This chapter contains a description of the PADE graphical user interface. Users who prefer to jump in and try a program will probably want to start with Chapter 3 in which can be found a step-by-step tutorial using the manager/worker example program that comes bundled with the PADE source code. Each time a button or menu is encountered which is unfamiliar to the user, it can be looked up in this chapter.
Before running PADE, all required software must be installed, several environment variables must be set, and a few directories must be added to the user's executables path. See the PADE Installation Guide for instructions for software installation, and Chapter 2 in this manual for setting the user's environment.