There are times when you might wish to preserve the location data you have loaded into MetaLocator. MetaLocator allows you to accomplish this by the export function, basically a download of your data. MetaLocator stores your location data in a customized database. The export is a representation of that data in CSV (comma separated value) format, a format acceptable to Excel and other data tools. This allows you to maintain copies as needed on your local computer, organized as you see fit. In performing the export, nothing changes with your MetaLocator information itself. Your account information, location and interface data are always secure and backed up within MetaLocator through state-of-the systems and cloud-based technology. The idea of making a copy of your location data for your purposes is purely optional. An export of your location data could be helpful to you under these circumstances:
- If you periodically import incremental updates you may wish to keep a complete record of your location data as it changes over time.
- If you add/update/delete locations through the MetaLocator data interface rather than by importing. This is a good way to keep and organize your location data in one file outside of MetaLocator.
- When you are planning a wide range of changes to your location data you might wish to first save your most recent position of location data prior to applying updates. Having saved this data, in the event your updates do not work out as planned you can then revert to your location data before the changes through an import of this saved working location configuration.