Features added in the change from iData 2, through iData
Because iData 3 takes advantage of system
features that were
introduced in Tiger, it requires OS 10.4 or later.
iData 3 is provided in the new "Universal"
meaning that it will run natively on both the old Power PC Macs (G3s,
G4s and G5s) and on the new Intel Macs.
Freeform Text Formatting
New Formatting Tools: We've added a number of
formatting features to help with the Freeform Text Area.
Add or edit tables and lists (sometimes
they are copied from the web and make text hard to manage)
Use rulers and tabs in the Freeform Text
Mark text with a new highlighter toolbar
icon as though you had used one of those yellow highliter felt pens
Modify line and paragraph spacing in the
Freeform Text Area. Choose Spacing... in the Text submenu under the
Format menu and specify spacing details in the Spacing dialog
Plain Text Options: Because styled text copied
Web pages or imported as HTML email can sometimes be difficult to read,
iData 3 adds several features that make it easy to have simpler text
After copying something like a Web page with images and
text, choose Paste as Plain Text from the Edit menu (or type
command-option-control-V) to have the text come in as plain text with
no included images or font styles.
To change all the text in the Freeform Text Area of the
current record to the default font settings, without removing any
existing images, choose Apply Default Font Setttings to Current
Record in the Format menu. You can use this option after pasting,
if the Paste as Plain Text option is too extreme.
To change all the text in the Freeform Text Area of all
selected records in the datafile to the default font settings, without
removing any existing images, choose Apply Default Font Setttings
to All Records in the Format menu. This is useful if you already
have lots of records that are full of messy-looking text in a variety
of typefaces, sizes, styles, and colors, and you want to regularize the
To add a record and paste text as plain text, choose Add
New Record with Paste as Plain Text in the Records submenu under
the Edit menu. Pressing the shift and option keys while clicking the +
button has the same effect.
Improved Link Handling: Links now work the way
on a web page. A word or phrase can have a hidden URL attached to it.
So, when you click on the word, a web page will open. There are tools
for accessing and editing the hidden URL.
Use Hidden Links: Just like a web page, you can
word have a link to a web site without showing the URL for the web
site. For example, instead of having http://www.robincasady.com in the
Freeform Text Area, you can have Robin as a link to the web site. Such links copied
from other sources will be maintained, and you can edit them with a
Link toolbar icon.
Drag and Drop Into Fields: You can now directly
dragged text into fields from other fields, from the Freeform Text
Area, or from other applications.
Move Freeform Text Into Fields: Two new commands
been added to make it easier to convert old freeform datafiles to
field-based format. These commands move the first line
of text in the Freeform Text Area into the first field, the second line
into the second field, and so on. As a result, they may require some
initial preparation of the data in the Freeform Text Area to make it
match the field structure of the datafile. (Although the freeform
format is very convenient
for many purposes, the structure provided by fields can often make
manipulation of your data easier.)
Create a New Field With Content: Add a new field
containing static text and/or sequential numbers. If desired,
automatically add new
records to accommodate an ending number.
Text Wrapping in Fields in Basic View: If there
is too much text to
fit on one line in a field, a Datafile Settings option can be
enabled to allow the text to wrap, expanding the field to multiple
Move Current Record to a New Location in the Datafile:
Choose Move Current Record... in the Records submenu under the Edit
menu, and type in the new record number that you want the current
record to have.
Remove Blank Lines at Beginning of All Records:
up your imported email and other files by automatically removing any
blank lines at the beginning of all records.
showing when and by whom any given record was created and last modified.
Added an item to the General
tab in Datafile
Settings to always add new records after the current record (the
"option" in earlier versions), at the beginning of the datafile, or at
the end of the datafile.
In List View, holding down the shift key while
option-clicking or option-control-clicking a column header now resizes
the affected columns to fit the column titles (field names), rather
than the widest column text.
Added the ability to create links to other
records within the same datafile.
Show Datafile in Finder: Bring the folder
the current datafile forward in the Finder, and highlight the datafile.
This may be useful if you have a datafile in a non-standard location
and don't remember where it is.
Added Always Open to Last Record
item to Datafile Settings.
Added Fields and Find Box font settings to
the Format tab in Datafile Settings. Previously all
datafiles had to
have one font for fields and one for the Find Box. Now each datafile
can have its own settings for these fonts.
Changed the Merge
Datafiles... item under
the File menu to Combine Datafiles.... This adds
options to append or
prepend a datafile to the current datafile, and retains the option to
merge. Merging involves sorting the final combined datafile and
removing extra copies of duplicate records, while the other two options
do not do this.
When printing all records in List View,
iData 3 will now
print as many pages across as needed to print all columns, and will not
break any columns across pages. The one exception to this is that a
single column that is too wide to fit the printed page will still be
Automatic Phone Number Recognition: Dial phone
in text without having to highlight them first. The Dialing Preferences
panel now lets you add phone number patterns, which permits iData to
recognize phone numbers. iData will search from the current insertion
point and dial the first phone number in the current record.
Dial Using Speaker: Use speaker dialing to dial
numbers when your modem is busy--or if you don't even have a modem.
Added Show "Now Dialing" Sheet item
to Dialing Preferences. When this item is enabled, iData will display a
sheet showing the phone number that is currently being dialed.
Label and Envelope Printing
Copies button to toolbar in Templates
this button to set the number of copies of each
label to be printed. The default is 1. To make any change permanent,
save changes to the template when you close it. There is also a button
in the Templates window toolbar that will bring up the Label Copies
Images in the Edit
window (for label and envelope templates) are now resizeable.
Holding down the control
while resizing a design element in the Edit
Design window keeps the center of the element at the same point.
This is handy for tweaking the sizes of superimposed elements.
the Templates menu now has an Align Centers option. This combines
the effects of Align Horizontal
Centers and Align Vertical
Centers into a single function.
Added options for text alignment (justification)
of the address
block on labels and envelopes. This appears in the dialog that comes up
when choosing the Address
tool, or the Change Settings
button next to it, in the Edit Design
tool palette. (We still recommend left alignment for actual mailing
addresses, but labels with "address" blocks are sometimes used for
Added options for the horizontal and vertical
placement of addresses
within the user-defined address block area. This appears in the dialog
that comes up when choosing the Address
tool, or the Change Settings
button next to it, in the Edit Design
The Date/Time Format
in the General preference
panel now include Mediumdate and Fulldate options. Examples of each date
format option is now shown in the preference panel. (These options
refer to the format of dates inserted by the Date/Time Stamp function under the Tools menu.)
Existing Features Improved in
Selecting Records can now be done on the basis
record creation date or modification date.
Printing all Basic View records now has two
options--the old one (Continuous) and a new one (Individually).
Individually will start a new page for each record. When printed to
Preview or PDF, each record will become a separate file.
File Links are now inserted into the Freeform
as the name of the file, linking to the file on disk. When inserted
into List View fields, they are still inserted as full URLs.
Find and Replace operations can now be limited
current record. The Find and Replace dialog has a checkbox to provide
Window sizes/locations and splitter bar
now saved separately for Basic View and List View windows.
Datafile Synchronization: Create a duplicate
on your laptop or remote machine that can be kept synchronized with the
original on your desktop machine.
Save Datafile Changes Automatically: Set any
to automatically save changes every time you go to a different record.
This is a datafile-specific option that can be set for each datafile.
Export a Datafile as iPod Notes: Want to take
notes with you on your iPod? Now iData 3 can manage them for you.
Clone Current Window: This feature returns from
Pro 1.0. It was more difficult to do in OS X, but now we have it. By
opening a clone of a window it makes it easier to compare two records.
Apple Address Book Import: Import all the
information from your Apple Address Book into an iData datafile.
Back and Forward Buttons to navigate through
Sum the Contents of One or More Fields:
totals numeric data in one or more columns in List View, placing the
sum in the same column(s) in a new record. This new feature permits the
totaling of simple numeric data without having to move it to a