Vis-Tools, like many visualization systems, makes relatively high demands on your computer and video graphics processor (GPU).
Vis-Tools is only tested on the Microsoft Windows platform. It may work on Linux and MacOS, but its use on those operating systems is not supported by IDM.
- Hardware-accelerated WebGL
- 2 GB RAM
- Discrete nVidia or AMD video graphics accelerator
- Hardware-accelerated WebGL2
- 4 GB RAM
One quick way to see if your computer has hardware-accelerated WebGL is to run the Chrome web browser and navigate to chrome://gpu. In the Graphics Feature Status section, look for WebGL and WebGL2.
- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera web browser
Using Vis-Tools standalone¶
To run Vis-Tools on your local computer, there are a few additional prerequisites for operation of Vis-Tools. If you are already running EMOD, you likely already meet the requirements.
- Python 2.7.11+ or 3.6.3+ with Python in your PATH environment variable
Install Python 3.6. See https://www.python.org/downloads/release/python-366/ for instructions.
- In the Customize Python dialog box, verify that Add python.exe to PATH is selected to add Python to the PATH environment variable on your computer.
Open a Command Prompt window and type the following to verify installation:
The Python package manager, pip, is installed as part of Python 3.6 and is used to install other software packages.
Supported web browsers¶
Vis-Tools supports the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera web browsers, although it has been most extensively tested on Google Chrome. These browsers can be obtained via the following links.