Download Page for IPL Plugin

The IPL Plugin

If you are running Netscape or Internet Explorer from a PC (windows 95 or NT), you can use the IPL Plugin for running many plugin-enabled experiments on the IPL site. Currently, the IPL Plugin only runs under Windows95 and NT. The IPL Plugin is supported by both Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer. It is also supported by Netscape Navigator 2.0 and above. Since, however, we recommend using Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape Communicator 4.0 when interacting with the IPL site, the following download/installation instructions will be tailored to those browser versions.

What is the IPL Plugin?

The IPL Plugin is a Netscape attachment program that supports the Reaction Time experiments that you will see on the IPL site. The IPL Plugin not only supports a large number of current experiments, but a great many experiments planned for the future. Besides enabling the rapid development of various kinds of experiments involving the recording and measuring of reaction times, the IPL Plugin allows for highly accurate recording of reaction time data at a level of accuracy not possible with Java applets.

But first, in order to be able to run these experiments, you will need to set some things up on your computer. This will take about 5 minutes.

What do I need to do?

You will need to optain a file from the IPL site and install it on your machine. This file is a "plugin" file that Netscape uses to run these experiments. A browser plugin is a program that extends the capability of Netscape and Internet Explorer in order that it do things it can not otherwise do. Since the designers of Netscape and Internet Explorer didn't plan on people doing Experimental Psychology over the Web, we have to add that capability ourselves.

Downloading and Installing the IPL Plugin Package

Getting and installing the IPL Plugin is not hard, but you have to do things in a certain order so that your browser can find the things it needs in order to run the Plugin experiments. Once you have installed the IPL Plugin, you will not have to do so again: after once installing the plugin, each time you visit the site, you can run all of the current Plugin experiments as well as those we develop in the future.

In a moment, you will read detailed blow-by-blow instructions for downloading and installing the IPL Plugin. Here, we provide an overview of what you will need to do. This overview will be followed by detailed instructions. In a nutshell, what you will to need to do is as follows:

What follows is a detailed step-by-step instruction guide for downloading and installing the IPL Plugin. You should carry out each step as you read it.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Downloading IPL Plugin

The first thing you will need to do is to get (or "download") the IPL Plugin . Here is a step-by-step guide for doing that: