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.

 

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