Panoply Data Viewer

Download Panoply

Panoply requires a computer with Java 9 (or later version) installed.

The current version of Panoply is 5.0.0, released 202i2-01-01.

Install and Run Panoply

After downloading the appropriate Panoply archive linked above, uncompress the archive file on your desktop. Within is a README text file with an explanation of the contents of the download, instructions on how to launch the application, and some notes on possible launch bugs and/or performance tuning.

We would like to point out the following possible installation and launch issues:

If you find that after download and installation, Panoply won't start, a possible reason might be that you don't have a Java Runtime Engine (JRE) installed on your computer, or that it is not a Java 9 (or later) JRE.

On macOS: Panoply has been notarized in order to work with the heightened security settings of macOS 10.14.5 and later. However, it is possible that Panoply might fail to launch if your Java installation is not so notarized, in which case you may see an error window stating that Panoply requires that Java 9 be installed. If so, you might try installing a more recent Java, built after August 2019.

Some users who have a second display attached to their Mac have reported Panoply does not respond after they select an input file via the filechooser dialog. If you experience this, please download and try the version above labeled (JFC), which uses the Java filechooser.

There have been reports that Panoply for macOS fails to launch on recent Macs built with "M1 silicon" ARM chips. If this is the case for you, you should instead be able to use the "generic" PanoplyJ version and launch Panoply from the Terminal shell.

On Windows: You must extract Panoply from the ZIP archive before you try to run it. If you simply open the ZIP file and then double-click on the Panoply icon, you will get a class-loader error because it cannot locate code files.

Panoply for Windows requires that certain keys/values regarding the Java installation be set in the Windows Registry. However, some alternative Java distributions may not set these keys or else may require that you explicitly set them during Java installation.

On Linux etc: The TGZ archive of Panoply "generic" was created using a BSD tar on macOS. Using GNU-tar to uncompress the package will probably print several "Ignoring unknown extended header keyword" warning messages. You should be able to ignore these messages.

Download Color Tables and Map Overlays

Beginning with version 4, Panoply's "standard" selection of color tables and map overlays is built into the application. Additional color tables and map overlays may be opened for a single session or added to your favorites library for continued use. See the Panoply website for some optional support files.

For additional scale color tables, J.J. Green's cpt-city website includes many CPT format files that are compatible with Panoply.

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