Importing - From Pedigree Assistant

PedPal supports import of pedigree data from Pedigree Assistant.

If you have previously stored your pedigrees using Pedigree Assistant (PA) on a Windows PC, but have now switched to using a Mac, all you need to do to load your pedigree data into PedPal on the Mac is to copy your PA data file from the Windows PC to your Mac, then import it into PedPal. It does not matter that the original data file was created under Windows.

Please note that PedPal is not intended to be a drop-in replacement to Pedigree Assistant. Some data is not transferred. Please refer to the 'Limitations' section at the end of this page for further details.

How To Import

  1. Choose File|Import From Pedigree Assistant, then select your old pedigree data file. If you are unsure what your old data file is called or where to find it, refer to the next section for some hints on how to find it.
  2. Once you have selected your input file, PedPal will inspect the file and its contents. If your source data file is large, this may take up to a minute or so. Please be patient!
  3. PedPal will then display a window in which you can select the fields you want to import from your old PA data file. It is important at this stage to check carefully that the correct fields are selected. PedPal will automatically select any fields in which data has been found in your old file so you may find you don't need to make any changes here. It will also correctly import any of the 'user defined' fields from PA including their field names.
  4. Click OK. The file will be imported. If your source data file is large, this may take up to a minute or so. Please be patient!
  5. Your data is displayed in PedPal.
  6. Use File|Save As to save the data as a PedPal data file.
  7. This last step is optional but recommended: select File|Settings and then adjust (i) the User Fields and (ii) the Details Window Layout tabs. This lets you control the names of the fields, their layout within the Record Details window and the order in which fields appear in pedigrees. For further information see Customization.

How To Find Your Old Pedigree Assistant Data File

This advice is intended to help you locate your pedigree data as stored by Pedigree Assistant.

In normal use Pedigree Assistant stores all your pedigrees in a single data file. Generally you would only have multiple data files if you have multiple breeds or some other reason to keep records for one group of animals separate to another.

The filename and folder where this data file is stored will have been chosen by you when you first used PA. If you still have access to the installed PA software you can find the filename and location by opening the program and selecting 'Database Properties' from the Database menu. This displays information about the open data file, including the full filename. This is the file you need to import into PedPal.

Failing that, you can search the computer where you had PA installed. The filename extension you need to search for depends on which version of PA you had - please refer to the table below. One way you can search for the file is with Windows Explorer: click the Windows 'Start' button, select All Programs, then Accessories, choose Windows Explorer, then use the search box to search your whole computer for files matching the search pattern below.

Product Search For
Pedigree Assistant for Cats *.cpd
Pedigree Assistant for Dogs *.dpd
Pedigree Assistant (Generic) *.gpd


When importing from Pedigree Assistant the transfer includes all the data from your pedigrees but not the contact records (except for the names of breeder/owner, which are transferred).

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