SinSPECt (Soft x-ray spectrum inSPECTor) is a data explorer for Soft X-Ray spectroscopy data stored in the SPECS XML format,
released under the Modified BSD-license. It reads data captured using the SpecsLab2 software running at the SXR beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.

Current software version

0.5 release


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  • Reads SPECS XML format files saved from SpecsLab2.
  • Graphical exploration of data regions.
  • Exports columnar ASCII with choice of delimiter and optional headers.
  • Supports normalisation of data to internally available data channels.
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows/Mac OSX/Linux
  • Released under the Modified BSD-license.


SinSPECt screenshot


To learn more, visit the documentation at

Software authors:

Gary Ruben, Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI),
Kane O'Donnell, Australian Synchrotron,

Recognition of NeCTAR funding

The Australian Synchrotron is proud to be in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project to develop eResearch Tools for the synchrotron research community. This will enable our scientific users to have instant access to the results of data during the course of their experiment which will facilitate better decision making and also provide the opportunity for ongoing data analysis via remote access.