X9Assist has extensive capabilities to create and modify x9 files. However, there are times when you want to edit an x9 file at the record level, allowing you to manufacture a file with specific conditions. Some examples are:
- Create duplicated items for specific use cases.
- Create various errant file conditions (duplicated headers, duplicated trailers, etc).
- Rearrange the sequence of records within a bundle or cash letter.
- Cut and paste items from one x9 file to another.
- Move a type 61 credit record from one position to another within a file.
- Insert a type 61 credit into an x9 file when missing.
X9Ware LLC has collaborated with SPFLite on the ability to use their editor against x9 files. SPFLite is a shareware tool with a line editor that mimics the IBM mainframe SPF editor. This x9 editor functionality represents an important tool for your x9 toolbox and opens new possibilities that are otherwise not possible. There are numerous file editors that are available within today’s marketplace. We reference SPFLite because it is a proven tool, implements a common user interface, has extensive functionality, includes profiles which support the unique requirements to parse x9 files at the record level, and is immediately available for your download and usage. We provide SPFLite as an example. You are encouraged to review available tools and select one that meets your specific needs. If you do pursue usage of SPFLite, we would recommend that you consider an appropriate donation (via PayPal) based on the value that you receive from this product. Registration will also allow you to obtain product support and information regarding updates as they become available. Please be aware that the ability to edit x9 files require SPFLite Build 7.1.4050 or higher. This build level is needed to support the x9 field zero (length) separators in big endian format. There are many earlier versions of SPFLite on various shareware download sites, so you need to double check that you have a build level that contains the needed capabilities.
If by chance you are familiar with the SPF editor under IBM TSO, you will welcome the user interface since it dramatically mimics that user interface. You will be up and running immediately.
SPFLite has an extensive help facility which can be invoked either by the Help command or by hitting the F1 key. It is recommended that you spend some time reading through that material, which will allow you to fully understand that editor functions.
SPFLite is a full screen editor that works especially well with block commands. For x9 files, these are very powerful functions since they allow you to very easily move, copy, replicate, and delete entire blocks of records using one or two commands.