Creating a Custom EDI Collection

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Creating a Custom EDI Collection

An "EDI Collection" is a directory which contains all configuration files applicable to a specific EDI standard. By default, all built-in EDI collections exist in MapForce at the following path: C:\Program Files\Altova\MapForce2019\MapForceEDI. (If you run 32-bit MapForce on a 64-bit operating system, adjust the directory path to C:\Program Files(x86)\... ).

 

It is not recommended to alter the contents of original files and folders in the MapForceEDI directory, unless you want to override, at your own responsibility, the default EDI validation and processing in MapForce. The recommended approach is to add new custom directories rather than modifying the existing ones, as shown below. This will also make it easier to migrate your custom configuration to a newer version of MapForce.

 

 

To create a custom EDI collection:

1.In the C:\Program Files\Altova\MapForce2019\MapForceEDI directory, create a sibling copy of a directory that corresponds to the standard which you want to customize (for example "EDIFACT.Custom").

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2.Open MapForce.
3.On the Insert menu, click EDI. At this stage, your custom EDI collection should appear in the "Browse EDI Collections" dialog box in addition to the default ones.

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Note:        You need administrative rights to the C:\Program Files directory to modify it.

 

So far, the custom collection that was just created has not been customized yet in any way, so it is not different to the default one. In order to provide you the ability to translate data between your custom EDI format and any other data format supported by MapForce (in both directions), the EDI collection must be customized. This is discussed in the next sections. For now, it is important to remember that a directory must satisfy the following criteria in order to become an EDI collection recognized by MapForce:

 

1.It must be a subdirectory of C:\Program Files\Altova\MapForce2019\MapForceEDI).
2.It must be a copy of any of the following directories: EDIFACT, HIPAA.X12, HL7, NCPDP SCRIPT, TRADACOMS, or X12.

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