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'[OT]: Oscilloscope "plotter" output capture'
2001\03\19@052956 by D Lloyd

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Hi,

I have a Phillips PM3382 oscilloscope that has an RS232 plotter output
(GPIB?) and I want to be able to capture the output onto the PC rather than
hanging our ageing XY plotter off it.

Does anyone know of any software that can capture such an output that has a
nice front end for manipulating the images? (Labview?)

I've had a look around the net/Philips/Fluke sites and there does not
appear to be any software regarding this....Can anyone help?

Regards,

Dan

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2001\03\19@071717 by Alan B. Pearce

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If your 'scope has an RS232 port then use an ordinary terminal program on a PC
to capture the datastream to a file that you can later manipulate. It may be
possible to send in any of several formats, but as you mention a plotter it is
likely to be HPGL data format.

If it is sending HPGL then it is all printable ASCII characters and there are
programs on the web to convert HPGL to printable formats. You may even be able
to find a graphics package that will load an HPGL file to convert to some other
format more useful for what you may want to do.

If your scope has a GPIB port then this will be a faster method of downloading
the image than the serial port. NOTE that GPIB is a parallel interface method
for controlling instruments and has no particular relation to how the
information is printed or plotted from the scope screen. It may be that the
scope can print to a GPIB printer or plotter without a GPIB controller, but this
is independent of the data format for the screen image.

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2001\03\19@092356 by mike

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On Mon, 19 Mar 2001 10:34:36 +0000, you wrote:

>Hi,
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>I have a Phillips PM3382 oscilloscope that has an RS232 plotter output
>(GPIB?) GPIB ius a difefrent type of interface, not a data format. If it;s
RS232 it's not GPIB!
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Output is probably HPGL. Many graphics programs, e.g. Corel Draw can
import HPGL, so if you capture the data to a file (maybe using
terminal software), you should then be able to import it as a HPGL
file.
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2001\03\20@210432 by Brian Kraut

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You could hook the XY output to a PC based scope!

D Lloyd wrote:

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