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Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
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Hi all, Apologies if this has been covered before but I couldn't find anything in the forum. I'd like to be able to create a list of SMSs (numbers and messages) to be composed within Excel and then…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Anderson May 6, 2010.

Keyword in next release 'Starts with' vs 'Contains'
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Hi all, Thanks for a great tool!!! We've been promoting it in Tanzania and hope to see it take off in a a big way. I was just wondering if the keywords function in the new release will allow the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Taylor Apr 20, 2010.

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David Taylor replied to Peter J. Bury's discussion Propose a new group: Water Sanitation Hygiene (or WASH)
"Hi Peter, Very interesting. There is a lot of buzz around East Africa at the moment about the use of SMS to monitor WASH services. I think a new group would be a great place to throw some ideas around. David"
Jul 28, 2010
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Alex Anderson replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Great to hear :D"
May 6, 2010
David Taylor replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Hi Alex, I reinstalled the software and started again and this time it worked! I must have done something wrong the first time. Thanks a lot for your help! David"
May 6, 2010
Alex Anderson replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Hi David, Sorry this isn't working for you. Any chance you can share your logs for this? Also, it would be great if you could confirm the settings for your external command, and the locations and contents of toxml.bat and…"
May 4, 2010
David Taylor replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Hi Alex, I've followed the directions and sorted the ' No forms' issue. When I send 'loadmessages' to 000 I get a message in the bottom left hand corner which says 'Messages loaded' but in the messages tab there…"
Apr 30, 2010
David Taylor replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Great! Thanks for all your help with this! I'll give it a go and let you know how it goes. Cheers, David"
Apr 27, 2010
Alex Anderson replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Hi David, I've written a quick tutorial to help you do this. I've assumed you're doing this on Windows, but you could achieve very similar on Linux or OSX - you'd just need to modify the script slightly. First up, I wrote the…"
Apr 27, 2010
David Taylor replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Hi Alex, Thanks for getting back to me. I'd love some pointers on how to do this. I'm not a developer but I follow instructions pretty well and if I know what to ask for I have a couple of programmers I can call in to help. Cheers, David"
Apr 27, 2010
Alex Anderson replied to David Taylor's discussion Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel
"Hi David, FrontlineSMS doesn't *naturally* support this, but you could hack this functionality using external commands. Let me know if you'd like any more pointers. Cheers, Alex"
Apr 26, 2010
David Taylor posted a discussion

Importing large numbers of SMS from Excel

Hi all, Apologies if this has been covered before but I couldn't find anything in the forum. I'd like to be able to create a list of SMSs (numbers and messages) to be composed within Excel and then import these and use Frontline to send them. The file would look something like this: Number Message071x xxxxx Test message 1072x xxxxx Test message 2073x xxxxx Test message 3074x xxxxx Test message 4075x xxxxx Test message 5076x xxxxx Test message 6The messages would need to be sent to different…See More
Apr 23, 2010
David Taylor replied to David Taylor's discussion Keyword in next release 'Starts with' vs 'Contains'
"Thanks for the quick reply. That's good to know. We'll work on the basis that the keyword has to come at the start of the message for now. Cheers, D"
Apr 20, 2010
kiwanja replied to David Taylor's discussion Keyword in next release 'Starts with' vs 'Contains'
"Hi David Thanks for the message - we're really pleased you're finding the tool so useful! In terms of the change you suggest, we can add this to the list but right now the keyword is only recognised at the start of a message. One of the…"
Apr 20, 2010
David Taylor posted a discussion

Keyword in next release 'Starts with' vs 'Contains'

Hi all, Thanks for a great tool!!! We've been promoting it in Tanzania and hope to see it take off in a a big way. I was just wondering if the keywords function in the new release will allow the keyword to be recognised anywhere in the message rather than just at the start? We're running a large pilot project in Tanzania to monitor rural water supply. We're looking at printing the promo materials to tell people what format we need the data in.It doesn't make a lot of sense to have our keywords…See More
Apr 20, 2010

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We want a simple to use tool to be able to receive organise and forward large numbers of SMSs. The system is designed to collect data from rural areas about the functionality of their water supply and then to forward it to the District and the Ministry of Water.
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I've been working with new technologies and data collection in Tanzania since 2007. Big fan of sharing data through easy to understand visuals, especially maps. Work mainly around improved local governance and water but also do a bit with malaria, sanitation and health
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