After a brief sabbatical to get the code updated to the newest versions of Essbase, two of my favorite utilities are back.
The most popular of their applications was called the "Outline Extractor" and it, well, it extracted outlines to text files. Since Essbase would let you extract an entire outline but in a completely useless format, the Outline Extractor became everyone's favorite "dimension export" tool.
You could export one dimension at a time or all the dimensions at once and you could pick which fields you wanted to export. There was a Windows thick client as well as a command-line so export tasks could be scheduled. Here's the link to the page with the Outline Extractor:
Now of course there are much better tools nowadays for exporting dimensions, but if you need a quick and dirty text export of one or more dimensions, this is the tool for you.
The other hugely popular OLAP Underground utility was called the "Advanced Security Manager." It's a tool for managing Essbase security even across servers. Even in the days of EAS and Shared Services, it's still hugely useful for exporting security to text files (or importing from text files). Like the Outline Extractor, the Advanced Security Manager also has a command-line for scheduling security updates. Here's the link for the Advanced Security Manager:
Thank you to Applied OLAP (an interRel partner) for updating and hosting these utilities. If you have a minute, send Tim Tow a quick "thank you" (which is best expressed in the form of a Pay Pal money transfer to his personal account). Also note that while Applied OLAP is hosting these applications, they're not officially supporting them. This means that you're on your own if you have questions or things break.