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The file menu

New - Closes the existing conversion project and creates a clean workspace to start a new project.  If the existing project is not saved, you will be prompted to save the project (or abandon the changes).

Load Input File - Opens a new file for extraction and transformation.  Load input file will allow you to open popular document formats including PDF, DOC, RTF, XLS, HTML, CSV and free formatted text files. When you choose Load Input File, The Open/Save dialog will open.

Open Project... - Opens an existing project file. Project files store the details of each conversion project.  See Open/Save dialog to learn how to open a file.

Save Project - Saves the current project to a file. If you save the project for the first time, Open/Save dialog will be shown, otherwise, if the project was previously saved, the project will be saved to an existing location.

Save your projects  TextConverter stores all of the current settings in a project file.  To save your project, choose "Save Project" form the file menu or click the disc icon () on the toolbar.  Elements of a project include:

  • path to the input data source
  • path to the output data source
  • paths to all other files and databases used in the project
  • the complete script
  • the mapping of the input dictionary to the output dictionary
  • All output dictionary settings
  • All "options" settings
  • Any other ETL settings
  • The workspace layout is NOT saved as part of the project but is instead retained with TextConverter

Save As... - Use the "Save As" menu item from the "File" menu to save the project to a new location.

Run Conversion - Runs the conversion process. You can view the conversion results in a form of a database table after the process has finished. Click on the Browse button () button on the output pane to see the results. If no output data source is selected through the output pane, the results of your conversion are saved into a temporary database table.

Replace Date Sources - Opens the replace data sources dialog where you can change the path(s) to the input, output, and/or project file(s).

Task Scheduler... - Use the Task Scheduler to run any TextConverter or other TARGET project on a schedule.

Recent Files - Provides a convenient list of recently opened files.

Exit - Exits the program.  If the existing project is not saved, you will be prompted to save the project (or abandon the changes).

The edit menu

The edit menu provides support for Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, and Select All.  Undo and Redo are not available in all areas of TextConverter.  Undo and Redo are fully enabled in the script editing pane.


The connect menu

Connect input-output - Connects the input and output field(s). When connected, the default conversion procedure will transfer the input values from the input record to the output record.

Disconnect input-output - Disconnects input and output field(s). When disconnected you can still pass data from the input to the output using script conversion.

Reset output dictionary - Resets the output dictionary from the input dictionary. The command discards all the changes made to the output dictionary.

Create script conversion - Creates a script customization for the selected output field(s).

Go to script conversion - Locates the script customization for the selected output field.

Remove script conversion - Removes the script customization for the selected output field(s).


The view menu

Project properties appear in the Preview Options pane.  You can store notes about the project and other associated information that is not otherwise accommodated.  When you run a process a log file is generated at %temp%target_process_n.dbf that lists what happened when the process was run. 

The log path - is shown and can be edited under "View" "Project Properties".

Single instance project (scheduled tasks) check box - TextConverter Professional Edition and TextConverter Developer Edition allow projects to be run in the background, either from the scheduler or from another script or process.  Leave this unchecked for to allow concurrent instances of the same project.  Check this box if you do not want more than one instance of this project to run in the background at the same time.  Instances run with the authoring tool, that is through the user interface, are not effected by this check box.

Check/Replace Data Sources - If this box is checked and the data sources used in the project are not available upon opening the project, the user will be prompted to Replace Data Sources

Back files Path - this specifies the location for back-up files.  If no path is entered back-up (.bak) files are stored in the same directory with primary files.

Admin emails - this specifies the e-mail address for error messages.  SMTP without ssl is assumed.  Some custom configuration may be required to use this option.

Comment - store a note about the project here.


The help menu

The help menu provides access to the off-line help files through Contents, Search, and Index.  It also allows you to access SiMX's Data Extraction Service where you can submit an input file and receive back a fully configured project and acess to on-line help.  The on-line help pages are similiar to the off-line help pages but contain the most up to date information.  Samples displays all of the sample projects installed with your software.  From the help menu you can also Register and Unregister your software, and find your version with About Target.  (Note: TextConverter and TARGET Reports always have the same most current version number because they are both parts of the SiMX's TARGET platform.)  To find the current distribution version, visit and click "Support".

Related Sections

TextConverter's User Interface

Open/Save Dialog



Conversion Options


Script Editor