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Tool to Import and save in .csv Format

Hello Sir,
We purchased and now using the StatPlanet . we need your input/suggestions for our queries.
Since we have the huge amount of data with different categories, and cycles(Year), we do not want to use the statplanet editor to create the .csv file instead we want to create our own Tool to import the data and save the .xls to .csv format.
Please let us know if you see any disadvantage / problems / limitations by doing this own tool.
We wanted to show the participating countries in startup Window, Is it possible?
The only possibility that we figured out that to show in a seperate category with dummy data(say 1).. Actually there were no specific data for this. Is it possible to show the countries even there is a blank data?
Please update me on this .
Thanks & Regards,

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Hello Devi,
I don't think there are any issues with generating the CSV file using your own means. A number of clients have implemented their own tools to do so and skipping the StatPlanet Data Editor. This document from p.6 onwards might be useful in this regard: http://www.statsilk.com/files/resources/Quick_Start.pdf
For showing the participating countries, I would recommend using a categorical/descriptive map legend. You can actually see the result here (TIMSS participating countries): http://www.statsilk.com/maps/world-stats-open-data?l=timss%20iea%20participating%20countries. The legend text can be customized as required. For more details, please see p.26 and p.28-29 of the user guide (http://www.statsilk.com/files/resources/User_Guide_StatPlanet.pdf).