Updating from iData Mobile
To iData Mobile Plus
For Syncing with iData Pro
This page is intended to explain why users of iData Mobile should
switch to iData Mobile Plus, and how they should go about doing
Why Switch to iData Mobile Plus?
The biggest reason to switch is that iData Mobile will not run under
iOS 11 and later.
Another reason is that iData Mobile has been discontinued. This
means that there will not be any further bug fixes, updates, or
upgrades to the original iData Mobile.
What's Involved in the Switch
iData 3 datafiles had an .id3 filename extension. Datafiles
in the original iData 3 format are capable of displaying
multi-styled text (varying fonts, font sizes, styles, colors, etc.)
and embedded images in the Freeform Text Area. This is the same
format as is used by iData Pro 4.
iData Mobile was written before the iOS operating system for the
iPhone and iPad was capable of displaying multi-styled text or
Because of this, a simplified datafile format , with the .idm
filename extension, was developed that permitted the sharing of
datafiles between iData Mobile and iData 3. In this format, the
Freeform Text (Notes) Area could display text in only a single
style, without embedded images.
Now iOS can display .id3 datafiles, so a new (free)
iOS-based app, iData
Mobile Plus, was developed to take advantage of this. This
means that there is no longer any need to maintain datafiles in two
NOTE: iData 3 users will have to upgrade to iData Pro 4 in
order to synchronize datafiles to iData Mobile Plus.
Making the Switch
1. Open an .idm datafile in iData Pro 4.
2. Synchronize to other versions on mobile devices if
necessary, to make sure that this is the most current version.
3. Review the datafile settings, as the .id3 version
will be set to the default settings. (Select Datafile
Settings... under the File menu.)
4. Select Save As iData Pro Datafile under the File menu
and save the .id3 version to your datafiles folder.
5. Update the datafile settings, if necessary.
6. The Sync ID will also be deleted, so use Save As
New Sync File… under the File menu
to synchronize the new version to iData Mobile Plus on your
iPhone and/or iPad.
Be sure to look through the online User Guide for iData Mobile Plus to see
other changes between iData Mobile and iData Mobile Plus.
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