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Getting Started

This section describes how to download, install, and run MicroView. It will also show you where and how to get help.


See the Downloads section for download instructions.


Launching MicroView


Start MicroView by performing one of the following steps:

  • Double-click the icon of any supported image file (such as a vff file), which was associated with MicroView during the installation process, file from within Window's Explorer or any file browser. MicroView will be launched, and the selected image file will be automatically loaded.
  • Run MicroView by selecting it from the system Start menu. Select StartProgramsParallax InnovationsMicroViewMicroView.



The MicroView installation process will place a MicroView launcher in the Applications folder of the Finder application. Double-click on the Parallax Innovations icon (FinderApplicationsMicroView) to start MicroView.


When using MicroView under Linux, ensure X11 is installed, and an X session (e.g. KDE, Gnome, LXDE, etc.) has been started. Start MicroView by:

  • Running /opt/PI/MicroView/MicroView from an xterm, or similar console;
  • Selecting Graphics → MicroView from the system menu (applies to Gnome desktops; KDE menu entries may differ slightly).

Getting Help

MicroView has context-sensitive help attached to most dialogs and windows, including the main MicroView window. Press F1, or h at any time to view the MicroView quick-reference guide. Additional MicroView support can be obtained through the MicroView forum, or by email: Bug reports should be directed to MicroView's github site.