New in Version 4.0 (Build 25), 9 September 2004
Setup Secondary Comm Port for DL06:
Changed Communication Timeout setting per DL06 Specification
In a DL06 project, when using the
Search-->Replace... dialog, if you typed in the Replace/Swap "With:"
field an address that extended past CTA177 (V1177), then the "thru"
field showed CTA's greater than CTA177, which are not supported in
Fixed FAULT Message display error for the DL06.
No longer crashes (after three error
messages) if you try to open a DirectSOFT v5.x project.
New in Version 4.0 (Build 24), 25 May 2004
Fixed 330P Status display problem when
using DirectNET to access the special C160-C177 range.
Improved Mouse-wheel support.
Fixed PID Tune View problem introduced
in Build 23 when writing to the Set-Point.
Fixed display of floating point values:
One too many digits. 0.0001 was not displayed properly (was displayed
Fixed buffer size problem that could
cause the Ladder Instruction Browser dialog to be hidden from view.
CTRIOwb 2.1.8c & ERMwb 1.1 (Build 26)
Setups no longer prompt for Name / Company, and they use the
DirectSOFT App Path entry in the Registry when available to update the
DirectSOFT PLC Tools menu.
New in Version 4.0 (Build 23), 20 February 2004
Added Comm Server support for Radio Modems.
Can now specify a minimum update interval (i.e. a poll
throttle) for Ethernet Comm Links.
Increased maximum timeout for serial links from 2
seconds to 5 seconds.
No longer permits selection of Cascade mode if Remote
Improved behavior when entering HiHi / Hi / Lo / LoLo
values and alarms.
With Loop in cascade mode, Remote SetPoint now
correctly displays the output of the other Loop, instead of 0.
Fixed download of maximum length program to PLC. No
longer downloads last instruction if NOP.
MRX / MWX Instructions: Fixed compare problem due to
5-digit vs. 6-digit addresses.
File Save As… now defaults to the folder where the
current project was opened.
File Menu / New Project dialog / Open Project dialog:
Fixed inconsistent use of terms "Project" vs "File".
Changed ToolBar tips to clarify that Read/Write
Disk/PLC buttons Read/Write ONLY the PROGRAM, not the entire set of
DSP Startup no longer wastes time looking for Projects
on empty floppy Drive A:.
Added date verification to the Calendar dialog.
Fixed import of ACON and AFIND instructions when ASCII
string contains spaces.
In Configure I/O, DSP now checks SPD complete flag
before getting module names.
Now consistently removes leading / trailing spaces.
Fixed display problem in Change Value dialog.
Installs new version of HEI32_3.DLL dated 2 Feb 04.
New in Version 4.0 (Build 22), 10 September 2003
CommServer -- No longer
hogs 99% of the PC's CPU on initial startup while waiting for
non-existent IPX protocol and socket! No longer crashes after User
deletes all Comm Links! Hopefully this fixes the last of the
CommServer startup crashes / performance problems when IPX is not
Change Value -- Using the
Change Value dialog on P-memory types (V-memory pointers) now works
250(-1) I/O Config -- Now
displays correctly based on the fact that 250 supports only 1 base,
and 250-1 supports up to 3 bases.
Clear PLC Memory -- System
Variable Memory -- Now correctly clears the DL06 analog auto-transfer
range: V700-V737. For DL05, the analog auto-transfer range was
V7700-V7701, but now DSP clears V7700-V7707 for the new F0-04THM
PID -- Added a warning
message whenever User selects Auto Transfer To/From Analog Module:
"If the auto transfer to/from I/O function is used, the analog
data for all of
the channels on the analog modules being used with this
be accessed by any other method, i.e., pointer or
PID -- Modified PID
Autotune messages to clarify that the PV must be "5% of total PID
input span (i.e. 5%*4095, 5%*32767...) below the SP".
Ladder View (with Koyo
Kostac S-Series, PZ1... PLCs) -- Moving the mouse cursor or pressing
CTRL, ALT, SHIFT keys while in Edit Mode no longer produces a beep.
Instruction Browser Help:
Clarified that the Real Trigonometric Function Instructions: SINR,
COSR, TANR, ASINR, ACOSR, and ATANR operate on RADIANS, not degrees.
New in Version 4.0 (Build 20), 27 June 2003
NOTE: Build 18 (26
Nov 2002) also fixed problems with printing to a Network Printer --
but the fix was not documented in that list.
Includes ERM Workbench
Version 1.1 Build 23.
Includes CTRIO Workbench
Version 2.1.2 -- with firmware image support for H0-CTRIO, T1H-CTRIO
and H4-CTRIO, as well as H2-CTRIO.
CommServer -- Fixed
CommServer startup crash caused by temporary internal CommLinks in
DSLaunch -- most commonly seen when IPX not installed.
CommServer -- Improved
CommServer startup performance, especially during first-time
Auto-search for CommLinks, even with all COM devices enabled.
CommServer -- Fixed 3
problems in the Configure Link -> Module Setup -> Ethernet Module
1. Now fills the Devices list automatically.
2. Devices list has been widened to accommodate display of the
vertical scroll bar without obstructing view of MAC addresses.
3. The Type field no longer displays "M00E00F00X00" for all of the
devices in the list.
Backup Project now
automatically exports and backs up Text file versions of the Program,
Element Documentation, Ladder Comments, and Stage Comments.
PID -- Now sizes correctly
to display AutoTune information.
PID -- Fixed: Setup PID
for Bi-polar. Use negative value in PV. Watch the trend pin go
crazy. Looks like the MSB was being used for data and not the sign
PID -- When using
Ramp/Soak, the Jog button sometimes caused the Step number to show
zero momentarily, this was fixed.
PID -- Can now enable /
disable Nickname display in PID view using the Global Tab in the View
- Options dialog.
PID -- Fixed: If you
press Reset, then Yes, OUT and BIAS freeze, and the trend does not
start updating. If you make a change to maximize, minimize, then close
and reopen, it starts updating again.
PID -- Fixed inconsistent
display behavior when switching between Output tabs of different
Loops, selecting and deselecting the Auto transfer to I/O module.
Setup Secondary Comm Port
dialogs now display 3-Character Base Timeout information for
Setup Secondary Comm Port
-- Now gives the PLC up to 30 seconds to complete operation ( changing
from 5 to A, if 5 is in the Enable Status V-memory) before displaying
Overrides -- Can now
enable / disable Nickname display in PLC -> Setup -> Overrides dialog
using the Global Tab in the View -> Options dialog.
Trap Monitor is only
available in Test Run mode. Now asks if the User wishes to switch the
PLC mode to Test Run mode if the mode is not already Test Run.
Trap Monitor option is no
longer offered for the DL05, since it is not supported in the PLC.
Data View -- Fixed a
problem with ECOM protocol when writing 8 bits starting with C0 in
Data View. Now allows bits to be written on byte boundaries/sizes.
Data View -- Add an entry
for a V-location and change its type to Signed Decimal. Then use
CTRL-ENTER to add the next entry. It displayed the correct V-location
but the type was set to Decimal not Signed Decimal. Not only "Signed
Decimal" but also "Exponential". This has been fixed.
Added support for RD/WT
instructions in both DL05 and DL06.
Retentive Ranges in DL06 /
DL260 -- Changed DL06 and DL260's V-Memory Retentive Range to
DL06 Configure I/O --
Manual I/O Config is not supported in Slot 0. Built-in Input/Output is
not configurable (Auto only).
XRef View -- Fixed problem
that displayed CTA200 for V1200 for DL06 and other PLCs. CTA200 was
displayed instead of V1200 in XRef View.
XRef View / XRef Database
Options. By DEFAULT the View -> Options -> XRef DB Settings have be
1. Enable both System and Unassigned Element Classes.
2. Disable the Mapped and Global Exclusions.
3. Enable the Bit, Byte, and Word Element Sizes.
Project Names -- Can now
create long project filenames for both New Projects and Save As
Projects. Previously, New Project filenames were limited to 15 chars.
Fixed Import/Export crash
-- ACON's operand data type is ASCII, but Parameter 1 (se) is invalid
if "se" is a Nickname.
Import -- Importing a file
with uppercase letters in the filename extension ( e.g. test.TXT ) no
longer displays "Unknown file format!"
Import Doc -- Fixed
problem that caused a Nickname "R1..." to be mistaken for a Real
Export Doc -- Fixed lockup
on invalid Type/ID in corrupted Element Documentation database. Will
now display an error message and stop the process.
Export Doc -- Fixed an
infinite loop during Export Documentation. Now displays an error
message and stops.
Stage View -- CTRL+K
hotkey and "Comment Editor..." menu command now correctly display the
Stage Comment Editor in Stage View / Stage Comment View.
Ladder View -- Fixed
Ladder Edit Palette's inconsistent display behavior.
Title Page Editor -- Can
now access the Title Page Editor via the CTRL+T hotkey, or under the
Tools Menu, as well as from the Print dialogs.
Print Preview -- Fixed
problem with displaying Connection Status bar after Print Preview,
even though OFFLINE.
Print Preview -- Fixed
cursor display problem after print preview.
(Koyo Version) --
Instruction Browser now correctly includes both LDS and LDSIX
(Koyo Version Only) -- Now
supports Koyo elements in the PRINT, VPRINT and LCD instructions.
(Koyo Version Only) --
Changed Element Alias name from RGY to RGQ.
(Koyo Version Only) --
Changed Scratch Pad Element name from Z to X.
HELP System -- Inserted
Comm Error Code 352.
HELP System -- Added PLC
Math Lesson AND Connecting to ECOM over the Internet bitmap.
Installation -- Now
installs NetEdLib.DLL (Version 18.104.22.168) and HEI32_3.DLL (Version
Installation (DSP, DSData)
-- Now offers to place a DSLaunch shortcut on the User's Desktop. No
longer displays the Program Folder at the end of the install.
Installation (DSP, DSData,
LKD) -- No longer installs CTL3D32.DLL.
Installation (DSP, ERMwb,
CTRIOwb) -- Added informative 'please wait' messages to let User know
we're "Launching Setup for CTRIO (ERM) Workbench...", etc.
CTRIO Workbench -- Now
installs the new xxCTRIO_2_1_2.CEB firmware image files. No longer
installs H2CTRIO_2_0_1.CEB nor H2CTRIO_1_0_1.CEB.
ERM Workbench -- Now does
a smarter download of ERM Config. First it writes an empty ERM Config
(no slave info), resets the module, then writes the complete ERM REAL
ERM Workbench -- If you
see Error 144, either the drive was not found or has not been
initialized. Ensure the drive is connected and has power, or wait and
New in Version 4.0 (Build 18), 9 December 2002
Includes ERM Workbench
Includes CTRIO Workbench
Version 2.0 -- with firmware image support for T1H-CTRIO and
H4-CTRIO, as well as H2-CTRIO.
CommServer -- Fixed
CommServer crash when IPX not installed
– If PLC type was 260 (or any new unknown PLC), the Link Wizard
displayed ‘?????’ – this has been fixed.
– Link Wizard: ‘Setup
module’ now retrieves module names from HEIDB.INI file in \Bin
-- COM3 and COM4 are now DISABLED by default in the DS400.INI file.
-- Added the following to DS400.ini file by default (Commented out
by default. To
activate, remove the initial semicolon ; character.
;AutoSense=0 (To turn OFF auto sensing of Comm
Links during Comm Server startup, remove the semicolon ; character
from the beginning of this line.)
;Dump=1 (To enable a dump of Serial Port debugging
information, remove the semicolon ; character from the beginning of
(To enable display of the UDP Port Number, remove the semicolon ;
character from the beginning of this line.)
DS400.INI File -- Added
support for parameters in [UTILITIES] and [APPLETS] sections in the
DS400.INI file using <:> syntax:
Your Favorite App=0,C:\YourFolder\YourApp.exe<:>parameters
This version will
support the H0-ECOM, once the module is released.
Export Program to
Mnemonic Text file now defaults to replacing the existing file
instead of appending to an existing file.
The Element, Ladder
Comment, and Stage Comment Documentation Databases may become
corrupted over time due to system/software crashes, power loss, etc.
To facilitate recovery, we recommend you utilize the Backup Project
feature to help minimize any rework that must be done. What is best
is to use the File Export Program to Mnemonic Text feature and back
this up also. A future maintenance release of DSP 4.x will
automatically export and back up Text file versions of the Program,
Element, Ladder Comment, and Stage Comment Documentation databases
-- please stay tuned! For now, please use Backup Project to
back up your custom files as described below:
Backup Project (available in ALL DSP 4.x Builds) – To copy YOUR
custom files along with the DirectSOFT32 Project files to the
time-stamped Backup folder, edit the <YourProject>.INF file,
and add a [MY PROJECT FILES] section with your list of files (be
sure to include the full path):
[MY PROJECT FILES]
(available in ALL DSP 4.x Builds) – To change the default Backup
Path, edit the DS400.INI file in your Windows directory:
(available in ALL DSP 4.x Builds) – To change the maximum number
of Backups to keep (the default is to keep the last 4 backups), edit
the DS400.INI file in your Windows directory. To keep ALL
Backups, set MaxBackups=0:
Backup Project – A
Windows ME Customer had a TRAILING SPACE after their DSP Project
Windows ME IGNORES the space and created the wrong backup
folder name, which caused the Backup to fail, and lost the
documentation in the ORIGINAL Project!
Fixed by adding a trailing '$' to any Project Name with a
Backup Project – Fixed
problem that caused backed up files to STAY open while DSP was still
running. Could not
delete obsolete Backups because files were still OPEN!
Retentive Ranges --
Retentive Ranges and Watchdog Timer have been added to PLC->Copy
Config Data To/From PLC/Disk dialogs. These are now also
automatically saved when you do File->Save Project->To Disk or
Retentive Ranges -- A
New Project’s Retentive Ranges on disk are now initialized based
on PLC specific defaults.
Clear PLC Memory --
Added Bit Memory to Clear PLC Memory dialog.
CONFIG I/O -- Removed
the dysfunctional Old/New selection from the Configure I/O dialog.
DEBUG -- Fixed a Trap
Data View -- Using Save
As for the Data View, saves the file to a different name, but it
didn't rename the title bar. This has been fixed.
Documentation -- Fixed
delete of .ESD/.ESX files on Server Reboot.
VPRINT instruction --
Fixed VPRINT instruction problem:
The red light came up only in "start address" if
the same V-memory address was set in "start address" and
"Number of Byte" and the return key was pushed.
Now the red light comes up in both boxes.
AIN and PRINTV instructions -- Now shows correct error messages for
the Character code in PRINTV and the Term Code in AIN.
Ladder Editor -- Added
the ability to turn off the Ladder Palette permanently.
PID -- TuneView now
ALWAYS displays AutoTune controls, but disables them if AutoTune is
NOT supported in the PLC.
05/06 PLC Scantime --
Fixed 05/06 IDC_OVER_COUNTER feature.
Setup Secondary Comm
Port Dialogs -- Changed Setup Secondary Comm Port timeout strings
from being constant times to multipliers times a base - where each
protocol provides its own base timeout value.
Setup Secondary Comm
Port Dialogs now show correct Help files based on PLC type.
Memory Editor – Added
support for REAL format.
Memory Editor -- Fixed
problem: Current Data
size is DWORD. Data
size was changed from DWORD to WORD every time Format was changed.
Float and printf format
changed from 7G to 8G. Now
Real format data synchronizes with the other format data.
Numeric Editor –
Up/Down buttons on Spin Control no longer behave strangely.
DSP still deleted document files (esd, esx) after server
rebooted. Fixed this
Fixed bug if DB error would cause client application to EXIT!
Import / Export
Documentation -- fixed problem in Build 16 where Delete Existing
database still flagged conflicts between import and existing DB .
PRINT: Fixed default
printer selection problem on Windows 2000.
Color Setup -- Fixed
Default colors button problem.
The Default button didn't take all the colors back to their
Color Setup -- Added a
Monochrome button. Black
text/lines on a white background.
But Status background is black, and Status foreground is
white, because one cannot see the Status if it is not 3D tokens.
Buttons -- Updated arrow button colors to match ladder edit
save/download color status: CYAN = SAVE TO PLC. LIGHT GREEN =
SAVE TO DISK.
-- Added PLC Instruction Support chart to Help Menu.
HELP System – Updated
Help for Setup Secondary Comm Port.
Installation -- Some
WinXP/2K systems were displaying the "Congrats You Found a New
KeyCode!" dialog for DSP Upgrade Customers with full package
support - but were NOT saving it to the DSP.LOG file.
This has been fixed.
DSData, and CD Browser) – Install now prompts DSP/DSData Customers
to first remove the KeyCode sticker from the shrink wrap packaging,
and place it on the CD jewel case.
(KeyCode stickers for other products are already on the CD
DSData, ERMwb, CTRIOwb) -- Fixed UninstallString in Registry.
On WinXP/2K systems, was not adding
“-cC:\DirectSOFT4\Un***.DLL” to UninstallString command line, so
Add/Remove programs and internally launched Uninstalls would result
in an incomplete uninstall. (Uninstall
via the Start Menu “Uninstall DirectSOFT32 …” or “Uninstall
… Workbench” shortcut has always been reliable.
Installation (DSP /
DSData Upgrades, ERMwb, CTRIOwb)
Fixed a case sensitivity bug that affects only Customers who
have installed DSP or DSData to a custom directory name.
Does NOT affect Customers who install to the recommended
default directories: \DirectSOFT4\,
\DirectSOFT32\, or \Dirctsft\.
Fixes DSP / DSData Upgrades that would refuse to install for
some Customers. Also
fixes distribution of HAPTools.DLL and DSPLink.DLL for ERM and CTRIO
New in Version 4.0 Build 16, 31 July 2002
lockup in File -> Program -> Export
Instruction now range checks the "Number of Bytes" to K1 -
K4 on the "Convert to BCD" operation
several minor inter-parameter range checking issues in the ASCII
persistent WaitCursor problem on Password dialog when connecting to
a locked PLC.
now reminds you to disable any anti-virus software
and to insure Administrator privileges before installing on Windows
New in Version 4.0 RC 1, 24 July 2002
Added support for new
PLCs (250-1, 260 and 06)
added support for
bit-of-word contacts and coils in 05 PLC.
WorkBench, ERM WorkBench, NetEdit, and DBWin32 Logger by default
USB-to-Serial Adapter compatibility issues