Con­ver­ting CAN­touch Trace Files

Soo­ner or later, anyo­ne using the pro­to­col moni­tor of CAN­touch will won­der how to con­vert the bina­ry trace files (.trc) into read­a­ble data.
Sin­ce CAN­vi­si­on ver­si­on 1.28 this is easi­ly pos­si­ble with the tri­al mode. The soft­ware can import the files and export them to a CSV file. In addi­ti­on, the data con­tent can be decoded if the record­ing is CANo­pen or J1939 data.

The tri­al mode is a ver­si­on of the pro­gram limi­ted to five minu­tes run­ti­me. Saving files is not pos­si­ble, but all other func­tions are usable exac­t­ly as in the full ver­si­on, thus also the export as CSV file.

This is how the trace file is impor­ted and then expor­ted to a CSV file :

  1. Star­ting the soft­ware
  2. Open the cor­re­spon­ding cli­ent win­dow (CAN recei­ve, CANo­pen recei­ve or SAE J1939 recei­ve)
  3. File > Import > CAN­touch Trace… Selec­tion of the file
  4. The file is impor­ted and decoded if pos­si­ble.
  5. File > Export > CSV file… Name the file
  6. File is expor­ted

When impor­ting the CSV file into a cal­cu­la­ti­on soft­ware, select the semi­co­lon as the sepa­ra­tor.

Con­ver­ting CAN­touch recei­ve list

The pro­ce­du­re for the recei­ve list of the CAN­touch pro­to­col moni­tor is simi­lar. Plea­se note that a maxi­mum of 200 lines is stored in this file.

  1. Star­ting the soft­ware
  2. Open the cli­ent win­dow CAN Recei­ve
  3. File > Import > CAN­touch Recei­ve List… Selec­tion of the file (cantouch.document.app.canmonitor.receive.xml)
  4. The file is impor­ted and decoded if pos­si­ble.
  5. File > Export > CSV file… Name the file
  6. File is expor­ted