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I have in my NSArray, a bunch of date descriptions, stored as strings, that look like 2005-08-18 12:00:00 -0700. Is there anyway, in an NSTableView, to get these to display with a formatter, such as Thursday, August 18, 2005? I dynamically create my columns, and I tried adding this, but to no avail:

NSCell *datecell = [[NSCell alloc] init]; [datecell setFormatter:[[NSDateFormatter alloc] initWithDateFormat:@"%A, %B %e, %Y" allowNaturalLanguage:NO]]; [newColumn setDataCell:datecell];

(i’ve tried it with both allowNaturalLanguage set to YES and NO, and neither worked)

Why are the dates stored as date descriptions? Why not store them as date objects?

This is just how I’ve stored them so far, and it would be easier if I could convert it rather than change my whole program to use NSDates. I’ve tried just changing them, and the program threw a couple of errors that I couldn’t solve immediately, so I would rather do it this way…

Write a value transformer that takes your strings and converts them to NSDates. Then your formatter will take the NSDates and format them as desired.

You know what? I just had an epiphany, and I did kind of what the last person mentioned….

- (void)tableView:(NSTableView *)aTableView   willDisplayCell:(id)aCell    forTableColumn:(NSTableColumn *)aTableColumn
		  row:(int)rowIndex {
if( aTableColumn identifier] isEqualToString:@"Date"] ) {
	[[NSDate *date = [NSDate dateWithNaturalLanguageString:objectDictionary objectAtIndex:rowIndex] objectForKey:@"Date";
	[aCell setStringValue:[date descriptionWithCalendarFormat:@"%A, %B %e, %Y" timeZone:nil locale:nil]];
} }