IDL 8.2: 32-bit (RGBA) bitmap images are now supported


In IDL 8.2, 32-bit (RGBA) bitmap (.bmp) files can now be used to create image labels for buttons. This allows you to easily use RGBA files created using IDL 8.2 or graphic programs such as PhotoShop image labels. Opening and displaying an RGBA bitmap file Each pixel in an RGBA image has 4 byte values associated with it. The RGB (Red, Green ... more »

IDL 8.2: Time Machine Error Messages in IDL


Topic Using IDL 8.1 or 8.2 on a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion system, some users may experience a series of error messages in the IDL console window, which can make it difficult to properly see output. An error similar to this is observed: 2011-07-21 12:12:39.649 idl[11368:1603] This process is attempting to exclude an item ... more »

ENVI 5.0 and IDL 8.2 default directory structure


With the release of ENVI 5.0 and IDL 8.2, the default directory structure has changed, from previous versions. In the past, the main directory structure started with "ITT". This has now been replaced with "Exelis". Below is a list of previous version directory structures and current directory structures based upon operating ... more »

IDL 8.2: Example of the Erase method for IDL 8 Function Graphics windows


One new addition to IDL 8.2 is the ERASE method that is now included with the Function Graphics windows. The ERASE method can be used with windows created using the WINDOW or WIDGET_WINDOW property. The erase method will clear out the contents of a window without closing it.  An example  program that demonstrates how this method ... more »

The CURSOR procedure fails or GUI interface loses focus on Mac OS X 10.7 and later


PROBLEM: In Mac OS 10.7 and later, a couple of issues can occur in IDL related to the X11 or XQuartz preferences. A. One issue that may occur is the CURSOR procedure will pause and not recognize any mouse input in the display window. (This state may require you to use Control+c to return control to the IDL> prompt.) B. Another issue is ... more »

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Exelis VIS Technical Support Policy Updates


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