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The MultiSpec folder contains:

(a) This transmittal information.

(b) a copy of the latest 'native' version of MultiSpec.

(c) a text document entitled 'MultiSpec - A Multispectral Image Data
Analysis System' which provides a brief summary of MultiSpec
functional capabilities.

(d) a small Thematic Mapper data set labeled TIPJUL1.LAN.

(e) a sample GIS file in the form of a ground truth map of the TM data
area, labeled JTIPSUB1.GIS, and one with the suffix .TRL, which
contains information used by the program such as color palette
information.

A document entitled 'An Introduction to MultiSpec' is the primary documentation
for the program. This document can be downloaded separately from the web in
Acrobat PDF format. It contains (a) a brief background
statement, (b) a simple tutorial which uses the sample TM data files provide
with MultiSpec, (c) a section entitled "Using MultiSpec", describing how to
import data into the system and further illustrations of how a larger set of
MultiSpec capabilities might be used, (d) a Reference section providing details
on each item in each program menu, and (e) three appendices.

It is recommended that new users follow through on a Macintosh the steps
described in the Tutorial Example and Using MultiSpec sections. After doing
this, the Reference section should be read, as there are a number of features
and capabilities in the program which may not be apparent at first glance.

The program should run satisfactorily on any variety of PowerPC Macintoshes
and 680x0-based Macintoshes which have a math coprocessor, and it should run
with at least 750K of memory assigned to it, but it will run more conveniently
with more. The enclosed disk is set for 2 Mb. You may change this as needed on
the Memory Size box using the Get Info selection on the Finder File Menu.
MultiSpec requires at least Macintosh Operating system 6.0.4 or later.

Our goal with regard to the program is to have a general capability to manipulate
multispectral and hyperspectral data available for use in our own research
effort and to illustrate the results of our research efforts. In order to
limit the magnitude of our software effort, it has been our policy to rely
upon commercially available software, such as word processors, spreadsheets,
and graphing programs, wherever possible, rather than to write software for
such functions directly in the system. As a result, the program is written in
such a way as to make it convenient to copy and paste or otherwise export
images, tabular data, and text into such commercial application programs.

We have no plans to make a commercial product of MultiSpec at this time. Rather,
we expect to share it freely with colleagues in the research and educational
community as they may desire, on an "as is" basis. Basically our intent is to
have a program directed primarily at multispectral and hyperspectral data which
is easy to learn and use, even for the first time or occasional user, and which
is implemented on an adequately powerful processor inexpensive enough for
individuals to afford. It was these latter factors which led us to the Macintosh.

The program has been only moderately well tested and debugged, and so we ask that
you limit your expectations of it accordingly. We have used it in our research
and with our students in our graduate remote sensing course, but not in a wide
variety of other environments. In addition, there are approximately 600 known
registered users of MultiSpec around the world. Please let us know if you have
trouble with it. We would also appreciate having your comments and criticisms of
it after you have had an opportunity to use it, as this will be valuable in
improving it further. Please note that the program and its documentation is
copyrighted. We ask that you not supply copies of the program to others, but
rather, refer them to us so that an accurate list of registered recipients of
MultiSpec can be maintained.

We are currently maintaining significant additional documentation about the
theory and application of MultiSpec and also update information for MultiSpec
on the World Wide Web at the following URL:

http://dynamo.ecn.purdue.edu/~biehl/MultiSpec/


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