[Jalview-discuss] Tips on installing Jalview on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1)

Geoff Barton gjbarton at dundee.ac.uk
Tue Mar 3 11:03:08 GMT 2015

I just got a Surface Pro 3 tablet and so naturally wanted to install 
Jalview on it.  This is pretty straightforward, but could be confusing 
or offputting for some potential users, so thought I would post the 
list. We'll also put this in a FAQ on the website in due course.

1. If you do the Java webstart option the machine says it does not know 
what to do with the .jnlp file, so sends you to the App store to find an 
app that can open it.  Unfortunately, the "app" it needs (Java)  is not 
in the App store, so you get nowhere.

2. What you have to do is go to www.java.com and install Java first from 
there.  This should go fairly smoothly (it did for me).

3. Once you have Java installed, then click on the Jalview webstart 
option again from the Jalview home page.  For me, Jalview did not start 
up the first time I tried this, but it worked perfectly after I quit and 
tried again.

Jalview is not yet muti-touch-aware, so drag, pinch to zoom etc don't 
work.  Cascading menus also always cascade to the right regardless of 
the settings you make on the tablet for right or left-handed use, so you 
need to select menus with your left hand, or use the stylus left-handed.

We plan to make Jalview fully compatible with tablets and touch in a 
future release.

Happy Jalviewing!


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