There are many file types that are specific for some programs and can only be created, edited or viewed with very few applications. One such format is the Measure Data Format (MDF) and it is used for conveying data bits by those working the automotive industry.
To load such a document, it is necessary to use a dedicated program, just like MDF Viewer is. This particular utility is also able to handle DAT files and it will allow users to view and analyze the information stored inside.
The charts have a generous area reserved in the simple, yet friendly main window and so does the scripting component that is also part of the package. There are many tools at your disposal, even if at first glance it would seem MDF Viewer is quite bare.
Thus, it is very easy to add or remove plot items and grid only items when a file is loaded, or to select the cursor mode on the chart. It is also possible to autoscale the chart axes, zoom and pan by using the corresponding modes which are available inside this app. MDF Viewer is also equipped with the necessary means for viewing and tweaking the item and chart properties for the currently opened files.
Should you need to convert and transfer data into another format from a MDF document, you will be glad to discover the dedicated exporting function that saves the information in CSV format, with the desired sample rate you will choose from the application's window.
To sum things up, it's safe to say that for those who want to quickly read and analyze MDF and DAT files, MDF Viewer is certainly a viable alternative, easy to use and with enough features to carry out the job successfully.