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AVS/Express Data Format Interface Report

Mario Valle (based on Ian Curington document), February 24th, 2004 and updated September 23rd, 2007

This report table shows the current status of various interfaces to and from AVS/Express. The format column is the name of the program or format, not the name of product vendor. The Source column indicates if source code is freely available. The supported column does not imply full support, it means that an organization owns it and is likely to respond to bug requests. If the word OLD appears in the notes, it is known that the reader does not work with the latest format of this type.

Format Read/Write Source Supported Where Notes
6DOF R Yes No IAC 6 Degree of Freedom Trajectory files
ACR_NEMA R Yes No IAC Medical Format
AIFF audio files R Yes No IAC Audio Format
Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT R No Yes MicroAVS MicroAVS reader
ASCII Column Data R No Yes Express Read Column Data module
AutoDyn3D R No Yes ? Available from Century Dynamics
AutoReaGas R No Yes ? Available from Century Dynamics
Avant! TCAD R No Yes ? Contact Avant! (TMA) for details
AVI RW No (Yes for read) Yes Express, CSCS (6) MS-Windows Movie, Express Animator (writer), CSCS (reader)
AVS Field Format RW No Yes Express/IAC Standard Read_Field format; writer for uniform fields at IAC
AVS Geometry RW Yes Yes Express AVS Geometry Format
AVS Image RW No Yes Express Old AVS5 Image Format
AVS UCD Format RW No Yes Express/IAC Standard Read_UCD format; writer at IAC (and undocumented inside Express)
AVS Volume R No Yes Express AVS .dat 3D volume format reader
Bio-Rad PIC R Yes No IAC IAC medical format reader
BMP RW No Yes Express Read_Image File Format
CFX R No Yes CSCS (6) CFX .RES files. Requires CFX
CGM W No Yes Express 2D vector metafile, standard product
CGNS R No/Yes Yes Express/IAC CFD Consortium. (www.cgns.org); a version at IAC
Chem3d R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
Datamine R Yes No IAC Geologic Mining format
dBase (.dbf) R Yes No IAC dBase database, related to GIS Arc/Info format
DCAR R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) MSI DMOL DCAR file. STM Project, IAC
DCD R No Yes CSCS (4) FMD molecular trayectory file
DEM R No Yes Express GISDigitalElevation reader
DICOM R Yes No IAC IAC medical format
DL_POLY R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) DL_POLY HISTORY file. STM Project, IAC
DLG R Yes No IAC USGS-NMD DLG GeoSpatial Data
DMOL XYZ R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
DTED R Yes No IAC Digital Elevation format - IAC
DXF R Yes/No No IAC
MicroAVS
AutoCAD exchange format (OLD?)
EagleVision R No No ? Goodyear Eagle tire simulation
EXODUS-II R No Yes ? See Sandia Labs for details
FIDAP R Yes No IAC Fidap
FITS RW No Yes Express MicroAVS Flexible Image Transport System (Astronomical Image Format)
FLUENT R Yes No CSCS (6) Fluent 5.x .CAS native
FLUENT/UNS R Yes No IAC Fluent 4.x neutral format
GAMESS Coords R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
GAMESS Cube R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
Gaussian Cube R Yes No IAC
MicroAVS, CSCS (4)
STM Project, IAC and MicroAVS reader
Gaussian LOG R Yes No MicroAVS MicroAVS reader
GDS-II R Yes No ? IC Mask Layout format, template project (GE-CALMA Stream formatted file)
GeoTIFF R Yes No IAC Georeferenced Images
GFA RW No Yes Express Flipbook Animation read/write format
GFC R Yes No AVS ProServ Geodesy Foundation Classes
GIF RW No Yes Express Read/Write Image file format
GOCAD R Yes No IAC Geologic Model format
GRIDGEN R No Yes ? Gridgen from Pointwise outputs UCD files
HDF4 Image R Yes No IAC IAC
HDF5 RW Yes Yes Express New in 6.1 (can read only Express HDF5 writer output) (2)
HESS Geometry R Yes No IAC Aerospace Mesh Format - IAC
HFSS R No Yes ? Electromagnetic Format, Aligent (HP)
JPEG RW No Yes Express Read_Image file format
LightWave3D R No Yes Express MicroAVS LWO files, part of MicroAVS kit
MARC R Yes No AVS ProServ User written prototype, FEA format
Matlab MAT R No Yes CSCS (6) Requires Matlab
Maya OBJ W Yes No IAC Alias/Wavefront Maya OBJ writer
Mayo Analyze R Yes No IAC IAC Medical data format
MC3 R No Yes ? École Polytechnique de Montréal, AVS France
METARS R Yes No IAC NOAA - NWS Weather Data
MGF R No Yes Express MicroAVS MicroAVS Geometry ASCII Format
MIFF RW No Yes Express MicroAVS Magick image file format (part of ImageMagick toolkit)
MM3 R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) Molecular Mechanics, STM Project
MOL R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
MOL2 R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
MOPAC ESP R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
MOPAC XYZ R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
Movie-BYU R Yes No IAC Express Mod w/node offset reader
MPEG W No Yes Express Part of Express Animator (3)
MSC-PATRAN R Yes No IAC Patran Neutral File
MSI DCAR R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) STM Project, IAC
MTB R No Yes Express MicroAVS MicroAVS ASCII Table
MTV RW No Yes Express MicroAVS Image file of RAYTRACER by Mark Terrence VandeWettering
N3F R Yes No ? Old project, re-written for Express
NetCDF (AVS) RW No Yes Express Primary storage format
NetCDF (foreign) RW No Yes Express Generalized NetCDF data reader
NEXRAD R Yes No ? Radar Wearther Data, ProServ
ODBC RW No Yes Express SQL database interface
OFF R No Yes Express MicroAVS LACE3D Object File Format
Oracle 7/8 RW No Yes Express SQL database interface
Papyrus R Yes No IAC Reads DICOM/Papyrus Medical Format
PBM RW No Yes Express Read_Image file format
PDB R Yes No IAC
MicroAVS, CSCS (4)
Brookhaven Protein DB, STM and MicroAVS reader
Multi PDB R Yes No CSCS (4) Multistep PDB
MultiFile PDB R Yes No CSCS (4) Multifile PDB
PDF 3D W No Yes PDF3D-SDK from www.pdf3d.co.uk 3D PDF files
PHI R No Yes Express MicroAVS Phoenics Ver 2.2
PHOENICS R Yes No IAC Express Project - OLD
PLOT3D
Multi-Block
R No Yes Express Shipped with Express (1)
PLOT3D
Single-Block
R No Yes Express Shipped with Express (1)
Postscript (image) W No Yes Express Color raster postscript output
Postscript (vector) W No Yes Express Standard output driver, Express
POVray W Yes No IAC, CSCS (5) POVray raytrace 3D Object writer
Pro/Engineer R Yes No IAC SLP "Render" format
PUL R No Yes Express MicroAVS MIRAGE SYSTEM Ver2.0 Polygon Editor
RAMPANT R No Yes ? Fluent now outputs UCD files
RAW R Yes No IAC RAW Geometry model format module
Raw bi-level image entities (BIE) by the JBIG R No Yes MicroAVS MicroAVS reader
SEG-Y R Yes No IAC Seismic volume format
SGI-Image R No Yes Express Read_Image file format
Shape Files R Yes No IAC ESRI Arc/Info Shape files
SHEL-X R Yes No CSCS (4) ShelX cristallography
SLA R Yes No IAC Stereo Lithography
SPOT Image R Yes No IAC Satellite Image reader
STAR-CD R Yes No IAC OLD
STAR-CD version 3.000
STL RW Yes No IAC Stereo Lithography Format
SUN-Raster R No Yes Express Read/Write Image File Format
Tecplot R Yes No IAC User-written module
TEM, SEM, MEM, TE2, SE2, ME2 R No Yes Express MicroAVS Mesh Data of Japan Geographical Survey Institute
TIFF RW No Yes Express Read/Write Image File Format
TIN R Yes No IAC Arc/Info TIN format
U3D W No Yes PDF3D-SDK from www.pdf3d.co.uk Universal 3D format
VASP POSCAR R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) VAMP/VASP package, STM Project
VASP XDATCAR R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) VAMP/VASP package, STM Project
VGF W Yes No IAC Division dVise object format export
VIFF RW No Yes Express MicroAVS Khoros Visualization image file
Vis5D R Yes No IAC Meteorological Format
VRML 1.0 RW No Yes Express/IAC/MicroAVS Supported Express Module. Writer is MicroAVS and IAC
VRML 2.0 W No Yes Express Supported Express Module
VTK R Yes No IAC VTK polygon format
Wish3D R No Yes ? TNO-TPD Glass Furnace Simulation
XYZ Coordinates R Yes No IAC, CSCS (4) XYZ Atom Coords, STM Project

Notes:

  1. The Express PLOT3D reader (as of 6.0) is a slightly modified version of an IAC reader originally written by Ian C. Also the Express source is provided (src/cfd/xp_mods).
  2. HDF5 - It is difficult to explain this in a single sentence, but it is quite feasible for a translator application to write this format as long as the Express conventions are kept in mind. See sample apps in src/hdf5/examp.
  3. Formats like MPEG-4, e.g. DivX, are available through 3rd party VFW (video for windows) plugins.
  4. This and all the other chemical formats are available as part of an evolution of the STM IAC project called STM4 and available from CSCS.
  5. A POVray writer augmented with specific molecular support is part of the STM4 toolkit available from CSCS.
  6. Contact me for the reader.