Sunday, June 06, 2010

Nexus Data Editor running on Mac OS X

In an earlier post I expressed my amazement that my venerable Nexus Data Editor (NDE) still had users, meaning I had to rebuild the installer so users could install NDE on Windows Vista. Now, Thomas Hauser has gone one better and created an installer for Mac OS X. Given that NDE is a Windows-only program, this is quite a feat. Thomas uses Mike Kroenenberg's (@k3erg) WineBottler to create a version of NDE that can be run on a Mac. WineBottler builds on Wine, which enables Windows software to run on Unix-like operating systems.

To run NDE on a Mac, first download WineBottler from and install. Then grab the file NDE.dmg Thomas has created. Install the file NDE in your Applications file and run it. Note that you will need X11 installed on your Mac. If you don't have this it should be on the installation disk that came with your computer. After a short pause you should see NDE appear in a X11 window. Below is a screen shot showing NDE editing the example file (Bembidion.nex) that comes with the program:

Many thanks to Thomas for his efforts in packaging NDE with Winebottler, and for making available the NDE.dmg file he created.