Computer Programs
Floppy The computer programs available at this site are listed. Earlier programs are written in Borland Pascal versions 5, 6, & 7. Later programs are written in Borland DelphiŪ versions 1, 2, 5 and 2005. Source codes for these programs are not available. Most packages are supplied as self-extracting archives made from *.ZIP files. The archive files were created by WinZip, a very useful shareware utility.

DNA DNA Master version 5.0.2 is a 32-bit program for Windows 7, Vista and XP; it will not run on Windows 3.x or DOS machines and may not run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME or NT. DNA Master is a freeware DNA sequence editor and analysis package. I only ask that users register the program and send interested parties here to pick up a version. This program is quite powerful in what it can do, and as such does not limit itself in taking up resources. A fast computer with 512 MB of memory (or more) is recommended; greater amounts of memory are required for some functions. The installation of DNA Master requires setting up the Borland database driver subsystem. These files are also used in the Strain Manager, Oligo manager, Chemical Manager, and Invoice Manager programs.

*** DNA Master was last upgraded 24 September 2007; this is a major revision and this program will now update itself. This is also a code-breaking update of the original alpha-versions 5.0 and 5.0.1. The auto-update function will replace old versions with a new version that will not be able to access some functions correctly without the database update available in the fresh installation. DNA Master users should uninstall their previous versions before installing the new version of DNA Master; a new installation of the Borland database driver subsystem will be performed.

Slip-stream update: The current version of DNA Master is atleast 2249. If you have an earlier version, and it cannot update itself any longer, that reflects a bug in the FTp subsystem. That bug has been repaired. You will need to downlaod this slip-stream update and unzip it to your DNA master installation directory. After that, the program should be able to update itself once again.

Ferdinand is a 32-bit program for Windows 7, Vista and XP; it will not run on Windows 3.x or DOS machines and may not run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME or NT. Ferdinand is a freeware stand-alone program that reads FCS 3.0 data files and analyzes them from the distributions of fluorescent events.
*** Ferdinand was last upgraded 14 January 2013
Janus is a 32-bit program for Windows 7, Vista and XP; it will not run on Windows 3.x or DOS machines and may not run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME or NT. Janus is a freeware stand-alone program that converts CSV and tab-delimited files to Nexus data files.
*** Janus was last upgraded 11 January 2012
Jack the Knife is a 32-bit program for Windows 7, Vista and XP; it will not run on Windows 3.x or DOS machines and may not run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME or NT. Jack the Knife is a freeware stand-alone program that uses several non-parametric tests (random bootstrapping, random jackknifing, delete-one jackknifing, randomization) to calculate the significance of population-level parameters (broad- and narrow-sense heritability, correlation coefficients) for mutiple nested experimental designs (clonal, half-sib) within and among experimental data sets.
*** Jack the Knife was last upgraded 11 January 2000
Amel Ameliorator is a 16-bit program for Windows 3.11; it can run on Windows 95 and Windows NT systems with a bit of coaching. Ameliorator is a freeware program that calculates forward and backwards amelioration times for DNA sequence evolution (see Lawrence and Ochman 1997).
  Sorry, I don't have any of these programs available for the Mac.

Last Updated 14 August 2006, by JG Lawrence