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Simplified installation instructions

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Preparing for pycroscopy
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`Pycroscopy <https://github.com/pycroscopy/pycroscopy>`_ requires many commonly used scientific and numeric python packages such as numpy, scipy etc. To simplify the installation process, we recommend the installation of Anaconda which contains most of the prerequisite packages, `conda <https://conda.io/docs/>`_ - a package / environment manager, as well as an `interactive development environment <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_development_environment>`_ - `Spyder <https://www.coursera.org/learn/python-programming-introduction/lecture/ywcuv/introduction-to-the-spyder-ide>`_.
`Pycroscopy <https://github.com/pycroscopy/pycroscopy>`_ requires many commonly used scientific and numeric python packages such as numpy, h5py etc.
To simplify the installation process, we recommend the installation of Anaconda which contains most of the prerequisite packages,
`conda <https://conda.io/docs/>`_ - a package / environment manager,
as well as an `interactive development environment <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_development_environment>`_ - `Spyder <https://www.coursera.org/learn/python-programming-introduction/lecture/ywcuv/introduction-to-the-spyder-ide>`_.
1. Recommended - uninstall existing Python distribution(s) if installed. Restart computer afterwards.
Do you already have Anaconda installed?
- No? `Download and install Anaconda <https://www.anaconda.com/download/>`_ for Python 3.6
- Yes? Is your Anaconda based on python 2.7, 3.4+?
- No? Uninstall existing Python / Anaconda distribution(s). Restart computer afterwards.
- Yes? Proceed to install pycroscopy
  2. Install Anaconda 4.2 (Python 3.5) 64-bit - `Mac <https://repo.continuum.io/archive/Anaconda3-4.2.0-MacOSX-x86_64.pkg>`_ / `Windows <https://repo.continuum.io/archive/Anaconda3-4.2.0-Windows-x86_64.exe>`_ / `Linux <https://repo.continuum.io/archive/Anaconda3-4.2.0-Linux-x86_64.sh>`_
Compatibility
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* Pycroscopy was initially developed in python 2 but all current / future development for pycroscopy will be on python 3.5+. Nonetheless, we will do our best to ensure continued compatibility with python 2.
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