Helioviewer.org 2.3.0 Released

A new version of Helioviewer.org has been released including better movie customization, support for embedding Helioviewer.org in remote sites, and a number of performance and bug fixes.

Screenshot showing new movie settings added in Helioviewer.org 2.3.0.

Support has been added for embedding Helioviewer.org into third-party websites, and JSONP support makes it easier for new versions of the front-end to be created which interact with the main Helioviewer.org back-end. Similarly, the front-end has been rewritten to allow for easier creation of custom front-end clients without having to re-implement a tiling system, etc.

New configuration options added in Helioviewer.org 2.3.0.

The back-end movie queuing system has been ported from Ruby to PHP to allow for better integration with the rest of the back-end, and the movies table structure has been modified for improved time estimation and similarity searching. Additional options (frame-rate and movie length) are offered to allow users further control over the movies they create and the duration option has been moved to a more obvious location.

Let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions. Feedback is always welcome.


Helioviewer.2.3.0 includes several new features to give users more control over how the site behaves. Let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions. Feedback is always welcome.

New features:

* JSONP support
* Added option display date from last visit when returning to Helioviewer.org
* Added setting to automatically update images every 5 minutes
* Added support for embedding Helioviewer.org in other websites
* Added support for specifying frame-rate or duration during movie creation
* Added support for PROBA-2 SWAP data
* Created an installer diagnostic script
* Added support for tracking custom events in Google Analytics
* Movie and screenshot selection rectangle preserved during visit
* Data availability information included in getDateSources response

Bug fixes:

* Fixed bug #691356 JPX Summary file does not exist
* Fixed bug #783497 Port Helioqueuer to PHP
* Fixed bug #903360 Error occurs for certain layer orders when attempting to create AIA/LASCO
* Fixed bug #925542 The minimum width of the display window is too big
* Fixed bug #624857 After clicking “clear history” unfinished requests are still processed, and download links displayed
* Fixed bug #885795 Add image attribution to about dialog
* Fixed bug #888269 Attempt to normalize movie frame-rate instead of duration when possible
* Fixed bug #909795 Normalize date strings for API requests
* Fixed bug #909897 Mark movies that have not finished in less than x hours as Error
* Fixed bug #930628 Improve movie creation time estimation
* Fixed bug #942547 Validate value for dsun before attempting to process in front-side
* Fixed bug #609219 API should return an error message when an invalid parameter is specified in a request
* Fixed bug #783481 Report mouse coordinates immediately upon activation
* Fixed bug #787744 Add a checkSettings method to the UserSettings class to verify user settings integrity
* Fixed bug #876707 Included creation_time in FFmpeg metadata for mp4/webm movies
* Fixed bug #789515 Reduce filesize of WebM movies

Library updates:

* Flowplayer (3.2.7 => 3.2.8)
* jQuery (1.7.0 => 1.7.2)
* jQuery UI (1.8.16 => 1.8.18)
* jQuery.JSON (2.2 => 2.3)
* jQuery imgAreaSelect (0.9.5 => 0.9.8)

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  1. #1 by Allen Snowdon on April 3, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    The new version won’t update the image, seems stuck on 2012/04/01 01:31:44 for the last two days…

    • #2 by keith on April 3, 2012 - 6:51 pm

      Hi Allen,

      Unfortunately the lack of new data is related to an issue with the source of our images, and not the updates to the Helioviewer.org. See the recent post about AIA data lag for more information about what is going on.

      Hopefully things will be back to normal in the next couple days.

  2. #3 by Dominic Cantin on April 6, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Excellent ! I come back whit my suggestion 😉 If it was possible to have a “smoother zoom” instead of 9 steps zoom !
    Thanks for your great work !
    Dominic 🙂

  3. #4 by geoff on April 22, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    were do i download new version from?

  4. #5 by geoff on April 22, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    found it 🙂

  5. #6 by geoff on April 22, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    but wont download:(

  6. #8 by geoff on April 23, 2012 - 7:14 am

    Oh ok .
    I have both .Helioviewer is to me much smother than jhelioviewer .this is were im confused im trying to run the 2.3 version .Helioviewer .and how do i check what version im running.sorry for being a NOOB.
    seems .Helioviewer is not a program but moore of a web page were as JHelioviewer is a program
    im so confused darn it

    • #9 by keith on April 23, 2012 - 10:56 am

      Hi Geoff,

      You are absolutely right — Helioviewer.org is a web page, while JHelioviewer is a downloadable application. Both of them access the same images, but have slightly different interfaces and focuses.

      You should automatically receive the latest version of Helioviewer.org when you visit the webpage. To make sure your browser is fetching the most recent version, click on the “about” link at the very bottom of the page. In the dialog that pops up the version should be listed as “2.3.0”.

  7. #10 by geoff on April 23, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    keith thanks vry much for yr help. i love looking @ the clips from sdo
    i was wondering is there any way i can get the flowplayer to loop automaticly
    the only way i can loop it is to click play again
    even though i have enabled loop in options
    thanks again dude

    • #11 by keith on April 23, 2012 - 3:29 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy the site!

      Unfortunately there is no way at the moment to have the videos loop. Perhaps we can add that in the future though!

  8. #12 by geoff on April 23, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    oh yes i am running 2.3 :)_ i was also wondering is there any way you can save the clips other than the movie history. thanks.

    • #13 by keith on April 23, 2012 - 3:31 pm

      You can also save the movies to your computer. When the video is playing, click on the green arrow button just below the movie to download the video to your computer. Is that what you were looking for? Or something else?

  9. #14 by geoff on April 23, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    i noticed recently that sdo seemed to bounce around a bit do you know what caused that?

    • #15 by keith on April 23, 2012 - 3:32 pm

      Occasionally SDO goes through some calibration steps in order to ensure that it is still pointing in the correct direction, etc. During that calibration (which occurs about once a week I believe), the videos may appear shaky.

  10. #16 by geoff on April 24, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Hi again keith
    ….i was wondering do you have access to these kind of colour formats in real time?
    if not would can it be done wit settings sumwere

  11. #17 by keith on April 25, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    Hi Geoff,

    Not at the moment, although you may be able to generate something similar in JHelioviewer — JHelioviewer allows the user to change the colormaps associated with each layer.

  12. #18 by geoff on April 26, 2012 - 8:51 am

    HI keith
    i cant seem to be able to connect to your server is there a problem atm?

    • #19 by keith on April 26, 2012 - 10:23 am

      Are you still having trouble? I just checked Helioviewer.org and JHelioviewer and both seemed to be working.

  13. #20 by geoff on April 26, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    it seems to me that its not conecting nothing is loadind up including recentley shared tube clips .Im from perth austraila

  14. #21 by geoff on April 26, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    jhelioviewer is working ok though

    • #22 by keith on April 26, 2012 - 4:24 pm

      contacting you over email to discuss.

  15. #23 by geoff on April 26, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Hi keith
    That version you emaild me seems to work ok, whats the difference?
    thanks again

    • #24 by keith on April 30, 2012 - 5:13 pm

      Geoff, only the URL is different. The only thing that is different is your cache associated with each different URL. If you have the chance to follow the instructions in the email I sent you and send me the output, that would be very helpful in diagnosing the problem.

  16. #25 by geoff on April 27, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Keith im using explorer 9
    all is still good wit the one you sent

  17. #26 by geoff on April 28, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    H i agian keith
    i was wondering in jhelioviewer could you please alaberate what the time step setting dose

    • #27 by keith on April 30, 2012 - 5:25 pm

      Do you mean in Helioviewer.org?

      The time-step option let’s you specify a time duration to skip forward/backward when pressing the arrow buttons.. E.g. if the time-step is “3 hours” and you press the left-arrow button, the observation time will change to 3 hours before the current time.

  18. #28 by geoff on April 29, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    i was wondering is there any way of increasing
    the 700 frames jheoioviewer

    • #29 by keith on April 30, 2012 - 5:26 pm

      I’ve increased the limit to 1000 frames for now. In order to enable as many users as possible to access Helioviewer.org and JHelioviewer I cannot set it too much higher, and the limit may need to be lowered again in the future as traffic increases. Hope this helps!

  19. #30 by geoff on May 1, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    thanks for the extra 300 frames’
    love it

  20. #31 by geoff on May 1, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    keith could you please tell us a bit about aia171 what kind of camera it is and what wave lengh dose it take ect

  21. #33 by geoff on May 2, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    how do thay know that the back ground raidation is not caused by the trillions of stars?

  22. #34 by geoff on May 2, 2012 - 10:34 pm

    and the billions of super novers that has happend as well as a few black holes coming togeather one would think the universe would be saturated with raidation

  23. #36 by geoff on May 2, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    i have an arm chair theory why the universe is expanding
    its like a huge ball and its spinning
    is that plausable?

  24. #37 by Nikola on May 8, 2012 - 9:23 am

    All good! What is the cause of periodic breaks?

  25. #38 by geoff on May 10, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    i was wondering dose anyone know what latatude and longatude did the wreck of the hesspres occur

  26. #39 by geoff on May 10, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    jack aint no asrto phyisist i just cant under stand how thay all put there faith in some WIMP y satellite
    hay that was a funny
    has there been any reserch into somthing like matter anti mater cancling each other out that is causing the back gound micro radation?
    and how could all the matter in the universe didnt super massive black hole befor the bib bang? please explaine 🙂

  27. #40 by geoff on May 11, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    that previous comment was ment to say jack I aint no astro phyisist

  28. #41 by geoff on May 11, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    i was wondering when is the next transit of venius

  29. #42 by geoff on May 11, 2012 - 1:11 pm


  30. #43 by geoff on May 14, 2012 - 9:07 am

    im having trouble exporting movies from
    jheoioviewer it says; warning nothing to export no layer contains an image can someone please help

  31. #44 by geoff on May 15, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    wered thay go?

  32. #45 by geoff on May 30, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    I CANT seem to connect to jhelioviewer
    says error in the server communication
    invalid status code returned 500
    any info please

    • #46 by keith on May 30, 2012 - 6:09 pm

      Hey Geoff,

      Thanks for reporting the problem. Try now – this issue should be fixed.

  33. #47 by geoff on May 31, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    hi keith
    its up and running again

  34. #48 by geoff on May 31, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    i was wondering on the 5th or 6th of june is sdo going to see the transit of venus?

  35. #50 by geoff on June 7, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    i was wondering why venus traveld from left to right when i thought it would be the other way on jhelioviewer

  36. #51 by geoff on June 18, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    why is sdo upside down?

  37. #53 by geoff on June 19, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    0n sdo when venus made its transit ,venus travaled from left to right when from were i am {perth austraila} it should of been right to left’ unless i am seriously mistaken and that venus orbits the sun counter clockwise
    if so so much for my observasions:)

  38. #54 by Peter on February 23, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Helioviewer gives the following error message.

    An errror occured while opening the remote file
    Error in the server communication:error in the server communication: only chunked responses are supported

    I use the latest download, and java 7.15 Operating system windows 7 pro 64bit.

    Pls help

  39. #55 by geoff on November 7, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Hi keith
    if your still there 🙂
    I was just wondering why we cant access 1600A and 1700A cameras now?jhelioviewer

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