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    I've got query about am ASCII file, which I can happily display as a HEX file, but non of it make any sense to me. I'm okay with VBA in excel, but this stuff is well over my head.

    the file is created by a some software where the input method, whilst making sense, is very labourious. You basically input your data and the software displays the results of a calculation. The file created when you save it is just what you input, not the results of the calculation.

    I would like to create the ASCII file outside of the software, so I can then just load it in and do the calculation without having to go through pain staking input method.

    So does anyone understand what I'm rambling on about at all?

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    I understand where you're coming from, but if looking at the file in a hex editor and "none of it makes any sense to you", then you've got a problem.

    You somehow need to reverse engineer the file format, then have a revelation and understand what you are looking at, or remain stuck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I've got query about am ASCII file, which I can happily display as a HEX file, but non of it make any sense to me. I'm okay with VBA in excel, but this stuff is well over my head.

    the file is created by a some software where the input method, whilst making sense, is very labourious. You basically input your data and the software displays the results of a calculation. The file created when you save it is just what you input, not the results of the calculation.

    I would like to create the ASCII file outside of the software, so I can then just load it in and do the calculation without having to go through pain staking input method.

    So does anyone understand what I'm rambling on about at all?
    Ian,

    Can you give a little more info? i.e program you are using etc?
    Do you want to produce source code from the Hex file?


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    Isn't that the program used to turn images into a text of the image.

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    Think I'll close this thread cos I haven't got the foggiest what you're all on about
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    Quote Originally Posted by GARY3306 View Post
    Think I'll close this thread cos I haven't got the foggiest what you're all on about
    You can take a picture of say yourself, then you run it through this program and it becomes like an outline shadowed image in `>'\| etc, quite neat was all the rage on profiles about 5 yrs ago.

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    I'm slightly confused why you're specifying that it's an ASCII file, as all PC based data should be ASCII. Perhaps it's source was from another OS, maybe mainframe, which uses EBCDIC (or variations thereof).

    If you can see it in your Hex editor then you should be able to edit it as well. However (as VXR_DV says) if you can't understand it it would be dangerous to try and create it. You'll need the layout as without it you'll be trying to recreate the wheel to get the data correct.

    If I understand you you want to create the input file for the program through some automatic method so you don't have to key in all the data? I presume therefore that the program can take in an input file rather than manual input?

    I do this kind of **** all day long, but on an IBM mainframe instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I've got query about am ASCII file, which I can happily display as a HEX file, but non of it make any sense to me. I'm okay with VBA in excel, but this stuff is well over my head.

    the file is created by a some software where the input method, whilst making sense, is very labourious. You basically input your data and the software displays the results of a calculation. The file created when you save it is just what you input, not the results of the calculation.

    I would like to create the ASCII file outside of the software, so I can then just load it in and do the calculation without having to go through pain staking input method.

    So does anyone understand what I'm rambling on about at all?


    Ian, as per original reply? The thread seems to have shot off in tangents.

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    sorry i've not replied sooner, guys been away with work. The sofwtware is a bespoke program for calaulcating the standard deviation of a track design. for my part, you type in the gradients and vertical curves and then save that info. The second part of the software uses that info to calaulate the standard deviation. its the typing in of the gradients etc (geometry) of the track design that takes ages and becuase its user typed, prone to errors. I wanted to create the "geometry" file myself, load it into the program and then calculate the SD values. But when I try to open the geometry file, its in ASCII format (which I dont understand) and wondered if I could transform it into something that would resemble the original input?

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