Data Loader Frequently Asked Questions

 

Macro Loading

 

Data Loader is loading "VVVV" instead of data in target forms?

Why is the load through keystrokes doesn't proceed properly?

 Why Some fields are getting missed in Macro Loading?

Is Forms Data Loader used only for Oracle Applications?

What Key Strokes I can Use in Macro Loading?

Which File Extensions are used for Macro Loading file and Forms Playback File

Does Forms Data Loader supports Multiple Languages Such as Arabic, Chinese etc. ?

How do I select a Check Box Value in Macro Loading?

Can I use Forms Data Loader for entering data through HTML Forms?

How do I select values from Predefined Drop down list?

Can I use mouse clicks?

Can I run a macro load automatically?

Are there any new templates available?


HTML Forms Data Loader

 

What is HTML Forms Data Loader?

Does HTML Forms Data Loader supports Pop Ups for LOV fields

How to set a value to null in HDL

How can I delete the contents of a field in HDL?

 

Forms Record & Playback

 

Why I am not seeing the recorded files or Problems in Forms Record and Playback.

I am able to record successfully but not able to playback in Forms Data Loader?

 

General

 

What is the limitation in Forms Data Loader Trial Edition?

How do I get support?
What is the difference between Forms Data Loader Standard Edition and Professional Edition 

 

 

Macro Loading

 

 

Q. Data Loader is loading "VVVV" instead of data in target forms?

 

Ans. This usually happens if your target application form is running in Remote Desktop or Virtual Server Window, such as Citrix etc.
        To load the data properly in this scenario, please check the "Use Alternate Method for processing Macros" checkbox
        in "Choose Load Settings Options Window as shown below

 

Data Loader: Load Settings

 

If the above settings is not working. Then you can properly load data by sending it as keystrokes instead of copy pasting. To send the data as keystrokes please put a forward slash "\" in front of data to send it as keystrokes.  Example shown below

 

Data Loader: Send data as keystrokes

 

Q. Why is the load through keystrokes doesn't proceed properly?


OR

 

Why Some fields are getting missed in Macro Loading?

 

Ans. There can be many reasons

 

If you are loading data in Oracle Apps, we recommend Forms Record and Playback loading. Which is more reliable and nearly 25 times faster than macro loading and stops the load whenever an error comes

 

Q. Is Forms Data Loader used only for Oracle Applications?

 

Ans. No, you can use FDL to load the data in any active window, whether it is customized application form or HTML form. But FDL contains special shortcuts for loading the data in Oracle Applications.

 

Q. What Key Strokes I can Use in Macro Loading?

 

Ans. Please click here to see the list of keystrokes

 

Q. Which File Extensions are used for Macro Loading file and Forms Playback File

 

Ans. For Macro Loading Forms Data Loader uses (*.dlf) Extension and for Forms Playback File it uses (*.fdl) extension.

 

Q. Does Forms Data Loader supports Multiple Languages Such as Arabic, Chinese etc. ?

 

Ans. Yes, If you want to use Forms Data Loader for languages other than default English such as Chinese, Korean  etc, you need to setup Windows operating as follows

 

In Windows 7 do the following

  1. Click "Start Menu" -> "Control Panel" menu
  2. In "Clock, Language and Region" section click "Change Keyboard and other inputs method"
  3. Click on "Administrative" tab
  4. Click "Change System Locale" button under "Language for Non Unicode programs" section
  5. Choose your desired language from the drop down list.
  6. Click "OK" (Windows may ask you to restart. If it does then restart the computer.
  7. Also please change the Default Font and Font for Data Cells to "Arial Unicode MS"  by clicking Options toolbar button in Forms Data Loader

In Windows XP do the following

1. Click on "Start Menu" -> "Settings" -> "Control Panel" menu;
2. Double-click on "Regional Options" icon;
3. Select a non-English language you want to use, for example Simplified Chinese, in "Language settings for the system" box under "General" option;
4. Set "Simplified Chinese" as the default language, this step is required.


Q. How do I select a Check Box Value in Macro Loading?

 

Ans. By entering a \{SPACE} keystroke in the cell

 

Q. Can I use Forms Data Loader for entering data through HTML Forms?

 

Ans. Yes, you can use Forms Data Loader Macro loading feature to load data in HTML Forms through Macro Loading. But we strongly recommends you to use our special tool HTML Forms Data Loader for this purpose. Which loads data much faster and accurately than macro loading.

 

Q. How do I select values from Predefined Drop down list?

 

Ans. By entering the initial characters as keystrokes in the cell. For example if the list is like this and you want to select "Argentina"

 

 

then, as you see if you press "A" once "Algeria" will get selected and by again pressing "A" , "Argentina" will get selected. So you can enter a keystroke like this \AA.

 

Q. Can I use mouse clicks?

 

Ans. Yes, you can by entering *MC(x,y) in the spreadsheet cell. X means X - Screen Coordinate and Y means Y - Screen Coordinate. For example if you enter *MC(430,240) then FDL will simulate a mouse left click on the screen at the 430,240 coordinate while loading. To capture exact coordinates please use our Get Screen Coordinate Tool by clicking on the Tools Menu. 

 

Q. Can I run a macro load automatically?

 

Ans. Yes if you have already saved a macro load and ran it successfully then, you can run the load again without any interaction by using command line argument "-run". For example if you want to run a macro load by name "test.dlf" then you can create a shortcut by specifying the following command

 

C:\Program files\Forms Data Loader\FDLoader.exe -run c:\test.dlf

 

The above command will automatically launches Forms Data Loader, loads the test.dlf file and starts loading in the target application form without any user interaction. Please note that the target application window, which was used when you run the test.dlf first time, must be open otherwise FDL will show a dialog to start the target application before continuing.

 

Q Are there any new templates available?

 

Ans. Keep looking at this website we publish new templates regularly.

 

HTML Forms Data Loader

 

Q. What is HTML Forms Data Loader?

 

Ans. HTML Forms Data Loader is specially meant for loading data into Web Forms. It provides 100% reliable loads as compared to Macro Loading. For more information please click here

 

 

Q. Does HTML Forms Data Loader supports Pop Ups for LOV fields

 

Ans. Yes HDL does handle LOV Pop Ups windows.

 

Q. How to set a value to null in HDL?

 

OR

 

Q. How can I delete the contents of a field in HDL?

 

 

Ans. If you want to set a value of Text field as NULL during playback then please enter <HDLNull> as text. This feature is added in HTML Forms Data Loader Version 3.3.

 

If you are using an old version then you need to manually add two keystrokes columns "\^a" (Select all) and "\{DEL}" (Delete) after the field which you want to set to blank.

 

For Example if you want to delete the contents of of a field "Inactive Date" then please add two keystrokes columns as shown below

 

delete contents in a field

 

 

Please remember that you should not leave the field contents blank in the particular cell in HDL sheet. Otherwise HDL will skip this field during playback and subsequent keystrokes will not work.

 

 

 

Forms Record & Playback

 

Q. Why I am not seeing the recorded files or Problems in Forms Record and Playback.

 

Ans. There could be various reasons. Please check that

 

 

Q. I am able to record successfully but not able to playback in Forms Data Loader?

 

Ans. If you are able record but not able to playback. Then, please check that

 

  1. Try to enter data directly into fields rather than using List of Values (LOV's) while recording.
  2. Please make sure you have edited the ICX:Forms Launcher Profile setting correctly, many a times users enter "&" character between record and playback. The record and playback options should not be separated by anything except %20 character in ICX: Forms Launcher string

    For Example:-

    http://host.domain:port/dev60cgi/f60cgi?record=rec.fdl%20play=myplay.fdl

  3. Please make sure that you have copied the playback file to the correct directory, that is, the same directory where you have found the recorded file and it has proper permissions.
  4. In Oracle Apps Rel 11.5.10.2 you must also have to specify record option along with play option for playing a file. Please check this.
  5. First try record and playback on a simple form rather going straight for a complex form

    If none of the above helps, then please make sure you have recorded the file correctly that is you have used keyboard keys for navigating the form and try to avoid using mouse clicks. In LOV fields try to enter the data directly rather than using LOV's.

 

General

 

Q. What is the limitation in Forms Data Loader Trial Edition?

 

Ans. The Trial Edition contains all the features except it doesn't load more than 25 rows. otherwise, whatever feature is there in Registered version it is available in Trial Version.

 

Q. How do I get support?

 

Ans. We provide unlimited support through email for registered users of Forms Data Loader. Please write to us at support@formsdataloader.com

 

Q. What is the difference between Forms Data Loader Standard Edition and Professional Edition

 

Ans. Forms Standard Edition supports only Macro Loading whereas, Professional Edition supports both Macro loading and Oracle Forms Record and Playback loading.

 

 


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