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What is a library?

A library is a collection of analytical data like spectra, molecules, text documents and related information as well as foreign application data, which is inserted as it is. It is a mass storage device for your data which can be easily accessed and where data is easily found.

Library and library file type.

Some foreign file types use embedded libraries, because they have to carry a lot of different information, which would be very complicated to put it into a single binary file. Therefore, these file types provide libraries as data files. Theses files are different from libraries available here.

Library types

The software distinguishes multiple library types as described in the following:

  • Library on a database server
    This library type is server based and requires an additional high-end database system installed somewhere on your system or network. Library servers like Oracle, SQL-Server or Sybase are powerful and professional database systems, often used in the industry. The software does not support these systems by default. Additional adaption to your needs is necessary. Please contact your software provider for details and help.

  • Local library
    This library type is based on MS-Access and will be automatically installed together with the software. It provides default database functions for up to 2 million data sets and about 2 GB database size on your local hard disc or network drive.

  • Directory as library (virtual library)
    This library type just points to a predefined directory on your hard disc or network drive, where all files included in the directory will be interpreted as contents of the virtual library. It is also possible to include sub-directories below the defined root directory of the library.