The binary IEEE formats are primarily useful to connect your data to custom
programs you write in C or some other language. The Wave format is mostly
useful with audio data. The Text:Floating and Text:Integer formats are the most
generic, and are compatible with many types of programs, including
spreadsheets, math programs and databases. They are also useful for examining
your data with a text editor. The Text:Hexadecimal format is compatible with
Texas Instruments and Analog Devices simulators. The Text:Binary format is
compatible with simulations of serial ports in Analog Devices simulators.
Complex data can be read/written from/to a single file or from/to two files.
Together, these capabilities constitute a very flexible file conversion capability. A file can be read in one format and then written in another. Complex data may be split from a single file by reading the file and writing the data to separate Inphase and Quadrature files. Likewise, complex data may be joined in a single file by reading separate Inphase and Quadrature files and then writing to a single file. File type conversion can be done either as separate read/write steps or can be conveniently done in a single step.
Our software's specialized ability to read and write a large number of data file formats is one thing that sets it apart from general-purpose "math" and spreadsheet software. Practical DSP development work almost always involves working with a lot of incompatible data file formats. For example, most DSP simulators use file formats that are incompatible with spreadsheet programs. To use both tools together requires a conversion program of some kind (or maybe writing a lot of complicated spreadsheet formulas.) If you have had the experience of writing custom programs or spreadsheet formulas to convert among these file formats then you will appreciate our ready-made solution to this problem.
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