Archive for November, 2007

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

IDL 7.0 released

IDL 7.0 is officially released today. This introduces the IDL Workbench, a cross platform, Eclipse-based development environment. My favorite features so far: it works the same on Unix platforms! in the debug perspective, you can click on any level in the call stack and examine all the variables defined at that level the outline view […]

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

FastDL 2.4 released

FastDL 2.4 was released today. FastDL provides a way to do cluster computing from within IDL in two different flavors: mpiDL and TaskDL. For problems which require communication between nodes, mpiDL provides an interface to the MPI standard. If you are familiar with MPI, then mpiDL should be very easy to use. It can now […]

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Data vs datum

I have always been annoyed at the supposedly correct usage of the word “data”. Now I have justification to use “data” the way I want.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007


I just saw this parody of scientific visualizations, the Viz-o-Matic. Not sure if it was, but we could do this in IDL (although I’m not sure about how easy it would have been in 1993). This reminds me of the presenter at Vis07 talking about the “bling my graph” option on swivel. Via Tufte […]

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Monday, November 19th, 2007

Updates to X11 for Leopard

The Wiki has a page for updates for XDarwin. I was still having some issues (with CURSOR) that these updates fixed. The two lines that will do the updates are: curl -LO \ sudo sh UPDATE: it appears you should get your updates here now. I still have X problems, but things […]

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Friday, November 16th, 2007

LIC flow visualization

I have been searching for a better visualization for vector fields for awhile. Line integral convolution (LIC) is one of several methods that seems promising. The main references I used for my LIC implementation is the original paper “Imaging Vector Fields Using Line Integral Convolution” by Brian Cabral and Leith (Casey) Leedom and this C++ […]

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

IDL 7.0 User’s Group Meeting

The IDL 7.0 User’s Group Meeting was tonight. From the ITT VIS website: Be the First to See the New IDL 7.0!! Please join us for the IDL User Group Meeting & Reception co-sponsored by ITT Visual Information Solutions and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics(LASP) on November 13, 2007. Hear from IDL engineers […]

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Monday, November 12th, 2007

Stopping xterm from launching

This is just one more piece of the puzzle in Leopard. Because /etc/X11 is gone in Leopard, the old way of configuring is obsolete. The new way is org.x.X11_launcher.plist. So the following, defaults write org.x.X11_launcher app_to_run /usr/X11/bin/xlsclients is the way to configure to not start an xterm every time it starts. UPDATE: […]

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Quick Look for IDL .pro files

Quick Look is a handy feature of Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”. It allows you to view the contents of a file without actually opening it. I’ve found it extremely useful for browsing files. Of course, out of the box, Leopard doesn’t understand IDL .pro files because ITT VIS doesn’t provide a real application for […]

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Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Terminal scripting in Leopard

This is an interesting article about using some of the new scripting features in Leopard’s Terminal to visually indicate which server you are logged into. I tried using Terminal again in Leopard, but soon went back to iTerm. I use iTerm with a prompt of export PS1=”\[\e]1;\h\a\e]2;\h:\w\a\e[34;1m\]\W\$\[\e[0m\] ” which uses the server name as the […]

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