PSExplorer User Guide

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PSExplorer displays helpful information about the user’s environment. Such information may help explain why other PowerSurge Publishing applications are having difficulty executing successfully.

Getting Started

System Requirements

PSExplorer is written in Java and can run on any reasonably modern operating system, including Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. PSExplorer requires a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), also known as a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The version of this JRE/JVM must be at least 6. Visit to download a recent version for most operating systems. Installation happens a bit differently under Mac OS X, but generally will occur fairly automatically when you try to launch a Java app for the first time.

Because PSExplorer may be run on multiple platforms, it may look slightly different on different operating systems, and will obey slightly different conventions (using the CMD key on a Mac, vs. an ALT key on a PC, for example).


PSExplorer Copyright 2004 - 2014 by Herb Bowie

PSExplorer is open source software. Source code is available at GitHub.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.


Download the latest version from Decompress the downloaded file. Drag the resulting file or folder into the location where you normally store your applications. Double-click on the jar file (or the application, if you’ve downloaded the Mac app) to launch.

Data Fields

PSExplorer works with system variables and parameters.

User Interface

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