Why Does the IGDB Have Two Formats?

Last Updated: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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The IGDB currently exists in two formats: a single database-format file and an older collection of text files. The recommended database format has many advantages for applications in terms of speed, content, and functionality, such as sorting and searching. It is currently used by Optics 5.1 and WINDOW 5.1. The older text-file format is still required by WINDOW 4.1 and other programs. Support for text-file format is discontinued since April 1, 2003.