Files and File Locations

iData Pro Files

iData Pro datafiles contain your data, organized into records. Datafile file names end with .id3. If you have previously used iData Lite or iData Mobile, you may have some datafiles with names ending in .idm.

Datafile Locations

NOTE: In the past, we've seen that some customers assume that their data is somehow stored inside the iData Pro application itself. This is not the case. The data is stored on your hard drive as datafiles.

If you have used other versions of iData, you may already have some datafiles in an iData 3 Datafiles folder or an iData Pro Datafiles folder. In this case, simply select that folder when it is requested.

Otherwise, you may place your datafiles wherever you like. However, iData Pro will ask you to specify the folder that will contain your datafiles. The contents of this  folder will be used to create the Datafiles menu.

We recommend that you create an iData Pro Datafiles folder in your Documents folder. Throughout this User Guide, we will use this name to refer to the folder that you select.

The simplest way to create a new iData Pro Datafiles folder is to do it when iData Pro first asks for its location. Here's how:

    1. When the Open dialog first comes up, navigate to the Documents folder.

    2. Click the New Folder button in the lower left corner of the Open dialog, type in the folder name, then click the Create button.

    3. When the Open dialog shows the folder name in the popup menu at the top of the dialog window, click the Select button.

You can also create sub-folders within the iData Pro Datafiles Folder, and use those to further organize your datafiles. Sub-folders will show up as sub-menus in the Datafiles menu. Only one level of sub-folders is supported by the Datafiles menu.

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 Pro Datafiles folder.

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 Pro Datafiles folder.

iData Pro Preference File

The iData Pro preference file is named com.idatapartners.idataPro.plist and appears in

         <your user name>

or said another way: ~/Library/Preferences/com.idatapartners.idataPro.plist

On rare occasions, you may need to trash your preference file, so it's a good idea to know where it is located.

Your Library folder is normally invisble in the Finder. In order to open it:

       1. Click in the Finder.

       2. In the Finder Go menu, select Go To Folder....

       3. In the dialog that comes up, enter ~/Library.


       4. and click the Go button. This will cause your Library folder to open.

On rare occasions, you may need to trash your preference file, so it's a good idea to know where it is located.

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