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'[OT] SoftWire is now free'
2004\12\15@110825 by Bruce

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Anyone using VB6 or VB.Net may want to take a peek
at this. http://www.softwire.com/index.html

No affiliation with them. I've used SoftWire to create a ton
of VB applications. It includes an o-scope, data-logging,
digital & analog meters, strip charts, and tons of additional
activex controls.

Here's the link to the VB6 version.
http://www.softwire.com/swdownload/softwiredownload.htm

I'm not sure whay they're giving it away, but it's awesome
software.

Regards,

-Bruce
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2004\12\15@121500 by Stef Mientki

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>I'm not sure whay they're giving it away, but it's awesome
>software.
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to compete with the China perhaps ?

Stef Mientki
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2004\12\15@123827 by Dwayne Reid

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At 09:11 AM 12/15/2004, Bruce wrote:
>Anyone using VB6 or VB.Net may want to take a peek
>at this. http://www.softwire.com/index.html

Hi there, Bruce.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Do you know if works with VB.NET?  I see reference to VisualSudio.NET but
not to VB.NET.

As is obvious from this question - I don't work with the .NET stuff yet and
am not familiar with the differences between the packages.

dwayne

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2004\12\15@124705 by John Hansen

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At 10:38 AM 12/15/2004 -0700, you wrote:

>Thanks for the heads-up!
>
>Do you know if works with VB.NET?  I see reference to VisualSudio.NET but
>not to VB.NET.

VB.NET is part of Visual Studio.NET.  With this revision they went to a
single user interface.  There is no longer a separate VB product, AFAIK.

John Hansen


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2004\12\15@132808 by Bruce

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> VB.NET is part of Visual Studio.NET.  With this revision they went to a
> single user interface.  There is no longer a separate VB product, AFAIK.
>
> John Hansen

Bill Kennedy the VP of Sales and Support for Measurement Computing
Corporation sent me this when I inquired on updating my license for V3.1
for VB6. Also sent me the full unlock code.

(one quick note, SoftWIRE runs on both VB6 and Visual Studio.NET. Visual
Basic 5 is not supported.)

VB.Net is included with Visual Studio.NET, so it works on both.

I doubt one could find a comparable package of "free" activex controls like the
ones included in SoftWire anywhere else. Not a bad deal at all.


Regards,

-Bruce
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2004\12\15@133850 by Bruce

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Hi Dwayne,

> Thanks for the heads-up!
>
> Do you know if works with VB.NET?  I see reference to VisualSudio.NET but
> not to VB.NET.

Yes.

> As is obvious from this question - I don't work with the .NET stuff yet and
> am not familiar with the differences between the packages.

I don't use VB.Net either. I've been using SoftWire 3.1 for VB6 for over one year,
and it's pretty nice. Went to register "and pay again", and noticed it's free now.


Regards,

-Bruce
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2004\12\15@135441 by Mike Hord

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> >Do you know if works with VB.NET?  I see reference to VisualSudio.NET but
> >not to VB.NET.
>
> VB.NET is part of Visual Studio.NET.  With this revision they went to a
> single user interface.  There is no longer a separate VB product, AFAIK.
>
> John Hansen

Actually, one still can get VB.net as an individual package, or at least,
Microsoft was giving it away for free if you watch some of their online
instructional videos.  I have a copy which I as yet haven't installed.

They may have been giving those away free because the VB.net
package wasn't selling, and they hope to get people hooked and
then get them to upgrade to the full Visual Studio that does VC++,etc.

Mike H.
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2004\12\15@142955 by Edward Gisske

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Are the freebies still available? If so, do you have a link?
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Subject: Re: [OT] SoftWire is now free


> > >Do you know if works with VB.NET?  I see reference to VisualSudio.NET
but
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2004\12\15@173522 by Mike Hord

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Here's the link, but supplies have run out.  The videos are worth
a look, though; they are pretty good demonstrations to get you
started on VB.net if you're used to something else (or nothing
at all).

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/atthemovies/

Mike H.

> Are the freebies still available? If so, do you have a link?
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2004\12\16@204731 by Cnc002
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> Are the freebies still available? If so, do you have a link?
>

They don't intend to begin selling it again, at least not for a while.  

http://www.softwire.com  and just download it.  Don't even have to register it.  Now
the version there only works with the .NET Visual Studio, Visual Basic.net,
etc.

If you can get to it, the older V3.1 is still available, also for free but
you have to request an unlock code for each computer on which you want to
install it.  They will let you put it on as many as you want.  But you will need to
request the link to the site where it is located.

Hope this helps

Randy Abernathy

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'[OT] SoftWire is now free'
2005\02\13@080701 by Richard
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Thanks for this link Bruce it looks really nice but I have some questions.

I've tried using the built-in comm blocks in softwire which seem to work but
I have to keep polling the comms to get my data which seems very kludgy.

How do I mix normal VB with softwire i.e. how do I pass variables?
Can I use things like "MSComm1_OnComm()"

Alternatively has anyone seen any other nice GUI components to add-in to VB
projects like LED's knobs graphing/scope displays.


ps I can only use VB5 or VB.NET

Richard


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2005\02\13@103114 by Bruce

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> Thanks for this link Bruce it looks really nice but I have some questions.
>
> I've tried using the built-in comm blocks in softwire which seem to work but
> I have to keep polling the comms to get my data which seems very kludgy.
>
> How do I mix normal VB with softwire i.e. how do I pass variables?
> Can I use things like "MSComm1_OnComm()"

Here's the VB source for a project I did with SoftWire using the MCSomm
control with VB6 http://www.rentron.com/PicBasic/AD_Log.htm

> Alternatively has anyone seen any other nice GUI components to add-in to VB
> projects like LED's knobs graphing/scope displays.
>
>
> ps I can only use VB5 or VB.NET

SoftWire runs on both VB6 and VB.NET. I haven't used it with .Net.

-Bruce
http://www.rentron.com



2005\02\13@114845 by Richard

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Thanks Bruce, I did look your page before but unfortunately it wont import
into either VB5 or VB.NET so I cant get a feeling of what to do.
I'll have a look at your files with a text editor to see if I can glean
anything from your files.


any other suggestions?

Richard.



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2005\02\13@133047 by Bruce

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> Thanks Bruce, I did look your page before but unfortunately it wont import
> into either VB5 or VB.NET so I cant get a feeling of what to do.
> I'll have a look at your files with a text editor to see if I can glean
> anything from your files.

You can mix VB/SoftWire controls all you want. SoftWire throws up "Warning
this is not a SoftWire supported control", but it's simple to make them all work
together. I simply dropped the MSComm control on the form, and added my own
code.

Private Sub MSComm1_OnComm()
CLed3.Value = True     ' Ping the LED to indicate serial activity
If MSComm1.CommEvent = comEvReceive Then
sData = MSComm1.Input ' Grab inbound serial data
If Right$(sData, 2) <> vbCrLf Then ' Look for CR, LF
   sData = vbNullString
Else
   CAnalogMeter1.Value = Left$(sData, 5) ' Grab 5 bytes before CR LF
   Counts = Counts + 1                   ' Increment sample counts
   Me.Caption = "   Sample Count [ " & Counts & " ]"
End If
End If
Pause 5
CLed3.Value = False
End Sub

> any other suggestions?

I would try to get VB6 unless you prefer to go with .Net. I've tried .Net, and I'll
stick with VB6.

-Bruce
http://www.rentron.com

2005\02\13@173133 by Richard

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>> Thanks Bruce, I did look your page before but unfortunately it wont
>> import
>> into either VB5 or VB.NET so I cant get a feeling of what to do.
>> I'll have a look at your files with a text editor to see if I can glean
>> anything from your files.
>
> You can mix VB/SoftWire controls all you want. SoftWire throws up "Warning
> this is not a SoftWire supported control", but it's simple to make them
> all work
> together. I simply dropped the MSComm control on the form, and added my
> own
> code.
>

I must be missing something, or its a dotnet thing.

if i add a button and led and dont wire them up and then add in vb manually


Private Sub Button1_PostRunBlock(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As
System.EventArgs) Handles_ Button1.PostRunBlock

led1.value = true

end sub


if I then run it, nothing happens but if i manually add a wire between
control_out of the button and the control_in of the led it will work.

so i seem to be having some kind of event handeling problem.

any ideas?


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I've tried that before as i also disliked .Net but it means buying another
copy of visualstudio.net plus 4 other microsoft products (i was told it
could be a mouse driver) through an "autorised microsoft reseller" and then
applying to microsoft for a version downgrade to VB6
this is a very expensive option..


On the upside the Softwire controls for .Net look much much nicer....


Richard

2005\02\13@183706 by Bruce

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> I must be missing something, or its a dotnet thing.

Sorry. I don't use .Net, so I can't offer any help on that end.

-Bruce
http://www.rentron.com

2005\02\13@200306 by Cnc002

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> You can mix VB/SoftWire controls all you want. SoftWire throws up "Warning
> this is not a SoftWire supported control", but it's simple to make them all
> work
> together. I simply dropped the MSComm control on the form, and added my own
> code.
>

You can also put one of SoftWIRE's "User Function" controls on the diagrammer
and write any custom code you might want in it.  Or, as you say above just
put the regular VB control on the form and use it.  You can even turn off that
warning, or at least I was told you could.

Randy Abernathy

4626 Old Stilesboro Road NW
Acworth, GA 30101
Ph / Fax: 770-974-5295
E-mail: TakeThisOuTcnc002EraseMEspamspam_OUTaol.com

I furnish technical support, repair, and other related services for your
industrial woodworking machinery. My background as Senior Service Engineer for the
SCMI Group for nearly fifteen years with factory training, combines with my
extensive background in electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, electrical and CNC
machinery to offer you needed support for your machinery.

2005\02\13@201636 by Cnc002

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> Alternatively has anyone seen any other nice GUI components to add-in to VB
>
> projects like LED's knobs graphing/scope displays.
>
>
> ps I can only use VB5 or VB.NET
>
> Richard
>

If you go to SoftWIRE's ftp site you should be able to download SoftWIRE
V3.1, that works with VB 6.0 Pro.  SoftWIRE has LED's, graphs, bar graphs, scopes,
and a lot more GUI controls for VB.  Some of those may not be avialable
unless you load in the Data Aquisition controls, they are not in the base SoftWIRE
installation but are also free on the FTP site.


Randy Abernathy

4626 Old Stilesboro Road NW
Acworth, GA 30101
Ph / Fax: 770-974-5295
E-mail: cnc002EraseMEspam.....aol.com

I furnish technical support, repair, and other related services for your
industrial woodworking machinery. My background as Senior Service Engineer for the
SCMI Group for nearly fifteen years with factory training, combines with my
extensive background in electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, electrical and CNC
machinery to offer you needed support for your machinery.

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