Converter

Breed Mate allows you to share your data freely because it supports a number of common data exchange formats. For example you can export or import your entire database to Excel, Word, Access or any other database or spreadsheet using standard copy and paste or the CSV file format.

We believe that if it's your data and you put it into the program you should have every right to recover that data. We also strongly believe that the free interchange of data will benefit all responsible breeders. Unfortunately most other pedigree programs don't share data as freely as Breed Mate which is why we developed the Universal Pedigree Converter (UPC).

UPC will allow you to convert data from many other pedigree programs into Breed Mate format. Note these programs are not affiliated with Wild Systems in any way. The UPC is a 32bit program hence it will only run on Win2K/XP/Vista. The only condition we place on the use of the UPC is that you have a legal right to convert that data. 

To obtain a free copy of the UPC you must be a currently registered user of Breedmate Pro or Pedigree Explorer - in which case you should login to our support page with your reg # and click on the UPC download link.

UPC also provides conversion to OPSX format. Here is a link to the latest V5 specification of the OPSX format.

Instructions

To convert a file simply run the UPC4.EXE program by double clicking on it. Next select the appropriate convert command from the File menu, e.g. to convert Compuped select "Import Compuped...".

A file open dialog box will appear. Navigate through your file system and select the file you wish to convert. The file that needs to be converted is not always obvious as many programs use multiple files to store data. The file type to look
for will be listed in the dialog box.

The following pedigree formats, are currently supported. The table lists the files from which data can be extracted and the data fields available.

File Types

Ped Plus- File extension is ".DBF". The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, sex, date of birth, title, pet name
K9PED File extension is ".txt". This is the CSV file that K9PED exports.
CBA (Cat Breeders Assistant) File extension is ".REC". The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, title, colour, breeder, owner, breed.
Compuped (Version 3) File extension is ".PRC" but Converter also reads ".PMS" file to get title information. The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, sex, date of birth, colour, title.
Compuped (Version 4) File extension is ".CRC". The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, sex, date of birth, colour, title, user defined fields 1, 2 and 3. Also extracts the details of owners from the .COW file.
Pedigree(Ruskat) export file This file is always called ASCIIDAT.LST. It is a fixed field length ascii record file. The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, sex, breed, colour, date of birth.
Lineage Manager File extension is ".DBF" (dBase III). The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, pre title (show title), post title (obedience), color, date of birth 
clearances (certifications). Note this is the older file format. The newer files use a .DTA file type and these can only be converted by emailing them to us.
Pedigree V4.0(Charles Orange) File extension is ".DAT". The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, sex and color.
Anim-all File extension is ".MAS". The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, sex, date of birth, color, owner, breeder.
WINCANIS File extension is ".PDG". The data which
can be extracted is name, sex, DOB, sire, dam, registration, title, post title, owner, breeder.
Pet Record System File extension is ".TXT". The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, title, color, dob, owner.
Pedigree(WareEver) - Canadian The file is called DOG.DTA. The data which
can be extracted is namesiredam and registration, title, color, dob, country of origin, breed.
Alfirin The file ends in DBW. The data which can be extracted is name, sire, dam, DOB, sex, titles, color (though this depends on exactly how the data was exported). The Alfirin viewer *assumes* that the fields in the DBW file are:

AnimalID|Name|DOB|SireID|DamID|Photo/URL|Title|Reg No.|Color|Sex
(fields after sex are ignored).
Alfirin Re-Indexer This is *not* an importer. It is a converter which will read you Alfirin DBW file and reindex the file by adding four random alphabetic characters to the end of every index, e.g. and index like 123 becomes 123GHOR. The reindexer also regenerates the BRW, BXW and IXW files. The files it produces are the same name as the source except thet have "2" appended to the name, hence "BorderCollies.DBW" gets reindexed to "BorderCollies2.DBW".

The effect of reindexing is that it becomes very difficult to guess valid indexes. In fact it would require roughly 500,000 guesses to get just one correct index. This makes data mining more difficult and also make it easier to implement schemes that limit the number of requests per IP address or session.

Speedy Pedigree (InTouch) Files end in MDB. The data which can be extracted is name, sire, dam, DOB, sex, titles, color, reg no, breed .
The Breeders Data Manager (TBDM) Files end in MDB. The data which can be extracted is name, sire, dam, DOB, sex, titles, color, reg no .
PedigreePoint Files end in TXT. Some PedPoint exports end in .GZ - these need to be manually unzipped into TXT files using Gzip.exe which is available from www.gzip.org . Use the file open dialog to select all the files in the one export - note PedPoint splits the export into individual files containing about 10,000 records each.

 

After the file has been converted you will see the pedigree data which has been converted in a spreadsheet style format
with one line per record and one column per field. This is the same format as the Breed Mate database view.

The next step is to use the "File Save As..." command to save the file as a Breed Mate file or use the Export CSV... command to save the converted data as a comma separated value file which is easily imported into most other programs including spreadsheets.

If saving as a Breed Mate file, always save the file with a ".BMX" extension , eg a German Shepherd file would be saved as "GERMAN.BMX".

Other Commands

1. Create Sex - sometimes it is difficult to extract the sex information from certain file formats. In these cases you can use the Create Sex command. It will look up every name and check whether it was used as a sire or dam and set the sex field for that entry appropriately.

2. View Options - you can set two parameters, viz:

a. dd/mm or mm/dd date format - use this to set whether the dates are converted as day/month or month/day. Note this options only work with certain file formats which store the date in binary format. Those formats which store the date as plain text will not be subject to this option.

b. Change Case - use this to enable or disable conversion of names to title case, ie first letter capitals - this is the most readable form for names. If this option is not selected then the names will be simply copied as is.

3. Export/Import XML - this enables exchange of data with other OPSX compliant pedigree software.

4. Export CSV - exports in BreedMate CSV format which is suitable for importation into Excel or Access.