I’ve been working with IBM Filenet for a few years now, and although i’m a great fan, there are some really big shortcomings with its basic management tools such as the FEM (Filenet Enterprise Manager) or the ACCE.
One of them is the ability to – directly export CE-query results to an excel file, which can be useful when performing ad-hoc analysis. Of course there is the option to export to a comma- or tab separated plain text file. But, as it seems a lot of content happens to contain commas or tabs as well, which makes the functionality completely useless :).
So, thank god for the Java api.
I recently made this simple command-line tool, that allows you to export the results of a simple CE query to excel, using java and Apache Poi. It performs at lightspeed compared to the FEM-csv export and requires minimal configuration. Yet, i must say – its no rocketscience, anyone could have made it-.
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- Unzip the jar
- Specify your connection information in the connection.properties file.
- Start via the commandline “java -jar P8ToXLS.jar”
- Provide your username & password
- Paste or type the query. (An empty line is considered “next”)
- Type a name for the output file (e.g. “output.xls”)
- Wait until done 🙂