Geomatica Py General

This section provides some basic recipes for testing your installation, importing Geomatica’s Python library (modules), accessing help, error handling and etc.

Check Installation of Geomatica Py Libraries

Quickly check to ensure that Geomatica is correctly installed and licensed for your computer. Use Python’s interactive mode in the terminal/console for quickly checking the install and licensing.

import pci

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Note: Depending on the error, a different error message may be printed

Import Geomatica Py Libraries

This example explicitly imports the pansharp2 function from the pansharp2 module and imports all objects and functions from the ortho2 module

from pci.pansharp2 import pansharp2 #Imports the pansharp2 function/object from the pansharp2 module
from pci.ortho2 import * #imports all of the functions and objects from the ortho2 module

Accessing Help About Geomatica Py Function

Python prints help documentation to the terminal/console for the specified function. This includes information about the signature of the function (arguments that need to be passed) and information about what the function does. Furthermore, the help document includes information about what input data is required and what output is produced.

It is best to access this directly with the python interpreter in Geomatica’s Focus or using a terminal/console

from pci.pansharp2 import pansharp2


Handling Geomatica Py Exceptions

This example demonstrates how to handle exceptions that may result from incorrectly invoking a Geomatica function. The main behaviour of this action is that the script will continue to run if the exception is called. This is mainly desirable when performing batch operations, so that if one file fails to run, the script will continue to process the other files

from pci.pansharp2 import pansharp2
from pci.exceptions import PCIException
import sys

ms_file = r"c:\NewYorkk_multispectral.pix" #this file is incorrectly spelt and thus, does not exist
ms_channels = [1,2,3,4] #pansharpen channels 1 to 4 (Red, green, blue and NIR)
pan_file = r"c:\NewYork_panchromatic.pix"
out_file = r"c:\NewYork_pansharpened.pix"

    pansharp2(ms_file, ms_channels, [], pan_file, [], out_file, [], "", [], "", "pix", "tiled512")
except PCIException, e:
    print e
except Exception, e:
    print e

This results in python printing a PCI caught exception that the input multispectral file does not exist The script will continue to run through to the next line of code without exiting, because the exception is handled with a print statement


Input Methods

This recipe demonstrates three (3) different methods that users running a script can input information, such as, locations to input files.

#Method 1 - In the script directly
input_file = r"c:\raw_imagery\image.tif"

#Method 2 - With a user prompt
input_file = raw_input("Please provide the path to the input image ")

'''The script will pause until the user provides an input path. At which point, the
variable "input_file" will be assigned the user provided path.'''

#Method 3 - Passing information as arguments when launching the script (usually the preferred method)
from sys import argv

script, input_image, output_dir = argv

print "input image is: " + input_image
print "output directory is: " + output_dir

'''The user running the script will be expected to provide the path to the input file
and output directory after providing the location of the script. Each argument is
separated by a white space"

For example:

python c:\python_script\ c:\raw_imagery\image.tif"