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Re: Variable stride in array indices and other enhancements
In article <3742C069.AA4EFE3C@icesat1.gsfc.nasa.gov>, Jack Saba
> Given the post by Richard French noting that IDL 5.3 is due out in
> October, maybe it's time to send RSI a wish list.
I submitted the 'stride' request to the IDL comment form at
Anyone care to second it?
I also submitted a request to have MAP_IMAGE handle 24-bit images (instead
of having to call it 3 times, once for each image plane).
I also agree with the sentiment expressed by Struan Gray in another thread:
> That said, if history is anything to go by, 5.3 will leave intact
> the bugs identified by Moses back in version 0.1b5, while presenting a
> radical new way to 'simplify' programming on Windows 3.1 (only) which
> ensures nice long coffee breaks for any user daft enough to plot
> arrays with more than about ten elements.
RSI has greatly expanded IDL in many directions (ENVI, RiverTools, etc.),
but it is still difficult to get a correct rectangular border around a
simple cylindrical-equidistant global map. Every one I draw has strange
Another thing that drives me nuts is differences between the Hershey and
Postscript font character ordering. Everytime I want to convert a plot
from X to PS, I have to insert special code to handle any special
Another of my pet peeves - no real 24-bit support for the Postscript device.
All that said, many things have been improved in the internals over the
years. I love /NAN in TOTAL, etc. I would like to see continued efforts
by RSI to make every detail in IDL right. Keep reporting those bugs (I