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2.0 Starting the IDV for the first time using Java Webstart
Java Web Start is an application-deployment technology from Sun Microsystems that downloads all necessary software for an application and then starts the application with a single click in your Web browser.

One advantage of Web Start is that it will install the program on the first download and will automatically check for updates and retrieve new versions on subsequent start-ups. New releases of the IDV are common, so this can save you the trouble of manually retrieving new versions.

Web Start has a disadvantage that you have to first install Web Start. Web Start is included in the latest (1.4.2) releases of Java for Windows, OS-X, Linux and Solaris. Follow the instructions on the link above for your specific platform.

ITC has a web page to help you download and start the IDV with Web Start:

Installing the IDV using Webstart
  1. Open a Internet browser window (if you do not have one open already) and change to the following url:

  2. Scroll to the download section "Download the ITC-IDV" and click on the bold link entitled: Latest release. Click here to start loading the latest release of IDV (nightly build) using JAVA Webstart (JAVA Runtime 6.x)

    You should see a Java Webstart splash screen like this:

    #!/bin/sh
    
    dirname=`dirname $0`
    command="java -Xmx512m -jar idv.jar $*"
        
    Webstart

    If not, your computer is missing the Java Webstart feature. In that case first install the JAVA Runtime Environment (for Windows 32-bit JRE 6.x).

  3. Hereafter you should see a Java Webstart download progress screen:

    #!/bin/sh
    
    dirname=`dirname $0`
    command="java -Xmx512m -jar idv.jar $*"
        
    Webstart Progress Screen

    The IDV has various software components which are downloaded in this process from various servers around the world. The core of the ITC-IDV is retrieved from Unidata, so we strongly urge you to register with them so they are aware of you as an IDV user.

  4. When the IDV starts for the first time, you will see 3 windows:
  5. Now we are ready to explore the user interface.

 


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