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Spot is a software package for Spitzer observers to plan observations and submit proposals, and Leopard is a software package once used to query and download data from the archive. Since November 2010, Leopard can only be used to search through all planned and executed observations, i.e., to search the Reserved Observations Catalog. (NB: All data downloads must now be performed using the Spitzer Heritage Archive, SHA). Together, this group of cats is referred to as the "Spitzer Pride."

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Spot and Leopard v19 are the current software versions. To get version 19, download v18 and ensure that Options -> Auto-Update is selected in Spot/Leopard to obtain an automatic update of the software
  • Spot and Leopard require JAVA version 1.6
  • Only the latest version of the software can connect to the servers at the SSC.
  • If your system does NOT auto-update, then you DO NEED to do a fresh install of S18 and auto-update to the latest version.
  • Please note: The Windows installer does work, but you may see some errors if you don't have Java 1.6 pre-installed.

Spot Documentation (v19)
Spot Documentation (v18)

Leopard Documentation (v9)

Spitzer Pride Software

Installation Files Size To Install the software
Windows
Spitzer-pride18_0_1-windows.exe
71MB
  • Click on the link and save the program to disk
  • Run the program (double-click on it) to install it
  • It will create two programs: spot and leopard
  • You will need administrator privileges to install under Vista
Solaris
Spitzer-pride18_0_1-solaris.sh
86MB
  • Click on the link and save the program to disk
  • To make the program executable type: chmod +x Spitzer-pride18_0_1-solaris.sh
  • To install it type: ./Spitzer-pride18_0_1-solaris.sh
  • It will create two programs: spot and leopard
Linux
Spitzer-pride18_0_1-linux.sh
80MB
  • Click on the link and save the program to disk
  • To make the program executable type: chmod +x Spitzer-pride18_0_1-linux.sh
  • To install it type: ./Spitzer-pride18_0_1-linux.sh
  • It will create two programs: spot and leopard
  • If using a 64-bit machine, please see note, 'For All Users,' below
Mac OS X
Spitzer-pride19_1_0-mac.dmg
(if your computer does not automatically know what to do with this file, hold down the "alt" or "option" key and then click on the file to save it to disk.)
75MB
  • Click on the link for the Spitzer Pride (here) and save the program to disk.
  • Drag the Spitzer Pride folder icon from the pop-up window onto your hard disk (into whichever directory you want to install it).
  • Run the program (double-click on it) to install it.
  • It will create two programs: spot and leopard
  • For Leopard, please be sure that the Leopard and Subscriber applications are in the same folder.
  • Running Spot and Leopard on Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)
  • Running Spot and Leopard on Mavericks (OS X 10.9)
  • Spitzer Pride runs under Tiger (OSX 10.4), Leopard (OSX 10.5), Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6) and Lion (OSX 10.7)

Remember to download the documentation for Spot and Leopard as well as the software! If you find a bug, check the known bugs list for Spot or Leopard and if we don't already know about it, please submit a bug report.

For Solaris Users - The Solaris auto-update may take some time because it is going to download and install Java version 1.5. If you cancel the installation before it is complete, you will have to install Spitzer Pride from scratch by downloading the S18 software.

For All Users - If you decide to use a different Java Runtime Environment than is provided by our own installers, or are running on a platform other than our standard installations (this, e.g., applies to Linux 64-bit machines), then you should use this 'generic' installation: Spitzer-pride18_0_1-generic.sh. First, obtain (or locate) your own local Java 1.6.x installation. Then, click on the link here and save the program to disk. To make the program executable, type: chmod +x Spitzer-pride_18_0_1-generic.sh. Finally, to install it, type: ./Spitzer-pride_18_0_1-generic.sh. The installation script will ask you for the explicit path to your Java directory. Or, alternatively, you can run the programs thereafter by typing, e.g., for Spot: spot -jre <JRE_DIRECTORY>. Please note that after the upgrade from v18 to v19, Spot will be broken unless you always provide the -jre flag and the correct java path. For more information on this, see the Spot and Leopard documentation.


Find a bug?
Have you found a 'feature' in Spot or Leopard? If you think you have found a bug, before reporting it please check this list of known bugs in Spot, this list of known bugs in Leopard, read the Release Notes for Spot and Leopard, and the applicable sections of the Spot User's Guide and Leopard User's Guide. It may be a "feature" we already know about.

If you have found a real bug then please do let us know by sending the following information to the Spitzer Helpdesk:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your type of computer (PC, Solaris, Linux, Mac,...)
  • Your operating system (Windows 2000, Solaris 2.5, Mac OS 10.2, ...)
  • Your windowing system (CDE, Gnome, ...)
  • Description of bug
  • AOR file
  • Spot or Leopard log file (see below)

Spot and Leopard Log Files - Each time you run Spot it creates a file called 'spot-DATE_TIME.log', and analogously for Leopard. It can be found in the default directory created when you install the software. The default directories (for both Spot and Leopard) are:

Solaris/Linux/Mac~/.spot
Windows 95,98,MEC:\spot
Windows NT,2000,XPC:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application\Data\spot
Windows Vista,7C:\Users\{username}\Application\Data\spot