Release Notes - VUE 2.1

VUE is a desktop concept and content mapping application. It enables users to graphically represent relationships among ideas, images, digital assets, and documents. These items can be located locally or remotely.

What's new in 2.1? Installation Instructions

If you are already running a previous version of VUE , you don't have to uninstall that version to install VUE 2.1.

VUE 2.1 is distributed in three forms based on operating systems.

For Microsoft Windows
The VUE distribution for Microsoft Windows is provided as an InstallAnywhere installer. Simply run the installer executable to install VUE.

If you have trouble installing VUE with the Windows installer, please try using this installer ( ) and send the debug report to:

For Mac OS-X
The VUE distribution for OS-X is provided as an application bundle. After downloading and extracting the zip file, simply drag to your applications folder to install VUE.

For Linux/Unix
The VUE distribution for Linux/Unix is provided as a jar contained in a zip file. Simply extract the VUE.jar to a convenient location on your system. It is also distributed as a bin file, which is an executable installer, run this program and follow the instructions to install VUE.

In the Terminal, type each of these commands, following each by pressing the "return" key:
cd /<path where you downloaded vue.bin>/vue.bin
chmod a+x ./vue.bin
sudo ./vue.bin

Linux users may need to install a different Java runtime package on your system. Run java \-version in a terminal window. If it reports that "gij (GNU libgcj) ..."is installed, you are running GNU Java. The GNU Java libraries don't currently offer sufficient graphics support to run VUE. While it's outside the scope of this document to provide instructions for installing Java support on Linux/Unix, Sun Microsystems makes Java runtime environments freely available on its website: If you do not wish to install Java yourself, use the bin installer which comes pre-packaged with a JRE (Java Runtime Environment).

The /Library/OsidProviders directory doesn't exist by default on Linux/Unix systems; you will need to create this directory and set its permissions. This directory supports the "Enhanced Data Sources" feature. If you won't use this feature, you don't need to create the directory.

The ability to make these changes to your system requires system access privileges that you may not have. The following instructions presume you have root access to your system.
1. Open the terminal application
2. enter this command to create the directory:
sudo mkdir -p -m 775 /Library
sudo chown user:group /Library

* The system will probably prompt you for the root password

If you are running a VUE 1.5 version, we recommend flushing your installed data sources before installing the VUE 2.1 release. See the topic in Troubleshooting below for instructions.

Due to a known Java issue we can only fully support VUE on Java 5 in linux:;jsessionid=115732a10179b3ffffffffe0dbbb1213eb899?bug_id=6396599

Known Issues & Tips

If you encounter problems with VUE, please inform us by posting them to our forums section. You can also email us directly at, though we recommend the forums because more people will see the issue, increasing the pool of potential responders. Posting issues to the forums also builds the body of information available to the VUE user community.


Some problems with loading resources can be solved by removing and reinstalling your resources.

Instructions for Removing Installed Resources
Installed resources and their configuration are stored in two locations in your local file system. The names of these directories differ depending on your operating system.

For Windows
Following these steps will delete all your resources and their associated configuration information. You will have to re-enter access keys and passwords just as you did when you first added the resources.

Step 1: Removing resources
Individual resources are stored under the C:\Library\OsidProviders directory.

Delete the C:\Library\OsidProviders directory.

Step 2: Removing configuration information
Configuration information is stored in the vue_2 directory in your home directory, usually C:\Documents and Settings\<YourUsername>\vue_2.

Delete these files in your C:\Documents and Settings\<YourUsername>\vue_2 directory:



For OS-X
Following these steps will delete all your resources and their associated configuration information. You will have to re-enter access keys and passwords just as you did when you first added the resources.

Step 1: Removing resources
Resources are stored under the /Library/OsidProviders directory.

Navigate to and delete the /Library/OsidProviders directory. (Mac users can find this folder in their Finder under Macintosh HD)

Step 2: Removing configuration information 
Configuration information is stored in your ~/.vue_2 directory. Since the directory name begins with a period, you will have to open the Terminal application to delete these files. (The Finder doesn't display items that start with a period.)

Open the Terminal application by opening Finder and navigating to Applications/Utilities.

Double click Terminal to open the application.

In the Terminal, type each of these commands, following each by pressing the "return" key.

rm ~/.vue_2/InstalledDatasources.xml
rm ~/.vue_2/Datasources.xml

For Linux
If you have problems installing resources or saving preferences, you may need to run VUE with the sudo command: If you installed with the .bin installer: sudo ./vue otherwise: sudo java -jar VUE.jar


Please send your comments on VUE 2.1 to

Issues addressed in this release:

June 12 , 2008 / VUE 2.1.42

VUE-1191 allow for relative paths to images referenced in style sheets
VUE-1198 Connectivity matrix sometimes throws a nullpointer

VUE 2.1.39 (June 10, 2008)

VUE-1197 Open, Save, Save As windows don't come up on Vista
VUE-1191 allow for relative paths to images referenced in style sheets

VUE 2.1.33 (June 2, 2008)

VUE-1187 Add rollover to links for merge maps
VUE-1159 Software version update notification
VUE-482 Make paths relative to map instead of the root
VUE-1143 Interactive Web Graphic: offset nodes
VUE-1175 Mac: using arrow keys in notes panel triggers the "format" menu
VUE-1116 We lost arrow keys to nudge an object on the map
VUE-1183 Preferences: turning node images "off" doesn't turn off the image, it makes it really small
VUE-1188 Link: add "add url" to link r-click menu
VUE-1184 Create new pathway window: highlight or select the default text > user could just begin typing to overwrite the default text.
VUE-1189 2x-click on VUE file > VUE restore framesize
VUE-1181 Update notification: newer release asks me to download older one.
VUE-1182 Toolbar: lost the (s) on the select tooltip
VUE-1165 Launch resource from linux vue
VUE-1167 Expanding Window Bug Major
VUE-1180 Merge map: can't merge on the "exclude nodes found on primary map"
VUE-1179 Search results : tooltip doesn't work to view notes and keywords
VUE-1177 Place pathway lines behind thumbnail slides when in presentation mode.

VUE 2.1.18 (May 12, 2008)

VUE-1164 PDF: include children nodes in Node Notes pdf
VUE-1160 remove from the "save as" menu: " zip (map only)
VUE-1158 vpk on Windows
VUE-1156 Interactive Web Graphic: if no notes, do not display a rollover
VUE-1151 Toolbar: keyboard shortcut for select tool
VUE-1150 Alert window: deleting a slide
VUE-1147 Move search to "Edit" menu
VUE-1146 The font color dropdown palette does not auto-align with the screen boundaries
VUE-1142 Interactive Web Graphic: image gets cropped in html window
VUE-1139 Edit Categories: same GUI problems as Keywords window
VUE-1137 Preference: slide/node for presentation mode
VUE-1135 keyboard shortcut on Leopard is messed up


VUE2.1.10 (April 22, 2008)

VUE-945 Preference for hiding slide thumbnail in presentation mode.
VUE-1133 Node tweak: single click behavior
VUE-1137 Preference: slide/node for presentation mode
VUE-1105 Windows installer: configure to assign bigger heap to 1G
VUE-1083 Review release notes
VUE-1128 Make single click a preference
VUE-1127 Opacity: reduce opacity of portal
VUE-1119 Text object selection and display
VUE-910 "if we allow raw images to stay, raw images need to behave like ""node images"" in search result
VUE-1004 Creator and descriptor should be DC metadata
VUE-964 Non-linear nav tabs: truncate slide titles
VUE-954 Raw images become node resource when dragged into existing node (if no other resource is already there)
VUE-1104 Dockwindow always on top across desktops on linux
VUE-1047 Searching a group: Group doesn't show in search result
VUE-1058 Merge map takes a long time for 2 simple maps!
VUE-1124 2x-click on group: goes into split pane mode?
VUE-494 "make process easier to ""tag"" multiple nodes with a piece of metadata"

VUE2.0.1115 release (April 10, 2008)

VUE-1125 "make opacity of ""text box selection"" 40-50% lighter"
VUE-1123 Groups: gray out font options on formatting palette
VUE-1122 File > Most Recent: remove tooltip text from rollover or move further to the right
VUE-1121 Double clicking on group zooms in to max
VUE-1118 We lost highlighting which color is being used in the color palette
VUE-1110 Main toolbar: change keyboard shortcuts and add to tooltip
VUE-1107 "Pathways: when selecting Pathway name > enable ""edit button"" to access master slide"
VUE-1101 Change 2x-click to single click to launch node resource
VUE-1100 Returning from slide edit mode to map seems to re-center the map or zoom to a new position
VUE-986 Merge Maps: clicking on intervals / can't change intervals and GUI changes for no reasons

VUE2.0.108 release (April 4, 2008)

VUE-986 Merge maps > Visualization Setting > Weight > fixed % intervals

VUE2.0.107 release (April 3, 2008)