Downloading, Installation and Trouble Shooting
Download Instructions. To download
Compass, you begin by clicking on one of the options listed on
the download page. Usually, your browser will display a message box giving you several
options. Select the "Save" option and choose any directory or folder to save
the information. I usually create a new temporary folder to store these files
so I don't clutter up the disk. Once you have done this, the download process
will begin. Depending on the speed of your modem and how heavy the internet
traffic is, the process may take several minutes.
Installing Compass Programs. Each
of the Compass programs have been packaged into a single file that includes
the complete installation package. Once you have downloaded the files to
your computer, locate them in Windows Explorer and double click on them.
This will begin the installation process. Just follow the instructions and
the programs will be installed. A Compass folder will appear in Program section
of the Start Menu which contain all programs, help files and supplementary
materials. There will also be an Icon for the main program on your desktop.
Troubleshooting Downloads. Sometimes people have trouble downloading
Compass files right after I have posted an update. This problem can occur
when your browser has cached an old version of the web page. Since the
browser is using an old copy of the page, it tries download a copy of the
file that is no longer on the page. If you have trouble downloading one of
the Compass files, try clearing cache in your browser.
Antivirus Issues. Another problem with downloads is that
the antivirus program may block the download from being saved on your disk. I've
done extensive work and on this problem and I think it is solved.
Click here for detailed
information on the issues.
Troubleshooting Installations. Antivirus programs can also
block or interfere with the installation process. I've done extensive work and
on this problem and I think it is solved.
Click here for detailed
information on the issues.
Walk-Through. If you are new computers or are just
having trouble installing Compass. Here is set of
step-by-step procedures for installing Compass on
various computers and operating systems.
Some of the instructions depend on what
operating system you are using. For example, Window 98,
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 all
handle these tasks differently. Also, different browsers
work differently. "Internet Explorer" comes installed on
all versions of Windows, but people will also install
different browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome.
Here are instructions for downloading and installing
1. Choose The File. Go to this web page:
Scroll down until you see "Compass For Windows," in
yellow letters. Click directly on that link.
2. Download And Run The
Installer. Depending on which browser you are using, the browser
may offer to either download and/or run the program.
A. If the browser gives you the option of running the
program then you should allow it do so and go to the step
B. If you only have the option of downloading the
program, allow it to do so and take note of where it
wants to save the program.
Usually, the browser will offer to open the folder where
the program was saved. In either case, navigate to where
the program has been saved. It will be named "WCMP32."
Double click on the program.
3. Antivirus Issues. Depending on the version of Windows you are using and
what anti-virus software you are running, you may see a
popup window warning you about the program. Likewise,
you may get warnings from your anti-virus program about
the program. In all cases you need to circumvent the
warnings and allow the programs to run.
here for detailed information on dealing with
Downloading and Antivirus Programs.
Install Process. Once you get the actual installer running, you will
see a window that fills the whole screen and has the
words "Compass" at the top. Click on the "Next" button
and it will walk you through the installation process.If you are using Windows 8, you should go here for
detailed instructions for that version of Windows.
5. Running Compass. When the installation process has
finished, you should see an Icon on your Windows desk
top labeled "Project Manager." This is the main Compass
program. Double clicking on the Icon, will start the
Project Manager. Everything is controlled from the
Project M anager.
6. Getting Started. One of the best ways to get started
with Compass is to look at some real cave data. There is
a 1-mile cave call Fulford Cave that is included with
the installation. Here is a online tutorial that will
walk you through opening and viewing this cave:
7. Compass Basics. Here are some tutorials that will show you how to
Organize, Edit, Process and View caves files:
8. Step-by-step Procedures. Here are step-by-step instructions for doing various
9. The Survey Editor. The Survey Editor is used
to enter and edit survey information. Here is information about using the Cave Survey
10. The Cave Viewer. The Cave Viewer is
specialized program that allows you to display and
manipulate the cave in three dimensions. Here is information about using the Cave Viewer:
11. Compass Features. Compass has literally
hundreds of features for manipulating, viewing and
analyzing caves. Here detailed summary of all the major
features of Compass including screen images: