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A MICRESS(R) results file (see Output Files) can be opened with DP MICRESS, which can be both a new data file by 'Open solution' or a beforehand used one by 'Load recent'. Several files can be bundled into a group so that commands are done for all the windows belonging to the group. This tool facilitates working with DP MICRESS(R).

'Reload all solution' will update all open solutions. This can be necessary if some other process changes the already loaded content of the files on disk, e.g. a newly started simulation writes to the same files.

The simulation results can be saved in several data formats for other usages, p.e. by the 'Export group as image' application (See Fig 4.6). More detailed information on the 'Export window contents as dataset' application you will find in !!!! Chapter 7 ‘Data conversion: *.mcr to *.vtk’.

In Figure 4.6 the settings for an image export are presented. There are several image formats available: The tif-format is especially recommendable when dealing with uncompressed files, but consumes also a lot of storage space because of the high quality standard. Also, the selection can be restricted to the actual needs. This means, the number of used timesteps or the 3^rd^ dimension. Moreover, the picture quality can be changed in general by modifying the resolution.

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The formats and options for saving the result files as images

The format of which is made use for a MICRESS data file, is the MICRESS(R) standard format. 'VTK' is a format used by Kitware’s visualisation toolkit (VTK) and is very common in scientific image processing and visualisation. There are two versions available: On the one hand binary is a compact, non-human-readable data format. On the other hand, exporting results as ASCII data can be used for small data sets to check the results manually. An uncompressed ASCII data files consumes much more disk space than raw binary data.

When exporting window contents as dataset there are several options available:

  • Region specifies the selected area’s scope. Choosing the entire revealed area or limiting the export is correspondingly possible. The limitation can for example derive from the zooming function or from turning a 3d file into a 2d file by selecting only two of the XYZ coordinates.
  • Geometry specifies the file’s size, with the unit 'cells' in grid cells. The data file has default settings, which can thus be converted into custom settings. Only when using the geometry variation, the tool 'geometry conversion' is applied additionally.

When exporting 'group as image' only the image resolution, and not the content itself, is changed when selecting anything else than 'current'. To improve the image resolution is useful especially when dealing with big data sets. To export the currently visible window, the file must be renamed to assure not overwriting the original file. Modifying more than the 'current' settings in relation to both timestep and 3d leads to some obligatory variations: In case of multiple time steps, a star (*) in the output file name will be taken as a place holder for the time step. Respectively a question mark (?) for multiple 3D planes should be added. Usually these variations are set automatically. When changing one’s mind after putting this variation into execution and hence going back to 'current', the star or question mark have to be removed manually when considered disturbing. 'Resolution' varies the presenting of the group’s size. 'Background color' and 'Foreground color' change the background an text color of the exported image.