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JPDease
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I am new to this amazing software. I have been using excel to catalog my reference with Data labels such as TITLE, AUTHOR, VOLUME, ISSUE . . . I am not sure how I might import this data into Bookend 8 . . . . any ideas about file format to save the excel and how I might set up the import filter?/

ANY Help would be greatly appreciated!!

Paul Dease :shock:

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Post by Jon »

You can export from Excel as a tab-delimited file. You can then create a filter in Bookends that reads in this file. Hint: you would use the Source parser to see tabs and place what is in between in the field you want.

Please refer to the User Guide for complete details...

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Reference Begins with . . . ????

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So I am reading the PDF Help document and finding it mostly helpful. However, I do not know what to tell the filter the reference begins with when it is simply of the the first reference. This also extends to the parsing: what is the source 1 tag when the frist thing in this file is text. Do I simply leave it blank, type in the word "letter" or what . . . Thank you for you continued help!!! :D :D

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Post by Jon »

Good questions.

Why not have the first field output be a dummy, containing say "Ref".

Then in the filter have Bookends look for Ref as the beginning of a reference. And in the Source parser tell it to look for Ref as well.

I think this should work.

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Ref as dummy field prior to each record

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Jon,
I have tried many permutations of this idea: REF, Ref, REF:, Ref:
All to no avail. I am currently not registered with the software and understand that only allows me to do 50 references - so I read in the documentation. Perhaps Importing Tab Del. is a paid featured, or maybe I am missing something in the setup of the filters. In the general filter section I am leaving the left side colm's blank, and providing the right side info. i.e. "References start with...." "References end with...."
I have also told the Source Menu what the source tag is (REF, Ref, REF:, Ref:) and indicated "tab" in the subsequent feilds. I am at a loss.

Thanks,
Paul

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Post by Jon »

The demo is fully functional (except for the 50 reference limit).

Please send me the filter you have made, as well as a sample of one or two references exported from Excel. I'll see what is wrong.

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