Java Web Start
Java Web Start is a technique for running Java applications in a simple way
by clicking a link in your browser. To start the application using Web Start
you need to have Web Start installed (which is part of Sun's Java Runtime
Environment). Chances are you already have it, try clicking the link
below. If it does not work, follow this link for
instructions on how to download.
The first time you run Testimony this way it will be downloaded to your
computer. Later you can run it without being connected to the Internet, on
Windows machines this is done by finding the Java Web Start application in
your Start menu. From the Web Start application you can also create shortcuts
to Testimony on your desktop or in your Start menu.
If you run Testimony while you are connected to the Internet, it will
automatically check for newer versions of the program and if there are any
they will be downloaded. That way you can always be sure that you are running
the latest version.
To run Testimony using Java Web Start, follow this link.
Without Web Start
If you can't get Web Start to work or don't like it, you can still run
Testimony. Go to the
project download page and get the latest stable version of software
(should be named something like testimony-x.y.zip). Unpack into a directory
of your choice. Try double clicking on the testimony.jar file, hopefully this
starts the application (it depends on your system). If it does not work, read
the install.txt file for instructions of how to run the application form a
shell/command prompt. If that does not work either, visit Sun's Java site for instructions on how to run
Java applications on your system.
Compiling the sources
download page you can also find the complete sources of the application
if you want to compile it yourself. Nothing special is needed, unpacking the
sources and writing something like
javac -source 1.4 org\comics\testimony\*.java
Between regular releases, beta releases are sometimes made. These often
contain features planned for the next release but are also in general less
stable. On the download
page, beta releases are named testimony-x.ybetaz.zip.
You can try out the latest beta release using Java Web Start by following
this link. This will
register a different Web Start application from ordinary Testimony, so it is
possible to have both the latest stable release and the latest beta release
running on your computer.