Report:VantagePoint/Saving Work/Saving Data Files
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Saving Data Files
VantagePoint saves all of the data as a VantagePoint file (.vpt). Any processing that occurs, such as creating lists or matrices, cleaning data, and so forth, is saved within this file. Saving follows the standard format of using File --> Save As to save or change the name of a file. Files can be sent to other users, who can then open, view and manipulate the same data that the original user was working with. Users should check the VantagePoint website to determine any compatibility issues between different versions of VantagePoint.
The ability to store local copies of VantagePoint data files can be both advantageous and cumbersome. The main advantage is in the faster processing and display speeds allowed by hosting the data locally, compared to the time required to perform these tasks via the internet. Since there are no internet connections or bandwidth issues to deal with, VantagePoint can typically process larger quantities of data faster than web-based systems. Additionally, the portability of .vpt files is useful: for example, they can be sent to other users of VantagePoint, stored on a flash drive to take to a customer, and more. Of course, portable data is less secure and more vulnerable to being lost or corrupted. Further, usage of the data is confined to systems carrying the VantagePoint software, which must be installed locally. In this area, web-based systems are superior because they can be accessed anywhere an internet connection is available.