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What is a dummy scancode and what is it needed for?
What is a dummy scancode and what is it needed for?

When importing objects, it is necessary in seventhings to assign dummy scancodes. This article explains what to look out for.

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Written by Corinna Hahnefeld
Updated over a week ago

If you want to import obejcts to seventhings, for example from your existing Excel lists or an accounting software, it is necessary that you already assign a scancode during the import. Since this scancode will be overwritten later by the scancode of the label, it is called a dummy scancode.

In seventhings, each object gets a unique ID or number. Normally this is done by associating it with a label and number noted on it. However, during an import, there are no assigned ID's yet when the objetcs are created. For this reason, it is necessary to insert a one-to-one assignment element in the upload file.

We recommend to add a prefix to the dummy scan code. This way it is easier to distinguish it later from objects that have already been tagged, as there is no prefix there.

Important: The assigned dummy scancode must be consecutive and must not be repeated.

When the import template is created, the scancode field of import file is then linked to the Scancode via the mapping. Thus, the dummy scancode is written into the desired field "Scancode". Please make sure that the blue key symbol is set to this mapping.

When the import with dummy scancode is finished, we will explain in the following article how to overwrite the dummy scancode when assigning it to your labels: Overwrite the scancode

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