We are very excited to announce that after nearly three years of planning and development, iolite v4 is now available.

We have put a lot into this new version including all the suggestions from our community of users over the years along with the features we wanted to add to iolite v3 but couldn’t because of the limitations of developing in Igor Pro. 

This new version has been built from the ground up in C++ and Python for power and flexibility (there’s no requirement to purchase Igor Pro anymore). It runs ~10 times faster than iolite v3 on benchmarked tests and features a new and modern user interface.

We’ve streamlined the most common data processing workflows and simplified a bunch of things (for example, there is only one Trace Elements DRS instead of the two in iolite v3). We’ve also redesigned things to make it easier to see the information you need. However, the concepts are exactly the same as previous versions of iolite, so if you can use iolite now, you’ll pick up iolite v4 in no time.

With the release of iolite v4 support for previous versions of iolite (including v3) will end on the 12th of October 2019. Iolite v3 will continue to operate as long as you have a valid licence beyond that date, but there will be no bug fixes etc after this date.

As we start this new chapter for iolite, we have a brand new website (https://iolite.xyz). We’re still updating the content on the new website, but check back often for support and tips on using iolite.

The new version of iolite is complete with Trace Elements and U-Pb DRS, and full imaging capabilities, including the awesome new “Image Inspectors” which provide Monocle-like functionality to iolite v4. As well as our new super-fast Processing Templates, we’ve added a QAQC area for checking your data for issues. We will soon (in the next few weeks) be opening up the python parts of iolite v4 so that you can write your own importers, DRS, QAQC modules and export modules in python.

We’ve built help directly into the user interface so that you can get task-specific help when you need (press F1 to pop out the help pane). We’ve also introduced translations for iolite, which will be a way for the iolite community to use iolite in their own language, making iolite easier to learn and use. We’ve started with Chinese and Spanish translations (check out the Language section in Preferences), but if you’re interested in contributing to another translation, please just get in touch.

So head on over to iolite.xyz to check out the more powerful and flexible, but easier than ever to use, iolite v4!