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Frequently Asked Questions about Bandit

Q Can I create user-defined fields in Bandit?
Q If I import data from Band Manager, will Bandit recognize if those data have already been submitted?
Q How can I filter on fields other than band number?
Q Is there a way to copy identical data from one record to the next?
Q How do I restore from a BANDIT backup file?
Q I chose ALPHA for entering data but used Numeric Codes. I am now getting an error message. Can I correct this by re-choosing NUMERIC?
Q How do I import banding data with bands that have a 3-digit prefix?
Q If I am importing a file from another program, must I have a dash in the band numbers?
Q When I download the Mac version, my computer says it doesn't recognize the file "Bandit_1.0.bin", how do I proceed?
Q I am trying to install the program and I get a message saying, error opening registry key, access denied, how do I proceed?
Q How do I export my data from Band Manager so I can import it in to Bandit?
Q I have gotten a message that a file is corrupted. How do I recover it?

Q Can I create user-defined fields in Bandit?
A In versions of Bandit prior to version 2.01 you cannot. Starting from Bandit version 2.01 this feature is available. See documentation chapter 5.5. (User-defined Fields) for details.
Q If I import data from Band Manager, will Bandit recognize if those data have already been submitted?
A No. Bandit does not recognize that schedules have already been submitted via Band Manager. To avoid re-submitting the data, they must be marked as submitted in Bandit. In version 2.0 and above, use the "Mark As Submitted" function. In older versions you must click the "submit" button, but stop the email. This will mark the data as "submitted". You can then add (or import) new data and only it will be sent. If you have a mix of previously-submitted AND new data, mark only the previously-submitted.
Q How can I filter on fields other than band number?
A You can use the "Find" function. Either press the "control" and "F" keys simultaneously, or click on the small magnifying glass icon below the word "Browse" in the upper left. Either will return a blank screen on which you can fill in a value in any number of fields. After doing so, click the "Find" button on the left side of the screen. Only records with the values you requested will show. You can click "Show All" to get back to the full database. While you are in "Find" mode, the word "Symbols" with a drop-down appears. This lists the various operators you can use with a search. For example, if you want all birds banded in 2006, you could use 01/01/2006...12/31/2006.
Q Is there a way to copy identical data from one record to the next?
A Yes,to duplicate an entire line of data, make sure you have clicked any box in the line to be repeated. Hold the control key down while hitting the letter "D". This will copy all of the data (all fields) from this line to the next line. If you only want to copy data from one field to the next line, click in that field on the line below the data you want to copy and hold the control key down while hitting the apostrophe(') key. This will copy the data from the line above for that field only.
Q How do I restore from a BANDIT backup file?
A

Steps to restoring Bandit from a backup file:
If you need to return back to the point when backup file was created:
In Bandit version 1.02 or later:
1. Open Bandit.
2. In the menu go to "File - Restore From Backup".
3. Choose the backup file you want to go back to.

In Bandit versions prior to 1.02
1. Find the backup file you want to go back to in "My Documents" directory
2. Rename it to "Bandit Data.BND"
3. Replace the original "Bandit Data.BND" file in Bandit Home directory with the renamed backup file.
(Bandit application needs to be closed before you do step 3)

Remember: The last scenario will work only if backup files were created in the currently used version of Bandit.

Each Bandit session will create a backup file if you click OK when it first comes up. Each time you open and close the program and click OK, it will create a backup file. The backup file saves everything (old and new); file name has the date and time so you can easily find it. The file is not overwritten just in case a problem occurs with your computer or the Bandit program and you need to back up to a previous session that you know was ok.

Q

I chose ALPHA for entering data but used Numeric Codes. I am now getting an error message. Can I correct this by re-choosing NUMERIC?

A

Yes.

Q How do I import banding data with bands that have a 3-digit prefix?
A Make sure the file you are importing has lead zeroes. In Excel, you must put an apostrophe in front of the number for the lead zero to stay.
Q If I am importing a file from another program, must I have a dash in the band numbers?
A No, Bandit will take the band number with or without dashes.
Q When I download the Mac version, my computer says it doesn't recognize the file "Bandit_1.0.bin", how do I proceed?
A You need to either change the extension to .dmg, or open it with "Disc Utility"
Q I am trying to install the program and I get a message saying, error opening registry key, access denied, how do I proceed?
A You will need administrative access to install the program. Contact your I.T. support staff.
Q How do I export my data from Band Manager so I can import it in to Bandit?
A

NOTE: You cannot copy your Band Manager files via Windows Explorer, you must follow the steps below.

Band Inventory

Open Band Manager
Click Inventory
Click Export
Select Export to .dbf (preferred) or .xls format
Click Export
Name the file and click Save
The file will be saved in the Export Directory of Band Manager. If you saved it as Excel, it should be opened in Excel and saved as a newer version (Bandit will not accept the older version). You can then import the file into Bandit. (or save the file onto disc, etc.)

Subs

Open Band Manager
Click Utilities
Click Program Lookups
Click Banders
Click Export
Select Export to .dbf (preferred) or .xls. Format
Click Export
Name the file and click Save
The file will be saved in the Export Directory of Band Manager. If you saved it as Excel, it should be opened in Excel and saved as a newer version (Bandit will not accept the older version). You can then import the file into Bandit. (or save the file onto disc, etc.)

Locations

Open Band Manager
Click Utilities
Click Program Lookups
Click Locations
Click Export
Select Export to .dbf (preferred) or .xls. Format
Click Export
Name the file and click Save
The file will be saved in the Export Directory of Band Manager. If you saved it as Excel, it should be opened in Excel and saved as a newer version (Bandit will not accept the older version). You can then import the file into Bandit. (or save the file onto disc, etc.)

Bands (banding datafile)

Open Band Manager
Click Data
Select and open appropriate .dbf file
Click Export
Follow instructions regarding “Export Setup”
Click Export
Select Export to .dbf (preferred) or .xls. Format
Click Export
Name the file and click Save
The file will be saved in the Export Directory of Band Manager. If you saved it as Excel, it should be opened in Excel and saved as a newer version (Bandit will not accept the older version). You can then import the file into Bandit. (or save the file onto disc, etc.).

Q I have gotten a message that a file is corrupted. How do I recover it?
A

To recover a damaged file:

On Windows machines, press Ctrl+Shift while double-clicking the Bandit icon on your desktop.
Hold the keys down until you see the "Open Damaged File" dialog box.
On Mac OS X machines, press Option + command while double-clicking the Bandit icon on your desktop. Hold the keys down until you see the "Open Damaged File" dialog box.

During the recovery process, Bandit:

1. Creates a new file.

2. Renames any damaged files by adding "Old" to the end of the filenames (for example, "Bandit Data.BND" is renamed to "Bandit Data Old.BND").

3. Gives the (new) repaired file the original name(Bandit Data.BND).

If you experience unusual behavior in the recovered files, you should revert to a backup copy (explained here) that was made before the file became corrupt, or contact Help for technical assistance.

 

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