Installing one of the precompiled releases is the easiest way to obtain ArtiSynth for running demo programs or some existing models. To do this, go to www.artisynth.org/downloads, download the distribution you want, and unzip it in an appropriate location on your computer.
Once ArtiSynth is downloaded and unzipped, it should be possible to run it immediately by using a file browser to locate and then double click on the batch file
Note that artisynth.command is just a copy of the artisynth bash script; the .command suffix makes it recognizable to the MacOS GUI as a command.
ArtiSynth can also be run from a terminal window.
To do this, open a terminal window, set the current directory to <ARTISYNTH_HOME>, and run the command bin/artisynth:
> cd <ARTISYNTH_HOME> > bin/artisynth
If you place <ARTISYNTH_HOME>/bin in your PATH environment variable (Section 13.1), then ArtiSynth can be run from a terminal window with the simple command> artisynth
regardless of the current directory.
Details on how to load and run demo models are given in Section 7.
A precompiled ArtiSynth distribution can also be imported into an integrated development environment (IDE), such as Eclipse, to facilitate compilation and execution. To import ArtiSynth into Eclipse, follow the instructions in Section 12.2, using <ARTISYNTH_HOME> as the project directory.