JavE - Frequently Asked Questions



1. Running the program, crashs, problems

2. General questions about JavE

3. Questions about ASCII art

Questions and Answers

1. Running the program, crashs, problems

1.1 Where is the EXE?
See next item below.

1.2 I have double clicked on the javeXXX.jar file but nothing happens.
See next item below.

1.3 JavE won't start.
JavE is a Java application. This means it will run on a variety of systems, but it can not run without a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed.
You can get the JRE for free from http://java.sun.com/getjava/.
After installation of the JRE you should be able to start JavE (or any other java application) by double clicking on the javeXXX.jar-file. For a more detailed description for different operating systems have a look at the JavE documentation.

On some systems JavE will not start when there is a space character in the program path. E.g. C:\Program Files\jave\ will not work. Please use a folder without spaces, e.g. C:\programs\jave\

If all that does not help, open a Dos box and navigate to the JavE folder. Type java -jar jave5.jar and see what happens.

1.4 I have double clicked on the javeXXX.jar file but instead of JavE another application (like Winrar or Freezip) jumps up!
The other application is associated with the jar file extension. Try to configure the other application not to be associated with *.jar-files. Installing the JRE should automatically associate the Java Runtime to be associated with the jar file extension.

1.5 Can you please make an EXE?
Unfortunately it is not possible to create an EXE file - at least without enormous effort and making the download package >20MB.

1.6 The keyboard shortcuts use weired combinations such as Ctrl-Numpad-3!
This bug has been fixed with version 5.0 of JavE.

1.7 Starting JavE causes my system to hang!
See next item below.

1.8 JavE starts, but it does not show any icons on the buttons!
See next item below.

1.9 Starting JavE I get an error message somewhat like this:
An unexpected exception has been detected in native code outside the VM.
Unexpected Signal : EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION occurred at PC=0x6D1E2AFB

NOTE: We are unable to locate the function name symbol for the error
      just occurred. Please refer to release documentation for possible
      reason and solutions.

Current Java thread:
at sun.awt.font.NativeFontWrapper.registerFonts(Native Method)
- locked <0698FDC8> (a java.lang.Class)
at sun.java2d.SunGraphicsEnvironment.addPathFonts
This is a long known bug (Bug-Id: 4482430) in the Java Runtime Environment. Fortunately it has been fixed in Java 1.5.0 (Tiger). So I recommend updating your Java installation.

When the system hangs you can kill the JRE by holding down Ctrl-Alt-Delete for about 10 seconds. You will then have to restart Windows, for otherwise when running JavE you will not see any images and icons.

1.10 I have found a bug. What can I do?
Write to markus@jave.de and don't forget to tell me what operating system and Java Runtime Environment you are using.

I try to fix all bugs, but I need your help to find out where there are any.

2. General questions about JavE

2.1 How do you spell "JavE"?
Try to speek it like a mixture of the words "jam" and "wave":spelling

2.2 Are there other fonts supported than "Courier New"?
Yes, but please do not expect it to work on all systems out there. Java font support is not very good in JDK1.1.
There is an item "font" in the menu "view". You can select a font there. However this will only work with a limited subset of all installed fonts on your system. Also JavE will forget the setting after restart. I will extend this option in future releases.
If you want to use the Fixedsys font from windows, you have to download and install the true type font (TTF) version from http://fixedsys.moviecorner.de.

3. Questions about ASCII art

3.1 Where can I find out more about ASCII art?
I suggest reading the documents in the ASCII art Documents Archive.

3.2 Where can I find lots of cool ASCII art images?
Look at http://www.ascii-art.de for example.

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