Saving an iData Mobile Datafile
As an iData Pro Datafile

iData Pro 3, 4, and 5 datafiles have an .id3 file name extension. (iData Mobile Plus also uses .id3 datafiles.)

iData Mobile datafiles have an .idm file name extension.

iData Mobile uses a datafile format that is very similar to the format used by iData Pro. The main difference is that the iData Mobile equivalent of the Freeform Text Area cannot contain multi-styled text, embedded links, images, or music files.

When saved in iData Pro format, all Freeform Text Area content will be converted to multi-styled text.

If you are converting your iData Mobile datafiles to iData Pro format in preparation for moving them to iData Mobile Plus, be sure that they are all up-to-date and have all been synchronized before you begin. Save any changes.

To save a copy of an iData Mobile datafile in iData Pro format:

1. Open the iData Mobile datafile.

    NOTE: If you want to convert an .idm datafile that you have been editing, be sure to save your changes first.

2. Select Save As iData Pro Datafile... in the File menu.

3. The default name of the new datafile will be the name of the original datafile, but with the .id3 file name extension. However, you must not change or remove the .id3 extension. iData Mobile Plus will not recognize files that do not have this extension.

4 When the Save As iData Pro Datafile dialog comes up, make sure that you will be saving the new datafile to your usual Datafile folder (normally either iData 3 Datafiles or iData Pro Datafiles), then click the Save button. The new datafile will be opened, and the original will be closed.

This process doesn't really "convert" your existing .idm datafiles. Rather, it saves their content in .id3 format. Your old .idm datafiles will remain unchanged.

If, for example, you converted a datafile called MyDatafile.idm, you would now see MyDatafile.id3 open in iData Pro 4, but MyDatafile.idm would still be in your Datafiles folder where it was when you started.

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