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Support for vCard (contact data) text files

vCards are electronic business cards that are typically imported and exported from the address books of email client software. As of this version, FlowHeater now provides explicit support for vCard text files in addition to the general reading and writing of similar line-based (order independent) text data files. FlowHeater also supports the image data that may possibly be embedded in a vCard.

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New functions for string extraction

This version adds powerful flexibility to the String Split Heater and SubString Heater. The String Split Heater can now optionally index the substrings in reversed sequence, starting with the last substring. In the SubString Heater you are now able to extract substrings enclosed by delimiter strings. Previously it was only possible to extract a substring by specifying a fixed starting position and length within the string.

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Space character as sheet name in Excel

It may be hard to believe, but apparently it happens. A worksheet in MS Excel can be assigned a name consisting of a single space character.
Leaving aside the questions of who makes use of this and whether it makes any sense, the FlowHeater Excel Adapter now functions properly with a sheet named with a space character.

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Multiple Adapter support

Release notes for version 3.1.0 on May 2, 2013

 

Multiple Adapter Support
Multiple Adapter Support

Multiple Adapter support

A much requested feature has arrived: FlowHeater now supports Definitions with multiple Adapters, significantly advancing its flexibility. On the WRITE side, using the plus sign option over the Adapter section you can add as many Adapters you wish, including those with differing types. For example, it is now possible to setup a Definition that easily performs both an SQL database import and at the same time outputs a CSV report to log the actual data as it is imported by adding an extra TextFile Adapter to the Definition. Or you could use two or more database Adapters on the WRITE side to fork the data and so implement a 1:n database relationship. A further use might be to make use of the automatically generated auto-increment values in a database to assign specific fields across a “secondary” detail Adapter using the FlowHeater default value property.

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