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Documentation - Getting started

The easiest way to get started, is using a Tcl3D starpack.
Starpacks for Windows, Linux, IRIX and Mac OS X (Intel based) are available in the download section.

Note: The OpenSceneGraph module is not contained in the Starpack.

The only prerequisite needed for using the Tcl3D starpack distribution is an installed OpenGL driver. Everything else - even the Tcl interpreter - is contained in the starpack.

The starpacks are distributed as a ZIP-compressed file. Unzipping this file creates a directory containing the starpack tcl3dsh-OS-VERSION. Distributions for Unix systems contain an additional shell script tcl3dsh-OS-VERSION.sh, which should be used for starting the Tcl3D starpack. After starting the starpack, a toplevel Tk window labeled Tcl3D as well as a console window labeled Tcl3D Console should appear, similar to starting a wish shell.

The console window should contain the following messages as well as a tcl3d prompt:
  Type "pres" to start Tcl3D presentation.
  Type "inst" to write the Tcl3D installation packages to disk.

  Note:
    Temporary and output files are written to C:/tmp/tcl3dData.tmp.

    The OpenSceneGraph library and demos are not included in this starpack.
  tcl3d>

Typing pres in the console window, starts the Tcl3D presentation showing an introductionary animation as shown in the screenshot below. The available key and mouse bindings are shown in the console window.

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