Open Stata 13 data files in Stata 12

I just ran across a very useful ado.-file called use13 which allows to open files in Stata 12 which were originally saved in Stata 13 (which often results in theĀ error code “r(610): file not Stata format”). use13 can be installed by typing

ssc install use13
use13 filename.dta

This will then convert the Stata13 data file to use in Stata12.

Note: An alternative to use13 is to use saveold when creating the data file in Stata 13 (instead of save):

saveold filename [, saveold_options]

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