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 doc 2013-10-17 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [f682ec] correct errors in the man pages
 vistaio 2015-11-20 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [1c6664] record failure of test and report with exit value
 .gitignore 2015-11-05 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [2e6de0] Fix coverity detected faults:
 Authors 2012-06-11 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [921196] move to git
 CMakeLists.txt 2015-11-06 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [905e60] rename the README to markup recognized README.md
 COPYING 2013-10-21 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [d88d0f] correct licenses
 ChangeLog 2015-11-12 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [b18fd9] update changelog
 README.md 2015-11-06 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [905e60] rename the README to markup recognized README.md
 create_package 2012-11-29 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [5e3d18] update package creation to xz
 libvistaio.pc.cmake 2012-06-11 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [921196] move to git
 vistaio.h 2012-06-11 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [921196] move to git
 vistaio_change_names.py 2015-11-06 Gert Wollny Gert Wollny [cf1b25] re-insert renaming script

Read Me

Resume

This library includes the IO and data type part of the
vista library originaly implemented by

Arthur Pope, University of British Columbia
Laboratory or Computational Intelligence

Further development was done by Gert Wollny, Marc Tittgemeyer,
and Heike Jähnike at the Max-Planck-Institute of Human
Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, and later by
Gert Wollny at the ETSI Telecomunicacion, UPM, Madrid, Spain.

Installation

Pre-packaged

  • The library is available as libvistaio-dev/libvistaio14 from
    the official Debian archives.
  • Ebuild for Gentoo Linux are available from the overlay gentoo-imaging
    (currently not availabe from layman)

    https://github.com/gerddie/gentoo-imaging

Compilation from source:

Requirements:

Then after unpacking the software to

vistaio-X.X.X one does: 
cd vistaio-X.X.X
mkdir build 
cd build 
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PATH=<prefix> 
make 
make test 
make install

The "make install" command you may have to run as root.
The tests cover only the 2d/3dfield loading and storing, and
the attribute IO.

Function naming remark

In order to avoid naming conflicts with other libraries that build
onm the same source code, all functions, types and macro names have
been changed from the name V. to VistaIO.. A python script to
autoatically apply such name schange to a source code tree is included
in the source code distribtuion.

just run it as

python vistaio_change_names.py

Note however, that it will replace all "V\w*", i.e. also those not
related to VistaIO.

The original vista library (converted to the automake build
system) is still available from
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mia/files/vista/2.1.7/

This implementation should be able to read all files that were
stored using the original library. If data is saved to one of the
original formats the original library should also be able to read
the files properly.

About endianess:

The vista file format was initially developed on a big-endian machine,
as a result Arthur Pope decided it is best to store the data in big-endian
format on the disk. Therefore, if you work on a low-endian machine (e.g.
all Intel & compatibles) all the data stored in the original formats is
converted during loading and storing. If, on the other hand you are loading
or storing to from or to one of the new formats, the data is written in
low-endian format, but on a big endian machine it will also be automatically
converted.