For different purposes there are different ways of installing Ampersand.
Just go to http://ampersand.tarski.nl/RAP3. Register and get started right away. At no cost (for you, for now).
If you want to be independent and use Ampersand offline, you can install it on your own laptop. Section Installing Ampersand tells you how. Here is an overview:
You need an Ampersand compiler. It exists as an executable file
Ampersand.exe for Windows.
For generating functional specification documents you will need GraphViz (for generating graphics such as conceptual models and data models), and LaTeX.
When your prototype takes a more definitive shape, you might want to run it as a web-application on the internet. Grab your Ampersand-script and follow the instructions in deploying your prototype.
RAP3 is an Ampersand repository, in which multiple users can store and use their Ampersand scripts. If you run a class or have a team at work, you might want a RAP3 clone of your own rather than work from http://ampersand.tarski.nl/RAP3. In that case, consult the tools we use at Ampersand. This is work in progress.
If you want to change the Ampersand compiler for your own purposes, you need access to the source files, and a Haskell development environment. Section Installing Ampersand tells you how.
The remainder of this chapter explains in detail all the things you need to get you up and running with Ampersand. The instructions presume that you are familiar with your own computers.