Phylodendron, new software for phylogenetic tree drawing (java)

Don Gilbert gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu
Thu Jan 2 23:12:40 EST 1997


          Phylodendron
          an application for phylogenetic tree drawing 
          version 0.2, beta

Phylodendron is an application for drawing phylogenetic trees, used in
evolutionary biology. It will read tree data in New Hampshire (Newick)
format, then display graphical views of the phylogenetic tree.  Various
options allow you to modify, adorn and edit the tree.   Standard
application functions to save, print, edit and manage preferences are
included.   This program will not estimate nor produce the tree data. 
For that, software such as Phylip, Clustal W, and others may be used.
Phylodendron is available at  

	ftp://iubio.bio.indiana.edu/molbio/java/apps/trees/ 
	http://iubio.bio.indiana.edu/soft/molbio/java/apps/trees/

Please read the help document and readme file for details on how to fetch
and install the application on your computer.

Phylodendron is written as a Java application.   This means that it will
run on most personal computers and workstations as a standard program. 
This application is an enhancement of the Mac Hypercard program "Tree
Draw Deck" released by the author in 1990.

One problem in using this program is that Java is still in preliminary
stages. You currently must fetch and install a Java runtime system to
use it. This can be obtained freely on the Internet. See for example
<http://www.javasoft.com/nav/download/index.html>

Developers will find the source code in the iubio:/molbio/java/source
folders. These files are not needed for running the program. 
Phylodendron is built on the beginnings of an application framework for
Java, which may make it easier to develop new applications. 

Enjoy & let me know what you think of it
- Don


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