Today APLpy 0.9.3 is out! It is a Python plotting package made to generate publication-quality plots in multiple formats such as EPS, PDF, PS, PNG, and SVG.
APLpy was created by Thomas Robitaille and Eli Bressert, who come from a Fortran and IDL background. With Python’s ease of use, portability, and programming they decided to make a plotting package for astronomers. APLpy’s objective is easy usage with great looking publication plots. In other words, more bang for the buck. Here’s an example of what an APLpy plot looks like:
To see more examples and how to make the plots in Python check out this link.
- Make plots interactively or using scripts
- Show grayscale, colorscale, and 3-color RGB images of FITS files
- Generate co-aligned FITS cubes to make 3-color RGB images
- Overlay any number of contour sets
- Overlay markers with fully customizable symbol
- Plot customizable shapes like circles, ellipses, and rectangles
- Overlay coordinate grids
- Customize the appearance of labels and ticks
- Hide, show, and remove different contour and marker layers
- Pan, zoom, and save any view as a full publication-quality plot
- Save plots as EPS, PDF, PS, PNG, and SVG
The plotting package is under active development and there has been extensive interaction between the users and developers. We should be seeing some exciting features added to APLpy in the next few releases.