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Newsletter #109
November 13, 2009


Release of HDF5 1.8.4 and HDF5 1.6.10

The HDF5 1.8.4 and HDF5 1.6.10 releases are now available and can be accessed from the HDF5 Home Page at:


See the Downloads page for obtaining HDF5 (and other software):


Both of these releases are minor releases with a few new features and changes. Important changes with these releases include:

  HDF5 1.8.4:

  HDF5 1.6.10:   This is the LAST RELEASE of HDF5 1.6.

Please refer to the Release Notes in each release for a detailed list of what changed:

  HDF5 1.8.4:   https://support.hdfgroup.org/ftp/HDF5/current/src/hdf5-1.8.4-RELEASE.txt
  HDF5 1.6.10:   https://support.hdfgroup.org/ftp/HDF5/current16/src/hdf5-1.6.10-RELEASE.txt


Windows Compiler Support

Please be advised that HDF5 1.8.4 is the last release of HDF5 that will support Intel Fortran 9.1 on Windows.

In addition, Visual Studio 2005 support will be dropped after Visual Studio 2010 is released (scheduled for Spring 2010). At that time, Visual Studio 2008 and Intel Fortran 11 will become the standard HDF5 project configuration on Windows.


HDF-EOS Web Site Changes

Many changes have been made to the HDF-EOS Tools and Information Center web site to help HDF and HDF-EOS users handle NASA HDF data.

A new section entitled EXAMPLES was added to the web site, which includes example code for accessing HDF-EOS Grid and Swath files using C, Fortran, IDL and Matlab, as well as examples of using tools to access HDF-EOS and HDF files.

The libraries and tools under SOFTWARE have all been re-evaluated and updated where possible, and many new libraries and tools have been added.

Lastly, a web forum was added to the web site to enable users to share knowledge related to handling NASA HDF and HDF-EOS data.


MATLAB Examples for HDF5 1.8

We are pleased to announce that The MathWorks has provided HDF5 1.8 examples for using HDF5 with MATLAB (in addition to HDF5 1.6 examples). Both the 1.8 and 1.6 examples can be accessed from here:


If you have any questions regarding these examples, let us know.

Many thanks to The MathWorks for their support of the HDF technologies.

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