Custom Bridges

Custom bridges may be added if we do not offer a bridge for a program.

In the Main Menu, click Setup, Program Links, then click Add.

Adding a customer bridge is useful if you know how to write output files. For a list of current program bridges, see Interoperability with Other Software.

Examples for custom bridges:

Note: Only add custom bridges for bridges we do not already support.

  1. Enter the settings for the custom bridge on the Program Link window.
  2. Click Output File to build your own output file (for example txt or ini). This requires technical knowledge of output file builds and should only be attempted by those who know how. Don't create an output file for bridges that do not require one.
  3. Output File Path: Click [...] to select the path to the output file (ini or txt) on your computer.
  4. Output Template: Enter the body of the output file.
  5. Replacements: Click to insert replacement fields that map data fields in the bridge output file to patient data fields.

    Select field then click OK to insert field at cursor. Example: PATID (bridge) maps to [PatNum] in Open Dental.
  6. Click OK to save the custom bridge.

Add a URL

Use custom bridges to add a toolbar button or Reports dropdown menu option that launches a web browser and loads a URL (e.g. a reporting URL).

  1. Description: Enter the name of the bridge. This name will show in the Program Links list.
  2. Check the Enabled box.
  3. Path of file to open: Enter the website URL to launch.
  4. Text on button: Enter the text to show in the Reports menu or on the toolbar button.
  5. Add a button to these toolbars: Select where to display the button.
  6. Click OK to save.

Available Fields for Command Lines and Replacement Messages

The fields below are available when creating an optional command line argument.