Windows Installation of FLUDViz


The Windows implementation of FLUDViz is distributed as a self installing executable file created with Inno Setup. It has was designed to work on any 32-bit MS Windows platform, and has been tested on Windows 95, 98, NT 4, and 2000. Source code is also available in a separate download. FLUDViz -
  • requires GLUT/Tk for communication between the OpenGL graphics window and the Tcl/Tk control window.
  • reads the same file formats as the Unix implementation. Perl and LinkLint, which is shareware, are required if you want to generate input files on your PC, but they are not needed to view the files generated elsewhere.
  • invokes OpenGL and WGL (Windows GL extensions). Windows 95 users need to install Service Pack 1 in order to have the required OpenGL support. Windows 2000 users need to install an accelerated OpenGL driver for their video card because of problems with the Microsoft software implementation of OpenGL.
  • launches a Tcl/Tk process for the control menu, thus you need a Tcl/Tk implementation, version 8.2 or higher.
  • exchanges information with the Tcl/Tk menu via application specific MS Windows events.
  • uses your default web browser for text display and to show pages of website.


Go to our NIST Web Metrics download page and download the setup executable for FLUDViz. This executable can be downloaded to an arbitrary location on your Windows computer, for example, C:\temp. Execute the downloaded file to install FLUDViz. It will allow you to use the default location C:\WebMetrics\WebTools\FLUDViz or specify another location to install the FLUDViz files.


FLUDViz installs itself, by default, in C:\WebMetrics. You should use the same directory as any other WebMetrics tools you might have installed. It puts the executable and script files in C:\WebMetrics\WebTools\FLUDViz, a stroke font file in C:\WebMetrics\WebTools\resources\ogl, and a sample data set in C:\WebMetrics\WebLogs\Demo. It creates three registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\NIST\WebMetrics: WEBMET_TOOLS, WEBLOG_DATA, and CHAR_GEOM. These specify respectively the locations of the base directory of the Web Metrics tools, the data files, and a file of character data used to draw the labels in the OpenGL graphics window. It also creates an start menu item in "Programs | NIST Web Metrics" to visualize the sample data set.

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