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With the advent of powerful workstations in the mid 80s the use of N-body simulations has become increasingly widespread. It has been realized (e.g. Hut and Sussman 1986, Hut 1993) that it would benefit this part of the astronomical community to have a programming environment similar to what many observers have had for years in packages like AIPS and IRAF. Most researchers in the field have their own private packages, some of them with a large degree of sophistication. A first attempt to structure these efforts into a package were reported by Barnes et al (1988), and became known under the name NEMO.