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File types

Postby jimmy101 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:57 am

Any chance to save as other formats except tiff, ideally .fits and even read/write pixinsight .xisf (which I think is open?).. especially restored data after decon etc...I have reasons...
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Re: File types

Postby admin » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:48 am

Well... FITS is a data format, not an image format. StarTools is a post-processing application and its output is finished images (e.g. TIFF, PNG or JPEG), not datasets. It's the same reason Photoshop doesn't export FITS; it simply doesn't make sense.

I can't see StarTools supporting XISF any time soon (import or export). I looked into XISF when Juan first suggested it - it's always good to keep an open mind to things that can push the field forward. What I found is that, despite claims otherwise, there is nothing that XISF can do that FITS cannot. Quite the opposite is true however; you can, for example, store whole relational databases in FITS format. It is infinitely extensible. I'm actually looking at targeting FITS for storing ST projects (including tracking data) due its flexibility, while maintaining compatibility with other programs (in that sense, you may get your wish! :) ). Meanwhile XISF is insanely complicated for something that should be extremely simple; even this simple conversion tool, once compiled, weighs in at about 31MB (~14x size of a StarTools executable) due to all the dependencies and libraries needed. :(

Back on topic, what would you use intermediary StarTools output for in FITS format?
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