Copying iData Pro 4 Folders to Apple Notes
Because we cannot predict when a new version of Mac OS will cause
iData Pro 4 to stop working, you should:
1. Copy all of your important datafiles to Notes format
immediately. There is no need to stop using iData Pro 4 as long as
it keeps working.
2. Re-copy any changed datafiles prior to upgrading to Mac OS 11
(Big Sur) or later.
3. If a new version of Mac OS causes iData Pro 4 to behave oddly,
consider just using Notes -- or at least make frequent backup
copies of your datafiles.
Here are the procedures for copying a datafile as a folder of RTFD
files, and then importing that folder into Notes.
This is not an ideal solution -- especially if you synchronize
datafiles between iData Pro 4 and iData Mobile Plus, but at least
your data will be accessible.
1. Sample Field Datafile In iData Pro 4
Selected File > Export As > Folder of RTFD Files…
Save As: defaults to
<name of datafile> plus “Folder”
Where: defaults to the
Documents folder. (I don’t use Tags:.)
to Apple Notes and select Notes under On My Mac.
Select File > Import to Notes….
Documents folder in the popup menu.
Select the folder to import.
Be sure that the Preserve folder structure
on import checkbox is checked.
Click the Import button.
to Notes? dialog comes up, click the Import
5. In the
first column, click the reveal triangle under Imported Notes
to see your imported folder, then select the folder name.
The second column shows the first field (or line) in bold,
and the second field (or line) in gray.
Select records by clicking them in the second column. Edit
them by clicking in the third column.
import another folder, Notes creates a new Imported
folder with a number:
7. You can
drag a folder from, for example, Imported
to Imported Notes
you can delete the now-empty Imported Notes 1 folder by selecting it in the
menu, clicking the gray circle with three dots in it, and
selecting Delete Folder.
9. You can
even rename Imported Notes to Imported
Datafiles by selecting Rename Folder in the
same menu and retyping the folder name.
Just click outside of the folder name line to finalize
the name change.
10. If this works for you, you can repeat the entire process after
selecting Notes under iCloud. This will give you
identical copies on iCloud.
Since it is not possible to synchronize between
the two copies, you may want to just work with the iCloud versions,
keeping the On My Mac versions for backup.
11. If you have any problems with these procedures, feel free
to contact me using the Email iData Partners menu item under
the iData Pro 4 Help menu.