This update improves several aspects of Aw-Radw's code. The update also improves the auto-refresh aspect of the graphics engine Aw-Graph, now Aw-Graph(5.1w), which is used by Aw-Radw's real-time bitmap graphing window.
Aw-Radw 9.1(a) adds a printer option which will automatically send Real-Time ASCII Data to any printer with a connection to the PC, including networked printers. It will print to Page Mode Printers (for example Laser Printers) as-well-as Line Mode Printers (for example Dot Matrix Printers). In Page Mode, one page after another is printed as each is filled. In Line Mode, each line is printed as it is created.
Each line printed can be the user settable average, from 1 to 1024 data points, in increments of 1 data point. Optional headers can automatically be included at the top of each page and/or at the beginning of the print job. At the same time the program will save the data to an ASCII file and a binary file. Optionally Aw-Radw will direct the printer driver to print to a file.
Many printing programs can lock-up and become unresponsive when a connection to the printer is lost. For example, Window’s Notepad and Microsoft’s Word will lock-up and become unresponsive if one unplugs the printers’ USB cable before issuing the print command. Aw-Radw 9.1(a) will not allow this to happen. If the printer connection is lost, instead of locking up, Aw-Radw will inform the user and continue with all other aspects of the program without interruption.
A host of additional ASCII print options and formats are included.
Previous versions and the current version of Aw-Radw makes use of Windows advanced Direct X - Direct Sound feature for high performance sound generation such that at higher radiation levels the emitted sound takes on a very impressive hissing crackling nature. This feature allows easy detection of changing radiation, even with high flux levels, just by the change in sound emission.
The new version Aw-Radw 9.1(a) includes an option to Synthesize Clicks from Counts above the user's selected CPS (count per second) threshold. When the radiation count rate equals or exceeds the entered CPS, the program will switch to synthesized clicks for Geiger click sound. When the program is synthesizing Geiger clicks, it calculates the corresponding CPS then generates random numbers with an exponential distribution, to determine the delay between each click sound.
This feature is handy in that most Bluetooth and WiFi adapters do not allow the passage of the Geiger 'Click' signal. In such a case, these synthesized clicks allow hearing a simulated click stream controlled by count rate date.
The new version Aw-Radw 9.1(a)also adds a new menu item "Start a DOSBox Command Prompt" which opens an Aware modified DOSBox command prompt window in which one can run any 16 bit program, including full screen graphics programs, in versions of Windows that otherwise would not allow such programs to run. There is also a batch file named START_DOSBOX.BAT, within Aw-Radw's folder, which will also open a DOSBox command prompt window.
Greatly improves the DirectX Sound Geiger “Click” feature. Also adds the “Geiger Click” sub-menu item “Allow DirectX Global” which directs the program to instigate DirectX Sound with global access to the sound buffer i.e. if "Use DirectX Sound" or "Low Priority DirectX" is checked and with "Allow DirectX Global" checked, the Geiger "click" sound will continue to operate even while another program using DirectX sound is the foreground window.
Version 8.5(g) also improves the low level interface between Aw-Radw and the virtual COM port drivers installed with Aware’s LCD-90 and USB-MSP.
Under Aw-Radw's main menu "Screen" - "Fonts and Colors" three new menu items have been added, namely, "Text Alarm Color" - "Text Alarm Background Color" and "Use Alarm Colors With Alarm". These allow one to select the Main Window's Text Alarm Color and Alarm Background Color when Aw-Radw's alarm is activated. The alarm colors default to yellow text on red background but any color can be selected. This allows a very attention getting display with alarm. For example, a normal display of black on beige and an alarm display of yellow on red. The "Use Alarm Colors With Alarm" menu item allows toggling on or off this feature.
Also added: Aw-Radw's main window and any opened child windows title bars, will have inserted at the beginning of the title bar string, (ALARM) or (LOW ALARM), with alarm condition.
Version 8.5(b) also adds the following feature:
New menu item added: "Send LCD-90 or USB-MSP Alarm Signal On-Off" allows Aw-Radw's sophisticated alarm algorithm to activate the LCD-90's or USB-MSP's alarm, overriding their internal alarm.
The menu option opens a pop-up menu with two options, namely "Send LCD-90 or USB-MSP Alarm Signal with Aw-Radw's High Alarm" and "Send LCD-90 or USB-MSP Alarm Signal with Aw-Radw's Low Alarm". They can be checked or un-checked by clicking on them. If either are checked, then, when Aw-Radw is using a LCD-90 or USB-MSP as a real time data source, it will send a command to the LCD-90 or USB-MSP telling it not to use its internal alarm system to activate its alarm, but rather, activate its alarm only when Aw-Radw sends it an alarm command i.e. when Aw-Radw enters an alarm state. The alarm actions carried out by the LCD-90 depend upon the "Alarm's Action Settings".
When both menu options are un-checked, or when Aw-Radw is not using the LCD-90 or USB-MSP as real time data source, then the LCD-90 or USB-MSP will default back to using its own internal alarm system. (Note: In the case of the USB-MSP, the internal alarm overridden by the above is USB-MSP's RTS pin Alarm).
Also added floating point number support under Micro-Controller Options menu when setting the LCD-90's and USB-MSP's internal calibration factor and deadtime settings, allowing, for example, setting the deadtime in increments of 1/1000th of a microsecond. Also added Display's Decimal Precision menu item, to support the LCD-90's and USB-MSP's updated firmware.
Fixed the following. When collecting data with Aw-Radw, if one changed the deadtime setting, the change would not take effect until stopping collection then starting. It now takes effect immediately.
From the updated Aw-Radw’s help file:
Aw-Radw -C# The -C# arg. directs Aw-Radw to use the COM port # where # is between 1 and 99. For example the following command line forces Aw-Radw to use COM5:
If the # in the arg. is M as in:
then when starting, Aw-Radw will try to find the first (if any) Aware MSP device (either a LCD-90 or USB-MSP) that is plugged into a COM port or virtual USB COM port and that is not being used by another currently running copy of Aw-Radw. If it finds a MSP device, it will set the COM port accordingly and check the menu item "Rad Options" - "Micro-Controller Source Switch".
If the # in the arg. is S as in:
then when starting, Aw-Radw will try to find the first (if any) Aware RM directly plugged into a COM port or virtual USB COM port and that is not being used by another currently running copy of Aw-Radw. If it finds a RM, it will set the COM port accordingly and un-check the menu item "Rad Options" - "Micro-Controller Source Switch".
Aw-Radw will use the new COM port number and will also store it within the file Aw-Radw.Set as the default COM number. For more information about the Aw-Radw.Set file use the editor's search-find feature to search for Aw-Radw.Set.
Starts Aw-Radw collecting radiation data to an ASCII file with the path-filename of your supplied 'filename' using all the menu item variables last set by the operator and stored within the program's Aw-Radw.Set file. If you leave out the filename Aw-Radw will make-up a filename from system date-time. in the form of 21204CB5045.txt (See above "default date-time file naming scheme" for info. about system date-time filename). Note in the case of Aw-Radw making up an ASCII data filename from system date-time, instead of a filename like this: 21204CB5.045 as per a default Aware binary filename, a default ASCII data filename takes a form like this 21204CB5045.txt.
Example -A arg. with example resulting filenames:
"Aw-Radw -A" or "Aw-Radw -A*" or "Aw-Radw -A*.txt" makes an ASCII filename along the lines 21204CB5045.txt
"Aw-Radw -A*.csv" makes an ASCII filename along the lines 21204CB5045.csv
"Aw-Radw -AD:\MY_ASCII_DATA\*.txt" makes an ASCII filename along the lines D:\MY_ASCII_DATA\21204CB5045.txt
"Aw-Radw -AC:\MY_DATA\myfile.txt makes an ASCII filename C:\MY_DATA\myfile.txt
If the drive and/or path is missing, Aw-Radw will fill-in the drive and/or path with default values using the drive and/or path to the program.
Update 6.0(a) improved the DirectX-DirectSound interface when playing very small geiger 'click' wav files on certain sound cards. It also included a new help file format such that newer versions of Windows WordPad can be used to display the file.
The update to version 5.9(a) dated December 17th 2004 increased the efficiency of the code that automatically places and scrolls ASCII data to the top or bottom of Windows Clipboard.
The update to version 5.4(a) dated August 25th 2004 added an ASCII Custom Time Code option which allows ASCII file generation with Date-Time codes that match any known third party graphing, plotting, and/or math software package.
The update to version 5.3(b) dated July 20th, 2004 makes more reliable the start-up of the high voltage section of our RMs when exposed to very high radiation levels.
The update to version 5.2a fixed a problem when generating random numbers with a "Don't Use Lower Clock Bit(s)" value greater than zero. The compiler optimization was using a register for the shift variable which also contained the clock count.
The update to version 5.1b reports COM ports in use by other programs. The update 5.1a fixed a few minor memory allocation and handle errors.
As regards older updates, the difference between the version 4.3(a) and version 4.7(a) is the inclusion of a built-in random number generator. The 4.3(a) update included several additional features as well as bug fixes including a pre version 4.2(s) bug in Aw-Radw's DirectX Direct-Sound sub-system which on occasion caused a ddhelp.exe error. (The error only effected the Geiger 'click' sound and had no effect on other aspects of the program). If you desire an update of the package E-Mail us with the request and we will return E-Mail a zip file containing the most recent version of Aw-Radw and associated files. Include in the E-Mail enough information such that we can find your original purchase information in our database, for example include the invoice number and/or your name.
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