ComicBase Data From Macintosh to Windows Computers
What you'll need
- A computer running Mac OS 7.1 or later
- A computer running Windows 98 SE or later (or
- Your ComicBase Program disk
- A way of transferring
data between the two, such as a floppy disk, CD burner, network connection,
or mutually accessible email account.
Transferring your data
- Launch ComicBase on your Macintosh
- Choose the File menu and select the Export command
Highlight the fields you want to move over from the left column such as the
Comic Title, Issue Number, Quantity in Stock, Condition, and Cost fields.
Move button to shift them into the right column. If you have
such as Notes,
you may want to move those over as well. Export only the fields that you
have made changes to (the other information will already be in ComicBase).
At the bottom of the Export dialog, check the “Export Only Issues in
Stock” and “Include
- Click the Export button and save the file as “Comics.txt” to
- Transfer the file to your Windows computer.
No matter which transfer method (listed below) is used, we suggest
that you copy the file to your Windows computer's Desktop to make
- If you have a floppy or ZIP drive on both computers, format a disk for
DOS, then copy the file to it. You can then move that floppy over to your Windows
- If you have a CD burner on your Macintosh, you can burn the file to a
CD (but make sure the CD is created in ISO [Windows] or Hybrid format)
- If you have a network connection between the two computers, you may be
able to directly copy the file (see your network administrator for details)
- You could also attach the file to an email to yourself, then
download the file from your Windows computer.
- Insert your ComicBase disc in your Windows computer
and install ComicBase
- Launch ComicBase on your Windows machine and
choose the File menu's Import command. Open the file you copied in
- Using the Preview of First Record (right) as
a guide, move the fields from the Available Fields list to the Import
Fields list, matching the exact order of the file you're importing.
- When you have lined the fields up properly,
change the “Lines to skip at beginning” setting (bottom)
to 1, to skip over the field header in your import file.
- Make sure the item separator is set to Tab,
the Record Separator is set to Return, and the “Replace only
matching or new issues” setting is selected.
- Click the Options… button and check “Convert
Mac ASCII characters to PC characters”. Click OK.
- Click the Import button to begin importing your
data into ComicBase. The process may take several minutes to complete.
Note: If there are any new or unrecognized titles, you'll be prompted
to match them to their equivalents in ComicBase (i,e., if you added a
title called Ultralord (2nd Series) and ComicBase refers to
it as Ultralord (Vol. 2)), or create them anew for this copy
of ComicBase. Avoid skipping over unrecognized titles, as this will cause
any issues you're transferring under those titles to be ignored.