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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 jpye 1573 ASCEND documentation (such as it is) is available at the above link, or
13     if you selected to install the Documentation, you should have a link
14     called "User's Manual" in your Start Menu under ASCEND. At present the
15     documentation is available only as a PDF file.
16 jpye 1471
17    
18     Running ASCEND
19     --------------
20    
21     There are two different GUIs for ASCEND. Depending on the software that was
22     available on your machine at the time when you installed ASCEND, you may
23     have either the Tcl/Tk GUI and the PyGTK GUI, or both of these, or neither.
24    
25     The newer GUI is the PyGTK GUI. It looks nice and is under active development.
26     An alternative GUI is the Tcl/Tk GUI which is older but still somewhat more
27     stable and complete than the new GUI. It is not really under active development
28     any more, however. You can choose for yourself.
29    
30    
31     Running the PyGTK GUI
32     ---------------------
33    
34     ASCEND can be launched from the Start menu. If you didn't choose to install
35     the Start menu shortcuts, you can run ASCEND using
36    
37     c:\Python25\pythonw.exe c:\Program Files\ASCEND\ascend
38    
39     The location of 'pythonw.exe' and 'ascend' may be different depending on
40     where you installed Python and where you installed ASCEND.
41    
42     You can also launch the PyGTK GUI for ASCEND by double-clicking on files
43     with the .a4c or .a4l extension. The installer will associate ASCEND with
44     those file extensions.
45    
46     There is not yet a manual for the PyGTK GUI. The 'Help' menu also provides
47     access to the online manual.
48    
49    
50     Running the Tcl/Tk GUI
51     ----------------------
52    
53     The Tcl/Tk GUI can be run from the Start menu.
54    
55     If you didn't select to install start menu shortcuts, you can launch it
56     via
57    
58     c:\Program Files\ASCEND\ascend4.exe
59    
60     The file location will depend on the folder where you chose to install ASCEND.
61    
62     There is no file association for .a4c and .a4l files with the Tcl/Tk GUI.
63    
64     Note that .a4s files are 'scripts' for the Tcl/Tk GUI.
65    
66     A PDF-file manual has been written for the Tcl/Tk GUI and may be downloaded
67     from the ASCEND wiki.
68    
69    
70     If ASCEND Stops Working
71     -----------------------
72    
73     An easy way to break ASCEND is to remove some of the software it depends
74     on in order to work. This includes uninstalling Python, GTK+, Tcl/Tk,
75     PyCairo, PyGObject, PyGTK, IPython, Numpy, Matplotlib and possibly others.
76    
77     The best thing to do in this case is to uninstall ASCEND using the
78     Add/Remove Programs control panel, then attempting to re-install it. At this
79     point, the installer should tell you what components you are missing.
80    
81    
82 jpye 1573 Configuration Settings
83 jpye 1471 ----------------------
84    
85     There are configuration settings in the Windows Registry that the ASCEND
86     PyGTK GUI uses to determine where its files have been installed.
87    
88     There are also per-user settings installed in
89    
90     c:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\.ascend.ini
91    
92     This last file can be edited if you want to add new folders to your
93     ASCENDLIBRARY path, for example if you are building up a collection of your
94     own ASCEND models in a directory of their own.
95    
96     For example:
97    
98     [Directories]
99     librarypath = C:\Program Files\ASCEND\models;C:\Program Files\freesteam\ascend
100    
101     Other settings are also stored in this file. You can delete this file if you
102     to revert to the default settings that ASCEND used when you first installed
103     it.
104    
105     Neither .ascend.ini file nor the Windows Registry are used by the Tcl/Tk
106     version of ASCEND. Instead, a number of files are stored in the 'ascdata'
107     folder within your My Documents folder.
108    
109    
110 jpye 1573 Removing ASCEND from your System
111     --------------------------------
112    
113     The uninstaller for ASCEND can be found in the Start menu and also in the
114     Add/Remove Programs list. In any case, the uninstaller will remove all
115     ASCEND components from your system.
116    
117     NOTE however that when the uninstaller runs, it does NOT remove the
118     dependencies such as Python, PyGTK, GTK+ etc that may have been downloaded
119     and installed by the ASCEND installer when you first installed ASCEND.
120     These additional components will need to be removed by you manually. The
121     reason that they are not automatically removed is that it is not
122     possible to determine whether or not you have other programs installed
123     that also depend on them.
124    
125     Syntax Highlighting for TextPad
126     -------------------------------
127    
128     If you would like to be able to edit ASCEND files using a text edit that
129     provides syntax highlighting support, you can use the editor 'TextPad'
130     available from http://www.textpad.com. If you use TextPad, you can use
131     the syntax file 'ascend.syn' that is installed in c:\Program Files\ASCEND
132     by first copying it to your c:\Program Files\TextPad 5\system folder,
133     and then creating a new 'Document Class' for .a4c and .a4l files, and
134     selecting the 'ascend.syn' syntax file.
135    
136 jpye 1471 --
137     John Pye
138 jpye 1573 4 Aug 2007.

john.pye@anu.edu.au
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