The notebook feature will be officially released later this year with the next version of ENVI and IDL. Until then, feel free to try it out! We really see this becoming the new way for users to write and interact with IDL and the ENVI API. There’s going to be some goodies in the future to embed maps and other visualizations when working with image data using the ENVI API, but you’ll have to join us for the official release webinar to learn more.
The last item I wanted to talk about is community engagement. It has been a goal of mine, as a product manager, to change the way that we interact with the community and our user base. With our recent acquisition by NV5, this became a real possibility.
To start, we made the IDL extension open source and publicly available on our GitHub organization here. You can find the source code, report problems, or make changes and contribute to the extension if you want. But this wasn’t where I wanted to stop.
We also have a GitHub Projectthat captures some of the features that we would like to implement as part of the extension. With this being publicly available, our goal is to be transparent and allow any user the opportunity to request features or add in their opinion about what we spend time developing. While you could send an email to tech support and provide feedback that way, I find it much easier to just work direct on GitHub which can hopefully make a new platform for collaboration as well.