S T R U C T O R I Z E R - User Guide

Generally there are two possibilities to install Structorizer onto your PC:

  • Manual installation

Please refer to one of the submenu items for any details about how to proceed for a given operating system.

  • Automatic installation

Let Java Web Start handle the installation process. Simply click on the following link.

In fact the categories "manual" and "automatic" reflect only one aspect of the story:

The "manual installation" actually results in a locally resident application, which can also be used without restrictions in an offline environment. It will not be updated automatically, i.e. to replace it by a newer version of Structorizer will always require manual intervention (you simply overwrite the outdated version by the newer downloaded one). But you may automatically be informed about newer versions available for download if you enable the update search option (which will of course only have an effect while it can achieve online access to the Structorizer home page, which will be tried every time Structorizer is started).

The WebStart installation, in contrast, will always run the most up-to-date version that is available online. The WebStart application will be held in the Java cache, so you can usually still use it offline. But this may not always hold (Java may e.g. locally have been configured always to clear the cache). The WebStart version usually starts a little slower than a locally "installed" Structorizer.

Several local Structorizer instances may coexist on a device, even with a Webstart installation, but they are likely to compete in the file type association, so which of them would open if you double-click a *.nsd file may look like random.

When you use Structorizer the first time on a machine then you are likely to be greeted by the following welcome message offering you the language choice and a beginner's mode:

Welcome dialog with language and mode choice

If you click on the language buttons, you may see the translated welcome message, while the Structorizer menu switches the captions simultaneously in the background:

Welcome dialog translated to German

The lower part of the dialog offers a slightly simplified beginner's mode. The dialog will close with your click on one of the buttons at the bottom. Which way ever you decide, you can always alter the mode via menu "Preferences => Beginner symbol Simplified toolbars?" later on:

Preferences menu 3.27-02 with Simplified toolbars selected