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post May 23 2009, 02:49 AM
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Hi folks, I have been playing with the software code again, discovered Python a month or so ago.

I have updated the MER software that works with standard filetypes, bmp, jpg, gif etc, to also work with Phoenix, MPF and Viking.
It is for deciphering the data in the filenames. It can give dates and filters etc.

The new name for MERDAT is MERDATX+

The reasoning behind MERDAT software is to make it easy to get at dates and filters using standard image filetypes, without having to open PDS headers. It can also create colour images, avi's and stamp images with selected data, spacecraft name, date.

I also made a PDS *.IMG file viewer, called Sojourner Viewer 1. which decodes MER, Phoenix, MPF, Stardust *.IMG files.

This is based on Bill Allen's Bippy PDS module.

Sojourner Viewer 1 is for browsing directories and showing the images as you browse, this avoids having to click file open every time an image is to be viewed. Sojourner Viewer 1 is specifically designed for Sojourner, but, it will work with files and display images for the other spacecraft mentioned, it will save *.IMG data as BMP, JPG, RAW and TIF. (edit: and GIF)

I will still be updating these but as some may have noticed, it is a long time between updates.

I want to add a few things to each, SJV1 will have a function added that will convert an entire directory of IMG files into whatever you want, for movie making purposes, and I want to expand its *.img file capabilities and add FITs.

I have a lot to learn yet.

These tools are probably a good place to start before leaping into ImageJ, GIMP and NASAVIEW.
Oh yes, ImageJ is the only one I have found so far that will open RAW files.

Have a look, there are some screen shots and info on the download pages at,


Comments and suggestions, always welcome.

All the best.

Kevin, VK3KUF.
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post May 27 2009, 06:29 PM
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To any one that has previously downloaded the latest version of MERDAT. Released May 21, 2009

I had to replace the download, there was a bit of code not working, missing in fact.
There is now MERDAT X+ Beta 1.0.1

The save function in X-Eye now works, save function on main page has also been tidied up

Analglyph creation works with GIFs.

Filename conventions on Viking and MPF colour pics made better.

If you downloaded it recently, please discard the copy you have and get it again.
There is a big difference.

If you download MERDAT X+ please use the MERDAT users group to post any error or bug notices, While using the program, click on Help then Email.

Merdat X+ 1.0.1

Sorry about that.

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