Version 6

ViSta for the Mac
Version 5


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To use ViSta for the Mac, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Get ViSta for MacOS:
  2. You should choose the version of ViSta for MacOS that is appropriate for the kind of Macintosh you are using. FTP: If you wish, you may FTP ViSta+XLSPPC.sea.hqx (PowerPC) or ViSta+XLS881.sea.hqx (68040 or 68030 with math coprocessor) directly from

  3. Running ViSta the First Time
    1. Extracting ViSta
    2. (This step may be done automatically by your browser.) The downloaded file that you receive is a self-extracting stuffit archive that contains all of ViSta along with the portions of the XLisp-Stat system that are needed for the version of the Mac-OS that you specified. Run the .SEA file to extract all of the ViSta files. This should create a folder that contains ViSta, several other files and folders named README, DATA, EXAMPLES, CODE and USERS.

    3. Running ViSta
    4. Vista is now ready to run. Simply double click the ViSta icon.


  4. Get the Documentation:
  5. Documentation for ViSta includes a chapter overviewing its features and presenting the motivation underlying ViSta's design, a chapter presenting a tutorial that introduces the user to most of ViSta's features, and a chapter describing how to define data within ViSta. Some chapters describing specific analysis methods are also available.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Both versions of ViSta for the Mac require System 7 or later, a color monitor, 3 MB of free hard disk space and at least 6 MB of RAM (8 for the PowerMac). Each version includes XLisp-Stat 3.52.5 and ViSta 5.05 in a single download. For 680xx Macs, we recommend a 68040 processor (at the minimum, a 68030 + 68881 math coprocessor). There is no version for Macintoshes without math coprocessors, although ViSta works with coprocessor emulator software such as softfpu.