• 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 1: only Name field is mandatory and must be populated, all other columns are optional and can be left empty.
    • Note 2: wish list and owned items can be mixed in the same file. For wish list items set Wish list value to Y.
    • Note 3: for wish list items you can fill out the following columns: name, optic type, dimensions, eye relief, manufacturer and note.


    Column name Max length Note
    Type 50 Lookup data (please read more here).
    Seeded optic types.
    Name 200 Mandatory!
    Dimensions 200 Item dimensions.
    Eye relief 30
    Note 4000 Try not to use all available 4000 chars, keep it short and simple.
    Date purchased 8 Date in format YYYYMMDD, for example 20191201 (Dec 1, 2019)
    Price purchased 30 Do not include the currency symbol, just numbers, for example 1299.95 ($1,299.55)
    Current value 30 Do not include the currency symbol, just numbers, for example 1299.95 ($1,299.55)
    Manufacturer 100 Lookup data.
    Seeded optic manufacturers.
    Seller name 150 Lookup data.
    Seeded sellers.
    Seller address 150
    Seller phone 50
    Seller email 150
    Seller web 250 Seller web site URL, for example https://www.jgsales.com/
    Wish list 1 Put Y if this item is in your wish list.

    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 optics 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.