Generally, an applet provides functionality or performance beyond the default capabilities of its container (the browser). When you run an applet, it runs in the browser window, but executes locally. The VUE applet is signed with a certificate to allow VUE to save VUE maps to and read VUE maps from your local computer. To learn more about signed applets, see Sun's Applet Security Basics document: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/plugin/developer_guide/security.html
Why use the VUE applet?
The benefit of using the VUE applet to users is that VUE doesn't have to be installed locally, while as a site owner you can host both VUE and VUE maps on your own web server. You can give non-VUE users a richer subset of VUE features to use in interacting with your maps than possible by using the HTML output features (Interactive Web Graphic) of VUE.
Limitations of the VUE applet
In order to reduce the download size of the applet itself, not every feature available in the full application is replicated in the applet.
Features removed from the applet version include:
- The use of OSID data resources
- Pathways presentation mode
- Outline view
- PDF and SVG saving
- Slides are never displayed
- LMS integration with Sakai (disabled)
- Fedora Commons upload (disabled)
Using the hosted VUE Applet
In order to take advantage of this applet, be sure that you have enabled Java on your browser. If you suspect that VUE did not start because you do not have Java enabled in your browser, you can read more on how to enabled Java here:
The hosted VUE applet, available for use through the VUE website can be reached by going here in a Java enabled browser:
The applet should work in current versions of all major browsers including Firefox, IE7+ and Safari on all platforms which VUE supports.
Installing the VUE applet on your own webserver
To install VUE on your web site:
- Download the VUEApplet.zip file from the VUE web site. This can be found by visiting http://vue.tufts.edu/download/
- Uunzip the downloaded file. You should have a directory named "vueapplet". This directory contains the essential files required to install and use VUE.
- Copy all files found in the "vue" directory to your web server.
Configuring the VUE applet
There is only one VUE specific static applet parameter for defining when VUE is running in Zotero mode.