[OSGeo-Discuss] libLAS - A C/C++/Python library for processing ASPRS LAS LiDAR data

Howard Butler hobu.inc at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 15:06:27 PDT 2008


I am pleased to announce the 1.0.0b1 release of libLAS - A C/C++/ 
Python library for processing ASPRS LAS LiDAR data.  libLAS supports  
LAS 1.0 and 1.1 formats, and it is available under the terms of the  
BSD license.  libLAS's initial development was supported by the Iowa  
Department of Natural Resources, and its primary developers are Howard  
Butler and Mateusz Loskot.  Special features of libLAS include:

- C, C++, and Python APIs -- embed libLAS in your own programs or use  
the Python bindings for a one-off processing script
- Spatial Reference System support -- the LAS format uses geotiff keys  
for SRS support and libLAS does the work of translating and storing  
them when you link in the latest (CVS) version of libgeotiff
- Command-line utilities -- libLAS provides ports of Martin Isenburg's  
LAStools utilities for doing things like translating from one version  
of the LAS format to another, inspecting header information, and  
translating LAS data to and from text.
- Cross-platform operation -- libLAS is known to work on MSVC 7.1+  
(Windows) and GCC 4.1+ (OS X and Linux) platforms on both big- and  
little-endian architectures


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