Please see the Installing the IDV section for alternative way of installing the IDV before starting. This is for JRE's on operating systems that at the time of writing do not supporting JAVA Webstart (i.e. Apple Tiiger OS)
IDV for the first time
The first time we launch the IDV Webstart link (aka JNLP), the IDV software components will be downloaded and installed automatically. For obvious reason a Internet connection is needed to download the software which totals to roughly 40 mb. Hereafter, you can start IDV in offline-mode without the need for an active Internet connection. Remote data can only be accessed if your computer is connected to the Internet. For this workshop associated materials are available for offline use of the IDV.
In this section, you will learn the basic concepts for using the IDV Graphical User Interface (GUI).