Package Import/Export

Similar to the Form Import/Export option, the Form Builder's packaging capabilities allow for the creation of a single package file (with the .empkg extension) which can contain multiple custom forms as well as all of the supporting codebase assemblies and custom field definitions that they utilize, along with plugins and custom data objects.

Packaging allows a set of forms and all of their dependencies to be bundled together into a single unit of distribution, ensuring consistency between the source and target Encompass systems. Once you have created a package on the source system, it can be physically transferred to another Encompass system and imported using the Form Builder's Package Import Wizard. Using this technique, third-party or contract service providers can author custom forms without requiring direct access to your Encompass system. By delivering a package file to you, you can be assured that you are receiving a consistent, up-to-date version of all aspects of the forms.

To Create and Export a Package:

  1. Log in to the Form Builder.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Package Export Wizard.

  3. On the Package Export Wizard window, select the forms and any additional files to be included in the package, and then click Next.

  4. Select the custom field definitions to include in the package, and then click Next.

  5. Select the plugins to include in the package, and then click Next.

  6. Select the custom data objects to include in the package, and then click Next.

  7. Click Export.

  8. On the Save the Export Package window, find the desired location for the package file, type a new File name for the package, and then click Save.

  9. Click OK in response to the completion message.

    The selected items are saved as an .empkg file. 

To Import a Package:

  1. Log in to the Form Builder.

  2. On the Tools menu, click the Package Import Wizard.

  3. On the Package Import Wizard window, type or browse to the location of the package file, click Open, and then click Next.

  4. Click Import.

  5. Click OK in response to the completion message.

  6. If prompted, click Yes to open each form included in the package in the Form Builder’s Form Workspace.

  Published  May 27, 2020

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