The Purpose of NimPro is to provide an easy means to read, interpret, and modify NIMAS filesets, and then to produce files suitable for Duxbury DBT or MegaDots.
As you work in NimPro, you may need to save your work from one session and pick it up again later. The files NimPro saves for itself are NIMAS files enhanced with NimPro XML tags, which contain information that only NimPro knows about. To save your work, you need to "Save As" a NimPro file.
You can choose between three different file formats for use with Duxbury DBT. All three of these formats are affected by some of the options you select in the Preferences (in the NimPro File Menu).
DBT Files (*.dxp) are the native Duxbury DBT file format. Use this format if you want to go directly to Duxbury DBT.
Rich Text Files (*.rtf) can be read into Microsoft Word. You can create these files even if you do not have Microsoft Word installed on your computer. Be aware that Duxbury DBT does not read Rich Text Files directly. You should create these files when you intend to use Microsoft Word for further editing, before loading them into Duxbury DBT. Read More about the use of Word Templates to produce RTF files.
Word Documents (*.doc) This choice requires that you have a copy of Microsoft Word installed on your computer. The version of Word file you create depends on the version of Word you have installed on your computer. Duxbury DBT can read Microsoft Word files directly. Read More about the use of Word Templates to produce Word files.
You can choose between three different file formats for use with MegaDots. The first format is affected by some of the options you select in the Preferences (in the NimPro File Menu).
MegaDots Native Files (*.nmg) are true MegaDots files. These are identical to files created by MegaDots with the .meg file extension. If you want a visible reminder that a file was created by NimPro rather than by MegaDots you can opt to use this file extension in Preferences, or you can continue to use .meg. You need a copy of MegaDots 2.4 (or higher) installed on your computer to create MegaDots files.
MegaDots Markup Text Files (*.txt) are files that can be imported into MegaDots 2.4 (as well as some earlier versions). Though they are not particularly easy to scan, these files can be examined in a simple text editor. You do not need MegaDots installed on your computer to create these files.
MegaDots Ready Files (*.xmg) are XML-like files that can be loaded into MegaDots 2.5. If you look at these files in a text editor, they have markup that is easier to understand than MegaDots .txt files. You do not need MegaDots installed on your computer to create these files. The XML-style markup in these files was designed only for use by MegaDots.