Create text file

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Sometimes a Switch flow needs to have a new text file created. There are many examples where this text file would be too difficult to create using a standard tool (so you would need to resort to a custom script solution), but in many other Switch flows, it’s absolutely possible to create the content of the text file using standard boilerplate text complimented with variables or using a Switch script expression.

This Four Pees app gives you the means to create exactly such a text file using a standard app. The rest of this document describes how to use the app and explains the different properties.

Example use cases

These are some of the use cases we've used this app for:

  • Having a trigger file that is sent out to a flow at a regular interval, with information in the file about when it was created.
  • Creating a simple JSON file using Switch variables.
  • Outputting a "debug" log file for a job that contains crucial job metadata.
  • Writing out a CSV file to be imported into an MIS system.

"Text" file

This app is called "Create text file" because it writes a file in text mode, rather than in binary mode. This means it can not only be used for .txt files, but you can write any file that uses text encoding. Examples are XML, JSON, Markdown, RTF, CSV... The app does not provide any specific help for any of these formats though so it is in those cases up to you to make sure you format the file content correctly.

 

 

Compatibility
Switch Version Required: 2019 Fall or higher
Platform: Windows, Mac
3rd Party Compatibility: There are no external dependencies for this app.  
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Norbert K. (Germany) installed this app.
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Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021.

It is very easy to use and it is useful too. I create xml files with it. It is possible to do that very easy.

Malcolm M. (United Kingdom) installed this app.
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Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021.

Simple but powerful and very useful, thanks.

Stephane A. (France) installed this app.
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Reviewed on 15 Feb 2021.

Great app !

"Create Text file" helped me to process very easily and very quickly the behaviour I was expecting ;-)

Thanks a lot for this nice app ;-)

Let the penguin be the force.

Christian B. (France) installed this app.
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Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021.

Great app!

I had some basic ETL stuff to do on XML files.
I've been able to make it in few minutes without any line of scripting!

Well done!

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