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WRITE_PPM

WRITE_PPM

The WRITE_PPM procedure writes an image to a PPM (TrueColor) or PGM (gray scale) file. This routine is written in the IDL language. Its source code can be found in the file write_ppm.pro in the lib subdirectory of the IDL distribution.

Note: WRITE_PPM only writes 8-bit deep PGM/PPM files of the standard type. Images should be ordered so that the first row is the top row.

PPM/PGM format is supported by the PBMPLUS toolkit for converting various image formats to and from portable formats, and by the Netpbm package.

Example


The following lines create an image in an IDL graphics window, read it from the window and write it as a .ppm file in the temporary directory, then read the .ppm file and display it in the same graphics window:

; Save device settings and tell IDL to use a color table
DEVICE, GET_DECOMPOSED=old_decomposed
DEVICE, DECOMPOSED=0
LOADCT, 14
; Create an image and display it
IMAGE1 = DIST(300)
WINDOW, 1, XSIZE=300, YSIZE=300
TV, IMAGE1
; Write a PNG file to the temporary directory
; Note the use of the TRUE keyword to TVRD
filename = FILEPATH('test.ppm', /TMP)
WRITE_PPM, filename, TVRD(/TRUE)
PRINT, 'File written to ', filename
; Read in the file
IMAGE2 = READ_PPM(filename)
; Display the IMAGE1 and IMAGE2 side by side
; Note the use of the TRUE keyword to TV
WINDOW, 1, XSIZE=600, YSIZE=300, $
   TITLE='Original (left) and Image read from file (right)'
TV, IMAGE1, 0
TV, IMAGE2, 1, /TRUE
; Restore device settings.
DEVICE, DECOMPOSED=old_decomposed

Syntax


WRITE_PPM, Filename, Image [, /ASCII]

Arguments


Filename

A scalar string specifying the full pathname of the PPM or PGM file to write.

Image

The 2D (gray scale) or 3D (TrueColor) array to be written to a file.

Keywords


ASCII

Set this keyword to force WRITE_PPM to use formatted ASCII input/output to write the image data. The default is to use the far more efficient binary input/output (RAWBITS) format.

Version History


4.0

Introduced

See Also


READ_PPM, QUERY_* Routines



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