Opticks is similar to commercial tools like ERDAS IMAGINE, RemoteView, ENVI, or SOCET GXP. Unlike other competing tools, you can add capability to Opticks by creating extensions. It supports the following file formats: NITF 2.0/2.1, GeoTIFF, ENVI, ASPAM/PAR, CGM, DTED, Generic RAW, ESRI Shapefile, HDF5, AVI, MPEG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP. It can zoom, pan, or rotate spatially large datasets. It can quickly layer GIS features, annotations, results, and other information over your data to provide context. It has many image display controls such as colormap, histogram, transparency, etc. Support for datasets larger than four gigabytes. Analysts can quickly combine steps using graphical wizards. Support for processing data in its native interleave of BIP, BSQ, or BIL. Extensions can add new processing algorithms, file formats, visualizations of the data, or data types.
Opticks Extras is a set of official extensions for the Opticks application. The Spectral Processing extension adds multi-spectral and hyper-spectral processing capability to Opticks. The IDL Scripting extension integrates an IDL interpreter directly into the Opticks application. The Python Scripting Extension integrates a Python interpreter directly into the Opticks application.