The Windows installer for ArgoUML
assigns the ".zargo" extension to the ArgoUML application,
so that double or single clicking on a ArgoUML project file
automatically starts ArgoUML.
However, if the installer is not used,
but one of the other installation methods is used,
then you may want to configure Windows manually for this.
In this case, follow the explanation below.
2.5.1. Making .zargo-file clickable (on Windows XP)
We have reports that this isn't working on Windows Vista.
Please don't try it there - see the next chapter instead.
This works only if you have installed using the binary distribution.
First, find a Zargo file, and right-click on it.
You should get the normal Windows menu, including an Open or Open With
At this point, give a description for the file like "ArgoUML Model",
and tell Windows to use Notepad to open the file.
That's not what you want to do ultimately, but it does get Windows to
accept the .zargo extension as representing a valid file type.
Now, open Windows Explorer and from the menu select View->Options
(or on Windows XP: Tools->Folder Options...).
should get a two (or more) tabbed dialog. Click the "File Types" dialog, and
then scroll through the list for the Description you gave - in the example
"ArgoUML Model". Click to select that file type, and then click the "Edit"
Now, click on the "Open" action and then the "Edit" button there. You will
then get a dialog that has a line for entering in the application action
which will have a line for using Notepad to open the file. Replace that line
"C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.6.0_05\bin\javaw.exe" -jar "c:\ArgoUML\argouml.jar" "%L"
Substitute your path to your
argouml.jar files if they are
in a different location.
Click OK, then click OK, then click OK (three buttons on
three different levels of the dialog).
The %L in the above commandline is needed instead of %1
because that is the way to
support filename extensions of more than 3 characters.
2.5.2. Making .zargo-file clickable (on Windows Vista)
1) Create a batch file "runargo.bat"
in your ArgoUML directory which looks
something like this:
start javaw -cp "argouml.jar" org.argouml.application.Main %1 /B
replacing "C:\ArgoUML" as appropriate.
2) Associate your .zargo files with this batch file
(just double-click a .zargo
file and follow the instructions).