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    Thanks to those of you who responded to my question about saving KinCom
    data files in a format that can be exported into spreadsheeting software
    such as Microsoft Excel. The response was overwhelming, and judging from a
    few responses, I was not the only person facing the challenge. Instead of
    posting all the replies I have decided to summarise the responses myself.

    There appears to be two ways of organising the data. The first method is
    easiest, and the method I chose...

    1. In KinCom, choose
    'select subject and press Enter
    'select dates
    'Select contraction
    ASCII Data (select this to get data into ASCII format)
    File (to save to file)
    'enter filename
    Select Patient (to view next patient for which data must be saved)

    This process saves the data for that one trial to the hard drive. In our
    version of KinCom the data is saved into the directory C:Chattecx/

    To save the files onto disk for use in other systems, you just perform the

    System Utilities
    Exit to DOS

    Once in dos mode you can save any file to the a: drive. We have Norton
    Commander on the system so saving files was easier.

    In Excel you have to open files as space delimited text files.

    2. YOu can also write a program to change file formats. Most respondents
    assumed the data was in Pascal. Although one respondent suggested that to
    obtain the exact file formats used by the KinCom was not an easy job. They
    have since done so. I will not divulge the names of those who offered
    their time to write/send me software that would perform this operation, but
    I hope they know who they are and accept my thanks for their support. If
    anyone needs software written to perform such tasks, I'm sure that if you
    email Biomech-L you will get a fantastic response as well.

    Thanks to those who resonded to my email. I have since veiwed my data in
    Excel am joyfully reorganising, manipulating...

    Tony Blazevich.

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