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Re: Just trying to import an image

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  • Subject: [mg44497] Re: Just trying to import an image
  • From: Bob Harris <nitlion at>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 08:01:50 -0500 (EST)
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Howdy, Steven,

Thanks for the idea.  But it seems that the problem is that Mathematica
can't find the converter.  I've already figured out how to make it find the

Bob H

> From: "Steven Shippee" <slshippee at>
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> Newsgroups: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica
> Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 01:10:29 +0000 (UTC)
> Subject: [mg44497] Re: Just trying to import an image
> To make it easy to debug, try putting the file (the "image") in a root
> directory somewhere (of your "c" drive or your "d" drive), and also ensure
> it has no spaces in the file name, for example, use something like
> c:\practice.jpg or c:\practice.bmp.
> Then you could run the command
> myimage=Import["c:\practice.jpg"];
> and manipulate myimage from there.
> Steven
> shippee at
> "Bob Harris" <nitlion at> wrote in message
> news:bonnfg$h8i$1 at
>> Howdy,
>> Have an assignment in an computer vision class I'm taking.  Thought I'd
> try
>> fiddling around with it in Mathematica.  Have run into the second or third
>> brick wall, just trying to bring an image into Mathematica.  Am in need of
>> help.
>> For starters, I found Import[] in the big book and tried it:
>> Import ["vl100.gif"]
>> The file vl100.gif is in the same directory as the mathematica notebook
> that
>> I launched.  But that seems not to be one of the places mathematica looks.
>> So I just got a file not found error.  So be it.
>> I figured there must be a way to convince mathematica to look for the file
>> where e file is.  After stumbling around for a while in the book and in
> the
>> help browser, I finally found the SetDirectory command.  So looking at the
>> format of file paths in $Path, I did
>> SetDirectory["Kablooie:ClassesS:VisionS:Project4S"]
>> which is the path to the directory containing the file.
>> So then I tried
>> Import ["vl100.gif"]
>> again, and I get
>> Experimental`RegisterConverter::noexe: Could not find the
>> executable GIF.exe in any of { <<65>>, <<74>>, <<83>>, GIF.exe}.
>> Now, I'm running this using mathematica for the Mac on a PowerMac
> G3
>> running OS 9.0.4.  Yes, I know I haven't upgraded in a while, but it sure
>> seems like what I'm trying to do is supposed to work on my configuration.
>> The error message suggests that it doesn't have the executable code to
>> handle gif images.  I tried .pgm format and got the same result.  Since
> both
>> are listed in the big book I figured it's pointless to try other formats.
>> Those two should've worked.
>> I did a search of my hard drive and I do find a gif.exe (and hdf.exe,
>> jpeg.exe, pnm.exe, and tiff.exe) in the folder
>> ... MathematicaS:SystemFiles:Converters:Binaries:PowerMac
>> So it seems like it's got 'em, and it's just not looking for them.
>> Can anyone point me toward a way to get this working?
>> Thanks for any help,
>> Bob H

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