The IDL examples below were originally developed for the 2008 Workshop on Scientific Visualization by Erik Brisson ( For basic info on using this package on the SCV systems, consult our IDL Basics help page. We also have a more in depth IDL Tutorial.

Example Files

Examples directory list.

Tar file of examples if you wish to dowload the entire set.

Using the examples

After you have downloaded and uncompressed the examples, go to the “materials” directory and follow the instructions below.

To run the examples - start IDL in the materials directory.  Then use ".run" to
execute the procedure, e.g.
    % idl
    IDL> .run pro/

The workflow examples given in the workshop are:          - generates a .obj file with no color info   - generates an output file suitable for input
                           to OpenGL and OpenSceneGraph examples      - generates a .obj file which, when taken with
                           an appropraite .mtl file and colormap image
                           can be used to assign vertex color