You can build FreeMind with Eclipse, an integrated development environment for Java used by many, or without Eclipse.
Guide for building with Eclipse
Another building with Eclipse
Here's what I did to get things working on Eclipse 3.3 with Windows XP:
- Download the source code for whichever version you're interested in (I myself downloaded freemind-src-0.9.0_Beta_13_icon_butterfly.tar.gz )
- Create a new Java Project in Eclipse
- Extract the archive you downloaded
- Open the freemind directory in Windows (it should contain .classpath, .project, build.xml, and a whole bunch of other files and folders)
- Select all of the files and drag them onto your newly created project, in the Eclipse Package Explorer
- Select yes when it asks you if you want to overwrite
- That should do it.
Building with SDK and Ant
A simple way for a developer of compiling FreeMind is perhaps the following. It takes the source code from the latest release in the file section at SourceForge instead of from CVS.
- Install Java SDK — standard development kit
- Install Ant — a tool for building code using complicated make files)
- Download FreeMind's source code as published in the Files section
- Unpack the source code package with the extension
- Change directory to the one where
build.xmlfile resides — the build file for Ant, similar to make files for the C language
antin the command shell
- build.xml - CVS