ReaderwareVW Export Wizard
ReaderwareVW export allows you to export the data in your ReaderwareVW
database to a number of different formats:
There are a number of reasons for using ReaderwareVW export:
- 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. A TAB delimited file provides an easy way to transfer your Readerware database to an Excel spreadsheet.
- HTML - The universal
web, you can export your ReaderwareVW database to HTML to create web
pages. ReaderwareVW will build an HTML table displaying all the
selected rows and columns.
When ReaderwareVW 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 ReaderwareVW
- Palm - You can
to your Palm device for use with ReaderwareVW
Palm Edition a lightweight edition
of ReaderwareVW that runs on Palm OS devices. ReaderwareVW will create
a file called readerwarevw.pdb. Here is a tip, select
your Palm HotSync Add On directory to create the database in. This will
make it easier to actually transfer the file to your Palm. Start your
Palm Desktop, click on the Install button.
Click on Add and select readerwarevw.pdb using
file selection dialog. Then click Done. Start the
HotSync from your Palm as normal. Now when
you start ReaderwareVW on your Palm, your new database is loaded
- iPod Notes - You can transfer your ReaderwareVW database
to your iPod
and have it with you when you shop. ReaderwareVW can export your data
right to your iPod, just connect it and then select your iPod on the File Selection page of the wizard.
To access your database on your iPod, select the Notes function and
- Images - Create image files from your Readerware database.
You can choose the image, the image format and how the image files are named.
- Transfer you database to ReaderwareVW for the Palm or your iPod,
take your database
with you on your next trip to your favorite video stores.
- Create your own web pages to publish your collection online.
- Transfer data to online sellers and auction sites.
- Transfer data to other programs or databases
These are the basic steps:
- Pick the format you want to export to
- Select the file you want to export to
- Select the videos you want to export
- Select the database columns you want to export
- Run ReaderwareVW export
- Check the results
This is the first page of the ReaderwareVW export wizard. The first
is to select which format
you want to create the file in. Your choices
- CSV, (Comma Separated Value)
- TAB delimited.
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
ReaderwareVW will automatically overwrite this file if it exists. This
is useful if you are doing regular export runs to the same file. If
is not checked, ReaderwareVW 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.
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.
Video Selection Page
There are two choices when selecting which items to export:
- Current Search Results - The items returned by the last search
You need to search for the items before starting the ReaderwareVW
wizard. You can control exactly which items are exported, for example
can search by category, then date entered etc.
- All Videos - This will export all items in the database.
Column Selection Page
Some formats determine the columns that are exported, for example the
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
- Current View Columns - The columns currently displayed in the
table will be exported. ReaderwareVW views are extremely flexible. You
can define any number of views and control which columns are included
each 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 ReaderwareVW export
- 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 ReaderwareVW export. A quick summary of your
choices is listed. Click on Next if you are ready to go.
Back if you want to change your choices.
Export Running Page
When you reach this page, ReaderwareVW export is
running. You will see a progress bar that will update as ReaderwareVW
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, ReaderwareVW also creates a log file called vwuser.log.
This file lists each item and any error messages. You can view this log
file in any text editor.
- Videos Processed
- The number of items written to the export file
- Errors - The number of items
When you are done, click the Finish
button to exit the export wizard.
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