HiView and ArcGIS 10

Tuesday , 6, December 2011

The people from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just released their own software for viewing the images: HiView. HiView can be easily used within ArcGIS 10. You need to follow these steps:

  1. Download the HiRISE footprints shapefile here from the Mars Orbital Data Explorer.
  2. Add the shapefile to ArcMap.
  3. Go to Layer Properties > Display. Select ‘Support Hyperlinks using field’. Select Script and click on Edit. Add the following script:
    Function OpenLink ( [Ext2URL] )
    Dim pathHiView
    Dim argHiView
    Dim objShell
    pathHiView = “C:\\Program Files\\HiView\\HiView.exe”
    argHiView =  “-Image ” & [Ext2URL]
    Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”)
    objShell.ShellExecute pathHiView, argHiView, “”, “open”, 1
    End Function
  4. In ArcGIS click on the Hyperlink button (the lightning icon) and select a footprint.
  5. HiView opens and the selected HiRISE image is loaded.

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