Welcome to Funtools 1.0: FITS Users Need Tools!
Today's astronomical software systems are sophisticated, powerful, and
diverse, but they are not easy to learn or use. Astronomers often
struggle with complex analysis tasks to achieve even the simplest
meaningful results. Wide-spread NASA data distribution and growing
interest in multi-wavelength studies will exacerbate this problem, as
astronomers find themselves contending with multiple analysis systems
tailored to different wavelengths.
We therefore have built a suite of easily mastered tools to promote
initial quantitative understanding of astronomical data before moving
on to more complex traditional analysis systems. Our tools are based
on a simplified FITS library that offers essential FITS access
without the complexity of existing libraries. We also have built a
sophisticated region filtering library (compatible with our SAOtng and
IRAF regions) that filters images and tables using boolean operations
between geometric shapes, support world coordinates, etc.
Click below for more information on the following topics:
Funtools User Programs
Funtools Files, Extensions, and Filters
Last updated: March 30, 2001