SAARecorder saves raw data to .rsa files. The data in these files can be exported to a variety of formats including a text format where the data values are comma-separated. The converted text files can contain comma-separated position, bend angles, acceleration data, and temperatures. Files in this format can be opened by spreadsheet software.

Step 1 - Select Your Files

In SAARecorder, open the File menu and select the Export raw data to text option.


Figure 1: The File menu in SAARecorder

From the Choose a raw data file to export to text window, select the .rsa file to export and click the Open button.


Figure 2: Choosing a raw data file to export

Step 2 - Configure Export to Text Data Settings

In the Export to Text Data dialog, select the options that suit the ShapeArray (SAA) raw data files selected:

  • Export data for all SAAs - Check this check-box to export all available ShapeArrays in the ‘Available SAAs’ list
  • Available SAAs - A list of all available ShapeArrays for this export. This list is dictated by the files selected in the 'File Selection’ window
  • Selected SAAs - All the ShapeArrays selected
  • Add to Selected button - Highlight one or more ShapeArrays in the Available SAAs list then click this button to move them to the Selected SAAs list
  • Remove from Selected button - Highlight one or more ShapeArrays in the Selected SAAs list then click this button to remove them from the list
  • Export all data samples - Exports all the data
  • Export Sample From:
    • Ensure the Export All Data Samples check-box is unchecked
    • Enter the start and end times to export
    • There will be one start and end time for each ShapeArray
  • View Text Output in Text Editor - Will open a text editor when the conversion is complete. This option will only work if there is a text editor associated with .txt files.


Figure 3: The Export to Text Data dialog

Step 3 - Select the Data to Export

Click the Data to Export button, shown in Figure 3 above, to open the Select Data to Export to Text window, shown in Figure 4 below. Each ShapeArray in the Selected SAAs list will be represented as a tab. Select the data to be included in the export for each ShapeArray. Click the OK button when selections for all ShapeArrays have been made.

  • SAA Joints to Export - A list of joint numbers to be exported. This list can be represented in the following formats.
    • A hyphenated range of joint numbers
    • A comma-separated list of joint numbers
    • The word All for all joints
  • Acc. X, Acc. Y, Acc. Z - Acceleration at X, Y, and / or Z
  • Pos. X, Pos. Y, Pos. Z - Position of X, Y and / or Z
  • Rot. X, Rot. Y - Rotation angles around X and / or Y
  • Absolute Tilt
  • Temperature
  • Time (sec)


Figure 4: Selecting data for export

Step 4 - Start the Conversion and Select a Filename

In the Export to Text Data dialog, shown in Figure 3 above, click the Start Conversion button, choose a location to save the text file and provide a name for it, and click the Save button.


Figure 5: Selecting a location and name for the exported data file

Step 5 - Configure Sampling and Output Options

In the Sampling and Output Options dialog, select how the data should be sampled for the output text file and click the OK button.

  • Leave Sampling Unchanged
  • Resample at xx Hz
  • One Averaged Sample per Data Collection Interval


Figure 6: The Sampling and Output Options dialog

Step 6 - Complete the Export and Review the Data

Click the OK button once the export is complete.


Figure 7: Export to text complete 

Your new file can be opened in a text file viewer, such as Notepad.


Figure 8: An example of exported data in Notepad