New tools for morphological data management
humphries at MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU
Fri Sep 21 01:28:25 CEST 2001
- From: Roderic D. M. Page
> I'd just like to second Tony's comments on cross platform support.
> There really isn't an excuse in this day and age for not supporting
> multiple platforms. Many people use Windows, but many do not. There is
> a large Mac community in systematics that should be considered, as
> well as some movement to Linux.
Another opinion in support of multi-platform. And while I think
wxWindows is a viable option, I would not exclude Java. Two freeware
Java applications that show the depths of what is possible with Java are
ImageJ (from NIH) and LimeWire (the peer-to-peer file sharing program).
Both include lots of widgets, interface options, and are speedy. ImageJ
is particularly apt as it includes a specification for allowing user
built plugins, which is a great feature for the type of application you
are planning (maybe more than great, practically essential).
University of Texas
P.S. Oh yea, I forgot Mesquite, the "new" generation of MacClade which
is also written in Java and includes a plugin capability.
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