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How can I run Geomview on Windows?

Geomview requires a Unix-alike environment to run. There are a number of different ways to provide a Unix-alike environment in Windows that Geomview can run in. Instructions for installing Geomview on Windows are available.

Why is there no native version of Geomview for Windows 95/98/NT/2000?

This is probably the most common question that people ask about Geomview. It's a natural one, considering the overwhelming dominance of the Windows platform.

The answer is that at the time Geomview was developed, Unix was the primary platform for any sort of serious 3D graphics work. In recent years that situation has obviously changed. Porting Geomview to Windows is a project that would probably take several person-months of work, and it's simply a matter of finding the resources to do that work. The Geometry Center, which funded the initial development of Geomview, is now closed, after the NSF canceled funding for The Geometry Center.

Will there ever be a native version of Geomview for Windows?

It depends on whether anyone is willing to contribute to its development --- either a programmer willing and able to do the work for free, or a company or some other organization willing to pay a programmer to do it.

If you are able to contribute to Geomview or you are interested in seeing a Windows version of Geomview and have resources (especially money) that you can devote to it, please send a note to the geomview-users mailing list, and one of the Geomview developers will get in touch with you.

If you're a programmer and want to work on it yourself, visit the Geomview project page at http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/geomview to get the latest version of the Geomview source tree, and have at it!

 
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