Universe - Notes on Version 0.11.1

Release Date: 27 Apr 1999

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Installation Instructions

Windows 95/98/NT Users

Windows users have two options to run Universe, running the Native Win32 executable or running the Java jar file.
Native Win32 Executable
Follow these easy steps:
Java jar file
JDK 1.2 has been released by Sun. If you wish to run Universe, I recommend installing JDK 1.2. Then running Universe is a breeze. Follow these steps:

Non Windows Users

You need to install the ability to run Java Applications on your computer. Some operating system have this ability built in (OS/2, MacOS, Unix(some)), but some do not (Win95, Win98, WinNT, Unix(some)). Available for free is the Java Development Kit (JDK) from Sun Microsystems (at http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1) for operating systems that don't have the ability to run Java Applications (this includes Windows 95.) Follow the directions from Sun carefully. Note that your web browser does not have the ability to run Java Applications.

If you are not using JDK 1.2, then you also need to install the Java Foundation Classes (JFC). JFC is available from Sun Microsystems at http://java.sun.com/jfc. JFC 1.1 with Swing 1.1 is required.

In addition to Java, you need the jar executable file and jar data file. The jar files can be placed anywhere on your computer, but both should be in the same directory.

After the jar file is downloaded, to run Universe you must type in the following command at a prompt (make sure you are in the directory where the jar file is located):

Note that the "U" on Universe must be upper case.

If you have the JDK (instead of the JRE), the following command should work:

If you are on a Unix system, use the proper variable substitution and replace the ";" with a ":" ($CLASSPATH:Universe.jar).

If you wish to create the Galaxy using the Gliese Star Catalog data, you must first download the GlieseCatalog.jar file. Put this file the same place you put the Universe.jar file.

The program will automatically detect this file, if it is located in the same place as the Universe.jar file.

Please feel free to contact me if you have problems with installation or running of the Universe Gaming System.

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Created: 27 Apr 1999
Updated: 27 Apr 1999

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