First, although not absolutely mandatory it is highly recommendable that you install GMT. This is as difficult as to download the setup HERE and click next to all options. Mirone is distributed in both source code and a Windows compiled stand-alone version. The condition is that you have MATLAB 6.5 version (or higher). To run it from MATLAB, unzip the source code to wherever directory you want. Within MATLAB, change to that directory and write "mirone" (without the ") on the command prompt. This, however, is a wasteful way of doing things. The point is that MATLAB with its Java interface consumes a lot of computer memory and has a lousy memory management capacity. A better way if you have R13 is if you start MATLAB with the -nojvm option. This saves a lot of computer resources. See the instructions on the startup.m file that you find on the Mirone’s installation directory for how to create a desktop icon to do this automatically. Nothing of the previously said implies dependency to a particular Operating System, so Mirone runs equally in Windows or Unix/Linux or Mac OS X. However, in order to run it in non-Windows platforms, a bunch of MEX files have to be compiled for that system. The GDAL and OpenCV libraries must be installed. The MEX files can be built from the files that are installed under the "mex" directory of the root’s Mirone directory. Regarding instructions on how to compile them under other OSs the most I can help you right now is, see the makefile.mexs file and adapt it to your environment. There are Linux and Mac OSX versions on the Mirone download site but they are by no means subject to the same maintenance care as the Windows version.
On the other hand, the compiled version works only in Windows (or under Wine in Linux or Crossover in OSX). It is provided as a setup where you only have to say "yes" to most of the questions. At the end you will have one more icon on your desktop. You drag-and-drop on the icon most of the file types that Mirone recognizes and it will open them at once.
If you have installed GMT using the above link you will have available the GMT coastlines files up to high definition. There is still one higher lever (5 times higher) called the full definition file. Since it occupies about 40 Megs it is not distributed by default and if you want to install it, you have to do it yourself. To do so, download it either from official GMT site or from here and uncompress the file into the ../share/coast of the GMT installation directory. If, on the other hand, you did not install GMT than you will not have any coastlines available (Datasets->Draw coastlines->... show up grayed). In that case it is still possible to install only the netCDF coastlines files and make them available to Mirone use. You need than to download those files from the GMT site, install them in a directory of your choice (and please, don’t use the ultimate stupid “c:\Documents and Settings\My … location but if you do, don’t bother me with questions why something is not working). Next read and follow instruction on the file “coastline.conf” locate in the Mirone’s “gmt_userdir” directory.
Starting on version 1.4 you can run the Mirone with Matlab version from anywhere (that is, not obligatory to run it from the Mirone installation directory) as long as you do the following:
1. Add the Mirone installation dir to the Matlab path
2. Add the Mirone installation dir to the Windows path
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