[AstroPy] ATpy 0.9.4 Release

Astronomical Python astropython at gmail.com
Thu Sep 2 09:08:52 EDT 2010

We are pleased to announce the release of ATpy 0.9.4!

ATpy is a high-level Python package providing a generic Table class that
can contain data and meta-data, and includes column manipulation, row
selection, and sorting methods. In addition, read and write methods are
provided to to seamlessly read and write table data to a number of formats,
building on existing Python modules. More information and links to download
the latest version of ATpy can be found at http://atpy.sourceforge.net/

The main changes in this version are:

- support for reading and writing HDF5 files via the h5py package,
  including support for reading/writing to groups. For more information,
  see http://atpy.sourceforge.net/format_hdf5.html

- support for reading arbitrary ASCII tables via the asciitable package,
  which includes pre-defined formats such as Machine Readable Tables, RDB
  tables, and DAOPhot tables. For more information, see

- reading in of large FITS tables has been sped up by a factor of 10-20x

- minor improvements and bug fixes

We have now created two Google Groups - one for announcements:


and one for user discussion:


The latter will now replace the ATpy forums. Bug reports and feature
requests should be submitted to the Sourceforge trackers at:


Please do not hesitate to let us know if you encounter any problems
with this release,


Thomas Robitaille and Eli Bressert

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