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FTOOLS v3.4 now available

		FTOOLS v3.4 now available for the HEASARC

The long-awaited new distribution of FTOOLS is now available 
	(and the Release Notes appended below). 

For those of you actively maintaining a CALDB at your home site, the 
following new CALTOOLS tasks maybe of some interest:
  brcaldb  - Interactively browse the local caldb data holdings
  chkcif   - Check files in a local Calibration Index File actually exist
  lstgood  - List the "good" files found in a local Calibration Index File
You are also reminded that up-to-date information (incl bugs etc) for the
CALTOOLS tasks is available via the WWW at the URL:

PLEASE NOTE, all problems associated with the installation and running 
of FTOOLS v3.4 should be send to: 

Ian M George

-------------------- Release Notes for FTOOLS v3.4 ----------------------

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< SOFTWARE  RELEASE  ANNOUNCEMENT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< FTOOLS  VERSION 3.4  DISTRIBUTION >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

How:    Anonymous FTP from legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov

Where:  software/ftools/release/FTools_3.4 directory

What:   ******* FTOOLS Source and Data *******
        ***(refdata is only needed to run certain tasks, primarily ASCA)***
        ftools.v3.4.tar.gz   -  Source Code Distribution for all platforms
        refdata.v3.4.tar.gz  -  Minimal subset of Calibration Database
        *** Compressed Postscript Documentation ***
        ***(in software/ftools/release/doc directory)***
        develop.v3.4.ps.gz    -  Developer's Guide
        install.v3.4.ps.gz    -  Installation Guide
        users.v3.4.ps.gz      -  User's Guide
        techref.v3.4.ps.gz    -  Complete User's Guide and help pages
        Xselect_1.3.ps.gz     -  Xselect Users Guide
        *** HTML Documentation ***
        at http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/software/ftools/ftools_menu.html
Supported Platforms: (See Installation Guide for details)
        unix         ALPHA/OSF, DEC/ULTRIX, SUN/SunOS (incl. Solaris)
                     SGI/IRIX, HP/HP-UX
        vms          ALPHA/VMS, VAX/VMS

++++++++++What's New in FTOOLS version 3.4++++++++++

++ Configure Script ++

        A major change in FTOOLS v3.4 is that a configure script
        has been implemented to ease the installation process. This
        is particularly useful on systems which may have their
        libraries and/or compilers in non-standard locations, eg,
        SunOS 5.X (Solaris).

        To install FTOOLS v3.4, simply unpack the tar file and go
        into the ftools/host directory. Type ./configure and a
        Makefile which is customized to your system will be
        written. This Makefile should include all necessary macro
        definitions so that all you should have to do is type
        "make", sit back and wait. Note that the default C compiler
        will be gcc if it is detected on your system; if you prefer
        to use another compiler you must specify it *before*
        running configure, ie, "setenv CC cc". For more detailed
        instructions please refer to the FTOOLS Installation Guide
        for v3.4.

++ HP-UX Host supported ++

        As of v3.4, FTOOLS ("Host" or standalone version only) is
        supported under HP-UX. The testing here has been done under
        HP-UX v9.0.4 with X11R5 and using gcc. To install, use the
        configure script (see above and the Installation Guide).
        Report any installation difficulties to: 
++ New mkftools script ++
	Minor, but important, modifications have been made to the
	mkftools script, which produces the .ftools file which,
	in turn, sets the important environment variables needed
	to correctly run FTOOLS. Be sure to run this script (located
        in ftools/bin.host) after installing v3.4 even if you've
        run a previous version in the past.

++ Questionaire ++

        So that we can better serve the user community in the future
        we have prepared a short questionaire. Your cooperation in
        filling it out and emailing it back to us will be greatly

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               FTOOLS Questionaire (v3.4, 10/23/95)

1. What type of machine are you currently running FTOOLS on?

2. What operating system is it running? (Please be as specific as possible)

3. Are you running the Host/Standalone version or the IRAF version?
   Please explain your choice.

4. Is there an architecture/OS that you'd like to see supported?

Please return to ftoolshelp@ascasrv.gsfc.nasa.gov
       under the Subject heading: Questionaire
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NEW TASKS AND PERL SCRIPTS (indicated by **):

add_sis_rmf **  (was add_sis_rmf.pl)
  -Reports percentage of counts in evtfile in each chip
sisgbr **
  -QDP fit branching ratios derived from FITS data

  -Browse the Caldb data holdings
  -Check entries in a Calibration Index File
  -Converts a TYPE II to a TYPE I OGIP pha file
  -Remaps a detector redistribution matrix in channel-space
  -List "good" files found in a Calibration Index File

  -Copies columns from one FITS table extension to another
fapropos **
  -Does keyword searches for FTOOLS
  -Verify or update the checksum keywords in a FITS file
fhelp ** (new Perl script now preempts original task)
  -Display FTOOLS help information
  -Create a FITS primary array image from an ASCII template file
  -Modify commentary keywords in a FITS file header
fversion **
  -Report FTOOLS version number and release date

  -Converts BATSE BFITS file to spectral PHA file
  -Converts BATSE DRM file to RMF format

  -Converts Einstein HEASARC CD-ROM PHA to OGIP PHA file

fixrev0pha (was Perl script: fix_rev0_pha)
  -Changes  the  CDELT1 and CDELT2 keywords in a ROSAT PHA fi
  -Corrects PI channel in PSPC events file

  -Creates a FITS light curve for an isolated Vela 5B source
fvelgallc ***CURRENTLY OUT OF ORDER***
  -Creates multiple light curves for sources in confused fields
  -Creates a set of FITS source maps of a rectangular region
  -Lists the Vela 5B raw data files needed for FVELALC
  -Lists the Vela 5B raw data files needed for FVELMAP

  -Creates and estimated PCA background spectrum from model
  -Sorts and appends ASM files to a MASTERFILE
asmsrcupdate **
  -Runs ASMAPPEND on a collection of XTE ASM master files and 
   their respective incoming files
  -Creates a .rmf file for a specified anode chain in a PCU
pcarsp **
  -Runs the tools necessary to construct response matrices 
   for XTE PCA spectral data
  -Parses a channel descriptor from an XTE .pha file to ASCII
  -Creates bitmask for filtering SE data with FSELECT
seplot **
  -Queries the user and then runs SEEXTRCT and FPLOT
seselect **
  -Runs SEBITMASK and FSELECT to generate a FITS file
  -Creates science event FITS file from Transparent Mode data
  -Creates science event FITS file from Good Xenon data
  -Creates a .arf file for an input XTE PCA .pha and .rmf file