How to run HDFView-3.1.1 on Windows10 (64bit) after installation


#1

My research collaborator in the distant country sent me some file to open via HDF viewer.
So, I downloaded HDFView-3.1.1-win10_64-vs16.zip from this page to my Windows10 (64bit).
https://www.hdfgroup.org/downloads/hdfview/

After installation of HDFView, my desktop has an icon of HDFView.
When I double click to start HDFView, it shows small black window for maybe 0.5 seconds, and it disappears,
and nothing happens after that.
When I choose “Run as administrator”, a question window pops up, and asks “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” “Windows command processor” . Then nothing happens after that.

Because the HDFView download page has this instruction;

“Windows ONLY: HDFView was built with VS, and it requires that the Visual C++ Redistributable Packages be installed on your machine. If you cannot access HDF5 files then you do not have these packages. You can obtain the latest supported Microsoft Visual C++ downloads HERE.”,

so I downloaded Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019, x64: vc_redist.x64.exe, from this page.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads

After installation of Visual Studio, I don’t know what to do the next, to run HDFView. For example, I ran VisualStudio, then next I tried to run “HDFView”, but still nothing happens.
Do anybody know how to run HDFView from here?


#2

Were you able to get HDFView working? I’m puzzled by your comment about running Visual Studio. HDFView uses HDF5 libraries that are linked to runtime libraries from Visual Studio. These libraries are installed by vc_redist.x64.exe but Visual Studio is a separate installation. If you already have
a current Visual Studio you shouldn’t need vc_redist.x64.exe.