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1 jpye 1471 README for Windows Users
2     ========================
3    
4     The following contains some specific comments for people who have
5     installed ASCEND on Windows using the binary 'setup' installer. If you have
6     built you own copy of ASCEND from the source code, comments here may not
7     apply to you.
8    
9     For more information about and support for ASCEND, consult our home page:
10     http://ascend.cheme.cmu.edu/
11    
12     ASCEND documentation (such as it is) is available at the above link.
13    
14    
15     Running ASCEND
16     --------------
17    
18     There are two different GUIs for ASCEND. Depending on the software that was
19     available on your machine at the time when you installed ASCEND, you may
20     have either the Tcl/Tk GUI and the PyGTK GUI, or both of these, or neither.
21    
22     The newer GUI is the PyGTK GUI. It looks nice and is under active development.
23     An alternative GUI is the Tcl/Tk GUI which is older but still somewhat more
24     stable and complete than the new GUI. It is not really under active development
25     any more, however. You can choose for yourself.
26    
27    
28     Running the PyGTK GUI
29     ---------------------
30    
31     ASCEND can be launched from the Start menu. If you didn't choose to install
32     the Start menu shortcuts, you can run ASCEND using
33    
34     c:\Python25\pythonw.exe c:\Program Files\ASCEND\ascend
35    
36     The location of 'pythonw.exe' and 'ascend' may be different depending on
37     where you installed Python and where you installed ASCEND.
38    
39     You can also launch the PyGTK GUI for ASCEND by double-clicking on files
40     with the .a4c or .a4l extension. The installer will associate ASCEND with
41     those file extensions.
42    
43     There is not yet a manual for the PyGTK GUI. The 'Help' menu also provides
44     access to the online manual.
45    
46    
47     Running the Tcl/Tk GUI
48     ----------------------
49    
50     The Tcl/Tk GUI can be run from the Start menu.
51    
52     If you didn't select to install start menu shortcuts, you can launch it
53     via
54    
55     c:\Program Files\ASCEND\ascend4.exe
56    
57     The file location will depend on the folder where you chose to install ASCEND.
58    
59     There is no file association for .a4c and .a4l files with the Tcl/Tk GUI.
60    
61     Note that .a4s files are 'scripts' for the Tcl/Tk GUI.
62    
63     A PDF-file manual has been written for the Tcl/Tk GUI and may be downloaded
64     from the ASCEND wiki.
65    
66    
67     If ASCEND Stops Working
68     -----------------------
69    
70     An easy way to break ASCEND is to remove some of the software it depends
71     on in order to work. This includes uninstalling Python, GTK+, Tcl/Tk,
72     PyCairo, PyGObject, PyGTK, IPython, Numpy, Matplotlib and possibly others.
73    
74     The best thing to do in this case is to uninstall ASCEND using the
75     Add/Remove Programs control panel, then attempting to re-install it. At this
76     point, the installer should tell you what components you are missing.
77    
78    
79     Configuration settions
80     ----------------------
81    
82     There are configuration settings in the Windows Registry that the ASCEND
83     PyGTK GUI uses to determine where its files have been installed.
84    
85     There are also per-user settings installed in
86    
87     c:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\.ascend.ini
88    
89     This last file can be edited if you want to add new folders to your
90     ASCENDLIBRARY path, for example if you are building up a collection of your
91     own ASCEND models in a directory of their own.
92    
93     For example:
94    
95     [Directories]
96     librarypath = C:\Program Files\ASCEND\models;C:\Program Files\freesteam\ascend
97    
98     Other settings are also stored in this file. You can delete this file if you
99     to revert to the default settings that ASCEND used when you first installed
100     it.
101    
102     Neither .ascend.ini file nor the Windows Registry are used by the Tcl/Tk
103     version of ASCEND. Instead, a number of files are stored in the 'ascdata'
104     folder within your My Documents folder.
105    
106    
107     --
108     John Pye
109     2 Jun 2007

john.pye@anu.edu.au
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