External Readers and Altair Binary Format

Altair Binary Format (ABF) is the standard binary format read by the program. A library called abflib allows you to create files in ABF.

The program accepts ABF data by:
  • Reading a file that is written out by a translator
  • Accepting data through a pipe (a connection between two processes or computer programs).

Using a pipe allows you to transfer ABF data directly from a translator to the program.