give it a URL or the name of a file on your computer and it tries to create a sensible plot of the contents in the file. Autoplot was developed to allow quick and interactive browsing of data and metadata files that are often encountered on the web.
- Reads multiple ASCII formats including Complex ASCII tables; Binary tables; Common Data Format (CDF); NcML; SPASE; Cluster Exchange Format; NetCDF; OpenDAP; HDF5; TSDS; FITS; Excel; Wav; PNG, JPG, etc. For details and a full list, see Formats.
- Data is located with compact URI addresses. These contain the location of the data and additional information needed to use it.
- Special support for CDAWeb server at NASA/Goddard, and other servers via Jython scripts.
- Wildcards can be used to aggregate (combine) data from multiple files into one time series.
- Long time series may be rendered as a sequence of images as a “pngwalk” and viewed as a coverflow, table of thumbnails, or on a time line.
- Any displayed data may be saved to disk in ASCII, Common Data Format (CDF), and other formats, or plotted as PNG, PDF, or SVG.
- GUI State may be saved as an XML “.vap” file and restored.
- Software may be run client side, server side, or as applet.
- Data access layer for file reading may be used in MATLAB or IDL (via Java bridge), providing a common interface regardless of data source.
- Scripting via Jython, to control the application and read in data.