On this page you can download:

Downloading the Virtual Belfry Program

Please note that the ringer images require a separate download and setup (see below). There is no charge for the images, but the download is quite large so it was kept separate from the program to facilitate future program upgrades etc.

New Customers

Click on the link below to download the latest version (3.8). It will run with all features enabled, but until you purchase it (using the ordering page), it will run in "evaluation mode". The main limitation is that when you start the bells ringing they will ring ten whole pulls and then stop.

New customers download "vb_3-8_setup.exe" (60Mb)

Don't forget to download and install the ringer images as well.

Existing Customers

Upgrades to the latest version are free, but the procedure differs depending on your current version...

Existing customers upgrading from versions 3.x

Click on the link below to download the 3.8 patch:

Download "virtual_belfry_3-8_patch_setup.exe" (12Mb)
(upgrades 3.x to 3.8)

Existing customers upgrading from versions 2.x

Download and progressively apply all the patches that are later than your installed version, until you reach the latest version.

These are the patches:

Download "virtual_belfry_2-1_patch_setup.exe" (14.5Mb)
(upgrades 2.0 to 2.1)

Download "virtual_belfry_2-2_patch_setup.exe" (10.1Mb)
(upgrades 2.1 to 2.2)

Download "virtual_belfry_3-0_patch_setup.exe" (15.3Mb)
(upgrades 2.2 or 2.2a to 3.0)

Download "virtual_belfry_3-8_patch_setup.exe" (12Mb)
(upgrades 3.x to 3.8)

Note for owners of version 2.x: If you want to install the latest version on a new computer, it might be easier to download and install the version provided for new customers (above). The only complication is that you would not then be able to install the images for the 12 bells, which were supplied as part of your 2.x setup, but which have to be purchased separately for new customers. If this concerns you, please contact me and I will make the images available to you by download. All I need to know is your licence key.

Existing customers upgrading from versions prior to 2.0

If your current version is earlier than 2.0 (e.g. 1.4), you should first uninstall the program and then download the latest version using the option at the top of this page and install it. Provided you have a valid licence key, you will then be able to contact the author for an Activation Key without having to purchase the new version.

Downloading Ringer Images

Download "virtual_belfry_ringers_1-0_setup.exe" (208Mb)

Downloading Tower Images

Images for two towers can be downloaded and installed as a trial prior to purchase. In trial mode the animation will run for two whole pulls before stopping (while the ringing itself continues). If you purchase a tower's images, they will be provided by separate download. The purchased images will, of course, run indefinitely (provided you have also purchased the program).

More details about the tower images can be found on the page about the Bells Window.

Twelve Bells

Download "virtual_belfry_twelve_bells_3-0_trial_setup.exe" (147Mb)

Maryborough

Download "virtual_belfry_maryborough_3-0_trial_setup.exe" (189Mb)

Note: when you purchase either of the two sets of images above, the images for the original eight bells at St. David's, Hobart, are also provided.

Installing Virtual Belfry Setup Files

To download and install any of the above options, follow these instructions:
  1. Exit from Virtual Belfry if you happen to have it running;
  2. Click on one of the above download options to begin the download;
  3. Opt to save the file, to a convenient location on your computer, such as your desktop;
  4. After the download has completed, double click on the downloaded file to run it;
  5. Go through the steps that are presented to you to complete the setup process.