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Darwin-L Message Log 3:46 (November 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<3:46>From ahouse@hydra.rose.brandeis.edu  Mon Nov  8 08:15:15 1993

Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1993 09:20:28 -0500
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu,
    bill@dorrit.as.utexas.edu (William H. Jefferys)
From: ahouse@hydra.rose.brandeis.edu (Jeremy John Ahouse)
Subject: Re: Teaching/MacClade

>#If you have access to Macintosh computers then I would strongly
>#recommend using MacClade with your students.  This program allows you to
>#explore cladistic reconstructions very easily.
>
>Where can this be obtained?
>
>Bill

Bill asked me this question as private mail but I thought the list might
like to know the answer...

IUBio gopher site has both the old Freeware MacClade and a demo version of
the one available from Sinaur.  The Sinaur version is very nicely done and
the manual is also a good text on using parsimony.

(Many folks pair this program with PAUP  for the Mac (for searching for
minimum evolution reconstructions, the file formats are shared between the
two programs).

    - Jeremy

p.s. Here is the readme file from the IUBio gopher site...

The following items relating to MacClade version 3.04 are contained on
this ftp site:

macclade.304.update.package.hqx:  this contains an updater that allows one
   to convert MacClade versions 3.0, 3.01, 3.02, and 3.03 into version
   3.04.  This contains both a program updater, as well as the latest
   versions of the Help file, some Example files, and the Supplement to
   the Book.  (this file is about 444 Kb - once extracted, the contained
   files are about 518Kb)

macclade.304.demo.hqx:  this contains a demonstration version of MacClade
   3.04.  It is like the real thing, except that it cannot save or print,
   and is limited to small matrices.  (this file is about 685 Kb - once
   extracted, the contained files are about 1.2 Mb)

Both of these files are binhexed.  If your software for downloading these
files do not automatically de-binhex them, you will need a program
that can de-binhex them. (FTP programs like Fetch and gopher programs like
Turbogopher automatically de-binhex; utility programs like Compact Pro
or Stuffit can de-binhex as well.)

These files are self-extracting archives.  Starting them up and choosing
Extract will cause them to automatically be extracted into their usable
format.

For technical information regarding MacClade, contact clade@arizona.edu

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