How to Convert a DAT Load File to a CSV


The first step for any ranged image import is to take the enclosed .DAT load file and convert it to a .CSV format.  This ensures the load file is in a format which Nextpoint can accept and properly process.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step on how you can accomplish the conversion:


Troubleshooting: "My find-replace is not working correctly."

Some clients have had trouble in the past with certain characters being unexplainably replaced during this process, thus altering the desired results of their ending CSV (e.g. inserting the double quote "" unexplainable replaces the character sequence of "th" ).  If you notice nuances in your resulting CSV, some users have found Sublime Text to be a helpful text editor alternative.


Definitions to help along the way:

Produced Data / Ranged Image Import: Single-page tiff/jpg image files named by their Bates number, together with document-level text files, any included natives, and document breaks/metadata contained in a load file.

Load File:  A load file is used to import images, coding or metadata about a document (e.g., To, From, CC, BCC, and Subject fields within an email) into your Nextpoint database. It sets out links between the documents in your database and the document image files to which each record pertains. This is a critical deliverable for your ranged image imports because, without a correctly structured load file, documents will not properly link to their respective database records.


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