DataMaster Spectrum File Format Translator

The ORTEC DataMaster provides a simple way of converting spectral data files between a variety of formats. It is often the case that a large restriction in making a change from one spectroscopy system supplier to another is the backlog of "legacy" spectra, which must remain readable on the new system. This is especially true when the old system is no longer supported. Some manufacturers are reluctant to even release their file formats in an attempt to make migration more difficult. DataMaster removes that impediment and makes the process simple.
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    • Converts between most common spectral file formats
    • Simple to use Windows user interface
    • Single spectrum conversions or multiple spectrum convert mode
    • Interactive and command line mode; easily integrated with other programs

    The ORTEC DataMaster provides a simple way of converting spectral data files between a variety of formats. It is often the case that a large restriction in making a change from one spectroscopy system supplier to another is the backlog of "legacy" spectra, which must remain readable on the new system. This is especially true when the old system is no longer supported. Some manufacturers are reluctant to even release their file formats in an attempt to make migration more difficult. DataMaster removes that impediment and makes the process simple.

    Files are easily converted either by using the intuitively simple Windows user interface, or via command line mode which can be used in conjunction with other programs in automated processing.

    When a file is loaded into DataMaster during the interactive process, the spectrum is displayed graphically allowing the user to verify at a glance that the file is the correct one.

    Multiple files may be selected in interactive mode for automated sequential conversion.

    Supported File Types
    Spectrum File Format Input Output
    ORTEC ADCAM (*.chn) Yes Yes
    ORTEC INFORM (*.spc) Yes Yes
    OXFORD PCA-2 (*.spm) Yes No
    OXFORD PCA-3 (*.spt) Yes No
    ASCII-1 (*.txt) Yes Yes
    ASCII-2 (*.txt) Yes Yes
    ROSSENDORF ASCII (*.spe) Yes Yes
    IEC ASCII (*.iec) Yes Yes
    IEEE ASCII (*.asc) Yes Yes
    RMS ASCII (*.phd) Yes No
    LLNL ASCII (*.lll) Yes No
    SAMPO 90 (*.sam) Yes Yes
    APTEC v6.3 (*.s0) Yes No
    CI S100 (*.mca) Yes Yes
    CI ACCUSPEC (*.dat) Yes No
    CI CAM (*.cnf) Yes1 Yes1
    1. The table above summarizes the input and output file formats supported by DataMaster. File format 16, (Canberra .CNF) is proprietary and requires that certain Canberra software components be present on the system. These are automatically included if an appropriate Canberra software package is installed, such as Genie 2000.

    Command Line Mode
    The command line mode is used to convert a single spectrum as specified on the MS-DOS command prompt. The syntax of the command line is:

    DataMaster -i InputFileName -j OutputFileName

    where i is the format type number for the input file, and j is the format specifier for the output file. The arguments are separated by spaces. Values of i and j valid for input and output are shown in the table. The following is an example of a valid command line.

    DataMaster -4 E:\OldData\pca3demo.spt -2 C:\Spectra\Pca3Demo.spt.spc

    Command line mode may be used in conjunction with the import function of ORTEC MAESTRO or GammaVision to make a seamless import of "foreign" spectral files directly by these programs.
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    Model Description
    A49-B32 A49-B32 DataMaster Spectrum File Format Translator for Windows 2000/XP. (Includes media, documentation, and single use license.)