z-Tree is a recent stand-alone program for Microsoft NT that offers an integrated development environment for experiments. An important advantage of Ztree is the ability to develop experiments within days, sometimes within hours. However, since it is restricted to Microsoft NT and derivatives (Microsoft 2000, Microsoft XP, etc.). I discuss my experience with running z-Tree under wine on a non-Microsoft OS in a seperate document.

In any case, requiring nothing but a WWW browser for your experiments is often less problem-prone.

Also the interface and programming language of z-Tree offer some restrictions.

Still, for many experiments where participants are physically within the lab z-Tree may be the ideal platform.

Oliver Kirchkamp 2013-04-15