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1. Import from CSV text file

Instruction


A CSV file is a specially formatted plain text file, which stores spreadsheet or basic database-style information in a very simple format, with one record on each line, and each field within that record separated by a comma.

Most PC based spreadsheet program can create CSV file and we will use Microsoft Excel for this example.

Step 1) Excel

Go to Excel and open a spreadsheet.


Step 2) Header

Create header line in the first row with the titles of each column. 
Later, during the import, the column name will be field name.

     


Step 3) Rows

Enter the the entries from the second row.



Each row will become one entry in Forms Xpress and the text in each columns are imported to corresponding fields.


Step 4) Save

Save the spreadsheet.


When saving file, make sure to save the spreadsheet as "csv" type. For this, use the "CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv)" option in "Save as Type". Flashcards Buddy cannot understand the default "xls" type.


Step 5) SD card

Now, you are done with Excel. Copy the file to SD card and go to Forms Xpress


Step 6) Import

In import screen, you will see the list of folders and files in SD card. Folders have yellow folder icon in left, and CSV files has white import icon in right side.


Press the csv file you just created in Excel. Then you will see the list of rows you have created.


Extra) Language encoding problem

If your csv file includes non-English characters such as Asian two-byte character, you will have display problem.

This problem is mostly caused by the language-encoding difference between Windows Excel and Android OS. If you are familiar with encoding, you may solve the problem using third party notepad application such as NotePad++ or EditPlus. These programs can convert "ASCII" in Excel CSV to "UTF-8" which is used by android OS. Otherwise, we recommend "Import from Google Docs" option instead of CSV import.