Getting Started Building VISITview Lessons
6/4/99 (rev 4/16/2007)
Before getting started with VISITview, please review the
terminology of the components of a lesson (particularly,
"page" and "frame")
- If you are not running on Windows, you may need to
first download a copy of the Java Runtime Environment. Please
refer to this page for more
Please have a look at the overview of the
controls, etc. of the Lesson Builder.
- Then, get a copy of the How To
Make a VISITview Lesson lesson (it's an audio+annotation
recording, so you'll need a machine with a sound card). Play this lesson as
an introduction to VISITview....then...
When you're ready to work with the software, you need to get a
copy of the package.
- If you're running on Windows, just get
this auto-install file, put it into a
temporary place and run it. You will be guided through
installing the Lesson Builder. This process will create a folder
and put shortcuts there for the most common tools.
- If you are not running Windows, then:
- create a directory on your machine that will hold the essential
tools for developing all your lessons. chdir (ch) to that
Next, download and unzip the
visitpack.zip file from
this site. After you unzip (unpack) it, your directory
will be populated with VISITview core routines and the
Java Runtime Environment for Windows.
Then you should go through the
on-line tutorial, which shows you how create a lesson using the VISITview
In the VISITview installation directory is a text file named default.properties.
This is a list of default values used by the Lesson Builder whenever you construct a new
lesson, and you may change any of the values to suit your needs.
Note, if you need to customize the 'viewmaster.html' file, you must currently
do it after an initial creation since the "new lesson" template is built-in.
If you find you need to do this, please let us know so we can
consider putting this into the Lesson Builder!
After you have then saved your lesson into a ZIP file, you may edit
it or build a completely different lesson.
Important note: Lessons created with the VISITview Lesson Builder
are put into ZIP files using mixed compression modes; you must be using
WinZIP version 6.4 or later (or Info-Zip 5.32  or later) in order
to work with these files outside of the Lesson Builder environment...
Other important note: Do NOT use GIF images that contain a
transparent background - this will have undersireable
effects on the display!
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