V6.1 New Features

  46th Release May 1999

V6.10 Release Notes

Highlight Feature: Industry familiar LegendView display.

System (peeking under the hood)

  • DLLs reduce installed size for MacOS 8.x by 23 megabytes.
  • TNTview and TNTedit have tutorial reminder/access dialogs at start up.
  • New hypercube raster object losslessly compresses all hyperspectral images.
  • Tutorial reminder/access dialog can be opened via help menu.
  • Geospatial Rendering Engine (GRE) now separated from X and Motif.

Context Sensitive Help Procedures

  • Context sensitive help system now uses HTML.
  • Help is linked to section with details in reference manual.
  • Add your own context help or operational notes.
  • Link/start documents (Word, PDF, MPEG, ...) from your help/notes.
  • Add access to web sites (e.g. microimages.com) from your help/notes.


  • Completely new, alternate LegendView display window as default providing a layer control/legend panel and a view panel.
  • Combines functionality of ArcView display; the TNT Graphics Rendering Engine; measurement tools, regions, etc.; and X-based remote client/server operations.
  • Panel and window toolbar are the same as the familiar (now alternate) view window.
  • New toolbar icon to add layers from view window.
  • Place new layer/legend panel at left or right edge of view panel.
  • Drag and drop layers in layer/legend panel to control order of rendering.
  • Hide or show layers in layer/legend panel.
  • Delete layers with right button menu.
  • Show multiline DataTips for layer names in layer/legend panel (e.g. metadata).
  • Interactive renaming of layers in panel.
  • Display or hide drop-down legend for each layer.
  • Legend shows sample for each vector, pinmap, and TIN element style used in layer.
  • Attribute controlling style shown next to legend element (e.g. soil type name).
  • Display table list and allow attribute viewing.
  • Auto-generated legends for raster layers: image sample, color scale, or color sample.


  • Attach a plan view showing a moving ground position to a movie.
  • Attach a zoomed, moving window plan view to a movie.
  • Use template graphic to position add-on special views.
  • Create movies in the AVI format.

TNTatlas (free!)

  • LegendView is now default display providing intuitive layer control and auto-legends.
  • An object or file can start another program which uses it when selected via a link.
  • Use the above to link to movie file and start viewer with that movie.


  • Hot keys for frequently used operations (e.g. adding element operations).
  • Line label assistant provides single table/field generation option.
  • Right mouse button operation now has a "redraw" option.

Geologic Cartoscripts

  • Sample cartoscripts provided for rendering linear geologic features.


  • Import AVIRIS and ENVI hyperspectral images into hypercube object.
  • Import MapInfo databases from native TAB format.
  • Create, save, and use a format description to import vectors from text files.
  • Import revised National Transportation Atlas Database files into vector object.
  • Import IDRISI rasters.
  • Import ArcInfo ASCII file into raster object.
  • Import and Export AgLeader precision farming TGT files.
  • Import JPL AIRSAR and other SAR from compressed Stokes Matrix to raster objects.
  • import Finnish Airborne Imaging Spectrometer (AISA) hyperspectral images.
  • Import Japanese Spatial Data Framework 1/2,500 urban maps into vector objects.
  • Import Geosoft XYZ file into a raster object.

Database Management

  • Set a maximum and minimum value for numeric fields.
  • Control upper, lower, and mixed case for string fields.
  • Entry into field linked to another table checked for match to primary field in that table.
  • If a match is found after few characters entered autofill the field with type-over.
  • Options for mismatched entry into linked field: accept, show error, or show dialog.

Hyperspectral Analysis

  • Hypercube object provides lossless compressed hyperspectral images.
  • Convert single hypercube object to and from multiple separate raster objects.
  • Use regular visualization and hyperspectral explorer features with hypercube object.
  • Toggle button automatically excludes atmospheric absorption bands from processes.
  • Transform and analyze spectra using "sliding" parabolic least squares fit.
  • Use Pixel Purity Index (PPI) to locate pure pixels or end-members.
  • Use Derivative Matched Filtering (DMF) variant of MF to reduce terrain and noise effects.
  • Locally Adaptive Constrained Energy Minimization (LA-CEM) expands MF to use spatial variability.
  • LA-CEM and DMF reduce noise in results compared to Matched Filtering (MF).


  • Use new rubber sheeting procedure which fits every control point entered.
  • Processing areas can now be hidden.

Create Geospatial Products (SML)

  • Display using new LegendView (see above description).
  • Create layers containing map grid, scale bar, text layer and raise and lower all layers.
  • Adds extensive Import/Export (70 classes).
  • Incorporate surface fitting.
  • Compute slope/aspect/elevation.
  • Sample SML script to alter map layout to create a map series.

Create Windows Geospatial Products (W-SML)

  • Try prototype of direct Windows SML (works with any TNT key).
  • Stand-alone SML interpreter, no Motif or X Server, only Windows 95, 98, or NT.
  • Implement object-in, analysis, object-out script.
  • Currently supports about 85% of all current SML functions without alteration.
  • No display or graphics functions as yet.
  • Standard Windows file section dialogs.
  • Windows-like RVC object selection dialogs.
  • Color Windows-based editor for preparing scripts.

New Tutorial Booklets

  • 3D Simulations
  • Introduction to Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Many booklets updated to V6.10
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Languages

    • Turkish interface reference files for TNT products.