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The History of iData Kwik
iData Kwik File Types
iData Kwik PreferencesOpening Your iData Mobile Datafiles in iData Kwik
The History of iData Kwik (back to top)
iData Kwik is the latest in a chain of applications that started with
Casady & Greene's little desk accessory, QuickDEX, back around 1987. QuickDEX was
designed as an on-screen Rolodex emulation. Each record appeared as a
card-sized block of plain unstyled text. Customers requested more room
for data, and the next version, QuickDEX II, replaced those fixed-size
windows with resizable, scrollable windows. A separate application,
PrintDEX, was created to permit the printing of labels and envelopes,
and the combination was sold as Super QuickDEX.
QuickDEX II was actually too large to be a desk accessory and required
some tricks with memory to work at all. As customers requested new
features, and as Apple started on the path to eliminating the desk
accessory format, it was decided that QuickDEX III would be a standard
application, and work on this began in 1995. For various reasons, the
new version was named InfoGenie, rather than QuickDEX III.
Label and envelope printing capabilities were added to InfoGenie
itself, so there was no need for PrintDEX as a separate application.
One of the features that was often requested was some kind of field
structure. However, many (probably most) QuickDEX II users really liked
the freeform record format, and as we began designing InfoGenie, it was
decided that the freeform text area would be the core of each record,
with fields as options. This approach has been continued and improved
up through iData Kwik.
With the advent of Mac OS X, InfoGenie became iData Pro, and text
formatting and image insertion capabilities were greatly improved.
iData Pro 1.0 was based on Carbon features and some OS X features were
not readily available.
In 2002, Mike Wright purchased the publishing rights to InfoGenie and
iData Kwik, and when Casady & Greene went out of business in 2003,
he and Robin Casady, with the help of David Sinclair of Dejal Consulting
the next version. iData 2 was an interim Cocoa-based application that
lacked label and envelope printing. Finally, iData 3 added those
features back in, along with many others that rely on system
capabilities that are easily available only through Cocoa.
We attempted to design iData Pro in such a way that those who
the simplicity of QuickDEX could just ignore most of the advanced
features, but those features are there for those who need them.
When we decided to come out with a new version, iData Kwik, to be sold
through Apple's App Store, we decided to drop label and envelope
printing and phone dialing. Due to problems with using Apple Script in
App Store apps, we also dropped the "Grab Web Address" feature.
iData Kwik Datafiles (back to top)
iData Kwik files, which we refer to as "datafiles" contain your data,
organized into records. The datafile format has remained essentially
the same since iData 3, so datafiles all have a .id3
extension. This permits them to be opened in iData Pro, as well as in iData Kwik.
Each record has a "Freeform Text Area" that can contain styled text, embedded images, and embeded sound files.
When you create a new datafile, you can also specify one or more
"fields". A field consists of two parts: a field name, which is the
same from record to record, and field content.
A datafile that does not have any fields is referred to as a "freeform datafile".
A datafile that has one or more fieds is referred to as a "field-based" datafile.
NOTE: In the past, we've seen that some
customers assume that their data is somehow stored inside the iData
Kwik application itself. This is not the case. The data is stored on your hard drive as datafiles.
Here are where your iData Kwik files
should be placed, and where others may be found:
1. The iData Kwik application should go into your Applications
folder, or in a sub-folder within it.
2. By default, datafiles should go into an iData Kwik Datafiles folder, inside an iData folder. The iData folder should be inside your Documents folder.
iData Kwik Datafiles
or said another way:
~/Documents/iData/iData Kwik Datafiles (The
tilde ~ is commonly used as
shorthand to indicate your personal folder, which is located inside the
folder on your start-up drive. Folder names are separated by the
slash / character.)
The iData Kwik Datafiles folder is used to
build the Datafiles menu in iData Kwik.
Although you can put your datafiles
anywhere, you must specify the location of the iData folder when iData Kwik asks for
it. Only those files that are in that location will show
up in the
Datafiles menu in iData Kwik.
If you need to put datafiles in other
locations, you should make aliases to those datafiles, and then put
the alias files into the iData Kwik Datafiles
folder. It is also possible to put your iData folder, and its contents, in some other
location--even on a different drive or drive partition. In that case,
you should create an alias to that iData folder and place the alias in your
Documents folder. Then, remove the " alias" from the name of the alias
folder (making sure to remove the space in front of "alias").
You can also create sub-folders within
the iData Kwik Datafiles Folder, and use those to further organize your
Sub-folders will show up as sub-menus in the Datafiles menu. Only one
of sub-folders is supported by the Datafiles menu.
3. If you want to share datafiles with other users who log in
separately, you can place them in the /Users/Shared/ folder on your
hard drive, and
then place aliases to them in each user's iData Kwik Datafiles Folder.
4. The iData Kwik preference file is named com.idatapartners.idataKwik.plist
and appears in
or said another way:
At some point, Apple decided to make the Library folder invisible, but you can still get into it as follows:
1. In the Finder, select Go to Folder... in the Go menu (or type command-shift G).
2. A window will open with a Go to the folder: field.
3. In this field, type ~/Library and click the Go button, and the Library folder will open.
On rare occasions, you may need to trash your
preference file, so it's a good idea to know where it is located.
iData Kwik Preferences (back
iData Kwik is highly customizable. Although the default preferences are
generally the most convenient and useful, you may wish to change some
of them. To do this:
1. Select Preferences...
under the iData Kwik
bring up the iData Kwik Preferences dialog.
2. Select the desired preference category by
clicking its button in the toolbar.
3. Make any desired changes in the preference
settings. To learn about the details of the various preferences, see
the following help pages:
In addition to Preferences
, which apply to all
datafiles, each datafile has its own Datafile Settings
, which can be
set differently from one datafile to the next.
Opening Your iData Mobile Datafiles in iData Kwik (back
If you have previously created iData Moblie-format datafiles (with a .idm
file name extension) for use in iData Mobile and/or iData Lite, you can import an individual datafile
or an entire folder of datafiles
. (Note that iData Mobile used .idm
datafiles, while the newer iData Mobile Plus uses .id3