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1 jpye 1471 README for Windows Users
2     ========================
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.
9     For more information about and support for ASCEND, consult our home page:
10     http://ascend.cheme.cmu.edu/
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
18     Running ASCEND
19     --------------
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.
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.
30 jpye 2151 If you've had any problem with getting either of the two GUIs up and running
31     it may be worth reviewing the prerequisites list on our Wiki at
32 jpye 1471
33 jpye 2151 http://ascendwiki.cheme.cmu.edu/Prerequisites_for_Windows
35     In some cases, download/install of components may have failed during
36     installation. One know case where this occurs is for people who are using
37     their computer from behind an HTTP proxy. Our current installer is not
38     set up for that use-case, and you should manually install all prerequisites
39     before attempting to install ASCEND.
42 jpye 1471 Running the PyGTK GUI
43     ---------------------
45     ASCEND can be launched from the Start menu. If you didn't choose to install
46     the Start menu shortcuts, you can run ASCEND using
48     c:\Python25\pythonw.exe c:\Program Files\ASCEND\ascend
50     The location of 'pythonw.exe' and 'ascend' may be different depending on
51     where you installed Python and where you installed ASCEND.
53     You can also launch the PyGTK GUI for ASCEND by double-clicking on files
54     with the .a4c or .a4l extension. The installer will associate ASCEND with
55     those file extensions.
57     There is not yet a manual for the PyGTK GUI. The 'Help' menu also provides
58     access to the online manual.
61     Running the Tcl/Tk GUI
62     ----------------------
64     The Tcl/Tk GUI can be run from the Start menu.
66     If you didn't select to install start menu shortcuts, you can launch it
67     via
69     c:\Program Files\ASCEND\ascend4.exe
71     The file location will depend on the folder where you chose to install ASCEND.
73     There is no file association for .a4c and .a4l files with the Tcl/Tk GUI.
75     Note that .a4s files are 'scripts' for the Tcl/Tk GUI.
77     A PDF-file manual has been written for the Tcl/Tk GUI and may be downloaded
78     from the ASCEND wiki.
81     If ASCEND Stops Working
82     -----------------------
84     An easy way to break ASCEND is to remove some of the software it depends
85     on in order to work. This includes uninstalling Python, GTK+, Tcl/Tk,
86     PyCairo, PyGObject, PyGTK, IPython, Numpy, Matplotlib and possibly others.
88     The best thing to do in this case is to uninstall ASCEND using the
89     Add/Remove Programs control panel, then attempting to re-install it. At this
90     point, the installer should tell you what components you are missing.
93 jpye 1573 Configuration Settings
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96     There are configuration settings in the Windows Registry that the ASCEND
97     PyGTK GUI uses to determine where its files have been installed.
99     There are also per-user settings installed in
101     c:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\.ascend.ini
103     This last file can be edited if you want to add new folders to your
104     ASCENDLIBRARY path, for example if you are building up a collection of your
105     own ASCEND models in a directory of their own.
107     For example:
109     [Directories]
110     librarypath = C:\Program Files\ASCEND\models;C:\Program Files\freesteam\ascend
112     Other settings are also stored in this file. You can delete this file if you
113     to revert to the default settings that ASCEND used when you first installed
114     it.
116     Neither .ascend.ini file nor the Windows Registry are used by the Tcl/Tk
117     version of ASCEND. Instead, a number of files are stored in the 'ascdata'
118     folder within your My Documents folder.
121 jpye 1573 Removing ASCEND from your System
122     --------------------------------
124     The uninstaller for ASCEND can be found in the Start menu and also in the
125     Add/Remove Programs list. In any case, the uninstaller will remove all
126     ASCEND components from your system.
128     NOTE however that when the uninstaller runs, it does NOT remove the
129     dependencies such as Python, PyGTK, GTK+ etc that may have been downloaded
130     and installed by the ASCEND installer when you first installed ASCEND.
131     These additional components will need to be removed by you manually. The
132     reason that they are not automatically removed is that it is not
133     possible to determine whether or not you have other programs installed
134     that also depend on them.
136     Syntax Highlighting for TextPad
137     -------------------------------
139     If you would like to be able to edit ASCEND files using a text edit that
140     provides syntax highlighting support, you can use the editor 'TextPad'
141     available from http://www.textpad.com. If you use TextPad, you can use
142     the syntax file 'ascend.syn' that is installed in c:\Program Files\ASCEND
143     by first copying it to your c:\Program Files\TextPad 5\system folder,
144     and then creating a new 'Document Class' for .a4c and .a4l files, and
145     selecting the 'ascend.syn' syntax file.
147 jpye 1471 --
148     John Pye
149 jpye 1573 4 Aug 2007.

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