TerraScan: Creating User point formats

The User point formats category in File formats contains a list of user-defined point formats. You can define your own formats which can be used for the input or output of point data. The software can read any text files where each row contains the information of one point and the point attributes are organized into columns (fields). The file format definition determines what fields are included for each point and what is the order of the fields.
The text file formats may contain delimited fields or fixed length fields. The delimiter can be comma, space, tabulator, or semicolon. A fixed length fields is defined by constant column widths and positions in each row.
You can Add, Edit, and Delete point formats by using the corresponding buttons in the Settings dialog. The Copy button creates an identical copy of a selected format definition. The Move up and Move down buttons change the order of formats in the list.

To define a new point format:
1. Open the User point formats category in the File formats folder.
2. Click Add in the Settings dialog. The File format dialog opens:



3. (Optional, but recommended) Select Load example command from the File pulldown menu of the File format dialog.
This reads the first lines of the text file and shows its content in the field list. The software also tries to detect the Field type and the Delimiter.
4. If required, change the number of fields that are available in the dialog by using the commands from View pulldown menu.
5. Type a Format name and define the other settings.
6. Select the correct attribute for a field. The list of attributes is displayed when you click on the No field button.
7. Click OK to the File format dialog.
8. Close the Settings dialog in order to save the modified settings for TerraScan.

Note: There are some text file formats already implemented in TerraScan. User point formats are stored in a configuration file OUTFMT.INF in the TerraScan installation folder. You can copy this file to other computers in order to make point formats available on them.


GeoCue Support has written 973 articles