Exporting a Datafile as an RTFD File
RTFD is the abbreviation for Rich Text Format Directory, which refers to a document format developed by Apple, which is used by many MacOS and iOS apps. If you are interested in learning about the technical aspects of this format, please take a look at the Wikipedia article on RTFD.
The Freeform Text Area (FTA) of each
datafile is stored as RTFD data, but when it is displayed, it
shows up as formatted (styled) text, and may also include
embedded images and other attachments. When a datafile is
exported as an RTFD document, the formatting of the FTA is
When iData exports a datafile as
RTFD, each record is preceded by the record number. The record
number line uses a bold version of the font that is set for the Font for
Fields for the datafile in the Format tab of the Datafile
Settings window (even if the datafile is freeform only).
If the datafile has fields, each field is placed on a separate line. The field name, followed by a colon and a space, is placed in front of the field content. Below the fields, a line saying is placed, followed by the FTA content (or nothing, if the FTA is empty).
If the datafile does not have any fields, the line is omitted.
Here is an example of the first two
records of a field-based datafile that has been opened in
To Export a Datafile as an RTDF File:
1. Select RTFD File... from the Export sub-menu under the File menu.
2. In the Save dialog that comes up next, set the name of the file being exported, then navigate to the folder where you want to save the file, and click the Save button.
RTFD files have .rtfd appended to the fille name. Do
not remove or change that file name extension if you rename
Viewing and Editing RTDF FilesApple's TextEdit app is a good candidate for viewing and/or editing an RTFD file. TextEdit opens RTFD files quickly. The resulting file will not be paginated. It might be a good idea to save a backup copy of the original .rtfd file before editing it.