Instructions for Installing the "Water Vapor Imagery and Potential Vorticity Analysis"

VISITview Teletraining Lesson

(Updated: 24 January 2008)

In order to install this VISITview lesson, you will need to create a new directory on your local computer hard drive, download a self extracting, compressed file (an 'exe' file) into this new directory, and then execute (run) this file in order to extract the data and program files.

  1. create a directory on your computer to hold this lesson.  For example, open a Command Prompt window and type:

  2.        cd \
           mkdir visit
           cd visit
           mkdir wv_pv
           cd wv_pv

    You can also do this using the Windows Explorer  or My Computer.

  3. get the self-extracting file (it is about 212 MB in size) by aiming your Web browser at either of the following locations:



  5. be sure to put this file into the same directory  you created in step 1.

  7. to extract all the image and program files, just run the wv_pv_2008jan18.exe file by either:
  8.                                             OR
This completes the installation.  To test the lesson installation, first open the "Display" Control Panel and make sure your Settings for the Display is at least 800 x 600 pixels or larger; then start the "local version" of the lesson by clicking on the


filename from My Computer  or Windows Explorer, or open a Command Prompt window, and type:

              cd \visit\wv_pv

To begin the actual "live" instructor-led teletraining lesson, type visit from within the visit\wv_pv directory. During the lesson, if a message "Communications problem - restart" appears at the bottom of the window, then you will need to close out that window (double click over the "X" icon in the upper right corner of the ViewClient window), and then enter the visitlocal command again.

In the Command Prompt window where you entered the visitlocal command, you will see various communications message appearing; for the most part, you should ignore these.


The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) software is now included in the wv_pv_2008jan18.exe file -- if you are using a Windows NT/95/98 system, it is no longer necessary to install the JRE beforehand (if you have already installed JRE on your Windows system, this will not present a conflict with the Water Vapor lesson).

If you are using a MacOS X/Linux/Unix system, you may need to install the JRE software on your local computer...see the JRE instructions page. To begin the VISITview lesson, use the command




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