Projects / StarPlot


StarPlot is a GTK-based program, written in C++, which can be used interactively to view three-dimensional perspective charts of stars. Charts can be recentered, rotated, or zoomed in or out with a mouse click (this can also, of course, be done via dialog boxes for more precision). Stars may be viewed (or ignored) by spectral class and absolute magnitude. Other features include support for both celestial and galactic coordinate systems, the ability to display extended non-stellar objects, and a pop-up Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. StarPlot is also packaged with starconvert, a utility which converts line-oriented stellar data records to StarPlot format. Most star data files available on the Internet can be converted this way if a short file describing the original file format is provided to starconvert.


Recent releases

  •  16 May 2008 10:54

    Release Notes: StarPlot now permits the use of parsecs instead of light-years as the primary distance unit, and also can show distances in astronomical units and miles or kilometers at close range. A new button permits the chart to be set to the orientation of a volume of space as seen from Earth. A new dialog box makes it easy to calculate the distance between two arbitrary points in space. More documentation has been written. Some bugs preventing compilation with modern g++ versions have also been fixed.

    •  10 Dec 2004 04:05

      Release Notes: This is a bugfix release that improves support for older compilers (g++ 2.95) and older versions of GTK+ 2. The Spanish translation is now es.po instead of es_ES.po, so will also work with Latin American locales.

      •  01 Sep 2004 04:07

        Release Notes: This is the first version to support i18n, and a Castilian Spanish translation is now available. Other new features include a "Save to PNG" option and an improved star information dialog with sortable columns. A new configure script option allows specifying the default Web browser at compile time. The starconvert utility now has some support for multiple star systems. Numerous other minor enhancements and bugfixes have been made.

        •  30 Jun 2003 22:03

          Release Notes: The bug causing random changes in the display colors on Mac OS X has been fixed. (On other platforms, it is probably unnecessary to upgrade from version 0.94.)

          •  26 Jun 2003 02:57

            Release Notes: This release of StarPlot has been ported to GTK+ version 2, so it has anti-aliased fonts. A font dialog is included, in addition to other, more minor aesthetic improvements. The source tree now has an autoconf-generated configure script. Some minor bugfixes have also been made.


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