After upgrading to Snow Leopard I went looking for a 64-bit version of Eclipse. One of the main reasons to switch to 64-bit is so that all of your Java apps are sharing the same loaded JVM.

But when I went looking for 64-bit Eclipse I quickly ran into a brick wall. You can find 64-bit snapshots and you can build a version yourself but there didn’t appear to be any simple-to-download edition.

Then I stumbled across Genuitec Pulse (http://www.poweredbypulse.com/index.php). This is a pre-packed Eclipse product that attempts to make it easy to obtain and customize Eclipse for a team or work group. If you’ve ever gone through plug-in installation and update hell with Eclipse you’ll immediately understand the need for help in that regard.

But for my purposes the best part was that it provided a 64-bit edition of Eclipse for the Mac. When you go to the Pulse site, you click on the (get_pulse_now) image. That takes you to the download page where you click on the (download_now) image. It transfers a pulse2-macosx.tgz file to your computer. When you double-click on that file it automatically uncompresses. Inside the resulting folder you’ll find a pulse-installer.app. Run that and it’ll start up (installing_pulse).

You’ll need to setup a free account to finish installing. Once you have, you enter the account info into the installer and click Next. That starts up the Pulse Explorer (pulse_explorer) and eventually brings you to the setup screen (setup_screen). From here you can find ‘profiles’ - Classic for plain Java development, PHP editing, etc. When you select one you get to choose the architecture (choose_architecture) to install. From there you get a final verification screen (pulse_install). By default the software is installed into /Library/Genuitec because the Pulse Explorer is needed to manage the applications. Application runners are also added to /Applications/Pulse. Those runners are used to startup Eclipse and can be dragged to the dock.

And it’s that simple. The easiest way to get and install 64-bit Eclipse for the Mac.

After upgrading to Snow Leopard I went looking for a 64-bit version of Eclipse. One of the main reasons to switch to 64-bit is so that all of your Java apps are sharing the same loaded JVM.

But when I went looking for 64-bit Eclipse I quickly ran into a brick wall. You can find 64-bit snapshots and you can build a version yourself but there didn’t appear to be any simple-to-download edition.

Then I stumbled across Genuitec Pulse. This is a pre-packed Eclipse product that attempts to make it easy to obtain and customize Eclipse for a team or work group. If you’ve ever gone through plug-in installation and update hell with Eclipse you’ll immediately understand the need for help in that regard.

But for my purposes the best part was that it provided a 64-bit edition of Eclipse for the Mac. When you go to the Pulse site, you click on the Get Pulse Now image.

get_pulse_now

That takes you to the download page where you click on the Download Now image.

download_now

It transfers a pulse2-macosx.tgz file to your computer. When you double-click on that file it automatically uncompresses. Inside the resulting folder you’ll find a pulse-installer.app. Run that and it’ll start up.

installing_pulse

You’ll need to setup a free account to finish installing. Once you have, you enter the account info into the installer and click Next. That starts up the Pulse Explorer and eventually brings you to the setup screen.

setup_screen

From here you can search for ‘profiles’ - Classic for plain Java development, PHP editing, etc. When you select one and click the green arrow next to it, you get to choose the architecture to install.

choose_architecture

From there you get a final verification screen.

pulse_install

By default the software is installed into /Library/Genuitec because the Pulse Explorer is needed to manage the applications. Application runners are also added to /Applications/Pulse. Those runners are used to startup Eclipse and can be dragged to the dock.

And it’s that simple. The easiest way I found to get and install 64-bit Eclipse for the Mac.