May 30

Data Extractor

Extract Data from Files in a Myriad of Useful Ways!
Fully sandboxed, requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion.
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Data Extractor allows you to extract data from files and collect them ready to be exported for later use.
Data is collected in records with custom specified fields inside an internal table. Data can be exported at any time.

It solves a problem that advanced users often have – the need to extract data in text format in one or more files (often thousands and thousands of files) , and move them inside a table or a database in an ordered and structured form with fields and records for archiving and successive processing.

Data extractor can parse thousands and thousands of file in few seconds and collect all the data inside these files using simple instructions on how to recognize data, how to extract it and where to put this data inside Data Extractor tables, ready to be exported.

When the data you want to extract is recognizable inside text by a start label and the end of data by another label or a newline or return or a tab, Data Extractor can extract it in a few seconds – something that would previously require weeks or months to do.

Data Extractor provides all the tools to accomplish these specific tasks in a fast and smart way.


The app provides an internal database table where data can be collected.
Data is always available for export on disk in CVS (comma separated value) or TSV (tab separated value). Names of custom fields can be used during exportation.

The application is document based and any document can be customized for fast batch processing of large amount of data with specific sources, rules of extractions and custom destination fields.

The application includes a PDF user guide and an internal help with 4 practical lessons on how to extract data from text files and put them inside a table the user can create and modify. Due to the complexity of the operations we discovered that it is a lot easier to show to the user some examples of usage before explaining from a general point of view how the app works. In this case learning by example works better.
The user can download from our site the demo examples containing the documents and text files used for the 4 easy lessons

Data Extractor is useful in a large array of circumstances:

  • To transform order or data you receive via email in database records (Data Extractor can parse directly emails pointing at your mailbox on your Hard Disk)
  • Collect order received as server output when not directly inserted inside a database
  • Extract data from files one by one, also dragging them via Drag & Drop
  • Convert data provided in one format to another when the first format uses a recognizable patter with labels to identify data fields
  • Extract data from files where data are written all in one file with record separated just by a distinctive string
  • Extract data from files where records are separated by newline with fields all in one line identified just by labels
  • Extract data from a text document where misleading labels can result in extracting the wrong data, thanks to the use of special tag usable to instruct Data Extractor where to start collecting data
  • Parse files only if they respond to certain characteristic
  • Extract data only if they respond to certain characteristic
  • Extract data also when it is specified by more then one label (it can put different extraction in the same destination field)

Data Extractor works entirely in the background

  • Is always responsive also during extraction from folder with nested thousands of files at any nested level and at any moment the user can stop the process
  • Optimized for Lion, is able to use the latest technologies available: Resume, Auto Save, Versions and Full screen
  • Sandbox enabled using the latest technology to manage external files in a sandbox environment

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6 Responses to “Data Extractor”

  1. killer Says:

    Extract Data from Files in a Myriad of Useful Ways! Don’t use myriad…or use it correctly…sorry…married to an editor…

  2. MikeZot Says:

    @killer – I almost didn’t! I looked it up briefly and went for it. Will you suggest a correct usage?

    Mike Biskup

  3. manasclerk Says:

    On Myraid: comments on this: “Recent criticism of the use of myriad as a noun … seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective. As the entries here show, however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century [and including Milton and Thoreau].”

    On the software: this looks useful in myriad ways ;) Great ZOT!

  4. tensionsw Says:

    Both a noon and an adjective in english.
    In some languages the only correct interpretation is even _ONLY_ as a noon
    In the origin (ancient greek) it indicated a great number (not so great today) 10.000

    In italian ‘miriade’ is a noon only.
    I think in french too.

    Search on the Dictionary on your Mac:

    myriad |ˈmirēəd| literary
    1 a countless or extremely great number: networks connecting a myriad of computers.
    2 (chiefly in classical history) a unit of ten thousand.
    countless or extremely great in number: the myriad lights of the city.
    • having countless or very many elements or aspects: the myriad political scene.
    ORIGIN mid 16th cent. ( sense 2 of the noun): via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi ‘10,000.’
    usage: Myriad is derived from a Greek noun and adjective meaning ‘ten thousand.’ It was first used in English as a noun in reference to a great but indefinite number. The adjectival sense of ‘countless, innumerable’ appeared much later. In modern English, use of myriad as a noun and adjective are equally standard and correct, despite the fact that some traditionalists consider the adjective as the only acceptable use of the word.

  5. tensionsw Says:


  6. SamR Says:

    Maybe the more appropriate discussion should be about “non sequitur”? Any comments on the software itself?