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Re: Re: Just trying to import an image

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  • Subject: [mg44519] Re: [mg44497] Re: Just trying to import an image
  • From: Yasvir Tesiram <yat at>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 02:27:12 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <bonnfg$h8i$> <bopcu5$opr$> <>
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Maybe put the path to the conversion executables to your path via


If this works, you can make the change permanent in Preferences. I am 
surprised that the conversion filters can't be found.


On Nov 12, 2003, at 7:01 AM, Bob Harris wrote:

> 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
> image.
> Bob H
>> From: "Steven Shippee" <slshippee at>
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>> Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 01:10:29 +0000 (UTC)
>> Subject: [mg44519] [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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