Igor Pro 6.3 System Requirements

Igor Pro 6.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Igor Pro 6.3 runs natively on PowerPC and Intel processors.

If you want to run Igor on an earlier operating system, you must run Igor Pro 6.0x or earlier.

Installing Igor Pro 6.3

If you have an existing "Igor Pro 6.3 Folder" on the disk you'll be installing to, either remove or rename the folder to avoid overwriting the existing Igor files.

To install, drag the Igor Pro 6.3 Folder to your Applications folder.

Igor License Activation

When Igor Pro 6.3 is first launched, it prompts you for your serial number and activation key.

These are printed on a sticker attached to the IGOR Pro CD or in an email you received from WaveMetrics.

NOTE: The activation key for Igor Pro 6.3 is the same as for 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2, but differs from Igor 5 and earlier.

If you have not entered the serial number and activation key, Igor runs in fully-functional 30-day evaluation mode. After 30 days Igor will no longer save experiments, procedures, data, or graphics until you enter a valid serial number and activation key.

You can enter a license activation key at a later time by selecting "License..." from the "Help" menu.

Installing Igor Pro 6.3 onto a Network Server

Your administrator can install Igor Pro onto a file server, and activate a license for all users by launching Igor and entering the serial number and activation key with the "Install for All Users" checkbox checked. After clicking "Activate Entered License", choose the "Server license installation for local and remote users" radio button and click "Install License". This would be appropriate if a multi-user license was purchased.

If the administrator installs Igor but does not enter a serial number and license activation key, you can enter them yourself, though the license will not be shared by other users; other users will run Igor in 30-day evaluation mode. This is appropriate if you are the only user of Igor but only your administrator is allowed to install programs.

After Installing Igor Pro 6.3

Electronic Registration

You can register your copy of Igor by selecting "About Igor Pro..." from the "Igor Pro" menu, clicking the "License..." button and then click the "Register Igor Online" button.

You may wish to enable additional Igor extensions. See Activating More Extensions for details.

If you have more than one copy of Igor on your hard disk, you will not know which version the Finder will launch when you double-click an Igor experiment. The easiest solution for this is to launch the Igor you wish to use and then double-click the experiment.

Getting Started with Igor Pro

We strongly recommend that you take the "Guided Tour of Igor" in the Getting Started manual. It will get you off on the right foot and will save you a lot of time in the long run.

To get a feel for what Igor Pro can do, use the File->Example Experiments submenu to open several example experiments.

Igor Pro has extensive and informative interactive help (called 'Igor Tips'). And check out the Help Browser: Choose "Igor Help Browser" in the Help menu.

See "What's Changed Since 6.10.ihf" for a description of changes in the current and previous Igor 6 updates.

We recommend that users upgrading from Igor 5 see the "What's New In Igor Pro 6" help file; it explains the changes and additions since Igor Pro 5.

We recommend that users upgrading from Igor 6.0 see the "What's New In Igor Pro 6.1" help file.

Online Manual

This version of Igor Pro includes the full Igor Pro manual set as PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) files copied to your hard disk during installation. They may be accessed from Igor's Help menu by choosing "Manual".

To use the online manual you will need Adobe Reader 6.0 or later.

Demos from WaveMetrics

Demonstration versions of the Igor Filter Design Laboratory and NIDAQ Tools are installed into the "Product Demos" folder on your hard drive. They may be removed without affecting Igor's operation.

For other product demos, visit http://www.wavemetrics.com/support/demos.htm.

Activating More Igor Pro Extensions

Extensions in the "More Extensions" folder are not available in Igor Pro until you activate them.

To activate the SndLoadSaveWave.xop extension, for example:

1. In the Finder, make an alias for the file "More Extensions:File Loaders:SndLoadSaveWave.xop". (It may be simplest to command-option drag the icon onto your desktop to create the alias there.)

2. Choose "Show Igor Pro User Files" from Igor's "Help" menu. This displays your personal (and guaranteed writable) Igor configuration folders.

3. Drag the alias into the "Igor Extensions" folder.

4. Restart Igor Pro.

To see documentation and instructions for using SndLoadSaveWave.xop, double-click the file "More Extensions:File Loaders:SndLoadSaveWave Help.ihf".

If you want to have the SndLoadSaveWave Help file always available in the Windows menu:

5. Make an alias to the SndLoadSaveWave Help.ihf file and drag it into the "Igor Help Files" folder inside the Igor Pro 6 User Files folder.

Igor Programming Tips

New and experienced Igor programmers should check out:

Updating Igor Pro 6.3 to the Latest Version

Choose "Updates for Igor 6.3" from the Help menu to query the WaveMetrics web site for available standalone updaters which will update any Igor 6 to the latest version without requiring you to enter your serial number or activation key.

These updaters can also be found by visiting our updaters web site.

Getting Igor News

There are several ways to keep up with the latest Igor news and get the latest tech notes and what-not:


Visit us on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.wavemetrics.com

Igor Exchange

A user-to-user support and collaboration web site that is sponsored by WaveMetrics. Its main features are a forum and places where programmers can upload complete projects or "code snippets" and users can download them.

Igor Mailing List

The Igor mailing list provides a way for hundreds of Igor users to help one another and share solutions and ideas. WaveMetrics also posts information on the latest Igor developments.

For instructions on subscribing, unsubscribing and posting to the list, see: http://www.wavemetrics.com/support/mlist.htm


These FTP sites contain Igor-related files:

Main FTP Site: ftp://ftp.wavemetrics.net

Mirror Site: ftp://ftp.wavemetrics.com/mirror/

Alternate Mirror Site URL: ftp://ftp.wavemetrics.com/pub/mirror/


We welcome feedback at any time and we do take it seriously.

Our email addresses are sales@wavemetrics.com and support@wavemetrics.com.