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New in 6.0: Data Handling & Data Sources
Building on the concept of symbolic data description, Mathematica 6.0 introduced the major new "elements" framework for handling import and export of data, in nearly a hundred distinct formats. Mathematica 6.0 also introduced the concept of large-scale integrated data sources, for the first time allowing immediate programmatic use of many forms of real-world data.
New Import-Export Framework
Import (modified) import data, specifying the elements to retrieve
Export (modified) export data, constructing the output from specified elements
"FLAC"  ▪ "MIDI"  ▪ "SWF"  ▪ "QuickTime"  ▪ "JPEG2000"  ▪ "PLY"  ▪ "JVX"  ▪ "X3D"  ▪ "Maya"  ▪ "MDB"  ▪ "ODS"  ▪ "CDF"  ▪ "USGSDEM"  ▪ "SDTS"  ▪ "ApacheLog"  ▪ "MBOX"  ▪ "Base64"  ▪ "GZIP"  ▪ ...
Rasterize create a bitmap or other elements for graphics
FileFormat, StringFormat infer formats from data
    
BinCounts  ▪ MovingAverage  ▪ Differences  ▪ FindClusters  ▪ ...
Commonest  ▪ MeanDeviation  ▪ Skewness  ▪ Kurtosis  ▪ ...
    
    
DateString  ▪ DateList  ▪ DatePlus  ▪ DateDifference  ▪ ...
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