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Installing Java and JWildfire

The Definitive Guide to Fractal Awesomeness with JWildFire! The few simple steps needed to get started on your JWildfire journey...

JWildfire Editor with Brainiac Fractal.jpg

Checking Your Java version, Downloading and Installing Java

Getting Started with JWildfire Fractal ART and Animation Software.

Checking what version of Java you have installed.

In this section we'll be taking you through the Installation of the Java Operating Environment Software (if you don't have it, or need to update your current version).

Then we'll help you download and install the Freeware Fractal Art and Animation software called JWildfire (JWF), created by Andreas Maschke.

By the time you finish reading through this part of the Manual...

We'll take you by the hand and...

Very soon You'll be able to create Stunning Images in a few minutes just by clicking a couple of buttons!

The best part is... You own the images you create and the copyright is yours... You could even sell your fractal images and make some money.

Don't think that's possible huh?

Fair enough, just read on and let us help you prove it to yourself...

J-WildFire runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computers and require Java version 6, minimum, (preferably version 8 - currently) to be installed on your system. In this part of the manual we will be illustrating how to set up a Windows system. If you are on a Mac or Linux machine, further info can easily be obtained via Google for your platform, if you have any questions. To get started just go here: Check Your Java Version.

Upon arrival, the website will check if you have the latest version of Java installed and if not, get you the free download.

If you know you don't yet have Java installed you can go here instead: Download Free Java Software.

If you have any problems with the automated check etc. or are on Solaris or Linux you can go here: Java Downloads for All Operating Systems.

For Mac users: Apple supplies their own version of Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.

Verifying Your Java Version

Download Java

If you haven't got the latest version installed you'll get a message like this.

Click on "Download Java Now".

The Screen You'll see if there's a Newer Version available

That brings you to the Download Page...

Click on: "Agree and Start your Free Download".

Start Download of Java

Click on Save File...

Save the file somewhere suitable on your system... this could be on your desktop or wherever you like.

Click on "Save File"

Running the Installer.

Once you have finished downloading, just Double click on the downloaded file in the Download Manager window, or where you normally save download files.

You may have to Confirm that you want to "Run" the installer in order to start the installation. Then follow the instructions to Install.

NOTE: You may need to restart (close and re-open) your browser to enable the Java installation in your browser. (Once installed, Java runs both "Stand Alone" and in your Browser when needed).

Click on "Run" to start the installation

The Setup Progress will display... Followed by a Success Message when finished.

This process will not take more than a couple of minutes.

Java Installation Progress

Verify that everything is working fine...

This step isn't strictly necessary but I'm including the link for this in any case... just in case you have any problems.

Also, since the process only takes a couple of seconds, you might as well do it just to make sure!

Java Verification Test

If you have any problems there are also some helpful links on that page.


Optional but IMPORTANT!

IF you are running a 64 bit version of Windows (e.g. Windows 10) you must also download and install the 64 bit version of Java on your PC! JWildfire will need this to run in 64 bit mode (huge speed difference etc.).

You still need the 32 bit version in order to stay compatible with 32 bit applications (e.g. certain browsers etc.), so you do need both versions of Java.

The Link to download this or Java for other Operating systems and hardware such as a Mac is here:

Java Downloads for All Operating Systems

Installing 64 bit Version of Java, as well as the 32 bit version!

That's It! Time to Install JWildfire

Downloading and Installing JWildfire

How to Download and Install JWildFire

Now it's time to Download and Install JWildFire... This is very simple...

Future updates are also easy to install by following the same download instructions!

Go to Andreas Maschke's Blog: JWildfire Downloads

Select the topmost (IzPack installer) or (*.zip-archive) file link (the latest version) below the: "Available ZIP files for Java 6 (includes launcher)" heading... The (IzPack installer) is the self running option, which is the simplest method to use but we are also covering the Manual Unzip Option in detail further down, in case you prefer that.

Using the "Installer" a *.jar (Java application) file version of the zip files, is very very simple and covered below!

Feel Free to Use either method.

To download, just click on the correct link and Save the file to a suitable location on your Hard Disk.

The Official JWildfire Blog and the Download page

Using the Installer (NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE! Please follow Instructions further down, for the Zip version).

The easiest way to install JWildfire these days, is to use the Java based izPack installer. A hidden benefit using this is that since it uses Java, it will be a good test to check that Java is properly installed too.

Simply download the "IzPack installer" version. To start the installer just double click on the "jwildfire-installer-N.nn.jar" file.

The illustration below, covers all the following steps!

The first thing you'll see is a Language selector... This only affects the installation procedure! Select OK to continue.

Next you'll see a Welcome screen... Just Select "Next" to continue.

An Information box comes next... Again select "Next" to continue.

Now you need to select your Target Path... For simplicity, use the suggested one (that way upgrades will also be installed without fuss, to the same default folder) but if you want to, you can browse to a different location instead. Click on "Next".

If you don't have the directory already created, the installer will create it for you. On the other hand if you are upgrading an existing installation of JWildfire into the same directory, the installer will ask you to confirm that you want to overwrite existing files. If so select Yes.

Next you get to pick whether you want to install the optional JWildfire applet. This is a bit like a stand-alone and simplified version of the Interactive Render Module. It only has two Options "Create next" (to start rendering a new random flame) and "To Clipboard" which copies the parameters used in the current Flame to the text clipboard so that you can either open JWildfire and use the "From clipboard" option to import it... Or just paste it into a text document using Notepad or similar and save it with a ".flame" file extension instead of ".txt". That means that you can load it later into JWildfire.

When you click "Next" this time, the installation starts.

All that remains once the installation is finished is to create Shortcuts. Select what you need here and make sure to remember to create a desktop shortcut if you want one. (In the following section there's also a manual shortcut creation description, if you need it.)

Once that's all done... You're ready to Rock and Roll!

The process is illustrated below.

You can skip the following sections, which covers manually unzipping and "installing" JWildfire.

Using the Izpack based Installer

Unzip the Zip file. (CURRENTLY -Feb 2016- This is the standard way of "installing" JWildfire!)

When you unzip the archive you can just direct the files and folders to be created in a suitable folder on your system (or you can Unzip to a temporary directory and copy/move the files from there afterwards).

Below we're showing you how you can Navigate to for example: "C:\Program Files" and by adding a suitable folder name like "J-Wildfire" (note the "\" before the name of the folder I want to create and install the files in), to the end of the "Destination path", we're asking the Unzip program to create the folder called "J-Wildfire" for us and copy all files and folders into it.

You can call the JWildfire folder whatever you like and put it anywhere on your system.

Another option is to first Unzip the JWildfire software files to a separate "JWildfire downloads" folder, where you could keep the last few software updates (in separate folders) and other resources not directly needed to run the software. Once unzipped all you have to do is copy all files and folders from inside the newly created folder for the version you just unzipped. Then paste these files into a suitable program folder which you can create yourself... then follow along below. (This is also a very good way to apply upgrades to the software. - Note that you would have to answer "Yes" when the move/copy or unzip function asks you to confirm overwriting of old files with the same names in your JWildfire program folder).

Unzip the Zip file

The J-Wildfire folder is created and files copied into it.

Once the files have been unzipped (a few seconds later) we're nearly done!

Since the software is not installed in a traditional way (no long winded installation routine)... there is no Start up Icon created on your Desktop! So we'll create a shortcut to the "JWildfire.exe" file and put that on the desktop. (The file is of the type "Application").

N.B. If your system is set up to "Hide file extensions" the file will only show up as "JWildfire" since the file extension ".exe" will be hidden!

This process may be a bit different if you are using a non-Windows system! Please refer to google or your system manuals if you don't know how to get this done.

Open your "File Manager", "My Computer" or "Explorer" and Navigate to the Folder you just created.

To create an Application Shortcut to JWildfire, begin by Right Click and Dragging the "JWildfire.exe" file (don't let go of the Right Mouse Button!)... Then Drag the icon of the file out of the File Manager onto the Desktop...

Creating a Shortcut to JWildfire - Step 1

Creating the Shortcut.

When you have dragged the "JWildfire.exe" icon to a suitable location... Let go of the Right Mouse Button!

Select the "Create Shortcuts Here" option.

The new Shortcut is ready!

Creating a Shortcut to JWildfire - Step 2

Using The Shortcut.

Now you have created a shortcut to the "JWildfire.exe" file. This will be the icon we use to start the software.

The "JWildfire.exe" icon is linked to the executable JWildfire Launcher and will start up the software when double clicked.

So instead of having to go to the folder and double clicking on this program file every time we want to start the software, we have just created a "Shortcut" on the desktop that provides a direct link to the file instead.

Shortcut Done!

Ta da!

We're ready to go have some serious FUN!

There you go... we're done messing about now...

It's time to go and find out how you can become a Serious Artist with just a couple of clicks!

Double Click on the Icon you just created to start up JWildfire...

Double Click to Start JWildfire!