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Database Files Overview
The database files for features and fasteners are stored in "Standard" subdirectories under the FEATDATA and FASTDATA directories. In other words, each subdirectory under the FEATDATA and FASTDATA directories is associated with a specific standard. These subdirectories contain the database files (e.g., the ANSI_M subdirectory, under FASTDATA, contains the database files for ANSI Metric fasteners).The feature and fastener functions will automatically add new information, including new database files, to the appropriate dialog box lists.
In order to modify the database files, you must be aware of the structure of the files. The following sections explain the structure and organization of the Feature database files and Fastener database files, respectively.
Customizing the database files is NOT done throughany functions included in the program. You must have a separate program that can both read and write to the ASCII Comma Separated Values file format (.CSV extension), which is a widely used format. With this separate program, you must be able to add additional records to a database file and add fields to a file.
Backing up the database file you are going to modify is always a good idea (e.g., copying it to a *.BAK extension). If necessary, you can reinstall to restore the original database files.