New Version of GDB/Accessor Available
GDB/Accessor 5.2 enhancements
The new version of GDB/Accessor, called 5.2 to match the GDB version, includes
the following enhancements:
. Start-up and searching are faster
. Ability to specify the default GDB and gopher servers
The default databases for searching GDB and the databases available
via gopher (OMIM, Sequence Databases, MLC etc) are at Johns Hopkins
University (JHU) in Baltimore and other sites in the United States.
Use the Special menu to specify searching databases somewhere else:
Configure GDB Servers - specify where to search GDB
Configure Other Databases - specify where to search each of
the other databases
For detailed instructions on how to specify new default databases,
choose Configure GDB/Accessor in the Help menu or see the documentation
that comes with the program. This documentation will be in a file
called "GDB/Accessor Instructions 5.2" when you get the new program
from FTP or from updating your current version.
. Additional command key shortcuts
The following list includes all the command key shortcuts; the
new ones are indicated by '*'.
* Cmd-. cancel query or reports in progress
PLEASE NOTE: This may not work immediately or at all
depending on the action you are trying to cancel,
your distance on the network from the GDB server,
and other factors.
You can also still specify the number of items
Accessor retrieves before pausing by selecting
Query Settings in the Special menu. The default
number is 50.
* Cmd-P print report
* Cmd-R Probe Query Dialog
Cmd-L Locus Query Dialog
Cmd-M Map Query Dialog
Cmd-Q quit GDB/Accessor
. Meeting Abstracts available
Meeting Abstracts have been added as a new type of citation. The full
view includes the name and dates of the meeting, and the country and
city where the meeting occurred.
. Progress information displayed when generating reports
A Progress Information box appears when generating reports from GDB
and includes the number of characters retrieved from the database.
. SQL Agent Man has been updated to version 2.0, which has improved performance
and robustness and allows hooks to generate complex reports.
Updating your current GDB/Accessor software
If you are already a GDB/Accessor user, you can use your current version to
get the new 5.2 version:
1. Start up your current version
You will see a notice that the new version is available
2. Choose Update in the Special menu
the new program will be automatically downloaded from Gopher
3. unBinHex the new 5.2 application
4. Start up the new version
Getting GDB/Accessor for the first time
If you do not yet have a copy of GDB/Accessor, here are the system requirements
and instructions on getting the software.
The software is designed to run on a Macintosh with access to the Internet.
It will run without loss of functionality under System 6 or 7. The minimum
For either system
MacTCP version 1.0 or above (MacTCP version 1.1.1 or higher is
Approximately 600K to store the program, documentation, and
Approximately 1.5 megabytes of free memory to run
At least 640x480 screen resolution (13" monitor or greater)
For System 6
System software 6.0.4 or above (version 6.0.8 is recommended)
At least 2 megabytes of RAM to run under Finder; at least 2.5
megabytes of RAM to run under MultiFinder
For System 7
System software 7.0 or above
At least 4 megabytes of RAM
GDB/Accessor is available at no cost via anonymous FTP:
Server Name ftp.gdb.org
Files accessor.sea.hqx (program in Stuffed, BinHex format)
accessor52.readme (how to convert the BinHex file into
a Macintosh application)
If you have the appropriate Macintosh to run GDB/Accessor but no access
to FTP, contact GDB User Support for alternate ways of getting the software.
Please send all questions regarding GDB/Accessor distribution or use to:
GDB User Support
Genome Data Base
Johns Hopkins University
2024 E. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Internet: help at gdb.org
Phone: (410) 955-7058
Fax: (410) 614-0434