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.adv File Extension

Developer: Nortek
File type: Velocimeter File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .adv. Files with the file extension .adv can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .adv files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .adv file?

The ADV file extension is a data format associated to Nortek Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter, a high resolution three- dimensional instrument used in the laboratory or ocean. ADV files and Nortek Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter were developed by Nortek. These files contain data measurements of water, particles, and other matter found in the laboratory. Nortek’s three dimensional instruments include Vector, Vectrino and Vectrino II. Vector measures 3D velocity, used for turbulence, boundary layer measurements, and surf zone measurements in very low flow areas. Vectrino measures turbulence and 3D velocities in hydraulic laboratories. Vectrino II measures turbulence and 3D velocities with a 3 cm profiling zone. Files in ADV format can be opened with Nortek WinADV in Microsoft Windows-based systems. Data gathering can be done via online systems such as Cabled, Acoustic modem, Seastate and Autonomous Online System. Cabled system means using cables and connectors to the instrument. Acoustic modem means using a modem without cables to send data.

how to open a .adv file?

Launch a .adv file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .adv file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .adv files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .adv file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .adv file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .adv file association errors

applications that open a .adv file

Nortek WinADV

Nortek WinADV

Nortek WinADV is the utility from Nortek that is used in scientific researches to capture velocity measurements of particles, water, and other matter, for example to study rapid current fluctuations in the ocean or in related laboratory experiments. The captured ADV (Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter) data stored in the data file of Nortek WinADV are subsequently converted to the .adv file format that allows data viewing and processing. Viewing and processing of .adv file extension is done using WinADV, a Windows-based viewing and processing utility. After data collection and conversion into .adv format, WinADV simplifies data filtering, identifies anomalies due to low signal strength of the ADV probe, minimizes the need to analyze large quantities of data, and provides an integrated environment to view, review, and process the collected data. Data processing is simplified by the use of flag markers during data collection. WinADV is a 32-bit program that requires Windows 95 or NT operating system, and Visual Basic 4.0.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .adv files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .adv. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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