IDL (Interactive Data Language) is a popular data visualization and analysis platform used for interactive processing of large amounts of data including images.

IDL possesses the ability to interact with Java applications via its IDL-Java bridge. Karsten Rodenacker has written a script that uses Bio-Formats to read in image files to IDL.


Download the script from Karsten Rodenacker’s IDL goodies (?) web site. See the comments at the top of the script for installation instructions and caveats.


To use a newer version of Bio-Formats, overwrite the requisite JAR files with the newer version and restart IDL.