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PrintWriter output;

void setup() {
  // Create a new file in the sketch directory
  output = createWriter("positions.txt"); 

void draw() {
  point(mouseX, mouseY);
  output.println(mouseX + "t" + mouseY); // Write the coordinate to the file

void keyPressed() {
  output.flush(); // Writes the remaining data to the file
  output.close(); // Finishes the file
  exit(); // Stops the program
Description Creates a new file in the sketch folder, and a PrintWriter object to write to it. For the file to be made correctly, it should be flushed and must be closed with its flush() and close() methods (see above example).

Starting with Processing release 0134, all files loaded and saved by the Processing API use UTF-8 encoding. In previous releases, the default encoding for your platform was used, which causes problems when files are moved to other platforms.
filename Name of the file to be created
Returns PrintWriter or null
Usage Application
Related PrintWriter
Updated on June 14, 2010 12:05:29pm EDT

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