DAT files can be manually converted to the CSV format by simply replacing the delimiters with a program like TextPad. So, first open your .dat file with TextPad.
The values in your original .dat file are separated by the symbols þ□þ (thorn, □ (ASCII 20), and another thorn). So, your coding values look like this:
Using the functions in Text Pad, you can do a find-replace (F8) on these characters. Use the following sequence:
1. Find-replace all " (quote) with "" (double quote). This will ensure that your line breaks remain consistent.
2. Find-replace all þ (thorn) with " (quote)
3. Find-replace all □ (ASCII 20) with , (comma)
This will result in all values being now separated by "," (quote comma quote):
4. Save file as: nextpoint_load_file.csv.
5. Open the new .csv file in Excel. Your values will be separated into columns (based on the new comma-quote positions).
Now, you can modify the column headers to match the coding that Nextpoint uses.