Yesterday I completed the first pass of exporting a LSC Registration Pyramid SDIF file. Since I only have the demo versions of the Hy-Tek tools (Team Manager and Meet Manager), I sent the SDIF file to the support contact I have been working with at Hy-Tek. Meet Manager can’t read the file which makes sense because it contains roster information, not meet entries. Team Manager can’t read it either because it doesn’t import SDIF. Great. It turns out Hy-Tek really only supports a subset of SDIF. Now what do I do?
When I first started looking into this problem, I found a couple other similar applications which manage swim team rosters and meets. One was from EasyWare, the other from WinSwim. I tried to import the data into WinSwim and didn’t have much luck. I then sent the file to their support e-mail address and hoped I had simply made a mistake in my SDIF file. I got a nice reply stating that WinSwim didn’t support the LSC Registation Pyramid and suggested I structure my file a little differently OR use their ASCII import method.
The ASCII import method didn’t look too difficult but instead of tackling it last night, I played Rock Band with my son. I am really glad I played Rock Band instead of working ont he plugin! This morning I woke up to an e-mail asking me to download and try a new version of WinSwim which support the LSC registration pyramid. Yeah! I installed it and imported my sample data without any issues. How cool is that? Unless I run into a problem, I expect our team will make an investment in WinSwim instead of Hy-Tek.