Aladin Desktop

Download instructions

Aladin Desktop is the main application of the Aladin Sky Atlas suite. Developed in Java, Aladin Desktop is able to run on any configuration (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc) even on small machines (>64MB RAM). Aladin Desktop is free, distributed under GPL3 licence (see acknowledgement). Download it and install it according to your operating system. Several versions are provided: the official, the outreach version, the beta version, etc, and also some source packages. As any Java tool, Aladin Desktop requires a Java Virtual Machine on your machine.

Download Aladin.exe (size: 4.28MB) Windows
1) Download it on your desktop
2) That's all

Download Aladin.dmg (size: 5MB) Mac
1) Download it and open it
2) Copy in your application folder
3) Check your security configuration

Download Aladin.tar (size: 4.52MB) Linux
1) Download it and untar it
2) Use aladin shell launcher

Download aladin.jnlp WebStart (java installer)
1) Click on it
2) Follows the instructions...

Piece by piece:

The Outreach version is a simplified version of Aladin Desktop dedicated for undergraduate students. The choice of the images and catalogues has been reduced in order to offer a selection of the most important data without embarrassing the user with too many alternatives or with too sophisticated data. Also the choice of functions activated directly with buttons and switches has been reduced to ease learning curve required by the sofware. This developement has been done in the framework of the EuroVO AIDA project (2008-2010).

The beta version incorporates new features in test phase for the next official Aladin version. The stability of these features is not totally guaranteed. The beta version is regularly updated following the progress of the Aladin developement team.

New features and performance improvements:

  • Script console history via the location field (arrow control)
  • JSON catalog export
  • Constellation drawing
  • Dynamic display improvements (faster, without GC "stop all" effect)
  • MocServer support (remote server of coverages)
  • Astrometrical calibration improvements (SCAMP PV, TPV, SINSIP)
  • Widgets in fullscreen mode
  • New colormap controller
  • Full MOC adaptative drawing
  • draw MOC ... script command
  • Improvement of Planetary Data System image support (LSB,PREFIX,SUFFIX...)
  • ObsTAP VOTable result support
  • Pixel autocut estimation around the reticle (localcut)
  • MOC improvements (Mocgen)
  • HiPS improvements :
    • properties display
    • Obscore vocabulary support
    • Hipsgen full multi-threading support
    • Hipsgen MIRROR and RGB actions
    • Hipsgen ADD mode
    • Colormap control for colored HiPS
    • HEALPix FITS map support (any NSIDE, NESTED or RING)
    • Cube support
    • HTTPS support
    • index.html HiPS directory description
    • tileOrder Hipsgen parameter
    • maxRatio Hipsgen parameter
    • shape & polygon Hipsgen parameters
Major fixed bugs:
  • Mocgen RICE support
  • HEALPix map crop save
  • Multi-session cache bug
  • HiPS building by iterations
  • Astrometrical calibration ZPN & SIN bugs
  • "Match" mode bugs (colormap, phot and fov tools)
  • AVM XML bug.
  • HiPS generation with PNG black pixel bug
  • Some grid drawing bugs (missing segments or labels)
  • Contour parameter bug refresh on HiPS planes
  • DS9 region multi plane bug
  • HiPS catalog object selection bug (allsky level 2)
  • Very extended catalogs bug display
  • Solar image v8 bug
  • VOTable dedicated NULL value
  • Polygon phot tool bug (cube + multi-segments)
  • FITS table GLON/GLAT coord system error
  • Undesired deselection of tables generated by a MOC filtering
  • HiPS generation "." directory bug

→ Thanks to acknowledge Aladin Sky Atlas