IDL 8.7.2 Release Notes

See the following sections:


System Requirements

Please see Platform Support for ENVI 5.5.2 and IDL 8.7.2.


New Features and Updates

This section lists the new and updated features in IDL 8.7.2.


The new WIDGET_BROWSER function enables you to create a web browser widget. The browser supports a wide variety of content, such as HTML5, JavaScript, video, and WebGL. With WIDGET_BROWSER, you can also:

  • Create multiple browsers within the same widget application.
  • Load a page from either a local HTML file or a web URL from the Internet.
  • Send data back and forth and receive notifications from the browser.


The new FILLPLOT function enables you to draw a pair of plot lines with the area between the lines filled in. You can create plots with both symmetric and asymmetric fill areas.

IMSL Documentation Added

The complete set of IMSL routines have been added to IDL Help. Previously, all IMSL documentation was available only via PDF. The IMSL topics can be found in the IDL Help TOC under Routines (alphabetical) > Routines: I > IMSL Advanced Math and Statistics, and Routines (by topic).

Library Updates

  • The IDL Python bridge has now supports Python 3.6.7
  • Switch from Oracle JRE to Zulu OpenJDK JRE
  • The JRE library has been updated to version 1.8.0_192
  • The libCurl library has been updated to version 7.62.0
  • The OpenSSL library within cURL has been updated to version 1.1.0j
  • The Xerces library has been updated to version 3.2.2


Backward-Compatibility Issues



Fixed Issues

IDL-70212 IDL crashed trying to use the python IDL bridge with Anaconda 4.5.4 with Python 3.6.5.
IDL-70215 TaskEngine occasionally deadlocked on shutdown.
IDL-70237 PACKAGE_FOLDER failed when calling IPM, /INSTALL.
IDL-70314 NCDF_ATTPUT called with an empty string attribute value generated an invalid HDF5 file.


Known Problems

IDL-70263 MAKE_RT fails on Mac due to permissions on activate.
IDL-70264 REGRESS ignores MEASURE_ERRORS if weights provided as 2D array.
IDL-70294 NCDF_PUT fails if variable is input as a structure.
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