[Mesquitelist] Mesquite 2.5 released
wmaddisn at interchange.ubc.ca
Mon Jun 9 13:50:34 PDT 2008
Mesquite 2.5 has been released at http://mesquiteproject.org.
Most visible in this new version is a change in interface colors and
design, but more important are:
-- There is a new Project Panel that helps you remember and use the
objects (taxa, matrices, trees, etc.) in your project
-- Consensus trees are now built in (Strict, semistrict, majority rules)
-- There are new tools for manual sequence alignment; Mesquite now
has all of the primary sequence alignment tools that are present in
MacClade, as well as a few additional features.
-- Two new features handle calculations with multiple trees, Step
Through Trees and Summarize State Changes Over Trees. A new tree
exporter enables you to read many trees from one file, transform
them, and save them to a new tree file.
-- The Tree Window and Character Matrix Editor both have new "info
panels" that provide a quick way to get information about the trees
or matrix, edit footnotes, and (for categorical data) edit state
These and other new features are described here:
There are many minor bug fixes and improvements, and a few
substantive bug fixes.
Modules compatible with version 2.01 are not necessarily compatible
with 2.5. Tuatara is compatible, and CoMET is probably compatible.
The following packages have new versions, just released, that you
will need to get if you wish to use them with Mesquite 2.5:
Cartographer -- http://mesquiteproject.org/packages/cartographer/
SILK -- http://mesquiteproject.org/packages/SILK/
Stratigraphic Tools/StratAdd --
PDAP is incompatible, but a new version will come soon
TreeSetViz is incompatible.
Links to these packages are also available on the Mesquite home page.
The Headless version of Mesquite has not yet been updated to version 2.5.
As an aside, the Project Panel is another step in a series of
improvements we are making so that Mesquite is easier to use. The
first had been the search system to help you find features. With the
Project Panel, you can more easily keep track of the data objects
that belong to you. Our next target is to improve the ease with
which you can discover what calculations are available, and how to
Wayne Maddison David R. Maddison
Departments of Zoology and Botany Department of Entomology
University of British Columbia University of Arizona
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Tucson, AZ 85721
email: wmaddisn at interchange.ubc.ca email: beetle at ag.arizona.edu
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