There are 5 file types use the .MAT file extension:
- MATLAB MAT-File
- Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File
- 3ds Max Materials File
- Vue Material File
- V-Ray Materials File
1. MATLAB MAT-File
Binary data container format used by MATLAB; may include arrays, variables, functions, and other types of data; can be saved in different formats by choosing a version within the MATLAB Preferences (select).
Level 4 MAT-Files support two-dimensional matrices and character strings, while Level 5 MAT-Files include additional support for multidimensional numeric arrays, character arrays, cell arrays, sparse arrays, objects, and structures.
MAT-files may also be used to represent audio in 64-bit floating point, 16-bit signed integer, and 8-bit unsigned integer formats.
|The MathWorks MATLAB||Commercial|
Updated: March 7, 2010
2. Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File
Microsoft Access Table (MAT) shortcut file created by Microsoft Access, a relational database program for desktop computers; contains a shortcut to a table within an Access database; opens a relational database table without first having to open Microsoft Access.
MAT files can be created in Access by clicking and dragging a table to the desktop.
Updated: March 3, 2010
3. 3ds Max Materials File
File used by 3ds Max, a 3D modeling and animation software package; stores a material, which defines the way textures and lighting are applied to a surface; can be accessed from the Material Editor component in 3ds Max.
|Autodesk 3ds Max||Commercial|
Updated: August 2, 2011
4. Vue Material File
File created by E-on Vue software programs, which are used to create 2D and 3D visualizations as well as computer graphics materials; contains images and textures that can be applied to 3D objects; used as components, or building blocks, to create an overall Vue scene.
E-on Vue is available in the following versions:
- Theme Packs
Updated: February 14, 2010
5. V-Ray Materials File
Contains materials, or texture styles, that can be loaded into 3D design programs using the V-Ray plugin; V-Ray is a surface material generation and editing plugin developed by Chaos Group.
Updated: March 3, 2008