What is PLASTIC?
PLASTIC stands for the PLatform for AStronomical Tool
InterConnection. It is a protocol which allows tools on the
desktop to communicate with each other, passing and receiving messages like
"load this table" or "point at this position on the sky".
You can find more information about how it works, what applications are
compatible, and how it can be useful at the PLASTIC web site.
Getting a PLASTIC-enabled GAIA
The first official release of GAIA with PLASTIC support is available as
part of the JAC Starlink release.
How do I use GAIA with PLASTIC?
In the main GAIA window there is now an Interop menu. That provides
access to its main PLASTIC facilities. There is also a similar menu in
catalogue windows created in response to a PLASTIC message (for passing
selections). See the description from the
that describes more fully what facilities are supported (and how to register
with a PLASTIC hub).