Alventis Memos are like all other table fields saved in the corresponding data table and loaded from it. You may occasionally find a need to save the contents of a Memo to a disk file or insert the contents from some file into a Memo. These two operations are discussed below.


BarIfxMemoExport Memo Export is conceptually similar to a "Save As" command you may be familiar with from other programs. This is exactly how it works in Alventis too. Clicking the Memo Export button opens the familiar "Save As" dialog in which you pick the format of the file in which you want to save the Memo and the destination folder. Alventis supports the following file formats:


RTF / Rich Text Format. This format is supported directly by Alventis and should preserve most Memo formatting quite well.
HTML and HTML with CSS are two "flavors" of supported HTML output. They differ in how faithfully they maintain various aspects of document formatting, so you may want to experiment with both to see what works best for you.
Text Files. The Memo will have its text exported to a plain old text file of your choice. All formatting will be lost of course.
Unicode Text Files. Same, but the resulting text file will use the Unicode format.
Microsoft Office Converters. The rest of the export format list will vary depending on your system setup, specifically, on whether you have any Microsoft Office Converters installed on your machine. These are usually installed if you have Microsoft Office. If so, Alventis will attempt to use them to support whatever formats they support. These would typically include various flavors of Microsoft Word and Works, and Corel WordPerfect.


BarIfxMemoImport Memo Import is just as simple. Clicking the Memo Import button will open the standard Open dialog from which you must pick the desired file format and file. The imported text will be inserted at the current cursor position in the Memo. The supported file formats are pretty much the same as those supported by Memo Export, but we'll list them again:


RTF / Rich Text Format. Alventis should be able to import most RTF files with proper formatting. This is definitely the preferred import format.
HTML. Note that we didn't say "CSS". That's because generally-speaking, HTML with CSS is not supported. Alventis should be able to import HTML with CSS produced by its own Memo Export, but not necessarily any other CSS. You can give it a shot, but don't be upset if the results are not quite right. Import from non-CSS HTML is not stellar either, but if you want to get all the text from a Web page into a Memo, it should work reasonably well. If you save your HTML file in your browser with images (e.g., in Microsoft Internet Explorer: Save As... Web Page, Complete; in Opera: Save As... Web page with images), the HTML file should be loaded with images.
Text Files and Unicode Text Files. Same as with Export.
Microsoft Office Converters. The situation here is also similar to Memo Export: if you have them installed on your computer, more import formats will be available. Please note that since Alventis is merely using the available Converters, it has practically no control over their operation, so the success of the conversion may vary greatly, and there's not much we can do about it. You would likely obtain the same result in, say, Microsoft Word if you tried to import the same file into it using the same Converter. Sometimes trying a Converter for a different listed version of the same application may yield better results, so you may need to experiment a bit if the file you are trying to import is not properly decoded right away.