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Importing Patterns

Last Modified: November 23, 2020

Select File»Import Pattern to import text pattern files (.digipatsrc or .digipat.gz) into the Digital Pattern Editor. You must include an active pin and channel map file in the project before you can import a pattern or the editor prompts you to activate one.

Importing a text pattern file compiles the file into a binary version of the pattern file (.digipat) and adds it to the current project. All subsequent editing of the pattern file in the pattern document operates on the binary file (.digipat). You do not modify the text version of the pattern file (.digipatsrc), and the .digipatsrc file remains unchanged unless you overwrite it when you export the pattern.

When you select a single file in the Open file dialog box, you can use the corresponding Save As dialog box to specify a filename and destination location for the compiled, binary version of the pattern file. When you select multiple files in the Open file dialog box, you can use the Browse For Folder dialog box to specify a destination location for the compiled, binary versions of the pattern files. You cannot specify filenames in this situation. The editor uses the same name as the source filename but with a .digipat file extension.

Alternatively, you can use the Digital Pattern Compiler command-line tool (DigitalPatternCompiler.exe), located in <Program Files>\National Instruments\Digital Pattern Compiler, to compile text pattern files (.digipatsrc or .digipat.gz) to binary pattern files (.digipat).


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