A user interface is provided both at the level of the 'Spider GUI' window and the 'Spider' rendering
window (for details on the two windows, refer to the Screen
Shot given in the results section). Descriptions of the commands and mouse clicks which control each of these areas can be
found in the following sections:
Version 2 of the Spider simulation program contains all
the functionality of version 1, as well as some additional functionality
discussed in the extended
features section of this report.
The software prerequisites for running the application are that you have Windows 98 or above installed
on your system. This is because the OpenGL libraries were not shipped with Microsoft Windows until
a later release of Windows 95. The main executable is named 'spider_gui.exe'. To start the application simply
click on this executable and the application should begin.
Included in the application download are the following data files:
These files are needed for full functionality of the spider GUI components.
The next list contains all libraries that are needed in order to run the spider.exe
application standalone (they are also included in the application download). Most of these libraries
were found packaged with Matlab 6p1 in the following directory: $MATLAB6p1_path\bin\win32
(with a few exceptions: cellnum.dll can be found under $MATLAB6p1_path\toolbox\matlab\datatypes,
glut32.dll can be downloaded from
cmex.dll is part of this application and is a MEX-file.)