MacPPC COMPONENT Lite
by Roderic Page
r.page@bio.gla.ac.uk
http://taxonomy.zoology.gla.ac.uk/rod/rod.html

COMPONENT Lite is a stripped-down Macintosh version of the program COMPONENT 2.0 (which runs on Windows PCs) (Page, 1993). It implements a range of tree comparison and consensus methods.

Please be patient with the program as it is still in a very early stage of development! If you download the program please send me an email message so that I can keep you posted about new releases.

Requirements

At present COMPONENT Lite is only available for the PowerMacintosh (a Windows version is under development).

Archive Download COMPONENT Lite for PowerMacintosh

Documentation

Below is a very brief guide to the program. Despite differences from COMPONENT 2.0, you may find the manual to that version to be useful as many of the features (and underlying algorithms) are the same. If you haven't got a copy of COMPONENT 2.0 the manual is available online. Also available is a set of exercises using COMPONENT Lite that were part of the NERC/Glasgow Taxonomy Course '97.

PDF COMPONENT Lite Exercises


Quick Guide

TREE FILES

COMPONENT files have the following icon: Icon

You can also open standard NEXUS tree files created by PAUP and TREEVIEW, and also PHYLIP-style tree files.

TREE WINDOWS

Tree window

Menu

EDITING TREES

COMPONENT Lite features a simple tree editor very similar to the one in MacClade.

Tree editor

CREATING A NEW FILE, OR EDITING AN EXISTING FILE

Input files can be created and edited in an Edit window. The file being edited can be saved, renamed, printed, and processed using commands on the File menu. COMPONENT Edit windows support the Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste commands found in all Macintosh text editors.

If you choose Execute from the File menu the file you are editing will be processed and, if successful, the trees will be displayed in a tree window. If COMPONENT encounters an error while processing a file it will highlight the location of the error in the edit window.

OBTAINING COMPONENT

COMPONENT 2.0 for Windows is available from the Natural History Museum, London. More information can be obtained from the COMPONENT Web site. COMPONENT Lite is not yet available for general release.


This page last updated 30 October 1997.