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To install and run Art of Illusion, you will need to follow these three steps:

Step 1: Install a Java Virtual Machine

First, you will need a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) which is compatible with Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1 or later (JDK 1.4 is recommended on those platforms for which it is available.). Here are links to JVMs for several popular operating systems:





Step 2: Install the Java Media Framework (optional)

Next, download and install the Java Media Framework. (This is not absolutely required, and most of Art of Illusion will work normally without it. You will not be able to save animations in Quicktime format, however, if it is not installed.)

Step 3: Install the program

Next download an archive containing the program and associated files from the Art of Illusion web site ( Use your favorite decompression program to extract the files from the archive.

Note: Some decompression programs have an option to recursively expand any compressed files found in an archive. Make sure this option is turned off. The archive contains several .jar files which must be left intact, or the program will not work properly.

Note for Macintosh users: If you use Stuffit Expander to extract the files, make sure the "Convert text files to Macintosh format" option is set to "Never". This option can cause files to become corrupted.

Step 4: Run the program

The precise method for running the program varies depending on what operating system you are using.

Download a launcher application from Place it in the ArtOfIllusion folder, right next to ArtOfIllusion.jar. To run the program, simply double-click the launcher application.

Unix or Windows
You should be able to run Art of Illusion simply by double-clicking on ArtOfIllusion.jar. If this does not work for you, you can also run it from the command line by going to the ArtOfIllusion directory and typing:

java -Xmx128m -jar ArtOfIllusion.jar

Replace the '128' with the amount of RAM you have on your system.

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