We are pleased to announce the first release of pyds9, a Python module that uses a Python interface to XPA to communicate with the ds9 image display program:

  • The ds9 class constructor connects to a single instance of a running ds9.
  • The ds9 object supports 'set' and 'get' methods to communicate with all of ds9's XPA access points.
  • Other methods send/retrieve numpy arrays and pyfits hdulists to/from ds9.
  • The ds9_targets() function lists ds9 programs running on your system.
  • The ds9_openlist() function connects to a list of running ds9 instances.

The pyds9 module is available on the ds9 Web site: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/saord/ds9/

Documentation is available on the same Web site: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/saord/ds9/pyds9/


Eric Mandel
Bill Joye

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