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PricingFREE or ~US$400/year
5 Users / Year$0 or ~US$2000/year
DescriptionPowerhouse of Importing and Exporting data

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OMG how good is Enabler! Since Dataloader.io's free tier went down to 10,000 records per month which is just ridiculously useless, I forked out to pay for Enabler. Wow, it has been worth it. They even have matching IDs based on Name (but unlike Dataloader it won't error if you have duplicates, it will just add to the first one it finds). 

And now Enabler is FREEEEEEEE! Well, free to export any data out of Salesforce! No more 2000 row limit with Excel Power Query. Just refresh your data with Enabler, then use Power Query or a saved pivot table to visualise your data! Easy!

Oh, and it works in Google Apps also. (I did this great visualisation getting data into google apps then use a free mapping tool to geolocate and map the data). 

Setup

Download the Enterprise version from the website - it installs and Excel plugin. 

You will get a 30 day trial of the full version of Enabler. USE IT VERY CAREFULLY! You can do lots of damage with this tool!. It's very easy to bulk update or bulk delete data. This is good AND bad. 

Login

On the Enabler Ribbon click Login and choose Web and SSO Login

Choose Production and enter your Salesforce Username and Password. This uses Salesforce OAuth login, so this page is showing the regular Salesforce login from login.salesforce.com. 

Once you are logged in you can use the first three icons for FREE!

 

 

Documentation

Exporting

Get data using Reports

http://blog.enabler4excel.com/4y7ekyvyy

I find reports is the easiest way to go - build your report in Salesforce using the tool you know, and then click the reports button in Enabler and the report is right there because it's the last report you used - and download the data. Voila!

Don't bother using Printable View, it's a bit weird. And you are NOT printing your Salesforce data are you? If so contact me right now and explain yourself! 

 

Here is the documentation for using the Get Data menu. 

http://blog.enabler4excel.com/7f1yfd6qb

It's way more powerful but way more difficult to use. 

 

And even more advanced documentation here

http://blog.enabler4excel.com/8h9s2kq4m

 

But stick with reports. It's easy and you know how to do those already. 

Tips

Set the following settings:

Settings Menu - General Tab 

  • Freeze header row
  • Refresh Pivot Tables

Edit Template menu

  • (optionally) Automatically refresh data

Mappings (set after an export is done)

  • Has Column Headers
  • Create a Data Table around pulled data
  • (optionally) Pull IDs automatically

Annoyances

  • Every time you refresh you need to clear your filters before you refresh.
  • Every time you refresh you need to re-do your sorting. 

Cool things

Change report filters! 

Click the Edit button next to Reports and you can change the filters without going back into Salesforce! (Waiting confirmation if this is available in the free version). 

Importing

Way more notes to be added here, but quick tips are to ensure your Settings are as you need them (200 DML operations at a time is default - and usually you will want to uncheck Ignore Blank Values so you can clear data from fields). 

Here's some of the docco I use most. 

Use Names rather than IDs http://blog.enabler4excel.com/23yt7vse5 - I find this setting is in an annoying location, and miss it every time. 

 

Notes

Always remember to get the record ID of the data you are getting out of Salesforce, in case you do want to do anything with it (eg use it for vLookups). 

Remember that Enabler uses your API calls, so beware when working with large volumes of data. Thankfully refreshing one report only takes 1 API call. Uploading data depends on the DML settings in settings - if it's set to 200 then 1 API call will be used for every 200 records inserted or updated. 

 

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