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Data File Formats

There are two file formats for .goof files, ASCII and binary. ASCII files are larger and slower to load, but are more portable. Binary files may not be readable on computers different than the ones on which they were created, and they cannot be examined or changed with a text editor, but they load faster and may be smaller. Furthermore, the binary files can optionally contain extra stiffness matrix information, reducing OOF's startup time (at the expense of a fair amount of disk space).

If you are writing your own .goof files, the ASCII format will be much easier to work with.


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