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Swift News #018: Release of Swift software (v2.7) and calibration data
July 5, 2007
New release of the Swift software and calibration data is available
The Swift software (version 2.7) has been released as part of the
HEAsoft version 6.3 and can be downloaded from:
The changes in the Swift software and related packages are listed in
the HEAsoft Release Notes 6.3 at:
WARNING: The "method=CURVEOFGROWTH" for the Swift/UVOT tool"uvotsource"
contains a bug and should not be used. Users should only use
method=APERTURE until this bug is fixed.
See the release notes for more information.
Both source and binary distributions are available for all supported
platforms. These are listed at:
For detailed installation information, see the install document,
available online (or in each distribution) at:
Please report any Swift software problem via:
and select Swift under "Choose a mailing list"
The software is released with updates of the calibration data for all
instruments BAT (20070522), XRT (20070531), UVOT(20070522) and the Swift
common calibration files MIS(20070627)].
The list of updates are available in the release notes at:
The Swift CALDB can be downloaded via the Web at or via anonymous ftp
to be installed on the user's machine or local network, or can be
*** DOWNLOAD CALDB on the LOCAL MACHINE
There is one tar file for each instrument (BAT, XRT and UVOT) and one
for miscellaneous common Swift calibration files (MIS). The contents of
the latter (MIS) have been already included in the CALDB tar files for
each instrument, therefore is not necessary to download the MIS tar file
The CALDB tar files are available from the CALDB Swift Web page at :
or via anonymous ftp at:
The CALDB installation procedure is available at:
*** REMOTE CALDB ACCESS
It is also possible to access the CALDB remotely without the need to
download and install locally this database. The instructions to set up the remote CALDB
access are available from:
Please report any problems with the installation procedure to:
and select CALDB under "Choose a mailing list"
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