An Image Analysis & Software Development Environment

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General Installation Instructions

A. Download Required Files

  • The standard edition of NeatVision requires the JRE and JAI only (Recommend download)
  •  Installation of the developer plug-in will require you to upgrade the JRE to the JDK. As the JDK compiler is not backward compatible and is frequently modified , we have restricted developers interface to a specific version of the Java - i.e. JDK 1.3.X


Download the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.4.X (or JDK (Java Developers Kit) 1.3.X). You will also need to download JAI (Java Advanced Imaging) 1.X. These are available from Sun Microsystems at the following locations.

  • JRE 1.4.X (External Link). . The J2SE Java Runtime Environment (JRE) allows end-users to run Java applications.This is required for the standard version of NeatVision. Recommend download. (e.g. j2re-1_4_2_09-windows-i586-p.exe)
  • JAI 1.X (External Link). Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) API. This is required for both the standard (JRE) and developers (JDK) version of NeatVision. (e.g. for the standard installation use jai-1_1_X-lib-windows-i586-jre.exe)
  • Download NeatVision Standard Edition from the NeatVision site if this has not already been done. NeatVision is distributed as a ".jar" file. The contents of this file should not be extracted, any attempt to do this will cause NeatVision to cease functioning,
  • JDK 1.3.X SDK (External Link).   Developers version only.The J2SE Software Development Kit (SDK) which supports creating J2SE applications. This is required for the developers version of NeatVision. This is no longer updated and will be replaced by a new developers interface at a later date. (e.g. j2sdk-1_3_1_16-windows-i586.exe)
  • To activate the developers version, you will need the developers update file (release_x_x/developer.jar).
    • To install this please close down NeatVision and place developer.jar in the classpath. It should be activated the next time you start NeatVision. (Also be sure to download the latest version of neatvision.jar).
    • e.g. ..\bin\java.exe -classpath ..\neatvision\neatvision.jar; ..\neatvision\developer.jar NeatVision

See Installing
NeatVision.pdf for more details

B. Check FAQ Notes:

Standard Edition:
  • Please ensure that the JAI is placed in the same path as the JRE. This only becomes an issue if you have multiple versions of Java on your machine (the default is that JAI will place itself in the most recent version of the Java). 
  • Assuming the JRE has been installed in C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_09 and the NeatVision jar file is in D:\NV, then the following single line command will enable NeatVision to run from D:\NV.
"C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_09\bin\java.exe" -classpath D:\NV\neatvision.jar NeatVision
  • The NeatVision argument must have a capital 'N' and 'V'.
  • Paths may need to be updated to reflect your installation.
  • Stack overflow error: To increase the stack size to 64 Mb and thus eliminate this problem please include the following additions: -Xmx64M -Xms64M (-mx64M -ms64M for Unix). 

  • e.g. ..\bin\java.exe -Xmx64M -Xms64M -classpath ..\neatvision\neatvision.jar;..\neatvision\developer.jar NeatVision 

    If you need to increase the stack size further then change the size option accordingly.
  • If the developers viersion / JDK is required, install JDK 1.3.X
  • Bug reports to 


Solaris/Linux Download Instructions

Download & install the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) v1.X and Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) v1.X from Sun Microsystems. These packages must be installed by a superuser.

  • Java 2 Standard Edition v1.X. *Requires JDC login
  • Java Advanced Imaging v1.X 
  • Download NeatVision 

Unix Installation Instructions

Set the following environment variables according to your specific system setup.

set NEATVISION_HOME = /usr/neatvision
set JAVA_HOME = /usr/local/j2se/jre/bin

Execute NeatVision using the following command line. It may be useful to create an alias for this.

$JAVA_HOME/java -classpath .:$NEATVISION_HOME/neatvision.jar NeatVision

Download the NeatVision icon for your desktop.

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