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Detailed Download Page

Overview

All the software available from this download page is related to RAMSES. RAMSES is an acronym for Research Aids for Modeling and Simulation of Environmental Systems. Visit the RAMSES home page to learn more about it. All functionality provided by RAMSES is fully documented and available for web browsing from RAMSES Objects Reference (or for off-line browsing after downloading the zip archive).


From this site you can download the following software packages (freeware - copyright ETH Zurich):

  • Easy ModelWorks  -  MacOS,  Windows 
  • RAMSES  -  MacOS   
    Includes MacMETH, Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, ISIS, and RAMSES Auxiliary Library for Macintosh; but not RASS.
  • RAMSES Extras  -  MacOS   
    Some useful additions to RAMSES, like Alpha editor support (M2 mode) for Macintosh.
  • MacMETH  -  MacOS
    A fast Modula-2 language system for the Macintosh.
  • DM, MW, and AuxLib for Windows  -  Windows
    Includes Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, and RAMSES Auxiliary Library; but of course no MacMETH, and not RASS.
  • RASS  -  OS X,  Solaris    (New! updates and fixes)
    Includes Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, ISIS, RAMSES Auxiliary Library and RAMSES Science Library.


The same software is also available from our no-frills Compact Download Table. It is particularly handy if you are only updating or are looking for some extra goodies such as the Alpha Editor Support we provide.

 

Important Notice for Macintosh Users

Our software runs on all Macintosh, including Intel Macs (latest tested Mac OS X 10.8.2, Intel). However, there are some caveats to keep in mind:

If you wish to do serious development work with our software and also wish to execute programs fully interactively, you face constraints. Though it is true, that you can still run our software on any Mac using the latest OS X, some of it, notably fully interactive Dialog Machine programs, require to emulate Classic, which may be tricky, since it is no longer officially supported by Apple (see below for hints on how to accomplish this).

Yet another variant is to use only the Batch Dialog Machine, i.e. to dispense with execution of fully interactive Dialog Machine programs, and be content with command line execution. RASS-OSX (see below) offers this. Since our approach to programing is orthogonal with respect to interactive vs. non-interactive use, this constrain is not crucial. You can still go anytime back to interactivity, should it become available again, or vice versa.

When you wish to have full interactivity, we still recommend then to use whenever possible Classic version MacOS 9.2.2 run within OS X version 10.4.11 (Tiger)! This is not only easy, but also works seamlessly. We have several such systems working flawlessly, e.g. our high-end simulation server cluster. Note, OS X version 10.4.11 (Tiger) is the last OS X from Apple still supporting a fully integrated working Classic allowing for AppleScript commands beeing exchanged between Classic and OS X. This platform works very well, in particular when the editor AlphaX is used with our software, and we give still full support for this platform. Note, however, this also requires your Macintosh is not Intel based, but a Power PC Mac such as a G5. A fast G5 should serve you still very well.

To the solution for Intel Macs involving emulation: If you have developed programs using our software, remember that your programs can all also be run in batch mode. Any Dialog Machine program made with RAMSES can also be made with RASS-OSX, which needs no Classic. You only need to recompile and the resulting programs should run on all Macintosh OS X computers including Intel based systems. We offer with RASS-OSX a full featured development system that runs under the latest OS X. Again we recommend to use AlphaX and its M2 mode. Any such developed Dialog Machine program can then be ported back to Classic withouth any change and run there as well. Note also, that with the latest RASS-OSX you can create universal binary Dialog Machine programs. Such programs execute both on older PPC Macs as well as newest Intel based Macs.

To profit from all interactive features of our software, however, you still need Classic. If you wish to merely execute programs under OS X, this can be easily accomplished in a manner that is almost not noticable to the end-user of an Intel based OS X Mac. I do this for instance in my courses using a "Limits to Growth" world model. Here an overview of all options:

  • A Classic disk image ('Classic_Support.dmg.bin') is available here (hints on how to best use this disk image). It is recommended for use on Power PC Macs running OS X version 10.4.11 (Tiger).
  • On Intel Macs you can use Classic emulators (open-source, freeware). According to our tests our software runs fine under all of these emulators. Depending on the Classic MacOS you wish to use, use either Basilisk II or SheepShaver, or Mini vMac. We offer fully preconfigured and out of the box working solutions, i.e. disk images, for some of these emulators here (for copyright reasons access restricted to ETH Zurich members).

    For full interactive development work on Intel Macs with current RAMSES I recommended to use Nigel Pearson's Basilisk II port for convenience and efficiency reasons. This emulator runs fine under recent Mac OS X versions, e.g. version 10.6.7 (Snow Leopard) on Intel Core 2 Duo machines.

    Mini vMac works also very well, seems to be rock solid and efficient. It is best suited to embed Classic programs you wish merely to use. E.g. I use this technique to offer CourseWare to my students. Since the RAMSES software is backward compatible to Mac OS 3.2, it is a piece of cake to use such programs with Mini vMac under Mac OS 6.0.8 (still available from Apple). Examples are "Limits to Growth" world model or Easy ModelWorks.

    Here you find very compact installation instructions and our hints, might also help you to get going with Classic emulators. Here some of the best Basilisk II or Mac emulator web sites I know of: Wikipedia, E-Maculation.

To fully profit from the latest developments we also strongly urge you to upgrade to the latest versions of our software. Should you encounter problems, we recommend first to recompile all your code! To learn more on these issues visit README MacMETH and/or README RAMSES. Please, don't hesitate to contact us should you have more specific questions on compatibility issues or should you make experiences contrary to the ones described here. Thanks!

 

 


 
Easy ModelWorks Logo
Easy ModelWorks Icon
 

Here you can download Easy ModelWorks, a software that allows you to interactively model and simulate simple systems, and to explore the behavior of any coupled differential or difference equations in time and state space. Easy ModelWorks is the small sister of ModelWorks, that forms part of the large, advanced modeling and simulation package RAMSES.

  • License: Freeware
  • Type: Application, sample models, library
  • Platform:
      Mac OS (System 3.2 or greater; under OS X with a PPC Mac it is best to use Classic 9.2.2)
            or
      Mac OS X (Mac OS X using an Intel processor)
            or
      IBM PC Windows (3.1 or greater)
  • Version:
      Mac: 1.5.3
      Windows: 1.5
  • Filename:
      Mac: Easy_ModelWorks_1.5.3.sea.bin
      Windows: emw15.zip / emw15_control.zip
  • Download size:
      Mac: 478 KB (in MacBinary (.bin) format)
      Windows: 402 KB
  • Unpacked Size: <1.4 MB
  • Read Me:   pdf PDF
  • Home
  • Developers

Click on following buttons to download the latest version of Easy ModelWorks (Custom Download):


Mac Logo Windows Logo
Macintosh full Version Windows Ecology Version
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Macintosh OS X/Intel Version:
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Windows Control Theory Version
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RAMSES

RAMSES Logo         MacMETH Logo         Dialog Machine Logo         Auxiliary Library Logo         ModelWorks Logo         ISIS Logo         RAMSES Shell Logo
 

Here you can download RAMSES (Research Aids for Modeling and Simulation of Environmental Systems), a generic modeling and simulation environment. This release is a superset of MacMETH, the Dialog Machine, the RAMSES Auxiliary Library, ModelWorks (the big sister of Easy ModelWorks), plus ISIS (Integrative Systems Implementation Software) and the RAMSES Shell. For advanced users are also add-ons separately available (RAMSES Extras).

  • License: Freeware
  • Type: Application (shell) including full development environment (compiler, linker, debugger, editor, libraries, sample code etc.)
  • Version: 3.6.0
  • Platform: Macintosh
  • System software requirements: 3.2 and greater (at least 7 recommended; latest tested: 7.6.1 - 9.2.2 native and OS X 10.4.11 having Classic installed, with Basilisks OS X 10.8.2)
  • Development environment: included
  • Filename: RAMSES_3.6.0.sea.bin
  • Download Size: ~5 MB (in MacBinary (.bin) format)
  • Unpacked Size:~13 MB (HFS+) / ~40.4 MB (HFS)
  • Read Me:   html   pdf PDF
  • Other documentations:  
    • RAMSES Install&Tech Report:   pdf PDF
    • MacMETH Read Me:   html   pdf PDF
    • On the Dialog Machine:   pdf PDF
    • On ModelWorks:   pdf PDF
  • Home:  
  • Developers

Click on following button to download the latest version of RAMSES:


Button         For BinHex (.hqx) format click here and use Custom Download
        Be aware, that there could be additional UPDATES in the ftp directory.

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RAMSES Extras

RAMSES Extras Logo         M2 Mode Logo
 

Here you can download the RAMSES Extras, i.e. optional extras to be added on top of the standard RAMSES software package (more Research Aids for Modeling and Simulation of Environmental Systems).

  • License: Freeware
  • Type: Applications, library modules, control panels, programs, script files
  • Version: 3.6.0
  • Platform: Macintosh
  • System software requirements: 3.2 or greater (at least System 7 recommended)
  • Development environment: RAMSES
  • Filename: RAMSES_3.6.0_Extras.sea.bin
  • Download size: 2.8 MB (in MacBinary (.bin) format)
  • Unpacked Size: 5.5 MB (HFS+) / 11.4 MB (HFS)
  • Read Me:   html   pdf PDF
  • Home
  • Developers


Main add-ons in RAMSES Extras:

  • Alpha Editor Support (M2 Mode 4.7.1 - Modula-2 mode). With current Alpha releases (> version 7.5), there is actually no need to install the M2 mode manually.
  • Extra tools such as RMSMacMETH (a special version of the MacMETH shell, useful for advanced programmers), an import analyzer, cross-reference generators etc.
  • Additional auxilary modules, e.g. a spread-sheet like matrix editor (MatEdit)
  • Additional MacMETH and Dialog Machine modules
  • and many more ...

Click on following button to download the latest version of the RAMSES Extras:


Button         For BinHex (.hqx) format click here and use Custom Download
        Be aware, that there could be additional UPDATES in the ftp directory.

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MacMETH

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Here you can download the MacMETH, a fast Modula-2 language system for Macintosh computers. Note, the entire MacMETH software and documentation is also available as part of RAMSES.

  • License: Freeware
  • Type: Application (shell), subprograms (compiler, linker, debugger), and libraries
  • Version: 3.2.8
  • Platform: Mac
  • System software requirements: 3.2 or later (at least 7 recommended)
  • Development environment: included
  • Filename: MacMETH_3.2.8.sea.bin
  • Download size: ~850 KB (in MacBinary (.bin) format)
  • Unpacked Size: 2.1 MB
  • Read Me:   html   pdf PDF
  • Home
  • Developers

Click on following button to download the latest version of MacMETH:


Button         For BinHex (.hqx) format click here and use Custom Download
        Be aware, that there could be additional UPDATES in the ftp directory.

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Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, and Auxiliary Library for Windows

Dialog Machine Logo         Auxiliary Library Logo         ModelWorks Logo        
 

Here you can download the Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, and the RAMSES Auxiliary Library for Windows. All public interfaces are identical to the software as released for the Macintosh platform. Consequently you can develop for example the implementation of a dynamic model on a Macintosh and port it in source code form to an IBM PC or vice versa. You have only to make sure that you build your implementation by using only the interfaces and functionality of the Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, or the RAMSES Auxiliary Library. The resulting code should then be highly portable among all three supported platforms, i.e. Macintosh, IBM PC, and Unix. (Note, on the Macintosh platform the Dialog Machine, ModelWorks, and RAMSES Auxiliary Library form part of RAMSES and are released as one big package only).

  • License: Freeware
  • Type: Libraries and sample applications
  • Version: 3.0.2a7
  • Platform: IBM PC
  • System software requirements: Windows 3.1, WfW 3.11, Windows9x, Windows 2000, ME, NT, and XP
  • Development environment: Stony Brook Modula-2 V4.0sr3 [further info]
  • Filename: rms302a7.zip
  • Download size: 2.6 MB
  • Unpacked Size: 5.2 MB
  • Home:  
  • Developers

Click on following button to download the latest version of this software for Windows: Get the installation text:
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Be aware, that there could be additional UPDATES in the ftp directory.


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RASS

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Here you can download RASS, the RAMSES Simulation Server.

  • License: Freeware
  • Type: RASS utilities and all libraries (all RAMSES software mentioned above, interfaces identical)
  • Version: 3.6.0 (full functionality from Tiger to Mountain Lion: Build on Mountain Lion for Tiger, build on Tiger for Mountain Lion!)
  • Platform: OS X (Macintosh PPC and Intel, universal binary) or Sun Solaris (SPARC)
  • System software requirements: OS X 10.2 or later (at least 10.4.11 recommended) or Solaris 5 or later (at least 9 recommended)
  • Latest tested: OS X 10.8.2 (RASS-OSX) Solaris 9 (RASS-Sun)
  • Development environments: p1 Modula-2 (OS X) or EPC Modula-2 (Sun Solaris) [further info]
  • Latest tested: p1 9.0.2 (needed for universal binary building), Xcode 2.5, 3.2.6, and 4.6 (RASS-OSX) Solaris 9 (RASS-Sun)
  • Filename: RASS-OSX.360.tar.Z and RASS-Sun.360.tar.Z
  • Size: ~21.7 MB (RASS-OSX) ~38 MB (RASS-Sun)
  • Download size (zipped tar): ~6 (RASS-OSX) ~14 MB (RASS-Sun)
  • Read Me:   OS X   Sun Solaris
  • Other documentations:   RMSP1 (OS X):  html   pdf PDF
  • Home
  • Developers

Click on one of the following buttons to download the latest version of RASS:


Mac OS X Logo Unix Logo
RASS-OSX
Mac OS X Version
RASS-Sun
Sun Solaris Version
Download Button Download Button
Installer script Installer script


Be aware, that there could be additional UPDATES in the ftp directory.


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