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Is there a way to export a to-do list from a 3rd-party program so that it can be imported into the standard Palm Todo list? thinking of something similar to exporting a Comma-separated Text file and then importing into the Address book.

I have an Access database that generates a list of delivery items, and am curious whether I could somehow get it into the Palm. (Making the text file is not a problem if there is a way to import it into the Palm.)

TIA
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by:tskelly082598
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Besides a tedious cut and paste, record by record, you might be able to find a commercial program or write some code to do it.

You might be able to use Intellisync, converting through another program's Todo list first.

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Here is a commercial product that converts to and from Microsoft Access:

http://www.ddhsoftware.com/dataexchange.html
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by:melchioe
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I've been trying to do this for quite some time.  If you write a program to do it, I'll buy it.  The ddhsoftware product mentioned above does not convert to or from the .tda todo file format.  It only works for HandBase files.

The .tda format is a proprietary Microsoft format that Palm doesn't even know.  I think tskelly's idea of using an intermediate program just might work, although all attempts I've made at it haven't been successful.

From Palm:

"The Palm? Desktop data file formats (*.dat, *.dba, *.tda) are the result of serialized MFC objects, even the files on the Macintosh. Regretfully, we do not know their precise binary format; they are in an undisclosed format proprietary to Microsoft. An investigation showed that they contain some clear text, and remnants of deleted, but not yet removed records.

It is possible to write an independent MSVC++ 4.1 MFC application to read the (*.dat) files; note that they are MFC-version dependent. The *.dba and *.tda files can be renamed to *.dat; the reason their names are different is to identify what they are: *.dba (datebook archive), *.tda (todo archive).

Oftentimes the best solution is to write a conduit that moves data directly from the Palm OS handheld to your end application. Performing all processing in a single step is easier on the user, and more compatible with the Palm approach. You are welcome to use the conduit source code in the Conduit Development Kits to get you on your way."

(above from http://oasis.palm.com/dev/kb/faq/1057.cfm)
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by:buddhole
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Chapura pocketmirror can synch the palm to do list with microsoft outlook (and more).. http://www.chapura.com
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jacksonmacd:

Please return to this question and provide feedback.

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No satisfactory answer. I subsequently found software called JetPilot that is able to do what I need.
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Thanks for sharing the information.


Link to commercial product:


http://www.consult-us.cc/html/body_jetpilot_us.htm

http://www.consult-us.cc/html/jetpilotdemo_us.htm
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Okay, everyone. If no objections, I'll return jacksonmacd's points and PAQ?

Please understand that when you're asked this question by a moderator, it's not just a courtesy, we really want you to let us know if you object.

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PAQed.

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