Particle tracking using IDL -- John C. Crocker and
Eric R. Weeks
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Download IDL macros for particle tracking and analysis
Our website sometimes has trouble letting you
download .pro files, although often it works fine.
Just in case, all the macros are available in
one big zip file or
these three individual .zip files:
track.zip (the basic kit)
3d.zip (for 3D images)
miscidl.zip (all extra software)
The software on this page is all distributed under the terms of
the GNU General Public License.
We have put together a basic kit of the minimal software
needed to analyze images and track particles, along with a
couple useful utility programs. Note that the software was
developed on computers running Linux, but we're pretty sure it
all works on Windows & Mac platforms as well. If not, please let
us know (email addresses below) although that doesn't guarantee
we'll have a solution. At this point the basic kit has been
available for over 8 years and we've only found a few
platform-specific problems, which have gotten fixed.
The basic kit
You can download either a tar file or a zip file, both contain
the complete set of IDL programs:
The tracking kit contains the following routines, you can download
them individually by clicking on the links.
Updates to individual files within the last few years are noted.
The tar/zip files above always
contain the most recent versions of all the files below.
- revised 7-3-17: fixed bug related to bpass; improved
"single" keyword for reading single channel of multi-channel tiff images
- revised 2-1-12: very minor bug fix that did not affect results
- revised 6-09-06: can give it an image stack rather than
- 5-20-05: improved version of jpretrack
- documentation here; see
documentation for alternate program "stkpretrack".
- revised 5-16-06: added /track (by Gianguido Cianci)
- revised 4-16-07: fixed minor bug if dt is an array
- added 2-17-07: now part of kit, used by mkpdf.pro
- documentation here
The tutorial is probably adequate, but perhaps may be updated.
The programs are below, click on name to download program, or
use the top links to download everything at once. Last update
9-29-08: For some reason, our web server is refusing to let you
download the .pro files. So, all the miscellaneous .pro files are
available in one big zip file.
On 1-5-13, this seems no longer to be a problem.
click on "documentation" to see some web-based documentation.
The date is the last date changed.
The work of Eric Weeks in maintaining and updating this web page
is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant
No. DMR-0239109. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or
recommendations expressed in this website are those of the
author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
National Science Foundation.