• Download an empty CSV template file: import_optics.csv
  • Save the file on your desktop and open it in Excel:

  • Fill out the template with your optics data. See the table below for the file structure details. Note that only Name field is mandatory and must be populated, all other columns are optional and can be left empty.

    Column nameMax lengthNote
    Type50Lookup data (please read more here).
    Seeded optic types.
    Name200Mandatory!
    Dimensions200Item dimensions.
    Eye relief30
    Note4000Try not to use all available 4000 chars, keep it short and simple.
    Date purchased8Date in format YYYYMMDD, for example 20191201 (Dec 1, 2019)
    Price purchased30Do not include the currency symbol, just numbers, for example 1299.95 ($1,299.55)
    Manufacturer100Lookup data.
    Seeded optic manufacturers.
    Seller name150Lookup data.
    Seeded sellers.
    Seller address150
    Seller phone50
    Seller email150
    Seller web250Seller web site URL, for example https://www.jgsales.com/

    Lookup data

    The application maintains lists of reusable values (aka 'lookups') for some data fields. This simplifies manual data input and keeps the app data consistent and clean. In a new application installation those lists already populated (seeded) with some values. Here is the list of lookups for cold steel data:
    • Optic types
    • Optic manufacturers
    • Sellers (name, address, phone, email, web site URL) - shared with guns, cold steel and ammunition.
    For the fields marked as "Lookup data" open the related lookup data link, find the value, (for example type name) and copy and paste it to the field.

    If you don't find a value you need, type it in in the field - the import process will pick up this new value and add it to the lookup list.
    Seller data
    If you found an optic seller in the lookup list, just copy the value to 'Seller name' field. You can leave the remaining seller fields blank - the import process will fill them out for you.
  • Save your data as a CSV file. Feel free to change the file name.
  • Open the CSV file in Notebook. Take a quick look to make sure everything looks good. You should see something similar to this:
  • Transfer the file to the mobile device to start import process.