MacOSX tips

Revision as of 10:48, 2 August 2010 by Schindelin (talk | contribs) (No more PPC (G4/G5) Mac support: -> limited support)

Critical: if you update and Fiji does not work anymore, you need to follow these instructions.

Installing Fiji

  1. Download the .dmg package from the Downloads page, and then double-click it to open it.
  2. Create a folder under /Applications/, such as /Applications/Fiji
  3. Drag the 3 items (Fiji.app, and the plugins and macros symlinks) into the /Applications/Fiji folder.


Fiji is ready to run!

Running Fiji on Java 1.5 (32-bit)

Fiji on intel Macs runs on Java 1.6 (64-bit). If you need to run it in 32-bit mode, use the following code:

arch -i386 /Applications/Fiji/Fiji.app/Contents/MacOS/fiji-macosx

Limited PowerPC (G4/G5) Mac support

We offer a special intermediate release of Fiji specific to PowerPC Macs (G4/G5).

Note: There is no Java 1.6 for PowerPC from Apple, meaning that Java comes at a considerable performance penalty on this platform. In addition, we will not be able to support Java versions prior to Java 1.6 at some stage, since that version offers a few features we want to rely on, such as a versatile scripting framework.

Accessing the plugins and macros folders

To access the plugins or macros folders, set the Finder window to either icons or lists mode, not in column mode, and double-click them.

Alternatively, right-click (or control-click) the Fiji.app and select "Show package contents", to open the folder where the actual plugins and macros folders are.

Adding new plugins and macros

Access the plugins folder as explained above and just drag and drop any plugin into the plugins folder, like you would do for ImageJ. Same for macros.