Dan Lewis wrote
Have you opened the file you exported from Filemaker using a text
editor? This should tell you what the structure is and what separators
you need to use.
Exactly. In the end it is just text with a certain structure and nothing
When the wizard asks what the file to use, it only wants to know
what folder contains the file. It will then open all the text files in
that folder. This is why any text data sources should have their
As Alex mentioned, you should also look at the file's extension.
If the file has the correct structure, renaming the file extension to
.csv might help.
This is because the wizard does exactly the same as you can do manually when
you connect a Base document with a folder of similarly structured text
files. Therefore it asks for the exact same information. Folder name, file
name extension (.csv, .tsv, .txt, .anything), separators (comma, semicolon,
tabs, whatever). Once you've done that your folder of text files is a data
source, a repository of tabuar data.
Nevertheless, if the exporting Filemaker database resides in the same
network you may ask the person who exports the text files if he can set up
an ODBC data source. Then you could read from the database without any text
file import nor export. You (or the "wizard") simply connect a Base document
to a named ODBC source and always use the current database data instead of
data copies in text files which may be out of date.
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