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CBPF 2.07 now Available

With the advent of a Master Data File change, CBPF had to be updated to allow for the file format change.

If you import from CSUL or POW, I’d suggest you don’t bother doing this upgrade as there are no changes that will effect you. See the post below for the explanation of what the issue is that is being addressed and Diamonds’ original article.

To update to this latest version of CBPF (If you are a subscriber), do the following. If you are a purchaser, the upgrade will ask for a code which will be provided when you call us and agree to the upgrade cost.

  1. Close CBPF
  2. Backup your current CBPF files
  3. Download 2.07 upgrade
  4. Unzip 2.07 upgrade
  5. copy ComicBook Pull File.accde into your CBPF folder (usually in public Documents/Comicbook pull file
  6. Load CBPF
  7. You should get a thank you for upgrading message. Then the import should work. If you don’t get a thank you message, you probably copied to the wrong folder. You can verify the version of CBPF by going to the Utilities tab and the version is listed on the ribbon.

Click to download 2.07 Upgrade

 

Error when importing Master Data File for March 2017

I just found out that Diamond changed the file format for the Master Data File in the March 2017 file. Here is the article posted today https://retailerservices.diamondcomics.com/DiamondDaily/108/191277

I’ve changed CBPF so that it can accept this new format. There is no other functionality changes between 2.06 and 2.07. So if you don’t use the MDF file when importing monthly there is no need to do this update if you’re already using CBPF 2.06.

Testing and getting this version of CBPF up may take a few days.

 

 

October Import Problems

The October Diamond files contain Betty and Veronica items which begin with # in the item description. For those customers who have ‘strip’ (removes issue numbers from the item description) in their setup, this causes a problem. I’ve updated CBPF to 2.05 to deal with this issue.

  1. Close CBPF
  2. Download 2.05 upgrade
  3. Unzip 2.05 upgrade
  4. copy ComicBook Pull File.accde into your CBPF folder (usually in public Documents/Comicbook pull file
  5. Load CBPF
  6. You should get a thank you for upgrading message. Then the import should work.

Click to download 2.05 Upgrade

The other alternative is to remove these items from the import file prior to importing (POW or MDF only. CSUL imports come directly so can’t be edited).

POW update

I spoke with technical support at Diamond and here is what Diamond means when they are no longer supporting POW (Previews On Windows). The POW file will continue to be generated for the forseeable future. The POW program will probably continue to work. But if you need technical help, or something breaks, Diamond is going to either not assist, or may assist, but encourage you to move to ComicSuite Ultra Lite.

So what does that mean for CBPF users? Anyone can continue to use the version of CBPF they are using. If you do transition away from POW, CBPF is there ready to help. It supports the CSUL format as well as the MDF (Master Data File) format file. And the POW support is still supported in the latest version of CBPF.

There have been hickups with rolling out the 2.xx version of CBPF (as I knew there would be) since a different version of MS Office is used and the database format has changed. I very much thank those stores who have upgraded and been patient in the upgrade process.

James

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