Required Software - Overview
Software to run SENIB
OpenOffice is required to run SENIB. OpenOffice is a free open source program similar to Microsoft Office. SENIB only uses "Calc" in OpenOffice which is similar to "Excel" in Microsoft Office, but it's not possible to only install "Calc". More specific requirements for OpenOffice can be found for each of these operating systems; Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.
Software for blueprints in PDF format
If you have blueprints in PDF format and want to measure the length of the exterior walls digitally then you also need the free software PDF-XChange Viewer 2.5.x. or PDF-XChange Editor 7 or later which is only available for the operating system Microsoft Windows. Version 8 of the "Editor" is the recommended software to use. You can't use Adobe Acrobat.
On Mac OS X PDF-XChange Viewer Portable and PDF-XChange Editor Portable is tested (at the time of writing) on the latest version of both the Development and the Staging branch of Wine (1.9.21) and both branches works with both programs. This was tested without installing 64 bit support during the installation of Wine. Please follow this link for prerequisites and download of Wine.
On Linux PDF-XChange Editor Portable is tested (at the time of writing) with the latest version of Wine (1.9.21) and worked fine. PDF-XChange Viewer runs perfect on Wine version 1.8 (x86) and can easily be installed with Play on Linux which makes it possible to only run PDF-XChange Viewer with Wine 1.8 (x86). Wine 1.9.21 is tested with PDF-XChange Viewer but the program will crash when you export measurements to a CSV-file. Therefore Wine 1.8 (x86) is recommended for PDF-XChange Viewer. The necessary programs can most likely be installed with your distributions package manager. Install the package wine-development, wine-staging or wine. Also install the packages wine-mono, wine-gecko and for PDF-XChange Viewer playonlinux as well.
Why these software’s
Benefits of OpenOffice over Microsoft Office
- In OpenOffice you can undo almost everything with Ctrl + Z.
- OpenOffice is free.
- OpenOffice is available in a version for the Linux operating system which is also free.
- OpenOffice is available in two versions for Windows. One of them is a portable version that eliminates the need to install the software. A portable program is also easy to move to another computer with preserved settings.
Advantages of OpenOffice, compared with a web-based interface
- In OpenOffice, everyone can add new formulas and calculations without being limited by a web-based interface.
- For copyright reasons it’s an advantage that no outdoor temperature statistics needs to be stored at SENIB's servers.
There are of course also disadvantages with OpenOffice, but not as important as the benefits.
PDF-XChange Viewer and PDF-XChange Editor are the only programs that we have found that are capable of measuring blueprints in PDF files and export all measured values to CSV files in a consistent way. A great bonus is of course also that the programs are free!