How do I launch a software application on a CAEN Windows computer?
The process for starting Windows software applications on the CAEN Lab Software Environment (and the Engineering Base Desktop) uses a software-on-demand service called AppsAnywhere. Most software applications are no longer installed locally on computers, or available in the Windows Start menu by default. Instead, each time you log into a CAEN Windows computer, you will be presented with the AppsAnywhere web store listing the available software titles:
By default, you will be presented with the applications in the standard view, with each represented as a small tile in the browser window. If you prefer to can change the view to large tiles, or as a list by clicking the respective icon in the upper-right corner of the window:
Note: When using the standard or large view, you will need to hover you mouse cursor over an application's tile/icon in order to see more options, such as the Launch button:
Click the green Launch button for the software application you wish to use. After briefly displaying the AppsAnywhere splash screen, the Cloudpaging Player will start for on-demand delivery of the application to the computer:
Once the delivery process is complete, the Windows Start menu will be populated with the associated shortcuts, and the software will be ready to go:
Some other notes about this service include:
- Applications that you select on one CAEN computer will not automatically be available when you log into a different computer; you will need to "Launch" the application each time you log in before it can run.
- The Cloudpaging Player must remain open in order to continue running software that was launched using the on-demand service.
- If the Cloudpaging Player is closed and you need to re-open it, you can select it from the Windows Start menu, or double-click the CAEN Software icon on the Desktop.
- In order to run applications that interact with each other, you will be required to “Launch” both applications from the website. For example, if you wish to run COMSOL and have it interact with MATLAB, both applications will first need to be launched from the website.
This software on-demand delivery process allows CAEN to offer its full engineering software library to computers outside of the traditional CAEN and Duderstadt Center computer labs, including the ITS computers located in the Angell Courtyard.