[AstroPy] X marks the spot

Tim Staley tim.staley at soton.ac.uk
Thu Sep 12 04:30:11 EDT 2013

Hi astropy folks!

just to throw another option in the works:
if you want an interactive viewer (rather than a static plotter), you might
consider using ds9 / xpa / pyds9 (+pyds9_ex if you're so inclined):


I've no experience with Macs, but happy to help re: DS9 if I can.


On 11/09/13 17:08, Demitri Muna wrote:
> On Sep 11, 2013, at 7:35 AM, Christoph Deil 
> <deil.christoph at googlemail.com <mailto:deil.christoph at googlemail.com>> 
> wrote:
>> Installing GUI packages is always a daunting task, but becomes easy 
>> when using a package manager.
> Thanks for the directions. I know how to do that, but I'm not a fan of 
> package managers. Most of the time installing something from source is 
> just easy enough. I was burned many years ago by Fink, but I know that 
> MacPorts is better and I've heard even better things about Homebrew 
> (http://brew.sh). But I don't use any package managers on my Mac, and 
> in particular I'd rather not have my Python installation be part of 
> that either. I also have run into too many instances where the package 
> was out of date compared to what I wanted to run. (On Linux, huge fan 
> of package managers! But they're integral to the system.)
> Is ginga driven by Python, or simply written in Python/GTK (and or 
> Qt)? Can it be distributed as a standalone, double-clickable 
> application with static libraries? These links look promising:
> https://wiki.gnome.org/GTK+/OSX/Building
> https://wiki.gnome.org/GTK%2B/OSX/Bundling
> On Sep 10, 2013, at 9:04 PM, Erik Tollerud <erik.tollerud at gmail.com 
> <mailto:erik.tollerud at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> That said, I think ginga is not necessarily what you want for this
>> application, as it is more for interactive image viewing/GUI interface
>> a la ds9 or atv.  And it sounds like you want to instead make plots
>> (as you found, APLpy is probably the easiest there).
> Well, you know me. I want everything. :)
> Cheers,
> Demitri
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