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LIME has been developed by the VOG Group through our ongoing activities at the forefront of virtual geoscience. It was released during the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (21-23rd September 2016). LIME is available for Windows, though further platforms are planned to be supported in the future.
A free 30-day trial will start when you install LIME for the first time. If you are a returning user, valid keys will be picked up automatically. If your key has expired you can activate online here. Major efforts in time and resources are expended in adding features and fixing issues, bringing LIME to an increasingly professional standard. For v2, we decided to add a small annual charge for academic users (see our post on this).
LIME will run on most laptops and workstations running the 64bit Windows operating system. However, the following hardware recommendation will help you increase performance, especially with larger datasets.
- Dedicated GPU for running the 3D graphics (NVIDIA recommended, e.g. Quadro series >2GB).
- >4GB RAM (recommended 16GB or more) is needed to load larger 3D model data
- A multi-core processor is beneficial for multi-threaded data loading
- High-speed hard drives for faster out of core data loading for level of detail (LOD) datasets
- Plenty of hard drive space for those large 3D datasets, and/or:
- A good Internet connection if using cloud 3D data connections (e.g. V3Geo)
Of these, the first and second items are most important to get the best performance.
How to cite and acknowledge LIME
Buckley, S.J., Ringdal, K., Naumann, N., Dolva, B., Kurz, T.H., Howell, J.A., Dewez, T.J.B., 2019. LIME: Software for 3-D visualization, interpretation, and communication of virtual geoscience models, Geosphere, 15(1): 222-235. doi:10.1130/GES02002.1.
In addition to the citation, if you find LIME useful in your work, please recognise the great efforts the development team make, by acknowledging the VOG Group in any publication, presentation or other dissemination based on use of the software.
Test dataset and getting started
See the LIME Resources page for tutorials, a test dataset and FAQs useful when getting started with the software.
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