Starlink User Note 55.31
Malcolm J. Currie
2014 July 9
Copyright © 2014 Science and Technology Research Council
CONVERT – A Format-conversion Package
The CONVERT package contains utilities for converting data files between Starlink’s Extensible n-dimensional Data Format (NDF), which is used by most Starlink applications, and a number of other common data formats. Using these utilities, astronomers can process their data selecting the best applications from a variety of Starlink or other packages.
Most of the CONVERT utilities may be run from the shell or ICL in the normal way, or invoked automatically by the NDF library’s ‘on-the-fly’ data-conversion system, but there are also IDL procedures for handling NDFs from within IDL.