ENVI/IDL and ArcGIS/Python integration

I occasionally answer questions on ENVI/IDL and ArcGIS/Python integration. ENVI functions are available as “tools” through the ArcGIS GUI toolbox: “With ENVI 4.8, ENVI’s scientifically proven image analysis capabilities will be available as discrete tools in the ArcGIS toolbox and accessible directly from ArcGIS desktop and server environments. Upon installation of ENVI products, a selection…

Importing ESRI GRID to ENVI

I’m not sure if ENVI documentation is lousy or just not searchable, but I could not find any good information on how to import ESRI GRID to ENVI … and the ENVI UI is so unintuitive (hint to ITTVIS, why not just streamline the whole “external file” thing into the same “open image” command used…