IDL 6.1 Release Advances the Ability of Technical Professionals Everywhere to Easily Visualize and Analyze Complex Data
Boulder, Colorado, August 11, 2004 - Research Systems, Inc. (RSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company, advances data visualization and analysis technology with the release of IDL Version 6.1. This latest IDL release continues to build on the major themes of last year's IDL 6.0 release, namely to make the powerful visualization and analysis capabilities of IDL available to new users and to grow the functionality of IDL to meet the needs of the extensive IDL user community.
"RSI is at the leading-edge of data visualization and analysis technology, and our release of IDL 6.1 reaffirms our commitment to those who need powerful software tools to drive their science, engineering and development efforts. We are responding in new and innovative ways to the need for 'application-like interfaces' with enhancements to our IDL iTools, and creating more powerful distribution options with our IDL Virtual Machine," said Richard Cooke, president and COO of RSI. "The overwhelmingly positive response to the IDL 6.0 release has allowed us to pursue a very aggressive product development effort for Version 6.1. Established and new users alike will be very pleased."
Roberto Racca, president and CEO of Jasco Research Ltd., is one such user. "We are quite happy with the enhancements in IDL 6.1," says Racca. "IDL remains our primary data analysis environment and a strong tool in application development."
Visualizing complex data easily with iTools
With the release of IDL Intelligent Tools(tm) (iTools) in IDL 6.0, RSI opened the functionality of IDL to new users who prefer a more "application-like" solution for complex data analysis and visualization challenges. iTools are a set of pre-built interactive utilities with an intuitive user interface that allow users to quickly and easily visualize complex data and produce presentation-quality graphics without the need for programming.
IDL 6.1 includes enhancements to IDL's suite of iTools - iPlot, iSurface, iContour, iImage, and iVolume - that allow users to define and apply visualization "styles," record and play back macros, view detailed audit trails, and create resizable graphics for printing, reporting and use in popular software applications. In addition, the new iMap iTool in 6.1 allows users to work with geolocated data, including images, contours, and data imported from ESRI shapefiles.
Free application distribution with IDL Virtual Machine
The IDL Virtual Machine(tm) (IDL VM) released with IDL 6.0 offers users a free method of distributing their IDL applications to colleagues and customers. RSI has enhanced the IDL VM in IDL Version 6.1 to run directly from the IDL Windows CD. Also, in response to customer requests, new IDL features have been introduced to give IDL VM developers abilities previously only available through the EXECUTE function.
Unprecedented memory efficiency with JPEG2000
IDL 6.1 includes read and write support for the popular JPEG 2000 compression format, giving researchers and software developers a powerful new method to efficiently store and handle large image files. The JPEG 2000 support in IDL also allows IDL users to access, manipulate and edit image data while the images are still in compressed form.
"IDL is superior to other JPEG 2000 packages in terms of compression and decompression speed. You can buy 3 IDL licenses for the same price as [other JPEG 2000 packages] and not only have JPEG 2000 support, but everything else IDL has to offer," Greg Payonk, IDL user at Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products Company.
Other enhancements in IDL 6.1
Again building upon the major advances of IDL 6.0, IDL 6.1 adds new routines for image sharpening, hierarchical clustering, dendrite plotting, and wavelet analysis. IDL SAVE file contents can now be queried, and individual data items or routines can be selectively restored. Tab key navigation and keyboard accelerators have been added to the IDL widget system to enable keyboard shortcuts in custom applications.
DICOM support for Medical Imaging Applications
In conjunction with the IDL 6.1 release, RSI is releasing the IDL DICOM Toolkit(tm), an add-on module for IDL now available for purchase that will give users the ability to read and write DICOM files using IDL.
Research Systems, Inc. (RSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company, provides high-performance software solutions that help scientists, engineers, researchers and medical professionals turn complex data into useful information. RSI's 200,000 customers from over 80 countries use RSI technologies to visualize and analyze large, complex sets of data and develop, deploy and manage imaging applications. Customized consulting, on-site training and technical support services complement RSI's suite of software solutions. More information can be found at www.RSInc.com.
Lori Thompson, RSI