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# Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:37:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) ( CMSImport | Umbraco )

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Ok official it was  released in the beginning of October, but the manual wasn’t finished and I couldn’t upgrade existing clients to 1.1. From a customer satisfaction point of it was very important for me to have these things ready before blogging about all the cool new features. So what’s new?

Media Import

The main feature that is added to CMSImport PRO is the ability to import media related to content or member data. This isn’t a separate import process but integrated in content or media import. When CMSImport finds a reference to a relative path it will try to get the item and convert it to a media item, or store it in the media folder in case of an upload field. The only required thing is that the original media folder is copied to the root of your Umbraco folder.

In the example below the img folder of the original site containing two images is stored in the Umbraco root.


In the Import wizard you can specify that you want to import media items also. Check the option “Import content related media”. If you want to map media against media pickers and/or the TinyMCE editor, you need to specify a media folder also. CMSImport will keep the imported folder structure.


Then in the next step you can create the mapping like you would normally do.


  1. When a reference to an image is found in the content, CMSImport will create a media Item and update the image source to the new Media item(Currently only images are supported in Rich Text. Version 1.2 will have support for files also. Media Pickers and Upload fields will work with files also.)
  2. When an image (could also be a file) reference is mapped against an upload field. CMSImport will store the image in the Umbraco Media folder and update the reference in the Upload field
  3. When an image (could also be a file) reference is mapped against a media picker. CMSImport will create a media item and store the Id of the media item .

When the import process is finished you’ll see that the media items are imported


And when you open an imported item in the content section you’ll see that all the references are updated to the imported media items


Again you don’t need to do anything extra apart from downloading the original media folder to you Umbraco Install.

Currently this import process will work for the following datatypes:

  • Upload Field
  • Media Picker
  • TinyMCE (Rich text editor)

In future releases CMSImport will support custom datatypes and File import for the TinyMCE datatype also.


FieldAdapters are used to convert original values from the datasource to a value the DataType expects. In previous versions when you wanted to import boolean data from a CSV file and map that against a true/false dataType, it would have failed because the True/False datatype could only handle the integer values 1/0 or a real boolean.

FieldAdapters fix those issues. During import of a field CMSImport will check based on the underlying datatype if a value can/must  be converted.

The following snippet contains the implementation of the BooleanFieldAdapter( just to show how little coding is needed for a better import experience).  It will add a relation to the True/False dataType based on the DataTypeID property . This must be the same GUID as the True/False datatype. Then in the Parse method  it will inspect if the value is either 0 or 1, if not it will convert the value to a real boolean.

  1: public class BooleanFieldAdapter : IFieldAdapter
  2: {
  3:     /// <summary>
  4:     /// Contains the GUID of the true/false datatype we want to parse using this FieldAdapter
  5:     /// </summary>
  6:     /// <value></value>
  7:     public Guid DataTypeId
  8:     {
  9:         get { return new Guid("38b352c1-e9f8-4fd8-9324-9a2eab06d97a"); }
 10:     }
 12:     /// <summary>
 13:     /// Parse the data
 14:     /// </summary>
 15:     /// <param name="value">The value to parse</param>
 16:     /// <param name="fieldAdapterService">The field adapter service.</param>
 17:     /// <returns></returns>
 18:     public object Parse(object value, Property property, FieldAdapterOptions fieldAdapterService)
 19:     {
 20:         if (!(value.Equals("0") || value.Equals("1")))
 21:         {
 22:             // Parse boolean value and return result
 23:             bool boolValue = false;
 24:             bool.TryParse(value.ToString(), out boolValue);
 26:             return boolValue;
 28:         }
 29:         return value;
 30:     }
 31: }

This mechanism is very powerful. In fact the whole media import is based on this. Currently it only support a few default Umbraco Datatypes. For later versions I will make sure that FieldAdapters will fix import issues for all popular third party datatypes, like Ucomponents also. If you don’t want to wait for that use the API to create your own FieldAdapter and include it in your package.

Improved API

In 1.0 you could extend CMSImport. but extension points existed in different assemblies. With version 1.1 all extension points exist in the CMSImport.Extensions.DLL. Using this assembly you can create your own DataAdapters and FieldAdapters and you can use the event system. In chapter 8 of the manual you can read all about this. I’ve also created a sample project that you can use as a start. This contains samples from how to create a DataType to how to support Structured Import using the Event System. This was written for CMSImport PRO but you can use it for CMSIMport also, although not all samples will work. The sample code uses the AdventureWorks database a  DataSource. You can download this database from  CodePlex and you can download the Samples from the CMSImport site.

Small other changes

This following other small changes are included in this release.

New version of the CSV Parser

In the 1.0 release I was using an older version of the this Csv Parser. This one is upgraded  to the newest release an didn’t have any issues with it.

Better Error Handling for Saved Imports

When you deleted the root folder in CMSImport PRO 1.0. The only message that you would get was “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” and you could start all over again. In the current version CMSImport will report what is wrong and allows you to fix those issues.


Now with documentation

The whole import process and API is documented now. You can download the manual from the CMSImport site.

Delete failed import documents that were created during import

When a new document is created during the import process and the import process fails the document will be deleted instead of left in the tree.

Improved performance by not setting null values

When a value contains null it will not be mapped against the Document property. This will save a few database calls according to this blogpost. This is only for new imported  documents. When a document is being updated the null value could be the new value and therefore will be assigned to the property.

What’s next

The coming 1.2 version will include more FieldAdapters and support for third party Datatypes. This will be included in both the Free and Pro edition of CMSImport.. I hope to have this ready by the end of this year. I’m also working on version 2.0 that will support structured import out of the box. This will be released early next year. Structured Import will only be included in the PRO edition.

Get it while its hot

Download the free version from Please vote up the package if you like it. Or buy a Pro license from the CMSImport website.

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