This release has improved DROID performance. For very large files where approprate metadata can be extracted from the beginning of a file (certain types of video, for example), it is now possible to limit the number of bytes that the DROID tool examines. This is a new value in the fits.xml configuration file. More details here. By default, there is no change to file processing by DROID unless this
The release provides improved performance for large (>2GB) WAV files. For those using FITS for development, there have also been changes to the public API of both Fits.java and FitsOutput.java. The release notes are here.
JHOVE, one of the external tools aggregated into FITS has been upgraded to version 1.16.5 (from 1.11). It provides better reporting of metadata for large WAV files and PDF files. The release notes are here.
The only change is an upgrade of an internal JAR file, ots_1.0.41.jar (from ots_1.0.39.jar) for improved performance.
Note: It may be necessary to increase Java heap memory when processing large audio or video file. To do this, modify the command line startup script by adding the following right after "java": -Xmx<size> where <size> is in megabytes or gigabytes. For example: java -Xmx512m or
There has been a minor configuration change to the Exiftool. A change was made in the parsing of ExifTool’s output to identify the TIFF EXIF format for certain types of TIFF files. The release notes are here.
The source code is no longer contained within the distribution ZIP files. However, it is available on the
FITS contains better handling of XML and HTML files. Also resolved are cases where TIFF files did not properly have MIX metadata extracted for certain camera formats (Hasselblad, Sinar, and possibly others). The Linux shell scripts now resolve symlinks before loading relative paths.
FITS Service now externalizes configuration values for maximum file upload size and other values, better logging of errors, and other minor fixes.
We are pleased to announce a major FITS release. This release includes support for processing various word processing file types including .doc, .docx, .epub, .odt, .pdf, .rtf, and .wpd. Included are updates of normalized MIME types for supported video formats. There are also several bug fixes and performance enhancements. See the release notes (which have been moved to the Wiki section) on the