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This is what should come up on your screen at first, if you are using supported a browser, a supported operating system, and the appropriate Java. Keep scrolling down to see what is supported and what is not supported, what you are missing, and how to get what you need (free).


Getting Started - Hardware and Software Requirments for Inxight StarTree™

If you are using older hardware or software, check the notes below before giving up or getting angry.

Here's what you appear to be running at this moment:
 (if nothing is listed then you do not have JavaScript installed or enabled!)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR STARTREE™ VISUALIZATIONS (from the Inxight.com homepage)
Java API (Version 3.1)
  • Pentium or higher (or Mac/UNIX/etc. equivalent)
  • 133 MHz or faster
  • At least 32 MB RAM
  • Java compiler compatible with JDK 1.1 or 1.4.
Operating Systems, Browsers, and Compilers
 SupportedQuestionably SupportedNot Supported
PCWindows 2000, 2003, 7, XP (latest service packs only) with Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0
using browsers Internet Explorer, Firefox or Mozilla with Java Plug-In v.1.6. It works with VISTA using Firefox on the one computer we had to test. We have not tested VISTA with any other browsers.
Must disable pop-up blocker!!
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Opera does not work on the machines we tested.
  • MACOS 10.3.9 or OS 10.4.5 (TIGER) with Mac Java Plug-In v.1.6 - using the following browsers
  • Safari - must disable pop-up blocker and "allow cookies"
  • Firefox - must disable pop-up blocker
    NOTE: use Firefox, NOT Mozilla, although I have had problems with Firefox crashing on my MAC.
    For best results, use SAFARI

  • Camino worked on the machines we tested with the latest operating system and updated Java, but we have not tested it on older operating systems.

    Mozilla has worked on some machines, not on others. We have not been able to determine why it is so picky.

    Nor have we been able to determine why Firefox has been crashing our MACs.
  • OS 9.1, or earlier systems. We have not been able to check it with a computer with OS 9.2.2, but it probably will not display.
  • OS 10.2.x using the Classic mode (OS 9 mode) using Internet Explorer ver. 5.1.7.
  • OS 10.2.8. on a G4 MAC using Internet Explorer version 5.2.2, or Mozilla, or Safari.
  • OS 10.4 - freeware version.
  • Internet Explorer is apparently no longer supported by MAC OS 10.xxx operating systems; therefore, we strongly urge you to use Safari. (If you want to try Firefox, see bottom of page on how to download it free).
  • Opera does not work on the machines we tested.
  • Misc. OS Solaris 8, 9 with GNU C++2.95.2
    RedHat Linux ES 3.2 on Intel with GNU C++2.95.2
    with current browsers and Java Plug-In (according to Inxight, not tested by us).
    Works on the Linux machines on which we have tried it, but we are told that there are many versions of Linux around. All we can state is that it works on our Linux computers. 

    REQUIREMENT for All Systems - Java Plug-In

    This program requires a later or the latest Java plug-in for your browser. If you need a Java plug-in, download the appropriate plug-in for your system. Then you should be able to see and navigate on the StarTree™ Phylogeny of the Orchidaceae, but observe the notes in above and below.

    SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE FOUND THAT CERTAIN VERSIONS OF JAVA DO NOT SUPPORT THE STARTREE™ SOFTWARE - YOU MUST USE THE LATER OR LATEST VERSIONS OF JAVA - SEE ABOVE FOR SUPPORTED VERSIONS. WE ARE WORKING ON FIXES, BUT IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS VIEWING THE HYPERBOLIC TREE, PLEASE LET US KNOW. WE HOPE TO HAVE ALL BUGS FIXED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

    About Pop-Up Blockers

    IMPORTANT: If you have your browser set to block pop-up windows, many features will not work. We assume you have the ability to disable this feature for your browser. Some windows open very fast (such as in SAFARI), so check for open windows that might be hidden if something does not appear to be there. You need to go up to the WINDOW tab in SAFARI to see what windows are open. Some operating systems take longer than others to load Java.

    Nothing's Happening After a Minute ???

    IF THE PAGE DOES NOT LOAD WITHIN A MINUTE, YOU PROBABLY NEED A NEWER VERSION OF JAVA OR YOU MIGHT HAVE AN UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM. SEE ABOVE AND END OF PAGE FOR LINKS TO DOWNLOAD JAVA.

    Once You are Ready ...

    Now that you have gone through the notes and know what should work for you (or what will cause a great deal of frustration), the following shows you what you could see if you updated your system.


    This is what would come up on your screen at first. Keep scrolling down to see what you are missing.


    You could increase font size and get this screen by clicking on the large letter A (the one with the up and down red triangles to its right) on the lower tool bar.


    You hold your cursor on a node and pull it to have the tree expand.


    And you can continue to expand the tree to see nodes of interest.


    And expand even more.


    And go to nodes with links, although only two have links at this stage. That is one thing we want to do with this proposal, have lots of links.


    And if you had the necessary updates (most of which are free - except for the operating system - see near the bottom for links) you could go to the node for Stan. panamensis and then go to the image of the type specimen by double clicking on the name.


    And here is the type specimen, which has opened in a new window - don't forget to disable your pop-up blocker.


    And you can zoom in on this image - this has only taken it to 25%.


    Then you can go back and look at other interesting clades, such as this portion of the Oncidiinae.


    Or, if you had gone to the GENERA OF ORCHIDACEAE link you could see and work with this.


    Which will expand nicely.



    And expand, as into the Oncidiinae.


    Or you could search for a genus by using the search module in the lower tool bar- in this case searching for Maxillaria, which is found by the small red diamond in the upper left portion of the tree at about 11 o'clock.


    And as you expand the tree, you find Maxillaria coming up in the subtribe Maxillariinae of the tribe Cymbidieae.


    And then you get to the genus. Eventually, each of these will link to photos, herbarium specimens, literature, etc.


    Then go back and look at other nodes.


    Or whatever interests you.


    So now it is time to update that system so you can see the nice things that can be done with hyperbolic trees. Here are links for you to update your Java (which you can get for free here - this site will check your version to see if you need to update your Java - just click on Verify Installation at the right end of the Download Now line), or Java plug-in, or browser (you can also get Firefox free), or operating system - you will probably have to purchase the latest operating system - they are in business to make money. Once you have updated everything, then you can take a look at what you had missed, although now in dynamic form.


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