Anastasia: fixes and upgrades

This page contains information about upgrades and bug fixes for the reader version of our Anastasia software

"Cannot connect to.." (4 May 2004) This message may appear where users are attempting to read the book on an internet browser using a proxy server, or other security software. This is quite a common situation in institutions using a proxy server for security reasons. The message you will get will say something like "could not connect to" or " not found" (or "localhost not found" or "file not found"). To fix this, go to the "Network" option in "Preferences". You will see a choice for "Proxies". In this panel, you can nominate sites with which you want to connect directly, bypassing the proxy. Put "". The next time you try and connect to Anastasia with the browser, this should take you around the proxy direct to Anastasia.

What is actually happening is that the software sets up a webserver on your local machine, and your browser connects to that, so it is like running your own local internet. But, the proxy server security system routes all attempts to contact any webserver anywhere, even on your own machine, through your university server. And this server disallows any attempts to connect to any port 8000, including this local server on your own machine. So you have to create an 'exception' as explained above. This is particularly a problem with Windows computers. See the discussion at

A variant of this disables access to any server running locally. Some versions of Norton Security, for example, may prevent access to a server running on (or indeed on any address on your computer). Again, find the control panel or equivalent in the software. There will be a setting enabling you to specify exceptions. Put "" in this setting. Note that this has NO security implications: by definition, the address "" is available only for access by your machine to your machine and no machine outside can get to it.

Windows sends messages that "Anastasia is killed", etc. In fact, Anastasia is (almost certainly) running perfectly satisfactorily. This message appears to be the result of synchronization problems within Windows: the software is running, but Windows thinks it is not and should not be and so sends these odd messages. We have tried for several years to eliminate these, without success. Do not ask us our opinion of Windows software protocols.

Hengwrt for Macintosh OS X. (27 November 2003) We now have a version of the Anastasia software available for Macintosh OS X (10.0 and later). As befits this new age operating system, Anastasia in OS X runs much faster and much more reliably. This rewrite also means that you can load the entire publication onto your hard disc. To take advantage of this:

Running the Hengwrt Research Edition from your hard disc (Windows and Mac). (2 June 2004) We wrote the original release of the Anastasia software we used for the Hengwrt Research Edition with the idea that people would not be able to load the entire publication onto their hard disc. But now we know that is exactly what people want to do! So, here is how you do it:

Characters do not appear correctly on the Macintosh for the Hengwrt Research Edition. (2 June 2004) We use an old-fashioned non-unicode font for this publication and many browsers have problems with this. However, the following works for many browsers (e.g. for Explorer, but not for Safari, alas):

If you are having problems with the font in either Windows or Macintosh: we have now switched to Peter Baker's Junicode font under which -- we hope -- all such problems are things of the past. To have the Research Hengwrt run with this you need to do the following (8 October 2004; revised 2 December 2007):

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