Monday, 29 November 2010

Associating NIfTI as file type in iOS

I'm currently working on a study and I have been using the NeuroPub Visualizer to review the results. It works great and it's easy to shift between different images. Uploading images through iTunes is easy too, but it requires me to hook up the iPad to my computer with the USB-cable.

I would prefer to download my images wirelessly from my local web server. The next step is therefore to associate the app with NIfTI as file type. This would open up a number of possibilities:
  1. If you get a NIfTI-image as attachment in an email, you can load it into the app directly from the Mail app. This way, you can either send NIfTI-images as email from your computer to load images into the visualizer, or you can receive images from colleagues by email to your iPad. You don't have to go through a computer.
  2. It will also be possible to download NIfTI-images to the app through Safari. Your research group could have a local repository of NIfTI-images within your intranet as a web page that you can access from your iPad.
  3. You will be able to send NIfTI-images by email from the app, given that they are not too big. I only need to figure out how to support compressed NIfTI (.gz), because uncompressed NIfTI would be too big.
In the end, this makes data sharing easier than ever before. Sharing your statistical results with the scientific community is the next step from here, where you can upload your results and download others results. More about that later.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited! I'm looking forward to hearing that Apple has approved the app. Since I use FSL primarily, I would be especially delighted to see the *.nii.gz support


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