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StarSplatter is a tool for creating images and animations from astrophysical particle simulation data. It treats each particle as a Gaussian "blob", with an exponential fall-off similar to the SPH smoothing length or gravitational softening length common in astrophysics simulations. It also properly anti-aliases points, so even if the particles are very small the results may look better than one would get by simply binning particle counts to produce an intensity image.

StarSplatter runs under the control of the Tcl scripting language. This allows it to be easily integrated with other programs; it is also easy to set up scripts to render animations. StarSplatter is designed to work with TIPSY, a package for analyzing particle simulation data.

Current Version:   1.0

License Type:   Free

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   No

Targeted Platforms:

Unix, and where Tcl and C++ compiler are available.
It was not tested on Linux yet, but software author think it should work just fine.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

Tcl and C++ compiler

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