Import & Export your data via Excel

Multiple ways to Import data

Dragon1 offers multiple ways to import data in a wide variety of file types. In most cases, users import Microsoft Excel files by saving them first as CSV files and then importing them as CSV files on Dragon1.

Files can be imported using one of the following options:

  • Import Application.
  • Architecture Repository.
  • Visual Designer

Import via the Import Application is the most commonly used option and will be explained in detail on this page.

How to use the Import Application?

Do the following steps to import a CSV using the Import application:

  • Log in.
  • Click 'Import' on the left side menu.
dragon1 import application

Import Excel data using the Import application in Dragon1.

  • Click the 'Upload .csv file' button in the left top of the screen.
  • A file dialog appears, select the CSV file and click on the 'Open' button.
dragon1 excel data preview

Preview of Excel data to be imported in the Import application in Dragon1.

  • The list on the screen shows the contents of the CSV file.
  • Below the list, the Cabinet, Dossier and empty Folder need to be selected.
    First select the Cabinet, then the list of Dossiers inside the Cabinet is filled, When a Dossier is selected, the list with Folders inside the Dossier is filled.
  • Click on the 'Import' button.

The data is imported and can be used.

How to export Data?

Exporting data is done using the Architecture Repository. To export data use the following steps:

  • Log in.
  • Click on Architecture Repository in the left side bar. The Architecture Repository opens and shows an empty working screen. Showing the button bar for 'Repository'.
  • Click on 'Open Cabinet' in the button bar, and select the Cabinet that needs to be opened. By clicking the Cabinet, the Explorer tree view is populated with the Cabinet loaded.
dragon1 export data

Export a Cabinet to Excel using the Architecture Repository.

  • In the button bar at top of the screen, click the 'Export Data' button.
  • A popup menu appears, select 'Export to CSV'.
  • The message 'Generating CSV...' appears, click on 'OK'.
  • After a short moment, a 'Save File as' dialog appears. Click on 'Save'.

The Cabinet is exported and can be opened in Excel.

Required Configuration of the Import Data File

In order to have a smooth import experience, the import data has to meet a certain data structure. Currently, the supported format is Excel or CSV (Note: An Excel sheet has to be saved as a CSV file before it can be imported into Dragon1).

The first row of the CSV file has to contain the column headers, furthermore, the CSV file has to meet the following structure:

  • There is a column called: uniqueid.
  • There is a column called: name.
  • There is a column called: type.
  • There is a column called: class.
  • There is a column called: description.
  • Make sure that you use a , (comma) as a field separator. If not possible use ; (semicolumn) as field separator
  • Try not to make use of double quotes or single quotes in your data. Avoiding this will ensure a perfect import of your data
  • Only if you use commas in a field value and use semicolumn as separator, place double quotes around your field value
  • Do NOT use a column called ref or id
  • Optional column: BitmapImage
  • Optional column: Title.
  • All other columns of data you provide are treated as User Defined Data (UDF) and are stored in the data field of an entity

Sample Import Data Files

Download one of the sample Import Data files to get a better understanding of its format:

Supported Import Formats

Dragon1 supports the import of the following data and file formats:

  • XML
  • CSV
  • TXT
  • Signavio XML exports (BPMN language and ArchiMate language)
  • MS Excel XSLX, XLS (via CSV)
  • MS Visio VSDX
  • MS Visio VDX (Lucid chart)
  • Archi XML exports (ArchiMate 3.1 language)
  • BizzDesign Enterprise Studio XML exports (ArchiMate 3.1 language)
  • Topdesk XML exports
  • BMC/Remedy XML exports