Review of IDL
10. Additional Information
IDL is available direct form RSI. A version is available to download from their Web site (http://www.rsinc.com). This will run in a demonstration mode for 10 minutes. A student version is also available. This has most of the functionality of the full version with the exceptions that:
There is an active newsgroup, comp.lang.idl-pvwave discussing all aspects of IDL. The newsgroup is named to distinguish it from comp.lang.idl which is concerned with the other IDL, the Interface Definition Language.
- array sizes are limited
- integration with external programs is disabled
- Scientific data formats are not supported
- Insight is not included
There a large number of WWW sites containing IDL information and public-domain IDL functions and procedures. Two of the most useful site are:
Foley and Van Dam, Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1982.
"Interpolation of Data on the Surface of a Sphere", R. Renka, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Report ORNL/CSD-108, 1982
Review of Visualization Systems. Advisory Group on Computer Graphics Technical Report 1995.
Virtual Environments Visualisation