One important thing with AnyWave is to be able to read a data file.
Although that AnyWave is able to read some common EEG or MEG file formats, you might need to read a particular data file.
The only way to achieve that is to build a Reader plug-in for AnyWave.
This will require implementing a C++ plug-in using the SDK.
See the previous sections of the Developer's corner to see how to build the SDK and use it to build a new plug-in.
Let's start with the basic cmake project that we will modify to suit our needs.
ADES reader as example
AnyWave is able to read .ades file format which is a simple file format built upon a text header file and a binary data file.
This 'plug-in' is embedded within AnyWave but we are going to implement it as an external plug-in, for the sake of demonstration.
Define the C++ classes
A C++ plug-in is defined by two classes:
- A class that describes the plug-in to AnyWave.
- A class that describes the core mechanism of the plug-in.
That is true for all kind of plug-ins in AnyWave.
AwReaderPlugin and AwFileReader classes
As mentioned above, two C++ classes must be described and implemented to build a Reader plug-in.
Here are the two classes, described within one header file: