The VG Avantage binary files must be converted via an Avantage utility program (DataSpace_BatchDump.exe) to ASCII equivalent files. These ASCII files are created with the file extension .avg and can be converted to ISO 14976 (VAMAS) format using the Convert to VAMAS dialog window:
The acquisition regions for each experiment are exported into separate ASCII files with the .avg extension, thus an experiment is typically recorded, once exported, as a set of ASCII files in a directory. If an experiment is one in a sequence of experiments, all of which might reasonably be processed as a unit, then a further import option allows a set of such data directories to be converted to a single ISO 14976 VAMAS file.
Given a set of directories each containing exported Avantage data, a new VAMAS file is created by moving to the directory (using the Convert to VAMAS File Dialog) containing these data sub-directories and entering the new filename with an extension of .mvg. A VAMAS file with the extension .vms is created at the leave of the directory containing the data sub-directories. The .avg files found in the sub-directories are converted and entered into the new VAMAS file with the experimental variable set to a Data Set index number; the index assigned to the experimental variable is dependent on the order of the sub-directories when read. In addition to the Data Set index, the rows are also assigned labels based on the names given to the sub-directories, which can be view using the Edit Mode toolbar button.