Running TABARI.0.5.0B1 in Macintosh OS-X

OS-X versions of TABARI run in the Terminal application, which uses a Unix "command line" interface. Downside: no fancy eye-candy and menus. Upside: this is the standard interface for Unix research software and it is easily maintained -- it took only half an hour to convert 5-year-old Linux interface to run in OS-X, and subsequent versions should run without modification in both OS-X and Windows.

  1. Click the link to download the file. This will probably be automatically decompressed and end up as a folder on your desktop named TABARI, though depending on your browser settings, could end up somewhere else. If it doesn't decompress automatically, double-click the .zip file icon.
  2. Move the TABARI folder to the Applications folder
  3. Start the Terminal application (it is in the Applications/Utilities folder). Set the size of the terminal window to at least 80 columns by 48 rows (just drag the lower right corner; size is shown in the window title)
  4. Enter the command cd /Applications/TABARI
  5. Enter the command ./TABARI.0.5.0B1
  6. You should now see the familiar start-up screen; entering C and then return will run the "Demo" file, which is already in the folder

To run real data, move your coding dictionaries and text files into this folder. If these were created in an earlier Macintosh system, they will need to be converted to the Unix format used by Terminal applications. This can be done using BBEdit (open the file, then click the fifth icon from the left, then select 'Unix' and re-save the file), or using the free (! -- and "free as in beer") program TextWrangler 2.0 (the program formerly known as "BBEdit Lite") from those wonderful folks at Bare Bones Software.

If you want to set up version 0.4.9B2, just follow the same instructions but change the name of the program. Same with later versions of 0.5.

Note to Unix geeks

The program can be located anywhere; the directory suggestions given above use /Applications/TABARI for simplicity. And yes, real Unix programmers use

tr '\r' '\n' < mac.txt > unix.txt

to convert the files.

If you prefer XTerm to Terminal, the program works fine there as well.