1.1. HOW TO USE THE BALSAC DOCUMENTATION

next, previous Section / Table of Contents / Index The complete BALSAC documentation ((C) Copyright K. Hermann 1991-2005) comes in one book with 12 sections and is also included as a printable ASCII file 'balsac.doc' in the BALSAC package. The BEGINNERS may first want to read the brief introduction into BALSAC features including new program options and improvements described in Sec. 1.4. Then they will obtain flavor of how to use BALSAC by reading through Sec. 2.4. Afterwards he/she should work through the complete tutorial, Sec. 3, where various applications are discussed in example sessions. This provides some basic understanding of the strategies used in BALSAC and teaches how the most important options work. Further, they may consult Sec. 4 for hints (see in particular the "Questions and answers" Sec. 4.5). The ADVANCED users may want to inspect new program options and improvements introduced in this updated version and described in Sec. 1.4. They may want to look up basic definitions of lattices, color assignments, coordinate systems, and file names in Sec. 5. Further, they obtain detailed explanations of all options in Secs. 6.2-3. Then they may consult Sec. 4 for hints (see in particular the "Questions and answers" Sec. 4.5) and Sec. 6.4 for output file format definitions. Finally, Sec. 6.4.6.1 helps to improve PostScript output. The SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR finds detailed informations on how to install and set up BALSAC in Sec. 2 while Sec. 7 helps in trouble shooting. The installation requires basic knowledge of the Microsoft Disk Operating System (DOS) for DOS-based systems and minor Unix experience for Unix-based systems. next, previous Section / Table of Contents / Index