Dexter Download Page

This page provides links to the Dexter tools via Java Web Start as well as links to downloadable .jar files. For more information on installation options, please see the page How to install Dexter.

Note that it is no longer necessary to request the link to the secret download page to get Dexter. Anyone can download the program from right here!

Information on versions

December 2011: There is an experimental development version of Dexter available here, but it may be less stable than the version below.

October 2011: The latest version of Dexter is still 0.6.4, which is a beta version; a new and improved (beta) version is expected by the end of the year. Please check back, or sign up for the mailing list.

March 2007: The latest version of Dexter is 0.6.4. This includes a few bugfixes and is therefore much preferable to all previous versions.

Feb 2007: The latest version of Dexter is 0.6.3. This includes a couple of bugfixes, including one for the problem that sometimes it was impossible to create a stylesheet for a written document.

August 2006: The latest version of Dexter is 0.6.2. The 0.6.x versions include many improvements in Dexter's inner workings, the user interface, and the documentation. I recommend you check out the User Manual, which you get to by launching either tool and clicking "Help".

For information on the current state of features in Dexter, see the page The Good News and the Bad News and the Bug Page.

For information on how to report problems with Dexter, launch either program, click on "Help", and read the topic How to report a problem.

Please don't hesitate to contact Gregory if you have problems, or if you would like access to the source code.

Sample files

Here's a test file you are welcome to try the Converter on: Lewis_transcript.txt. And here's an XML version of the test file, which should match the one you produce with the Converter. You may use this to try out the Coder: Lewis_transcript.xml.

Install Dexter via Java Web Start (recommended)

Click the icon to launch the Dexter Converter:

Click the icon to launch the Dexter Coder:

Manual installation

Below are links to the the .jar files required to run Dexter manually, which are in turn wrapped into .zip archives. You will have to unzip these after downloading. Make sure you unzip both zip files into the same directory.

Note that you need to download two zip files. The first contains the Dexter components that are updated frequently. The second contains support files that are unlikely to change often. This way, you can often update Dexter by just downloading one file (the much smaller one). Just check to see whether the support file number has changed since the last version you downloaded.

In case you wish to use an older version of Dexter, they are archived here. However, we recommend always using the latest release, which is at the top.

Dexter version 0.6.4
Dexter files: Dexter.0.6.4.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.002.zip
Dexter version 0.6.3
Dexter files: Dexter.0.6.3.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.002.zip NOTE THAT THIS IS NEW!
Dexter version 0.6.2
Dexter files: Dexter.0.6.2.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.6.1
Dexter files: Dexter.0.6.1.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.6.0
Dexter files: Dexter.0.6.0.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.5.0
Dexter files: Dexter.0.5.0.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.4.5
Dexter files: Dexter.0.4.5.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.4.4
Dexter files: Dexter.0.4.4.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.4.3
Dexter files: Dexter.0.4.3.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.4.2
Dexter files: Dexter.0.4.2.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.4.1
Dexter files: Dexter.0.4.1.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip
Dexter version 0.4.0
Dexter files: Dexter.0.4.0.zip
Support files: Dexter_support.001.zip

What do I need to use Dexter?

In case you're wondering, here's what you need in order to use Dexter:

  • A computer running one of these operating systems:
    • Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
    • Mac OS 10 or later
    • Linux, any version that supports Java 1.4 or later
    • Unix, running the X-Window system
    (Note that we have not yet tested all of these, but in principle, all should work. The important criterion is that the system support Java 1.4 or later.)
  • The Java Runtime Environment (JRE, also called the Java Virtual Machine), version 1.4.0 or greater. This comes preinstalled on almost all computers now, but if you don't have it, you can get it for free from Sun Microsystems, or Java Web Start can take care of it for you. See the installation instructions.

    If you're wondering what version of Java you have, see the Java page.

  • An occasional internet connection and a browser. Any reasonably modern browser should do; we recommend Firefox. Safari on Mac OS X is also good. You won't need to be on the internet to use Dexter, but if you're online, you can take advantage of some of the features of Java Web Start. See the installation instructions.
  • Some data, in the form of transcripts of speech or written documents. Your documents can start out in many different formats, but you will need to save them as plain text (.txt) or XML (.xml) before converting them. You will use Dexter to convert your data to DexML, a form of XML that enables all of the neat things that Dexter can do. See the instructions for the Dexter Converter.