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