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exporting MEMO field in Alpha 4v6

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  • exporting MEMO field in Alpha 4v6

    Is it possible to export the memo field, say to a comma-separated ASCII file (.csv), along with other fields (e.g., "ID") necessary for cross-referencing & integration? "MEMO" does not appear in the Utilities > Export "Field Selection" menu.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Jeffrey Babbitt

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    RE: exporting MEMO field in Alpha 4v6

    The data in memo fields cannot be exported.

    The above is a direct quote from the A4 Reference Manual.
    Page 20-13 in Version 6, page 20-17 in Version 2. These are the only manuals I have kept.

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      RE: exporting MEMO field in Alpha 4v6

      Jeffrey,

      If your memo field content is less than 250 characters it is possible to create a script to run on all of your records one at a time that would copy the memo contents then paste it into a field that you create to hold the contents. Once all data is copied and pasted you can export it along with other "regular" fields in your database. I've done it on a db with 25,000 records. It worked. I only had a few records that had more than 250 characters in the memo field. It may be possible to have the script count the characters and then copy up to that point and paste in 1 field then return and copy the characters over 250 and paste into a 2nd field. I didn't have enough to justify spending the time to create that option.

      Hope this helps.
      Paul

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      • #4
        RE: exporting MEMO field in Alpha 4v6

        Oh and Jeffrey you can set the script to re-call itself and create a loop. Then you just start at record one and let it go....

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