Last modified: 15 Nov 2021


Introduction to Prism

CIAO 4.16 Science Threads



CIAO's prism application has been removed in CIAO 4.14.

Most of the old prism functionality has been implemented in SAOImage ds9. Users can launch prism directly on the command line:

unix% ds9 -prism filename

Or from the File :: Prism menu option in ds9 8.2 and later.

Last Update: 15 Nov 2021 - Prism has been removed from CIAO 4.14.


14 Dec 2004 reviewed for CIAO 3.2: no changes
01 Dec 2005 reviewed for CIAO 3.3: no changes
01 Dec 2006 updated for CIAO 3.4: ChIPS version
10 Jan 2008 updated for CIAO 4.0: in "Viewing ASCII data" section, ascii2fits script has been replaced by the Data Model ASCII kernel; parameter file updates; ChIPS syntax updated for version 4.0; filenames and images updated for reprocessed data (version N003 files)
13 Jun 2008 updated image display to place figures inline with text
09 Jan 2009 updated for CIAO 4.1: prism was rewritten in GTK, so some cosmetic changes (updated all thread images); the GUI has a preferences file instead of a parameter file; added Tabbed File Viewing section; undo last cell edit and column-filtered viewing are not available; new interactive options for making plots, histograms, and images; added Why does my GUI look different? section
25 Jan 2010 reviewed for CIAO 4.2: no changes
11 Jan 2011 reviewed for CIAO 4.3: no changes
19 Jan 2012 reviewed for CIAO 4.4: added a section on modifying plots with the ChIPS GUI
03 Dec 2012 Review for CIAO 4.5; updated all screen shots for lastest GUI; updated file versions.
03 Dec 2013 Review for CIAO 4.6; table edition section needs further review.
22 Dec 2014 Review for CIAO 4.7; added more information about switching between read-only and edit modes.
18 Nov 2019 Updated to reflect transition from ChIPS to Matplotlib and from GTK2 (CIAO 4.11 and earlier) to GTK3 (which is used in CIAO 4.12), which affects the look of the user interface.
02 Nov 2020 Removed ahelp for gui.
15 Nov 2021 Prism has been removed from CIAO 4.14.