[CE 16] ITEM TYPE LOOKUP XLSM vs XLSX

Using CONNECT Edition Update 16 ver. 10.16.00.80

Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, version 10.0.18363 build 18363

Microsoft Excel for Microsoft 365 MSO (16.0.14131.20278) 64-bit

 

By using ITEM TYPES, I have been able to utilize an Excel file as a lookup table to populate text fields. This has been working great in CE updates 12, 13, 14 and 15.

 

I had posted this method here:

https://communities.bentley.com/products/microstation/f/microstation-forum/182176/ce-new-approach-for-text-substitution

 

I updated to CONNECT Edition Update 16 and now the Excel file is not being read.

The Excel we have been using has some macros in it, so it is a “.xlsm” file not a “.xlsx” file.

 

The picklist is loaded by a dgnlib. The picklist appears to work with no issues.

The item type variable is listed here:

ITEMTYPE_LOOKUP   = $(_USTN_WORKSETDGNS)Shared/Support/TextSubstitution_CE.xlsm

 

SO… I switched to using an Excel file without the embedded macros, making it a “.xlsx” file.

Then I changed my variable to use a xlsx extension,

ITEMTYPE_LOOKUP   = $(_USTN_WORKSETDGNS)Shared/Support/TextSubstitution_CE.xlsx

 

Now everything works OK!

So, using the same dgn file, and the same ITEMTYPE attached to my elements, the only difference that broke this process in CE 16 was “xlsm” vs “xlsx”.

 

Does anyone have any thoughts as to why this issue would occur with the xlsm file?

 

Here are snapshots of the actual ITEMTYPE definitions, picklists, and Excel file:

I apologize for the long post.

Karl

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  • Karl, are you verifying that the XLSM file worked for you in MSCE U14?  I could have sworn I had tested it and the same problem was happening then.  I never received word that they fixed this yet:

    SR Number: 7001098862
    Status: Open - Enhancement Filed
    Created: 14-Jul-20

    Details :
    Service Request created from the web by Sean Duphily

    I am requesting for the option to select an xlsm file type for an Item TypePicklist. Currently, as shown in the attached image, only an xlsx file can be selected for import.
    I was able to take an xlsm file with macros inside of it, rename the file in Explorer to xlsx and import without any issues. For a workflow for an ordinary user, I would want the option to import the xlsm file directly instead of having the user to need to save out the file to the other extension.

    Resolution:
    Enhancement 1102419:User is requesting the option to select an xlsm filetype for an Item TypePicklist
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  • Karl, are you verifying that the XLSM file worked for you in MSCE U14?  I could have sworn I had tested it and the same problem was happening then.  I never received word that they fixed this yet:

    SR Number: 7001098862
    Status: Open - Enhancement Filed
    Created: 14-Jul-20

    Details :
    Service Request created from the web by Sean Duphily

    I am requesting for the option to select an xlsm file type for an Item TypePicklist. Currently, as shown in the attached image, only an xlsx file can be selected for import.
    I was able to take an xlsm file with macros inside of it, rename the file in Explorer to xlsx and import without any issues. For a workflow for an ordinary user, I would want the option to import the xlsm file directly instead of having the user to need to save out the file to the other extension.

    Resolution:
    Enhancement 1102419:User is requesting the option to select an xlsm filetype for an Item TypePicklist
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