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IDL 8.2.1 released!

Mark Alonzo
I'm happy to announce that IDL 8.2.1 is now available for download from our website, exelisvis.com. This maintenance release includes updates to, primarily, (New) Graphics, the widget toolkit and the Workbench. Here's a more detailed listing of improvements: Graphics An example of using scientific and exponential notation on plot axes.
  • Added ColorBrewer color tables and a new COLORTABLE function (see last week's post)
  • 'exponent' and 'scientific' tick units
  • HISTOGRAM property for PLOT
  • Keywords to NG routines can be abbreviated
  • RELATIVE keyword for positioning annotations in a multiplot
  • Specify AXIS location with strings 'left', 'right', 'top', 'bottom' and 'center'
  • Can add a colorbar and a legend from the NG toolbar
  • Can override the NG event handlers, providing an object
Language
  • START keyword for *INDGEN routines
  • Support for Proleptic Gregorian calendar with GREG2JUL and JUL2GREG routines
File Access
  • CDF library upgraded to 3.4.0
  • Can write netCDF-3 (classic) files larger than 2 GB
Widgets Workbench The IDL Workbench Class Hierarchy view.
  • IDL Class Hierarchy view for viewing properties and methods of super- and subclasses
  • Macros! Can make custom macros and launch them from toolbar buttons or accelerator keys
  • Redo button (hi, Linda!)
I've prepared a set of programmatic examples that demonstrate most of these improvements. Please download them from here [ZIP, ~4 MB]. Last, an editorial. Though 8.2.1 includes bug fixes (52 CRs closed), we’re also adding several new features, so it feels like more than just a maintenance release. I think this is a result of us getting better at the "release early, release often" software philosophy.

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