The installation of MiWorkplace is really simple:

  • Download MiWorkplace
  • Extract the content of the zip file

Done!

Workspace

MiWorkplace is an Eclipse RCP application and therefore uses a folder to store anything about the user state of the application like position and state of the parts of the application (like views), preferences, temporary files, etc.

If nothing is specified this folder will be created in the current directory (which is probably the application folder) and will be named workspace.

But as this is an Eclipse RCP application various things can be configured, see http://help.eclipse.org/kepler/topic/org.eclipse.platform.doc.isv/reference/misc/runtime-options.html?cp=2_1_3_0 .

The data option gives you the ability to specify another location for the workspace folder.

 ./miworkplace -data /home/mihael/devel/miworkplace-workspace

Now you can update the application just be replacing the application folder as the workspace is stored someplace else (and not inside the application folder).

Choosing Correct Version

MiWorkplace is available for all major operating systems. Choosing the correct operating systems in the download section should be easy enough for everybody.

But when it comes to 32 or 64 bit it gets a little more complicated. Most of the time you can just take the architecture of the operating system and choose your download. But in some cases this results in an ugly error on starting up MiWorkplace.

Most of the time the reason is that you chose the correct download regarding your operating system but the installed Java version does not resemble your architecture. You can install a 32 bit Java Runtime Environment on a Windows 64 bit system. Now you have to download the Windows 32 bit version instead of the 64 bit version.

So the safest way to determine which version you should download is by looking at the Java version.

java -version

If the output is something like this (with the note to 64 bit)

java version "1.7.0_85"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea 2.6.1) (7u85-2.6.1-6~deb7u1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.85-b03, mixed mode)

then choose the 64 bit version of MiWorkplace else use the 32 bit version.

Installing into an existing Eclipse installation

If you are searching for an Eclipse Update Site which lets you integrate the editor into your Eclipse installation then search no further: there is none. The application is only published as a standalone application. There is no plan to integrate it into an existing Eclipse installation.