerware 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
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, Readerware also creates a log file called rwuser.log.
This file lists each book and any error messages. You can view this log
file in any text editor.
- Books Processed - The number of
to the export file
- Errors - The number of books
When you are done, click the Finish
button to exit the export wizard.
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