MarcEdit QuickTip #1

Introducing the MarcEdit quick tip series

If like us, you too work with data conversion into MARC21, MarcEdit is probably a trusty tool. However, there are a few “gotchas” that can leave any MarcEdit newbie confused or wasting time in figuring things out. This series of short tuts will focus on providing quick tips that may go a long way to alleviate some of these.

Tip #01 – MarcEdit does not like accessing open files

You are trying to use the nifty Delimited Text Translator tool from the Add-ins menu. You seem to do everything right as shown in the screenshot below:

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But instead of reading the file, MarcEdit throws up a largish window full of error like this:

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And if you click on “OK” above you are shown this window, which is basically MarcEdit telling you “NO CAN DO” in no uncertain terms.

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TIP: The file you tried to give to MarcEdit as the “Source File” is open ¬†and MarcEdit failed to open the file (since it is already open) for reading. Close it and try again. This time you should not have this problem.