Importing and Exporting Projects
  • 04 May 2022
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Importing and Exporting Projects

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Designer Elements can be exported from one environment and imported into another. 

These elements are exported as Decisions object (.decObj) files within a .zip file. When a project or application moves from one environment to another, management shifts from one Administrator to the other. Due to this shift, account privileges should be monitored so that the appropriate accounts are given Administrator access.

There are no timeout/file size limit import errors.

When importing between different versions, certain features may require further attention to import correctly. Large project sizes, various entity locations, complex Data Structures, or other various configurations also can cause errors or affect the entire import/export process as a whole.

Importing a Project

For the following example, download the .zip file below, which contains an exported Designer Folder with several .decObj that includes a Flow, Form, Report, and Rule. This .zip file will be downloaded to the designated Windows File Explorer location (Windows 'Downloads' by default) and used later in the example.

   Sample Import Export  

  1. From the Designer Studio, right-click any Designer Project. Select Import/Export and click Import.
  2. Select CHOOSE FILE and select the desired file. Click IMPORT.
  3. Designate each desired Entity for import by toggling the checkbox beside each NAME in the Import Summary Report windowClick COMPLETE IMPORT.

    If there is an issue with one of the entities during import, this report will help to resolve these issues before importing.
  4. Click OK.

Exporting a Project 

  1. Locate a Designer Project. Right-click the Designer Project and navigate to Import/Export > Export.
  2. From the Select Project window, enter a New Project Name and click CONTINUE.

    The Select Project window assigns the Designer Entity to a Project before Export. In addition to being able to create a new Project, the window also offers the ability to select a pre-existing Project from a dropdown menu.
  3. From the Export window, select Project with Dependencies and click CONTINUE.
    Export OptionDescription
    Project with DependenciesDownloads the entire Project with all its Dependencies
    ProjectDownloads the Project
    This FolderDownloads just the Folder without the rest of its attached Project
    Advanced OptionsOption to further configure Export (Hidden Folders, Sub Folders, History Folders)

  4. In the next window, toggle which object will be exported via the Select Items checkboxes, then click EXPORT.

    Single entities can be exported as opposed to the entire project. To do this, navigate to the Designer Project where the single entity lives and then bring up the Action Menu for this entity, select the Import/Export option from the menu and then select Export.
  5. Click the DOWNLOAD button.

    Selecting Download will export the Project in the form of .zip file. Unzipping the file reveals each separate Designer Element in the form of individual .decObj files. 

Import/Export Settings

In the event that the Import or Export wizard appears to be running slower than usual upon exporting larger projects, or that the wizard is exporting too many Elements or unwanted Elements, users may utilize the Import/Export Studio Settings to adjust which items are included or excluded from the Import/Export process.

For further information on the Portal, visit the Decisions Forum.

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