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Get rid of the .DEF files

MIP needs to move away from the .DEF file method for imports. Most accounting software has a much easier method to import data and the MIP method requires a computer programmer to do. Its time to make this aspect more user friendly. 

  • John Miles
  • May 17 2017
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  • Alex Janes commented
    4 Feb 05:58pm

    Don't get rid of DEF files. They are useful in that the system can be customized in alot of ways.

    But there needs to be better documentation on building DEF files.

  • David Lee commented
    17 Jul, 2019 10:00pm

    I think it would be very helpful if Abila developed a "wizard" to help build a DEF file for a particular data file that you import over and over again (e.,g., ADP payroll data file).  A wizard could build it once and then the resulting DEF file could be used over and over again.  

  • Q Johnson commented
    2 Apr, 2019 04:32pm


    The reason you have a DEF file in MIP is that MIP allows you to completely customize your system, including the chart of accounts. Other systems tell you exactly how to build your import file because there's only one acceptable amount of content and, by limiting you to one format for it, they can easily write their import process. MIP doesn't really know what you'll choose to bring because they're so flexible. The DEF file is just your way of telling them what you're asking them to import.

    Lots of folks on the forum are experts at DEF file use, no programming experience required. LOL. If you ask for help there, several of the folks who "hang out" there could have you up and running in 15 minutes.