Aladin Desktop

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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: 4.71MB) Windows
1) Download it on your desktop
2) That's all

Download Aladin.dmg (size: 5.69MB) Mac
1) Download it and open it
2) Copy aladin.app in your application folder
3) Check your security configuration

Download Aladin.tar (size: 4.93MB) 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:

  • User interface:
  • - new theme (dark background...)
  • - new panels/facilities (data discovery tree...)
  • - Simbad + VizieR "pointers" improvements
  • - fullscreen mode menu and widgets
  • - flexible panels management (split)
  • - file dialog window multi-platforms
  • - history management (popup menu + arrow control)
  • Data discovery tree panel:
  • - integrated access to all CDS and other VO collections (>20,000 data sets)
  • - multi-protocol support & integration: HiPS, CS, SIA, SSA, TAP,...
  • - derived data product access (coverages, density maps, progenitors)
  • - fast collection filter (by any properties and/or regions)
  • - remote CDS X-match integration
  • - MOC constraints integration (filtering by MOC, querying by MOC)
  • HiPS (progressive survey):
  • - mirror sites management improvement
  • - properties file direct support
  • - planetary HiPS (longitude inversion)
  • - polarized HiPS (segments drawing)
  • TAP full support
  • - Gereneric TAP support
  • - Simplifier mode (based on GLU constraint rules)
  • - Direct access via the data discovery tree
  • MOC (coverage):
  • - perimeter drawing + set drawing=xxx script command
  • - probability sky map MOC extraction
  • Hipsgen (HiPS generator):
  • - IVOA 1.0 standard compliance (Aladin + Hipsgen + Hipsserverlint)
  • - gzip, bzip2 and rice image support (via cache disk)
  • - HiPS color multithread code,
  • - new actions: local MIRROR, APPEND, MAP
  • - pilot=nnn parameter for generating HiPS pilot limited to nnn images
  • Script:
  • - script commands dedicated to VO protocol access: CS, SIA (1&2), SSA, MOC
  • - new script commands: cmoc, ccat
  • Miscellaneous:
  • - support to multiCCD as MEF FITS image
  • - EPNTAP support (c1min,c2min,s_region)
  • - deprecated PLASTIC lib and dependencies removed
  • - UTF-8 BOM support
  • - additionnal colormaps: Red, Green and Blue
  • - datalink, SODA and TAP supports
  • - tags tool improvements
Major fixed bugs:
  • MOC generation from clockwise polygons
  • Filter activation by script bug fixing
  • Polarisation segment size normalized bug fixing
  • Phot tool clic&drag bug fixing
  • Correction for VOTable UTF-16 STREAM bug
  • Correction for Hipsgen mirror filenotfound bug
  • MOC stack bug fixing (introduced in v9.039)
  • Bug correction for BLANK wrong value in Hipsgen MAPTILES action
  • Radians unit support for table coordinates
  • Bug correction for pmra and pmde detection
  • Bug correction for ZEA and ARC projection in HiPS context
  • Graphical object mouse selection over a HiPS
  • HiPS catalog "ghost" source selection
  • File dialog window directory selection on MacOs and Linux
  • HiPS RGB -f flag
  • GLU watchdog timer (sesame mirrors)
  • Blink initial delay
  • HiPS cache cleaning

    • AladinProto: promoted in AladinBeta (see above)
    • Aladin8.0.jar: The last official version
    • Aladin4.0.jar: The last AWT compatible version (no SWING library)

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