UTMOST File Format Extension

Following the log file conversion tool for TonyPlot introduced with UTMOST 12.3.14.R1, new file formats have been added to UTMOST III's printing and plotting options to make manipulating UTMOST generated data even easier.

UTMOST already has support for producing Postscript files containing the output from the graphics window. In the latest version of UTMOST, with the addition of new formats, these plots can now be incorporated directly into the Adobe document processing tools, FrameMaker (Figure 1) and Acrobat (Figure 2). This has been achieved through the addition of support for, respectively, the FrameMaker Interchange Format (.MIF)2 and the Portable Document Format (.PDF).3

 

Figure 1. MIF file in FrameMaker.

 

Figure 2. PDF in Acrobat Reader.

 

 

The new formats are available from the Plotters section of the Hardware Configuration Dialog (Figure 3). They operate in the same way as the Postscript plotter in previous versions of UTMOST, allowing the user to select whether color or black and white output should be generated. When used, instead of generating '#1_plot.ps' files, UTMOST will now generate '#1_plot.1.mif' or '#1_plot.1.pdf' depending on which output format was selected.

Figure 3. Plotter configuration.

 

Previous versions of UTMOST supported output of extracted parameters, device parameters and the local optimization strategy as ASCII text files, incorporating UNIX or DOS line termination characters. The range of formats available has been expanded in the latest release of UTMOST to support formats suitable for incorporation into spreadsheets and/or the World Wide Web.

Selection of the the new spreadsheet formats from the Printer section of the Hardware Configuration Dialog (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Printer configuration.

 

For simple importing of tabular report data, comma separated (.CSV) and tab separated (.TSV) files can now be generated. These may be loaded into most spreadsheet packages, and should be particularly useful for older spreadsheet packages.

For formatted reports, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)4 is now available, enabling incorporation of UTMOST data into Web pages (Figure 5). This output format is especially useful for working with Microsoft's Office suite, recent versions of which support the import of HTML documents, preformatting tables and text in both Microsoft Word (Figure 6) and Microsoft Excel (Figure 7).

Figure 5. HTML viewed with Web browser.

Figure 6. HTML imported to Microsoft Word.

Figure 7. HTML imported to Microsoft Excel.

 

 

The combination of these new plotting and printing options makes possible the easy publishing of Web content, with Adobe Acrobat handling the viewing of graphical data and the Web browser supporting the HTML reports.

All of these new features are now available in UTMOST version 14.9.00.R.

References

  1. "UTMOST Log File Conversion for Tonyplot",
    Simulation Standard, Vol.9, No. 4, p 8, April 1998.
  2. "MIF Reference",
    Adobe FrameMaker Release 5 online help, Adobe Systems Incorportated, 1996.
  3. Tim Bienz, Richard Cohn and James R. Mechan,
    "Portable Document Foramt Reference Manual Version 1.2",
  4. Dave Ragett, "HTML 3.2 Reference Specification",
    W3C Recomendation, http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html32.html