A Unified Release of the FTOOLS and XANADU Software Packages

The current version of HEAsoft is 6.22.1
(11 October 2017)

XANADU High-level, multi-mission tasks for X-ray astronomical spectral, timing, and imaging data analysis
FTOOLS General and mission-specific tools to manipulate FITS files
FITSIO Core library responsible for reading and writing FITS files (distributed with FTOOLS)
fv General FITS file browser/editor/plotter with a graphical user interface (distributed with FTOOLS)
XSTAR Tool for calculating the physical conditions and emission spectra of photoionized gases


Users may download either the source code for the software and compile the tools themselves, or download the precompiled executables for the most widely used computer platforms.

The HEAsoft Release Notes 6.22.1 give an overview of changes since HEASOFT version 6.21.

For a list of known issues in the latest release, visit the HEAsoft Known Issues page.

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HEAdas Developers Guide v0.1: Developers guide for the new HEAdas data analysis system is available online.

PIL Developers Guide: Developers guide for the Parameter Interface Library is available online.

Xselect Users' Guide v2.4: Available online and as pdf (256K) and tarred HTML (77K) files.

Xspec Users' Guide: Available online and as postscript (84K), tarred HTML (544K), and PDF (1.2M) files.

Ximage Users' Guide: Available online and as postscript (396K), tarred HTML (120K), and LaTeX (88K) files.

Xronos Users' Guide: Available online and as postscript (392K), tarred HTML (148K), and LaTeX (108K) files.

Previous Release Notes: 6.22, 6.21, 6.20, 6.19, 6.18, 6.17, 6.16, 6.15.1, 6.15, 6.14, 6.13, 6.12, 6.11.1, 6.11, 6.10, 6.9, 6.8, 6.7, 6.6.3, 6.6.2, 6.6.1, 6.6, 6.5.1, 6.5, 6.4.1, 6.4, 6.3.2, 6.3.1, 6.3, 6.2, 6.1.2, 6.1.1, 6.1, 6.0.6, 6.0.5, 6.0.4, 6.0.3, 6.0.2, 6.0, 5.3.1, 5.3, 5.2, 5.1A, 5.1, 5.0, 4.2, 4.1, 4.0, 3.6, 3.5, 3.4, 3.3, 3.2

Help lines: FTOOLS or xanprob@athena.gsfc.nasa.gov

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