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News about AIP4WIN

I have been asking Richard Berry for some time now about the future of the popular photometry software AIP4WIN. This was distributed on a CD in the back of the book Handbook of Astronomical Image processing by Berry and Burnell. The book has been out of print for some time and as a result the software has no longer been available. I have recently received the following message from Richard which explains the current situation.

"Hello David

AIP4Win and the Handbook will be back in a few months.

The hardcover edition went out of print, and the economics are such that the publisher felt he could not print again without some new attraction for buyers, such as a new revised and expanded third edition. Realistically, it will take me more than a year to update this 700-page book, so we were at odds. The publisher thought it would not take so long, maybe a couple months.

However, we've reached a solution: he will print a paperback HAIP2, 4th printing, and sell AIP4Win separately on the side. The total cost will be lower than the old hardcover-with-code-included edition. The publisher is also concerned that hackers are stealing AIP4Win, so he's going to add some additional security to the existing code.

In the meantime, I will undertake the editing and creation of a third edition, revised and expanded, with all the best new goodies.

--Richard"

David Boyd

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Re: AIP4WIN

Many thanks for that David.  A 'software' only option will be most welcome.

Gary

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Whats the killer functionality?

Am curious.

What is it people generally use AIP4WIN for?

Which parts of the image/data process is it seen as essential for?

There are obviously alternatives for much of what it does.

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Grant,

Grant,

It is used quite a bit for photometry, the variable star section has a spreadsheet that can read an analyse the output from it and convert it into a format suitable for submission to the BAA VSS database.

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I can't get it to work with

I can't get it to work with windows 10, though I have tried the various fixes propo

Hopefully any new versions will not need fixes. I expect it's me and my limited computer skills.

Eric