How to import Bookings from another application into MIDAS in iCal formatYou can import bookings from another scheduling application into MIDAS in iCal format via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Database → Database Tools → Import Data.
Using the import tool, you can import booking data into MIDAS v4.07 or later that is in iCal (.ics) format.
In MIDAS v4.06 or later, you can alternatively import booking data that is either in a .csv (Comma Separated Values), or .txt (Tab, or other character, Delimited) file format. For more information, please see this article.
Preparing your data for importIf there is an "Export" feature in your existing 3rd party software application, use it to export your booking data as an .ics (iCal) file. (See how to do this for a Google Calendar or a Yahoo Calendar).
If your software doesn't allow you to export in this format, you can export in .csv or .txt format instead and then import that following these instructions.
Once you have your exported iCal data, you are ready to use the import tool to import the booking data into MIDAS....
Step 1 - Specify the file to import
Use the "Select File..." button to locate your .ics data file to import.
Before clicking the "Next Step" button, be sure to specify that you are importing booking data.
Step 2 - Specify import options
The next screen will help you assign (map) fields from your iCal data to corresponding fields in MIDAS:
The "Location" field with an iCal record would normally indicate where a booking is taking place - ordinarily therefore this should map to the "Venue" field within MIDAS. If your iCal data instead records the venue in the booking's "Summary" field select "Summary" instead.
The name of the client that a booking is for usually doesn't have a dedicated field within an iCal file. It is suggested that in your 3rd party calendar application you use the "Summary" field to record the client's name, so that it can be imported into MIDAS accordingly. If no client information is present at all within your iCal data, select "None"
The "Description" field with an iCal record normally records notes/information about the booking - this would therefore usually map to the "Booking Notes" field within MIDAS. If details about iCal bookings to be imported are recorded in the "Summary" field, select this option to map the contents to the "Booking Notes" field, or alternatively selecting "None" will not map the Booking Notes field in MIDAS to any incoming iCal data.
The "type" of booking usually doesn't have a dedicated field within an iCal file, therefore the "Assign Booking Type" option allows you to assign a MIDAS Booking Type to all bookings being imported. If you wish to assign different booking types to different bookings, you would be need import separate iCal files for each, and assign a different booking type accordingly.
Step 3 - ImportClicking the "Import Data" booking will then attempt to import your booking data into MIDAS, and inform you of the results.
Imported bookings will be added to MIDAS, bookings already present in MIDAS will remain unaffected.
As part of the import process, MIDAS will check that each booking being imported doesn't conflict with any other booking. If a conflict is found, the booking will be skipped and not imported.
Also, as part of the import process, MIDAS will add any new venues or clients found in your imported data to the database as appropriate.
If any bookings can't be imported (for example, if they clash with existing bookings, or start/end and venue details can't be determined from the raw data), they will be logged to a "debug-import.dat" file in your MIDAS installation, the contents of which can also be viewed via a "Click to view details" link on the "Import Complete" screen.
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