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ASCII text file type

The ASCII text file format can be easily reproduced by the user. It is a line oriented file type, where complete lines are interpreted as one statement or information.

This file type can be used to import user defined x,y data into the software. A 2D data set is created from imported data automatically. It is very important to put the blocks into the ASCII file in the given order of appearance. Otherwise, the file will not be imported properly.

A format description is given in the following:

Units of the X-Axis and Y-Axis (optional)

By default arbitrary units are applied to both data axes of the 2D data set, if no particular unit is provided in the ASCII file. If you require special units on the X- and Y-axis, you might provide them as TAB separated pair in front of the data block. The software will detect the data type automatically from the given units.

The following notation is used:

x-axis unit          y-axis unit

For details about available units within the software, please refer to the definition of Axis section of the manual.

Number formatting (optional)

With some locales the decimal delimiter used in numbers causes problems, because the decimal symbol is not unique around the world (Example: in Germany "," is used, anywhere else "."). If this parameter is omitted, the decimal symbol of your current regional settings of the operating system is applied by default when reading data from a text file.  Otherwise the following notation is used:

DecimalSymbol          one character as decimal symbol


For Germany, the following settings are used:

DecimalSymbol         ,

Data block (mandatory)

Data might consist of equidistant or discrete data points. It must be given as separated point list, where each data point is written in a separate line. x-value and y-value are separated by the TAB separator. Each line ends with a carriage return line feed (CrLf) character.

The following line notation is used:

x-Value          y-Value

Data type identification block (optional)

After the data block an optional identification block can be added. Herein the data type can be adjusted. The data type is meant to be a sequence of one or more words in a single line. The data type can be omitted, if units are given in front of the data block. In this case, the data type is determined automatically.

Data type

For details about available data types in the software, please refer to the Data Types section of the manual.

Labels block (optional)

Any kind of additional labels can be added in subsequent lines optionally. The order of appearance of labels as well as the upper or lower case writing does not matter. These label lines must be constructed as follows:



TITLE=This is a demonstration data set showing a straight line



Tip:  The label TITLE will be interpreted as name for the data set. Whenever the object is shown in the software, the Value of TITLE will be the displayed name of the object.


Where do I see the labels in the software?

After the ASCII file has been imported properly, the labels can be reviewed in the labels tab. You are free to modify them or add new labels to your data set. Please review the Labels Tab section for details.