Exporting Spatial Simulation Results
Results from simulation runs are automatically stored on the remote database server.
Simulation results may be exported in different formats including movie, image, spreadsheet, polygon and raw file types.
Both volume and membrane data can be exported depending on the file format chosen.
Exporting image or movie based formats will use the color scaling set in the
View Data panel to convert 'data values' to 'pixel colors'.
Export Data Panel
- Export Format
Choose from spreadsheet comma delimited ascii (*.csv), QuickTime(QT,QTVR) movie (*.mov), image gif or jpeg (*.gif,*.jpg), raw data format (*.nrrd), polygon vtk or ucd (*.vtk,*.ucd)
- Define Export Data Variables
Select one or more volume and/or membrane variables from the list to export depending on the file format chosen.
- Define Export Data Range
Select 'User ROI from...' (user defined lines and points from 'View Data'), 'Current slice from...' (from 'View Data' slice), full (all simulation data points).
- Define Export Time Interval
Select simulation timepoints, begin time (top slider) and end time (bottom slider)
- Start Export
Display any additional format setting dialogs depending on export file type (see Specific Format Settings).
Signal VCell server to create the specified file format and return it to the users local computer.
Export progress is displayed at the bottom of the panel under 'Export Jobs'.
Display a 'save' dialog to the user once the export file has been created.
- Export Jobs
Displays status of export file creation.
Export Format Info
- Comma delimited ASCII files (*.csv)
Used for 'User ROI...' and 'Current Slice..."' to export values (along ROI or slice XY grid) as text formatted numbers.
Each data point value is separated with a comma (,) and rows are separated corresponding to the ROI or slice 'X' spatial dimension.
Can be imported into common spreadsheet programs.
- QuickTime(QT,QTVR) files (*.mov)
Used for 'Current Slice from "View Data"' or 'Full' to export values in Apple's ubiquitous movie file format.
QTVR is a special version of QT formatted to allow the Apple QuickTime movie player (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/) to display an extra dimension of data (e.g multiple slices/variables over time).
- Gif89a, Animated Gif and JPEG image files (*.gif,*.jpg)
Used for 'Current Slice from "View Data"' to export multiple 2D images in these standard formats.
- Nearly raw raster data (*.nrrd)
Used for 'Full' to export data values in a multi-dimension format that can be read by programs such as 'ImageJ' (http://imagej.nih.gov/) for additional numerical analysis and display.
- VTK (http://www.vtk.org) and UCD (Unstructured Cell Data) files (*.vtk,*.ucd)
Used for 'Full' to export data values in a polygon format (volume or surface) for each value based the simulation spatial geometry (mesh).
Programs such as 'VisIt' (http://visit.llnl.gov/) and 'ParaView' (http://www.paraview.org/) offer additional visualization and analysis outside of VCell.