Windmill Software Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS

Windmill Software are pleased to launch a major new improved version of
ComDebug, the free serial communication, data logging and
trouble-shooting software.

The improvements were all suggested by users of ComDebug, and make the
software even more versatile. For instance, with ComDebug users can now:
- Log data from sensors that send data as a web page
- Collect data as 4-byte (32-bit) integers, 4-byte words (double words),
ASCII characters, hexadecimal, signed bytes, bytes, bits, 4-byte
floating point or 4-byte reverse floating point
- Enter custom commands to extract data or output control messages
- Easily identify communication problems
- Communicate more easily with TCP/IP, Modbus, RS-485, RS-422 and RS-232
sensors and devices

The new custom commands allow ComDebug to extract data even if it is an
unusual format. For example, the start of a message from a measuring
device might be indicated by only part of a byte whilst the rest of the
byte carries data. By entering a custom command, ComDebug can log the
just data and ignore the rest. Users can enter custom commands
themselves, or Windmill Software is happy to set up a custom command for
any instrument.

Another improvement makes it easier to use ComDebug with some Modbus
devices. Previously ComDebug read data as 2-byte words. This was
inconvenient when the device sent 4-byte words. One user had to open the
log file in Excel, concatenate the two hex strings then convert the hex
to decimal. Do-able but laborious. Windmill Software have taken notice
of his "gotta be an easier way???" plea and added options to collect
data as 4-byte words or 32-bit integers.

The new software also now has a trouble-shooting screen, so users can
see exactly what is being sent to and received from instruments, and
identify where any problems may be occurring. The screen shows the
outcome of each data reading, the messages sent and received, the data
extraction procedure and result, and the time in hundredths of a second
since data logging started.

ComDebug communicates with a vast range of instruments over TCP/IP,
Modbus, RS-485, RS-422 and RS-232. These include conductivity meters,
dial gauges, digital indicators, digital thermometers, force gauges,
hygrometers, I2C devices, load meters, pressure transmitters, power
analysers and thermoregulators, from manufacturers like Fluke, Garmin,
Honeywell, Love Controls, Mettler Toledo, Motorola, Omron, Rockwell
Automation, Siemens and Texas Instruments.

For more information, please contact :-

Windmill Software Ltd
PO Box 58, North District Office, Manchester M8 8QR UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 833 2782
Fax: +44 (0)161 833 2190

September 2013

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