NITF, .ntf

US military NGA .ntf image format, a different format than UK Ordnance Survey .ntf.  NITF stands for National Imagery Transmission Format, a format used mostly by military users in the US and UK for images, but at times has been used for some satellite images generated by high-resolution commercial satellites.  Any extended data, such as text,  in an NITF file will be imported into a comments component.   NITF does not provide coordinate system information.

 

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To import from NITF format:

 

  1. Choose File-Import from the main menu.

  2. In the Import dialog browse to the folder containing data of interest.

  3. Double-click the file ending in .ntf for the data of interest.

  4. A variety of folders, tables and drawings will be created.

 

 

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We can double-click on images to view them.  

 

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The image appears without using the correct projection.   That is a good reason to avoid using NITF format whenever possible, to avoid the tedious work of finding out what coordinate system is supposed to be used and then assigning it.   

 

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NITF is also used by the military for non-geographic images, such as the above image of a helicopter.

 

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