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The core tools included with the basic MINC software distribution
share a number of characteristics. First, they all function correctly
with any MINC file, regardless of dimensionality or data type.
Second, they are implemented as UNIX ``command line'' tools, with no
graphical user interface. While this can make the tools somewhat more
difficult to learn, it has the advantage that it is easy to build more
complex applications which invoke the tools from within scripting
languages or batch programming environments. Lastly, the tools are
designed so that the input files are never modified: The result of any
MINC tool is always one or more new MINC files, if appropriate.