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Announcing WinCA Beta Release #2

We are happy to announce that the second beta version of WinCA, our Windows-based interactive platform for cellular automaton experimentation, is available for downloading. Those interested should get two files: winca.txt and winca_b2.exe from the first link in the Kitchen Sink, or by anonymous ftp to psoup.math.wisc.edu or excite.math.wisc.edu. The file winca.txt contains basic info about system requirements and installation. Program documentation, together with information about the current state of the beta, future plans and CA resources, appears in the WinCA help file (winca.hlp).

This week's recipe thumbnail is the WinCA splash screen, and this week's soup shows the program at startup. A Cyclic Particle System demo experiment (cps.xpt) is displayed. Features evident include a Parameter Panel, Button Bar, Control Panel and Status Bar. This button-based interface permits easy and efficient 256-color dynamic visualization of almost all of the cellular automaton rules that are featured here in the Kitchen. Two dozen such demos and companion Notes files are included with beta #2, providing a tutorial in basic WinCA features and techniques.

We are eager for feedback concerning the WinCA front end in this second version of the program. Those who report back with bugs and suggestions will be highest on our list for future updates that support and document user-defined rule development. Feel free to pass along the software to anyone you feel might be willing to participate in the beta testing. The Cook's page of this Kitchen provides a convenient e-mail link.

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