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Opticks (software)

Opticks (software)
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Software information
DeveloperBall Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Initial releaseMay 2, 2001
Frequently updatedyes
Written inC++, Python
Operating systemWindows XP & Windows XP x64, Linux, Solaris 10
Available inC++, Python
TypeRemote sensing application
LicenseLGPL 2.1

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Opticks is an open source, remote sensing application that supports imagery, video (motion imagery), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), multi-spectral, hyper-spectral, and other types of remote sensing data. Opticks is unlike other remote sensing applications because it treats imagery and video alike. Opticks is one of the only remote sensing applications that supports processing remote sensing video. Opticks was initially developed by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and other organizations for the United States Intelligence Community. Ball Aerospace open sourced Opticks hoping to increase the demand for remote sensing data and broaden the features available in existing remote sensing software. The Opticks software and its plug-ins are developed by over twenty different organizations.

Opticks can also be used as a remote sensing software development framework. Developers can extend Opticks functionality using its plug-in architecture and public application programming interface (API). Opticks is open source, licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) 2.1. Opticks was brought into the open source community in Dec 2007 and has a large developer community. Over two hundred developers are registered on its site and over twenty different organizations are developing plug-ins.

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