HDF5 is a data file format specification with some opensource libraries. Matlab version 7.3 and above are supposed to store data in this format. You can load these files into Python using the h5py library.
IMPORTANT: Due to an incompatibility with HDF5 1.8.5 h5py tests (and operation) will fail. Using 1.8.4 or earlier should resolve the issue. (issue 124)When installing h5py change to super user account (su) rather than sudo because you need some environment variables to be set during the installation
Install HDF5 on your machine
Following instructions from http://www.hdfgroup.org/ftp/HDF5/current/src/unpacked/release_docs/INSTALL
grab the bz2 file ftp://ftp.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/prev-releases/hdf5-1.8.4-patch1/src/hdf5-1.8.4-patch1.tar.bz2bunzip2 hdf5-1.8.4-patch1.tar.bz2 tar -xvf hdf5-1.8.4-patch1cd hdf5-1.8.4-patch1./configure --prefix=/usr/local/hdf5makemake checksudo make installmake check-install
suexport HDF5_DIR=/usr/local/hdf5/export HDF5_API=18easy_install h5py
Problem: The "save as" dialog box is too big for your screen and some of the options (such as new folder) and the resize corner are off screen, making things very, very, annoying.
Solution: Hit the 'shrink' button (up arrow) to see the abbreviated version of the "save as" menu. Then press that button again (now the 'expand' button). The dialog box now will fit the screen and you drag the corner to resize the dialog to a sensible size, which it will store.