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I am creating a simple database for a printer friend of mine to track his click charges for his digital printer. The printer front end can export a delimited text file. The file is delimited by a pipe (|) and I see no way to specify this delimiter in Filemaker so we are making a trip into Excel to obtain an importable file.

Their date exports as:

" February 25, 2011 1:40:53 PM CST " (Notice the leading and extra spaces)...

Any ideas for converting this into a valid Filemaker date field? Ideally, love to split it into a date and time field..

Using Mac FM10 Pro Advanced.....

Thanks a lot for any help....

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The file is delimited by a pipe (|) and I see no way to specify this delimiter in Filemaker so we are making a trip into Excel to obtain an importable file.

You could import this into a temp table, parse it out to fields, then import the results into the 'real' table - all in a single script. Or import the entire text into a single field (of the 'real' table) and use calculation fields or auto-enters to get the individual parts.

See also:

http://fmforums.com/forum/topic/65513-converting-a-date/page__p__310498#entry310498

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You could import this into a temp table, parse it out to fields, then import the results into the 'real' table - all in a single script. Or import the entire text into a single field (of the 'real' table) and use calculation fields or auto-enters to get the individual parts.

See also:

http://fmforums.com/forum/topic/65513-converting-a-date/page__p__310498#entry310498

Thanks a lot for the brain jiggle.. The link above indeed steer me in the correct direction. It's been a year and a half since I did any Filemaker stuff and have been learning a LOT about my new job...

Many Thanks..

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