Argo Webstart

Using java webstart, you can set up argo so that it will automatically check for updates and update itself.

Click here to run the Argo Browser using Java WebStart.

Many thanks to Alistair Rust and William Longabaugh from the Institute for Systems Biology for figuring this out.

You can also specify data file urls to open on argo webstart launch. Create an argo xml start file and point to this file in the webstart jnlp file. You can do this by adding an argument whose value is the start file url to the resources section of the jnlp file (note: this changed as of release 1.0.17). This is powerful because it means you can integrate the full desktop version of argo with data on your website: just put a copy of the argo.jar on your site, create jnlp and xml start files pointing to your data, and link to the jnlp file. It's like a supercharged applet.

Run argo via webstart on a startup file or view jnlp file source

Inspect the data files.

Read about the argo xml start file format.

You can also open argo in combo mode via webstart. Click here to webstart combo or view the combo jnlp file source. (note: this will download several big data files, so it's slow)

If you are using java 1.5 or higher, argo will run in "singleton" mode through webstart. This means it will not start a new instance of itself with every jnlp file download, but route new requests to a single instance of the application. This saves download time and other system resources. Unfortunately this functionality will not work if you are running java 1.4 -- in that case, a new instance of argo will be opened with each new request.

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