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v.6.08.00 RC5

This marks a release candidate for 6.08.00.

Prerequisites:

Java 11 aka Java 55 aka 18.09 or 18.10. (Including OpenJDK 11 variants) - Oracle only supplies JDK, this will work.

PCGEN 6.08.00 RC5 is not compatible with Java 10 (or earlier) and it is NOT SUPPORTED. To get the latest version of Java, go to AdoptOpenJDK. PCGen has been tested with OpenJDK and AdoptOpenJDK Java 11 (including the JRE). We decided to use Java 11 as this is a 3-year supported (Long Term Support), Java 8 is no longer updated.

Be aware that due to Oracle's new Licensing, and lack of availability of the Java 11 JRE public releases, we are recommending OpenJDK alternative. AdoptOpenJDK also have JREs (Normal Java) for the end users that is not installed and may take an extra couple of steps to make work. If this is not something you want to worry about, then please use the WINDOWS INSTALLER version of PCGen, as this comes with embedded JREs for both x86 and x64 Windows OS's. For those that want to do the manual installation, please see below for the 'How to Install' links below for your Operating System. You can download the Oracle Java 11 JDK but that will be a much bigger download.

Note: To use the BAT file, you need to have the System Variables for JAVA_HOME set to the root folder of the Java 11 (Has the bin folder in it), and then the System Variables 'path' have '%JAVA_HOME%\bin' included. You can either set this manually, or install Chocolately and then run 'choco install openjdk' in your command prompt window or powershell. Interesting side note, you can install JDK 11 from oracle running 'choco install jdk11'.

LINKS:

HELP! The .exe doesn't work for me with OpenJDK.

If you have it installed correctly, you can use http://johann.loefflmann.net/en/software/jarfix/index.html to reset association for the .jar file, and that works.

NOTE: The specific files for loading PCGen are as follows:

  • pcgen.exe (Main Executable for Windows)
  • pcgen.bat (Windows Command Line Executable)
  • pcgen_JREx32.bat (Windows Command Line for JRE 11 x32 version - Zip Folder Only)
  • pcgen_JREx64.bat (Windows Command Line for JRE 11 x64 version - Zip Folder Only)
  • pcgen.sh (Command Line Executable for Linux / Mac)
  • pcgen,jar (Java Executable file - Mac users)
  • pcgen.dmg (Executable for Mac) <-- Delayed as a Mac Developer must do this

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