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Separate first names and last names

We won't beat around the bush here: there's a really cool Parabola feature called the "name parser" that makes it crazy easy to separate out the different components of name data. Salutation, first, middle, last — all covered.

Let's say you've got a few guest lists with inconsistent formatting: 'Bob & Mary', Bob + Mary', 'Bob and Mary', we've got you covered. Parabola handles all those edge cases and produces nice clean output that you can use in whatever downstream system your heart desires.

As you read on, the important thing to keep in mind is that this is just a taste of the power and flexibility you'll have as a Parabola user. If you have a use case similar to this, jump in and give it a try! You can also reach out to us on Intercom (the chat thing on our site) and we'd be happy to answer your questions and give you guidance. We want YOU to succeed with Parabola, and are here to help. 💪

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Get your data into Parabola

Let's just be clear on this from the start: if your data is on a computer somewhere, you can probably get it into Parabola. We directly integrate with twenty commonly-used services and we also support CSV/Excel file uploads, but true power lies in our generic API Import step: this step lets you connect to just about any web service with a standard REST API. We're pretty confident you'll be able to plop your data into Parabola, and if you have any trouble you can always reach out on Intercom. Brian is waiting for your questions.

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What's in a name?

Using the Name Parser in Parabola is easy. You drag it onto the canvas, hook it up to your data input, and configure a few fields:

  • Which column holds the names?

  • What fields do you want to extract? First, middle, last names, salutations and suffixes are all covered.

The new columns will be named (🥁) according to the part that was extracted, e.g., 'First Name.'

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Get your data where it needs to go

Now you're probably going to want to send your data somewhere else, right? We knew it.

We made it as easy to get data out of Parabola as it is to get data in. We're directly connected to fifteen external services (and also CSV + Excel downloads), but again the power lies in our generic API Export. We made a list of all the services that definitely play nice with our API Export, and have little snippets you can copy to get started. As a last resort, there's always Brian.

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