IDL 8.7.1 was released today. Check the What's New on the Docs Center for a comprehensive list of the new features.
Along with some performance improvements and library updates, there are two big new features:
- an IDL package manager
- machine learning classes (including a feed forward neural network class)
I will publish an article about the package manager shortly; I made IDLdoc, mgunit, and my personal library available through the package manager. I think this is now the best way to distribute IDL packages.
I am also excited to explore the machine learning classes. I will write more as soon we get 8.7.1 installed on our machines.
With these two new features, this is a powerful "bug fix" release.