---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Erik Tollerud firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 2:51 AM Subject: [astropy-dev] ANN: Astropy v0.1 To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the Astropy team, I'm excited to announce the first release of the Astropy core package: v0.1!
The Astropy core package is intended to provide much of the common functionality and tools needed for performing astronomy and astrophysics with Python.
This release should be thought of as a "developer preview" - it has much of the packaging and data handling framework in place, but the actual astronomy functionality and frameworks are still incomplete. Nevertheless, you can already make use of the existing functionality, which is fully tested. Key features include:
* Standard cosmological distance calculations (astropy.cosmology) * Data Tables (astropy.table) including a wide variety of ASCII formats common in astronomy (astropy.io.ascii) * FITS File handling - formerly PyFITS (astropy.io.fits) * VOTable parser and writer (astropy.io.vo) * WCS representations - formerly pywcs (astropy.wcs) * Consistent documentation style * Utilities to ease creation of new, independent packages (affiliated packages) * A dedicated logging system
The package can be downloaded from http://github.com/downloads/astropy/astropy/astropy-0.1.tar.gz . More information is available at the Astropy site ( http://astropy.org ), the package documentation ( http://docs.astropy.org ), and the github repository ( http://github.com/astropy/astropy ).
We also encourage developers writing new packages to begin writing the code against this version. Packages making use of Astropy should feel free to join up as affiliated packages and begin transitioning to the affiliated package template ( https://github.com/astropy/package-template ). In the next version, we hope to implement a working affiliated package installer, so it will be worth your while!
For the Astropy developers, Erik Tollerud