Archive for June, 2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

IDL 7.1: Command line on Windows

I’ve been using IDL on Windows recently and have really appreciated that there is now a command line version of IDL for Windows. It has all the command line switches that I normally use including the ability to pass command line arguments into IDL. The Windows version of the command line, though, has the extras […]

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


The ColorBrewer website interface has been updated, cleaning up the appearance and adding a few new features. One feature available in the web interface not available in the Brewer color tables for IDL is the ability to filter on colorblind-safe, print friendly, and photocopy-able color schemes.

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Monday, June 15th, 2009

Using color effectively

I recently came across this post on Visuale collecting some great resources about using color effectively. I have posted about some of these before (such as the Brewer color tables) and meant to post about others (such as How NOT to lie with visualization, but this puts some great references covering the topic of color […]

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

50 Great Examples of Data Visualization

50 Great Examples of Data Visualization shows some great visualization eye-candy. Link via Datavisualization blog, which I’m finding to be the data visualization blog I read the most along with FlowingData.

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

IDLdoc 3.2 released

IDLdoc 3.2 has been released! Head over to or automatically update with the Workbench update mechanism. What’s new in IDLdoc 3.2 follows: Added ability to create LaTeX output. Use the TEMPLATE_PREFIX keyword to the IDLDOC command to specify that the LaTeX templates should be used and the COMMENT_STYLE keyword to specify that markup in […]

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

IDL 7.1: 24-bit PostScript output!

Lately, I find myself sharing PNG images of graphics more and more. And the method I have been using to produce better quality images is to make PostScript output in IDL and convert that to PNG using ImageMagick. But it’s a major pain to have to do everything in 8-bit color. No longer! Set the […]

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

IDL 7.1: distributing code

IDL 7.1 adds a couple features that make distributing code to others easier: easily create a plugin update site which can install and update software just by typing in the URL of the site create shared object files with platform-specific names that are looked for when a DLM is loaded (this allows a cross-platform application […]

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