Announcement: HDF Compass 0.6.0

The 0.6.0 release of HDF Compass is now available.

Compass is a light-weight desktop visual tool to navigate HDF5 files and other formats
and resources (both local and remote). HDF Compass enables users to view datasets,
attributes, and groups. Line, image, and contour plots are supported as well.

HDF Compass is intended as a simple, focused application and conforms to the look and feel
of the user’s native platform. It has a plug-in architecture that
can support other file formats or remote resources. In addition to
HDF5, Compass comes with plugins for ASCII Grid, BAG, and
OPeNDAP resources. A free and open source software product, HDF Compass is
cross-platform and runs on Windows (7 or later), Linux (x86, 64bit), and
Mac OS X (Yosemite or later).

New for the 0.6.0 release is support for the Bathymetry Attributed Grid (BAG) file format,
including custom visualization of BAG datasets. See
for more information on the BAG file format.

The complete list of new features and bug fixes is available here:

We encourage a community development model where interested parties can submit fixes and enhancements via GitHub.
If you have some knowledge of Python and interest in improving Compass, please contribute!

For more information see:

O HDF blog article on Compass -

O HDF Compass Project page -

O Compass Github repository -

Give HDF Compass a Spin - grab either the one-click .exe (for Windows), or the .dmg
installer (Mac OS X):

  O Windows (64-bit Windows 7 or later):

  O Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later:

Note for Mac users:
  Since the application is not signed, to run Compass once it is installed, you need to go to Compass in the
  finder, Control-Click the icon and select Open.