For an introduction to this command please see Open File Tutorial.

The Open command is used to load image files into an image buffer.


Please note that the dialog box appearance may be different in your version of Windows.

A variety of file formats are supported, including:

If Show Details is on, then information on the image data will be displayed, along with a thumbnail of the image.

Selecting multiple files using the mouse can be done easily, using standard Windows methods, e.g. Shift to select a range of files, CTRL to select multiple individual files.

The Files of Type field allows you to filter the images according to their file extension (e.g. .tif). Please note that default Windows Explorer settings render the extension invisible for recognized file types. For better file management we strongly recommend turning off this option as follows: Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer, select Tools menu Folder Options, select View tab, turn off Hide extensions for known file types, and click OK.

The File Format dialog box allows you to control how the file is opened. If set to Auto, the file format is determined automatically based on file extension or other information in the file itself. This works in most situations. If, however, you wish to override the automatic selection, you may select from any of the supported file format types.

For Raw Binary files, you must manually enter the image format, using the Size Format button. You need to enter the number format, which may be 8-bit Int, 16-bit Int, 32-bit int or 32-bit IEEE float. You must also enter the Width and Height of the image array in pixels. There is also a Skip field, which may be set to a non-zero value to skip a number of bytes at the start of the file. This can be used to skip a file header, if any. This allows you to open simple but unsupported file formats. Note that if the numbers do not add up to the total length of the file, a warning message will be displayed in the Open dialog when you click OK.

Convert to Color is enabled only when opening DSLR image files. When checked, the encoded color information in the file is used to convert the image to full color; otherwise it is opened as a single-plane (monochrome) 'raw' image. The setting of this check box also affects the handling of DSLR images opened via the Most Recently Used File List or dropped onto the MaxIm DL application window.

For FITS files, if the keywords BZERO and BSCALE are present they will be taken into account when loading the data. Some software packages store unsigned 16-bit integers in FITS files. Although not sanctioned by the FITS standard, this is common practice. The behavior when loading such files is controlled by the File menu Settings command, Files tab.