neurALC?

Version 1.0 was developed during july - october 2005 in the group of Prof. Dr. E. Fernandez at the institute of bioengineering of the university Miguel Hernandez, Alicante (Spain). The update to version 2.0 was done in summer 2006.
The name of the program, neurALC, is composed from two syllables - neur derivated from the fact that the program works with neuronal data, and ALC, which is the abbreviation used in international aviation for the Alicante airport.

As of this writing neurALC is provided in four different "flavours": binary installers for Linux, MacOSX 10.3 (or higher), Windows 95 (or higher) and a source distribution (if you manage to compile a binary on any other platform, please contact us. We're happy to integrate and distribute more installers on the neurALC website). Please get the package of your choice from the download-section.


FAQ

After the installation of neurALC my previously installed version of the NEV2lkit (version 1.0-1.1.3) stop working. How to fix this? - this is a bug which is related to different version of the required libraries both programs are based on. Please visit the NEV2lkit home page and download&install the latest version (≥1.1.4) which addresses this problem.

Why there are 2 seperate binary installers for MacOSX? - Apple Computers switched the processor inside their machine during the months. neurALC is a Qt3-ased application and depends on several external frameworks. While technically it is possible to wrap everything into an "universal application" (UB) for MacOSX, it is just much easier for us to maintain 2 seperate binary installer: one for Macs with PowerPC processor(s) and one for the ones with Intel processors (Core, Xeon). If you find the time for "lipo-ing" the executables and libraries into a UB, please contact us by email or through sourceforge

I'm using the Zimbutsu3000-XXL (autumn of 1984 edition) data-acquisition system (or whatever) which saves data in its own file format. neurALC in the current version seems not capable to open these files. When there will be suppor t for this file format? - Well, this is GPL'ed sources - go ahead and extend the program for yourself. Of course we are open for suggestions, recommendations, etc. - feel free to email (but please do not expect immediate *well, if ever* implementation.)

I have found a bug. What should I do? - You can report all bugs (or possible fixes) through sourceforge. Please include to the description the name of the operating system you are using, as well as the Qt-, QWT-, QWT3D-, and FFTW-versions.

II have successfully compiled neurALC and build an installer on the Sony’s PSP, Qtopia, whatever else system and/or platform for which so far no binar y installation is available. Do you like to include it in the neurALC distributions tree? - YES! Contact us by email or through neurALC site at sourceforge.

I have extended the impor t/output and/or analysis capabilities of neurALC. Do you like to include the changes to the neurALC source tree? - YES! Contact us by email or through neurALC site at sourceforge.

Well, Trolltech released the marvelous, wowed, effulgent, *please insert your descriptive expression here* Qt4 - including even a free desktop edition for Microsoft Windows. How can you dare to offer a free program based on the ancient, hoary, paleolithic, *please insert your descriptive phrase here* Qt3? - We were and are aware of the release of Qt4 (and the resulting relief this has for example on the development of Qt-based programs under Microsoft Windows). neur ALC is par tly based on extensions to the Qt3 framework, namely the QTW and QTW3D libraries. When we star ted the development neither of these libraries was repor ted to work fully without problems with Qt4. Well, and we had an edu- cational license of Qt3, so... but, as mentioned previously, this is GPL’ed sources - go ahead and... (please see following entry in this FAQ)

I had some time during today's lunch break and por ted the source code of neurALC to Trolltech's Qt4. Do you like to include the changes to the neurALC source tree? - HOW GREAT! THANKS!! And: YES! Please contact us by email or through sourceforge

How to reference/quote/cite neurALC? - If you publish results in an ar ticle or use neurALC as data processor for any other kind of publication, please use a phrase similar to: ''Temporal response classes were obtained from the analyzed multi-electrode recordings using the neur ALC program'' in the methods section, and include the following to your list of references: neur ALC - a cross-platform, open source program for the analysis of extra-cellular neuronal multi-electrode recordings distributed under GPL (http://neuralc.sourceforge.net).




last changes 20.08.2006