vZome 6.0 beta

Announcing the beta release of vZome 6.0!

For vZome 6.0, we've redesigned the user experience to be more approachable, understandable, and functional.  We've unified the toolbar and the "tools" panel, with a strong focus on clarity and consistency.  There are more tooltips to help you discover the functions you want.  We think the experience is vastly improved, and we hope you'll agree.

There is more to do (always), but we want to get this in your hands, and hear your comments.  Please share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

vZome 6.0 for Mac OS X

If you want to try vZome 6.0 on Mac OS X, download this ZIP file.  The application is not signed, which means you'll need to use a special gesture to launch vZome.  Hold down the control key and right-click the app to bring up the contextual menu, then select "open" to launch it.  You'll see a security warning, but you should get the option to launch vZome anyway.  This special gesture should only be necessary on the first launch.

vZome 6.0 for Windows 64-bit

If you want to try vZome 6.0 on Windows, download this ZIP file.  It may require you to relax some security restriction in order to download and execute it.  Wherever you run it, it will create a folder looking like this:

vZome-Windows-x64-6.0-build-6

  • jre
  • lib
  • vZome-Windows-x64-6.0.exe

The folder exists because these three parts must stay together.  The “lib” folder contains all the Java code (as JAR files) for vZome, and the “jre” folder contains the Java runtime environment.  The executable puts those together when you launch it.  It should be possible to move the entire folder anywhere you want, and to create a shortcut to the executable.

vZome 6.0 for Linux

For Linux, there is no desktop integration available, no self-contained packaging, and in fact no automated packaging.  Instead, there is a collection of JAR files and a shell script to execute them.  To make use of these, you must have a Java runtime installed, and you must be comfortable with the command line. The Linux distribution is available for download, if you are comfortable with those requirements.