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I thought it would be easy to do this, but I have been grappling with this for two days. I have an NSArray of NSMutableDictionary objects that contain one NSNumber (init with float) object at key “cost”, and I want to save them to a plain text file formatted in currency. I have my while loop, but I can’t work out the code to format the numbers when I add them to an NSMutableString in code. I guess this is confusing me because I can not use an NSNumberFormatter because it’s going to a NSMutableString and not a cell. I want to format it with 2 decimal places. At the moment I get 0.4695888494 and I want it to be 0.47 with a currency symbol.

NSMutableString *mutString = [[NSMutableString alloc] initWithString:@”Add floats to this: “]; NSEnumerator *enumerator; enumerator = [myObjectArray objectEnumerator]; NSMutableDictionary *myFloatDic = [[NSMutableDictionary alloc] init]; while (myFloatDic = [enumerator nextObject]) { // This is the 1 line of code I need // mutString + [myFloatDic valueForKey:@”Cost”] <– (NSNumber float) }

// After this, I’ll save the mutString in a text file with a NSSavePanel // I have the code for this.

Any pointers would be really helpful. I realize that this is an easy question, and I have tried to read up on formatting, but there are so many aspects to it that I can not work it out for “in code” formatting. Thanks - Sky

You can just use [NSString stringWithFormat:]. Try this:

while (myFloatDic = [enumerator nextObject]) { float fValue = [myFloatDic valueForKey:@”Cost”];

//”%.2f” is a printf style format string, formats float to 2 decimal places. NSString *floatString = [NSString stringWithFormat:@”%.2f”, fValue];

//outputs one value per line; add your currency symbol here. [mutString appendString:[floatString stringByAppendingString:@”\n”]]; }

Also, you can remove the assignment after your myFloatDic declaration - it’s not neccessary and causes a memory leak.

Thanks. It looks so easy to see it, but I didn’t know that %.2f was a float to 2 decimal places. I’m not used to command line stuff. I will read up on memory leaks, because I have not been taking it into account at all. My program must be like one of those water barrels that’s been shot up in a western movie. -- Sky ---- stringWithFormat: uses the same format strings as printf, so you can find out what sorts of things you can do with it by typing man 3 printf in Terminal.

You could also add the currency symbol and line break right in the format string - just change it to @”$ %.2f\n” or whatever