Re: Please forgive my ignorance

Hi James,
 
VisAD does have a data format adapter for Vis5D files.  Its the
visad.data.vis5d.Vis5DForm class and documented in the developers
guide.  However, it is not very complete and uses native methods
to link to the C library for reading Vis5D files.  To use it on
Windows NT / 95, you'd have to port that C code (included in the
VisAD source distribution) to Windowss.  The main method of
Vis5DForm is a very primitive viewer for Vis5D files (about the
same functionality that Vis5D had in 1988) and much slower than
the real Vis5D.  Also, the VisAD spread sheet, to be announced
soon (and now available, bugs and all, in the VisAD distribution)
can also serve as a primitive Vis5D file viewer.
 
So, the main problems are porting the C code to Windows, and lack
of performance and function compared to Vis5D.  Wang HongQing of
Beijing University is working on a port of Vis5D to NT, but has
no estimated completion date.
 
Cheers,
Bill
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