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Wasmer Consulting NMPlot User's Guide Getting Started
To take full advantage of NMPlot, your computer should meet the following minimum requirements.
Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP or later
Monitor - Resolution of at least 1024 x 768
Hard Drive Space - 20 MB
Visit the NMPlot web page, http://wasmerconsulting.com/nmplot.htm, to download the latest version of NMPlot.
If desired, you can subscribe to the mailing list, and be notified by e-mail when new versions of NMPlot are released. See the NMPlot web page for additional information.
NMPlot is distributed as a self-extracting WinZip file. Installation consists of nothing more than uncompressing the NMPlot files and copying them onto your hard drive. To install NMPlot, follow these steps.
Go the the NMPlot web site, http://wasmerconsulting.com/nmplot.htm, and click on the Download NMPlot link. A file named install_nmplot.exe will be transferred to your computer.
From Windows Explorer or My Computer, find the file install_nmplot.exe and double-click on it. The Installing NMPlot dialog box appears.
In the Unzip To Folder text box, type the name of the directory where you wish to install NMPlot. Press the Browse button to display the Browse for Folder dialog box, which allows you to select an existing directory.
Press the Unzip button. The NMPlot files are copied to your hard disk. NMPlot is now installed.
The file install_nmplot.exe is no longer needed. Delete it if you wish.
To upgrade to a later version of NMPlot, simply perform a normal installation, noting these points.
If NMPlot is running, close it before performing an upgrade.
Install NMPlot to the same directory that NMPlot was previously installed to.
On the Installing NMPlot dialog box, make sure the Overwrite Files Without Prompting box is checked.
All NMPlot configuration information is stored in the file NMPlot.cfg. This file will not be overwritten when you install later versions. Therefore, your configuration will be preserved.
The NMPlot installer does not make any hidden changes to your computer. In particular, it does not install any files in the Windows or System directories, and does not modify the registry. To uninstall NMPlot, simply use Windows Explorer or My Computer to delete the directory where NMPlot is installed.
To start NMPlot, follow these steps.
Using Windows Explorer or My Computer, navigate to the folder where NMPlot is installed.
Double-click on the NMPlot icon, , labeled NMPlot.exe.
To verify that NMPlot is functioning correctly, you can open the sample files. Follow these steps.
Choose Open from the File menu. The standard Microsoft Windows dialog box for opening files is displayed. Familiarity with the use of this dialog box is assumed.
Navigate to the directory where NMPlot is installed, and open the file Sample Plot - Map Overlay.nmp. A sample plot is displayed, showing contours over a background map.
If desired, repeat the previous two steps and open the other sample files. List of NMPlot Files briefly describes the sample files.
Press the F1 key at any time to access NMPlot's extensive online help system. Press Ctrl + F1 to display the NMPlot User's Guide table of contents. Accessing Help discusses the help system in detail.
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