The HydroCAD setup program always associates the .HCP extension with
HydroCAD, so that
project files appear with the correct
icon and can be launched directly from Windows. HydroCAD-7 (and later) also creates associations for the other extensions
so they can easily opened in HydroCAD or a text editor. In the event of
conflicts with other applications, specific associations can be prevented by
selecting "Custom Installation" within the setup program.
For specific details on each file format (including instructions for creating
custom files) please see the HydroCAD help system, which is included
with all HydroCAD programs, including the HydroCAD Sampler.
HydroCAD can import and export
data in a number of industry-standard file formats as listed below.
HydroCAD does not make any system changes for these file extensions.
Icon & File Type
||Standard text file. Used for data export and various
pre-installed lookup tables and data files. OK for tabular data,
although a CSV format is often preferred.
|Comma Separated Values
||A common format for importing or exporting data to a
spreadsheet or database. Excellent for tabular data.
||Bit-mapped graphic file that can be used with most
image-editing and paint programs. Very common file format, but generally
produces large files with low resolution that re-scale poorly. EMF is
preferable for most applications.
|Enhanced Meta File
||Good format for exporting graphical and tabular reports.
Produces a compact file that can include text and scalable vector graphics.
Files are readily imbedded in most word processing documents, and rescale to
any size without jagged lines or loss of image quality.
|Windows Meta File
||An earlier version of EMF, provided for backward
|Joint Photographic Experts Group
|A compressed bit-map file. Produces much smaller file
sizes for photographic images, but introduces artifacts when used for line
drawing or computer graphics.