RES: [Paraview] ASCII saving, newbe

rnelias rnelias at
Mon Oct 29 10:36:49 EDT 2007

Hi folk, here are some Fortran routines to help you in your learning
For Ensight files (for me, it's
the best and easiest format to implement and use with CFD and
unstructured/structured grid based methods such as FEM, FVM or FD)
For VTK files (I
personally don't like these VTK formats and any sort of XML derivation of
it... they are a bit confusing for Fortran programmers...)
I hope it helps you ;o)
Renato N. Elias
PhD student -
High Performance Computing Center (NACAD)
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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Hi all,

I'm new to paraview and it's mailing. I hope I'm doing the right thing by
sending my question to "paraview at", if mistaken, please excuse
me. I don't yet fully understand the way this works, because there is no
real forum of paraview that you can see by means of a web page, it seems to
me that it goes by e-mail as far as I understood. Maybe someone could
explain me why a mailing list is preferred in stead of a normal web based
forum, but anyway, here are my questions:

Being unable to compile stuff like paraviews myself, I installed paraview
under windows by means of the usual "setup.exe" file. Paraview supports
several file formats, but the most interesting of them are all in binary,
while, coming from aerodynamics, I am only able to generate ASCII in
fortran, (binary is possible but a bit complicated to me with the endians

1. How do I save a binary read file, for example read in binary vtk format,
into ASCII format? Is recompiling ParaView really the only option? Why isn't
it standard in the "save as.." option to choose ASCII or binary?

2. Do there exist standard fortran routines for saving data in VTK or any
paraview readable format? If so, where can I get them?

3. Do there exist standard ASCII to binary converters (and vice versa) for

Paraview can read EnSight files already.
4. Wouldn't it be a good idea to include a Tecplot ASCII format reader?

I hope I'm at the right address with my questions. Once again, if I'm
mistaken and bothering you, please excuse me, I'm still trying to find out
how this mailing systems works.

Best Regards and Thanks in Advance!

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