The HDF file types may be strange to many computer users. However, the application developers that write programs for embedded devices are familiar with these type of files because it serves as a medium for storing and organizing a large amount of data for communication between machine devices. The non-profit HDF group supports the HDF system.
This tool allows users to work with HDF 4 and HDF5 files by creating an interface that enables the programmer to explore, view and edit these type of files. With this Java application, the user can view the embedded data and also modify the data that it contains. The application presents the user with three panels that provide various information about the HDF file. The panels are the Tree Panel, the Data Panel, and the Info Panel.
It is a valuable resource for programmers that work with embedded devices.
The Tree Panel presents the datasets and images that make up the file. From this panel, the user can view the objects, the arrays, links, and committed datatypes. The user can isolate and view the complete details of the objects in the Data Panel while the information Info Panel shows the status and metadata information.
HDFView is licensed as freeware for PC or laptop with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. It is in system utilities category and is available to all software users as a free download.