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Make subIFD the current IFD



setSubDirectory(t,offset) sets the current IFD to the subimage file directory (subIFD) specified by offset. Use this function when you want to access subIFDs linked through the SubIFD tag.


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Open a TIFF file and read the value of the SubIFD tag in the current IFD. The SubIFD tag contains byte offsets that specify the location of subIFDs in the IFD.

t = Tiff('example.tif','r');

Read the value of the SubIFD tag to get the subdirectory offsets. Multiple values in the offsets array indicate multiple subdirectories.

offsets = getTag(t,'SubIFD')
offsets = uint64

Navigate to the first subIFD. If you have multiple subdirectories, then you can set any one of the subdirectories as the current directory.


Input Arguments

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Tiff object representing a TIFF file. Use the Tiff function to create the object.

Offset from the current directory, specified as a positive integer. Specify offset value in bytes from the start of the file.

Get value of offset from the SubIFD tag.

Data Types: double


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This function corresponds to the TIFFSetSubDirectory function in the LibTIFF C API. To use this function, you must be familiar with the TIFF specification and technical notes. View this documentation at LibTIFF - TIFF Library and Utilities.

Version History

Introduced in R2009b