AnisView is an educational software to visualize the Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) using one of the two radiative transfer models RPV and MRPV. AnisView has the following features:
Graphic display modes:
- Geometry: an interactive mode to visualize the user-driven illumination and observation geometry.
- Single BRF value: BRF as a function of the selected geometry and BRDF model parameters.
- 2-D plot: a cross-cut or plane along a specified azimuthal direction.
- 2-D contour plot: circular view of the BRDF field including interactive readout of BRF values.
- 3-D rectangular/polar plot: 3-D visualization of the BRDF field.
- the BRDF-model settings and the graphic display can be saved in a variety of formats.
- overlay of observation zenith angles for the sensors ATSR, AVHRR, MODIS, MISR, SPECTRA.
- isotropic and lambert settings
The final version AnisView 1.1 is available from the following
Download the installer for your operating systems and and save it to a local directory, then
- Linux: open a shell in the directory where you saved the installer. Make the installer executable using the command: chmod u+x AnisView1.1_linux.run Then either double-click the installer to get AnisView installed into your HOME-directory, or manually start the installer using: ./AnisView1.1_linux.run to install AnisView into the current directory.
- MacOS: double-click the installer (AnisView1.1_mac.dmg) and follow the instructions.
Note: running AnisView on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and later requires installing the latest version of .
- MS-Windows: double-click the installer (AnisView1.1_windows.exe) and follow the instructions.
The installation requires no administrator rights. It will extract the entire package, including documenation, manual, disclaimer and the source code, into a single directory. After the installation, the extracted directory AnisView can be copied/moved to a different location or device, e.g., an external USB-flashdrive. In this case, please use the included shortcuts to start AnisView from its new location.
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