ISTP CDF Skeleton Editor
The SKTEditor is a simple graphical user interface (GUI) application for
creating and editing
Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP)/Interagency Consultative Group (IACG)
guideline compliant skeleton
Common Data Format (CDF) files.
The application is supported as either a Java Web Start application or
as a traditional Java desktop application on a wide range of platforms.
Automated Use (Recommended Option)
This section utilizes advanced browser features to provide the most
convenient method of accessing the application.
- Windows 8: This application functions on Windows 8. More
information about Java on Windows 8 is available at the following
- OS X: This application functions with either Apple Java 6 or
Oracle Java 7 on OS X. More information about Java on OS X is
available at the following pages:
- Linux: This application functions with either
OpenJDK (typically available
from a distribution's main package repository) or Oracle's
- CDF: An installation of CDF
is not required to use this editor from the above button. However,
performing a separate installation of CDF will enable the editor
.skt file in addition to the
.cdf files that can be read/written without an
installation of CDF.
- Alternative Option: As an alternative to the Launch
button above, a Manual installation
of the required software and
manually launching the application
is an option for those who prefer that procedure or for any
browser/platform/configuration where the automated procedure doesn't
Manual Launch (Alternative Option)
involved) that should launch, or begin to launch, this application from
most browsers/platforms/configurations which have the prerequisite Java
Depending upon the version of Java that you have installed and
your browser's design and configuration, the link above will result
in one of the following happening:
- The link will launch Java Web Start which will then download and
start the CDF Skeleton Editor. You may now proceed to using the
- The link will download the JNLP file and then your browser indicates
that it doesn't know what to do with a file of MIME type
application/x-java-jnlp-file. You must now perform one
of the following:
- Install the prerequisite Java software, or
- Configure your browser so JNLP files are automatically opened
by Java Web Start, or
- Save the file to your local disk and manually open the file with
the Java Web Start application.
- The link downloads and saves the JNLP file to your local disk but
nothing further happens. You must now locate the downloaded JNLP
file and manually open it with the Java Web Start application.
If you don't have Java Web Start installed, you must install the
Java sofware first.
Manual Installation (Alternative Option)
The application may be installed by following the
Manual Installation Instructions.
This application may be uninstalled by following the
The ISTP CDF Skeleton Editor is a software application that is made
available under the terms of the
NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA).
source code (MD5) is available for
Comments and questions about this application are welcome. Please use this
to send your comments, question, or problem reports.