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Inform release 6E59
Release date: 2010-06-12 18:20:06
Description of this release
This is a major release of Inform: the first in a little over a year, and with a change log well over double the previous record size - large enough to need a table of contents for the first time. Inform has new icons, and a slightly revised design; more than 250 bug reports have been closed, so that it currently has no issues open. There are minor surface enhancements right across the language, and these are (mainly) the result not of fiddling but of substantial rewrites of the underlying compiler. Many exceptions have gone, and the language's design is more uniform as a result.
The change log can be browsed here.
Inform for Mac OS X Universal Binary for Macs running Tiger 10.4.3 or later, including Leopard 10.5. (Panther 10.3.9 is unsupported, but may work.) Your browser may automatically mount the image once downloaded: if not, double-click the .dmg file by hand. Either way, you should see a Finder window open showing a virtual disk. This contains the Inform application Inform.app. Simply drag this to the computer’s Applications folder, or wherever else you like. To uninstall: Drag the application to the trash.
Inform for Windows Click the link to download I7_6E59_Windows.exe (about 7 MB), and save it to your hard drive. Double click on the downloaded file to start installation. For most users the default install parameters are what is required, so just keep clicking "Next" until the install has completed. An entry for "Inform 7" will appear in the Start Menu, from which Inform can be run. (For Windows 95 and 98, Internet Explorer 5.0 or later must also be installed.) To uninstall: Go to "Add or Remove Programs" in the Control Panel, select "Inform 7" and click on "Remove".
Command line Inform built for Linux on x86_64, i386, ppc, armv5tel, s390, and s390x architectures CLI Inform for Linux is supplied as a gzipped tar. Once this is opened, installation instructions can be found in the file INSTALL, and operational instructions in README or the manual page installed by the Inform installer. This is an assembly of a command-line interface written in Perl together with independent command-line tools.
Inform for GNOME on Linux, packaged for Arch Linux (This is an Arch Linux package.) To install this package, open a terminal, change to the parent directory of the package and type "su -c 'pacman -U gnome-inform7-6E59-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz'". To uninstall: Open a terminal and type "su -c pacman -Rs gnome-inform7".
Inform for GNOME on Linux, packaged for Arch Linux (64-bit version) (This is an Arch Linux package.) To install this package, open a terminal, change to the parent directory of the package and type "su -c 'pacman -U gnome-inform7-6E59-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz'". To uninstall: Open a terminal and type "su -c pacman -Rs gnome-inform7".
Inform for GNOME on Linux, packaged for Fedora 13 (This is a .rpm archive.) Double-click on the downloaded file. You will be asked whether you want to install the file; click "Install" to proceed and enter your administrator password. If you get a message titled "Missing security signature", then click "Force Install" and enter your administrator password again. An entry for "GNOME Inform 7" will appear under "Programming" in the "Applications" menu. To uninstall: Go to "Add/Remove Software" in the "System/Administration" menu and type "gnome-inform7" in the "Find" box. Click "Find", then uncheck the check box in front of the package. Click "Apply" and type in your administrator password to uninstall it.
Inform for GNOME on Linux, packaged for Ubuntu 10.04 (This is a .deb archive.) Double-click on the downloaded file to start installation. Click "Install Package" and enter your password. An entry for "GNOME Inform 7" will appear under "Programming" in the "Applications" menu after you have restarted your computer. To uninstall: Go to "Synaptic Package Manager" under "Administration" in the "System" menu, find "gnome-inform7" in the list, right-click on it, and select "Mark for complete removal". Then click "Apply".