In other blogs we've told you about what Pulse is and why you'd want to use it. Now, you can take a look inside and see how Pulse can make your tools work for you.

If you are interested in trying Pulse but aren't quite sure what to expect, then this blog will show you just how simple it is. 

1. To get your hands on Pulse, it just takes a simple download from the website.

2. When you get there, click the "Get Pulse Now" button on the home page. This will automatically send you to a download page that's appropriate for your operating system. Pulse works great on Windows, Linux and Mac, and based on your browser we give you the right download option. So, just click 'Download'.  It's really small, so it won't take long.

3. Just a quick double-click to get the installer going...

4. When you run the executable, you'll quickly see a status window letting you know that Pulse is launching. Everything is smooth.

5. In a few seconds, the Pulse installer will ask you how you'd like to use Pulse (Register, Anonymous, etc.). To keep it simple for this initial look, select 'Anonymous' and keep going.

6. Pulse will kindly inform you that there are a bunch of cool benefits to registering. You can take advantage if you'd like. But, for this tutorial, we can just stay the course and just click "Next", so you can see what you're dealing with.  Pulse then begins working to load up the software catalog to make getting what you want super easy.

7. A few seconds later, the Pulse Explorer opens up to reveal the easy way to install, manage and share Eclipse software.

8. You just can't beat "Classic Eclipse" in my book, so that's our pick of the day. Just click on the catalog listing, and push the green "run" button to get going. One big green button press later, and you'll begin downloading the components needed.

9. Accept the software licenses.

10. Pulse will tell you how large the download will be, free disk space, etc. Keep it simple for now, and skip the configuring step. Just install with defaults if they look ok to you. Hit "Install."

11. Sweet! Down comes the software in lots of parallel streams.

12. In just a minute or so, Eclipse starts and prompts me for a workspace directory, just like it always does. Choose a default or new one for testing if you'd like, then click "OK" and see the standard Eclipse splash, just like you'd expect to.

12. And, just a bit later, it's the familiar Eclipse "welcome page".  Looks like everything worked.

13. If you'd like, exit to the workbench and take a quick look at the 'about' dialog just to be sure this is your familiar friend, Eclipse Galileo. You're good to go.

That all seemed to go really well, and it was very easy. Cool. But, what else happened that helps you out?

Well, the Pulse Explorer remembered what you like to use in the "My Profiles" section of the Explorer for easy access next time for launch or customization.

Also, if you're on Windows, you can poke around and find that you have "New Software" installed in the Programs menu.  Taking a look, you'll see you not only have shortcuts for Pulse itself, but also one for my Eclipse Galileo Classic profile.  So, not only can you use the Pulse Explorer to run my Eclipse configurations, you can also launch them directly.

Pulse provides a plethora of additional features and capabilities, but this lesson covered the basics for you to begin using Pulse. Stay tuned in the future for more blog tutorials.

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Posted on Dec 15th 2009