AcadianaMOO, port 6556

Installing tkMOO-light for Macs

Page modified from the Connections web site, with the permission of Tari Fanderclai and John Walter: any mistakes are our own, and not theirs!

Fanderclai, Tari and John Walter. "Installing tkMOO-light for Macs."  Connections website. 1994-2001. (April 8, 2002)

To install tkMOO-light on your Macintosh machine and use it to connect to Acadiana, follow these instructions.

There are four things to do. Do all four steps, including downloading and installing the tkmoo-light worlds file for Acadiana, or Acadiana will not appear as an option when you try to connect.

  1. Download the tkMOO-light software
  2. Install tkMOO-light
  3. Install the worlds file that contains the information for connecting to Acadiana
  4. Start tkMOO-light and use it to connect to Acadiana
You may want to print this page so that you'll be able to keep these instructions in view as you work.

Note that while this takes a lot of space to explain, it's super easy to do. If you're used to downloading and installing software, please use these instructions anyhow to make sure you do not forget to install the correct worlds file.

I. Download tkMOO-light

  1. Go to the tkMOO-light distribution page .
  2. Find the downloadable file under the heading "tkMOO-light for Macintosh." This file name will be something like tm0-3-31.sit . The numbers in the filename will change each time tkMOO-light is upgraded and a new version is offered here, but the file needed by Mac users always has a .sit extension on its name.
  3. Before you download the tkMOO-light file, make sure you have a program able to unpack a .sit archive file. If you don't have one, download Stuffit Expander before you download tkMOO-light. There is a link to Stuffit Expander right there in the "tkMOO-light for Macintosh" section of the tkMOO-light distribution page.
  4. To download tkMOO-light for Mac, click on the link to the download file for Macintosh. The file should download and Stuffit Expander should extract it automatically.
  5. If prompted, select a save location for the file, the same as you do when saving any other file to your computer. Your Desktop is a good location for this particular file, which you'll be able to delete after you've finished the installation.

II. Install tkMOO-light

  1. If Stuffit Expander has extracted your file, you should have two new files, a .sit file named something like tm0-3-31.sit and a folder named something like tm0-3-31. You can rename the folder, if you prefer, and you can throw the .sit file away.
  2. If Stuffit Expander has not extracted your file, you need to launch Stuffit Expander and then double-click the file you just downloaded. When prompted, select your desktop as the location where the file should be saved.

III. Install the tkMOO-light Worlds file for Acadiana

The Worlds file is the file that contains information tkMOO-light uses to connect to MOOs you want to use. For your convenience, I offer a Worlds file already aimed at Connections. Once you've installed it, you can add other MOOs to it.
  1. Option-click on this link: worlds.tkm .
  2. Select Save As or your browser's equivalent.

    In the Save dialog box:

    • Navigate to the Preferences folder within your System Folder
    • Make sure the File name line says worlds.tkm
    • Click the Save button. You might see a dialog box telling you that the worlds.tkm file already exists, and asking whether you want to replace it. If you do, click Yes--replace the original worlds.tkm file with the one you're downloading.

IV. Run tkMOO-light and connect to Acadiana!

  1. Open your new tkMOO-light folder (remember, it's called something like tm0-3-31, unless you renamed it).
  2. Locate the tkmoo file, which has a grey diamond icon with a blue feather in it.
  3. Double-click the tkMOO file, and tkMOO-light will open. It will look pretty blank; don't let that worry you.
  4. From the Connect menu in the upper left corner of the menu, select Acadiana, and tkMOO-light will open a connection to the MOO Connections. You'll see the Connections welcome screen appear in the large white area of the tkMOO-light window. Now you can log in!
  5. Your input box, or command line, is the pink box at the bottom of the screen; you'll see your cursor blinking in the upper left corner. In that input box, enter one of the following commands:

    If you have an Acadiana character, enter:

    connect yourcharactername yourpassword

    For example:
     connect walker u4mxy9

    If you want to connect as a guest, enter:
    connect guest
  6. To get started using Acadiana, consult the information given you by your teacher or group leader, or use one of these Connections tutorials (Connections uses the same software as Acadiana and is our sistermoo:

    For more help and more tutorials, explore the options on the Connections home page

Some important notes