[idl81-linejoin]: http://michaelgalloy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/idl81-linejoin.png "Line joining in IDL 8.1"
[idl82-linejoin]: http://michaelgalloy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/idl82-linejoin.png "Line joining in IDL 8.2"
[netcdf-lib]: http://docs.idldev.com/idllib/netcdf/dir-overview.html "netCDF library routines"
[symbols]: http://michaelgalloy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/symbols.png "New symbols"
[whats-new]: http://www.exelisvis.com/language/en-US/ProductsServices/IDL/VersionUpdate.aspx "IDL 8.2 What's New"
IDL 8.2 was [released today][whats-new], and while it might not have many headline grabbing features, there are some nice additions to IDL's libraries as well as some fixes for old problems. The Workbench finally seems to work for me; a bug in the way curl library was linked was fixed, allowing me to use OPeNDAP on my Mac. Unlike releases like IDL 8.0 with its many new features and also many new bugs, IDL 8.2 feels much more stable to me.