I would be very careful doing this. I use Excel every day to download
information into MAPICS through ODBC and CA, but I am very hesitant about
allowing data entry into MAPICS. The biggest reason is that you have no
editing control of the data. Certainly, MAPICS' offline entry catches most
data errors, but correcting them with MAPICS' tools proves to be a tiring
task.

If you don't have an RPG programmer to create data entry screens or upload
validation, you could use Access and ODBC to write the information into the
offline files. Using Access will allow you to connect to reference tables on
the 400 to help validate the information. Offline price file maintenance is
a perfect example of how to do this -- The MAPICS COM Manual describes it in
detail and can be a model for other files (Page D-1:Working with COM offline
pricing files).

Good luck!
Patrick


-----Original Message-----
From: Neely, Chris [mailto:Chris.Neely@poultry.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 11:41 AM
To: 'MAPICS-L@MIDRANGE.COM'
Subject: uploading spreadsheets into MAPICS


Does anyone know of any software packages that you are using to upload
spreadsheets or comma delimited files into mapics offline load files? Or are
you just using client access?

I need some software that the end user can use to upload data? We are
increasingly getting more requests by users for them to have the capability
to upload spreadsheets of data into MAPICS.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
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