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Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi All,

We are pleased to announce the release of Flowcode 7.1, this has many fixes and updates to Flowcode.

You can get the patch by going to Help >> Check for Updates from within Flowcode or visiting the Flowcode download page.

Changes List:

* Components *
- Feature additions -
Added new electro mechanical simulation components under sim license
Added customisable RawSend timings to the LCD Generic component via a new property
Added flip options to the WSxxxx LED Components to allow for more wiring options
Draw Bitmap component now works with WSxxxx LED components in 2D mode
Added custom timings option to WS2811 component to make it more flexible
Added WS2811/WS2812 component to drive and simulate chained LED controller ICs
Added SPI peripheral support to help speed up the WS2801 RGB LED Component
Added a component to drive the WS2801 Constant Current chainable RGB LED Driver IC
added missing tooltips to IntOsc Helper, TargetChip and Device Helper
CircularBuffer - Added new GetIndexedByte macro as requested from the forums
Added modbus timeout length and interation controls to the modbus properties
added 16-bit PWM support for the PWM and CALPWM components 12(L)F157x devices
Circular Buffer added new GetIndexedByte macro as requested from the forums
Bitmap Drawer no longer needs to store and parse bitmap header on the fly, now only the pixel data is stored
Modbus component now has additional feature to auto wait 60ms between messages to conform to specification

- Bug fixes -
CAL SPI Component now lists remappable in a dynamic format to match the SPI C CAL changes
Added new SPI remap mode without remappable SCK pin to all SPI based components
WS2811 component now has correct RGB/GRB output modes to ensure 2811 and 2812 work in the same way
WSxxxx components no longer allow for addresses out of range which should help for drawing bitmaps partially off the display
WSxxxx Shift2D macros had a problem with displays with more than 256 pixels
CAL PWM was outputting it's port and data direction registers in lowercase
WSxxxx LED components drawing mirrored Y axis in 2D mode
Clone matrix doesn't return handles if array larger then 256 objects.
EB068 Accelerometer couldn't be added in a free version - missing a unlicensed CAL?
Slightly adjusted the timings for the WS2811 - tested working on Arduino and EB091
Fixed a problem where the clone matrix didn't initialise correctly when embedded into a component
Fixed a few typos and tooltips on the WS2801 component
added missing tool tips to auto label and labels
Accelerometer EB068 - sim macros were set as downloadable - missing tooltips and I/O control
Renamed RS232 component as UART (RS232) as RS232 is the level shifted form of the Serial bus
Added injector initialise to DMX Master and Slave components
ESP8266 and EB075 had their UART Flow control property enabled causing unreliable comms and lockups
ESP8266 now forces UART flow control off
DAC was not redrawing the waveform on the data recorder correctly
CAL UART was defaulting to Flowcontrol on which was breaking/hanging components
Fixed simulation for DHT11 and DHT22 components
LUT component could not read the values from the new AVR forced ROM Array, now detects AVR and uses pgm_read_byte() to get the ROM value
Modbus master component had the possibility for Flowcontrol to be enabled in the CAL UART layer, now forced to disabled
PIC32 PWM frequency was being calculated & displayed at /2 of the actual generated frequency
nRF24L01 component was not functional, now fixed and tested working as long as FIFOs are 32 bytes on RX and TX
Fixed a problem where USB HID buffers could not be 0 bytes in length
Modbus Slave removed some unnessisary code when regs index from 0
Bitmap Drawer was missing some tooltip info
Modbus slave was returning nonesense uninitialised data using the wrong buffer idx var
ModBus Master would stop listening to slave's reply if the byte value 255 was received
Modbus slave generated a lot of unnessisary warning messages which have now been removed
ModBus slave couldn't receive any data correctly
Fixed console wrap counter errors in the RS232 transmit and receive
PIC8 USBHID checked in changes from JK needs some effort to finish off
RS232 component had a problem formatting data correctly on the console after receiving a \n / LF / 10
Cleaned up surplus meshes from RGB LED 5mm component
Updates to starburst component to allow it to better simulate multiple multiplexed displays



* Tools and plugins *


* CAL changes *
- Feature additions -
Added watchdog timer reset to PIC32MM range
added 16-bit PWM support for the PIC PWM CAL 12(L)F157x devices
added clock stretching support to I2C software channel in master mode

- Bug fixes -
AVR CAL IO was using old lower case definitions for DDR registers, causing PWM compile errors
in the bit shifting in GetRxIdent, so affected some CAN message IDs.
Fixed CAL SPI Remapping to accomidate PIC32 with none remappable SCK pin
Fixed CAL SPI Remapping to correctly map to the channel instance rather then the channel number
PIC32 CAL UART now correctly supports up to 6 UART peripherals
PIC32MZ U3 IE flags in IEC4
AVR TWI I2C Master_TxByte not returning Ack when TWSR = 0x40
Number to Hex String function didn't quite match the simulator "0x01" sim vs "0x1" embedded, now defaults to "0x01" in both cases
Found a better fix for the PIC CAL String bug StrVar = "Const" + StrVar using Typecasting in the decision
Fixed a problem where PIC CAL String couldn't handle Str = "Const" + Str
Converted bool type back to MX_UINT8 or it causes compile errors for functions using bool as a parameter
PIC CAL Typedefs MX_BOOL variable type changed from MX_UINT8 to bit
PIC CAL String - Had problems with StrVar = " StrConst " + StrVar
AVR Const arrays are loaded into RAM on power on, now forced to stay in ROM only
PIC CAL USB buffers are now allowed to be 0 bytes in length
I2C Clock Stretching mod for Software Channels was calling wrong function to check clock sig level
Some of the I2C CAL files had the 10ms stop delay hard coded, now controlled by property
UART Receive timeouts all moved from delays to software loops, length of loop tweaks
Fixed a USB compile bug on 16-bit PIC
Increased the timeout counter for the 16-bit PIC CAL UART
Fixed an EE problem on 18F devices
reports of EEPROM issues on 18F devices, reverted PIC8 EEPROM to use reg access instead of XC8 libs
PIC8 HID USB CAL updates from JK
ADC CAL for 16F1947 ADC Tpye 27 had a bug where case 11 was repeated in the switch statement
Fixed problem with internal CAN on 16-bit PIC when device does not have DMA memory
Compile fail on PIC 18F2331



* FCD changes *
- Feature additions -
PIC32 configs disabled code protect and flash protect by default
Added support for the PIC24FJxxxGA3xx family
Added the PIC32 MM range of low pin count & low power devices
added 16-bit PWM support for the 12(L)F157x device definitions

- Bug fixes -
More PIC32 default config settings changes
PIC32 clock speeds, found some incorrect max and default values
Some PIC32MX devices were incorrectly capped at 100MHz, now increased to 120MHz
Fixed timer 4 definitions for 18FxxK22 devices
Formula AllCode IR and IRE Channel Numbering Fix 1-8 instead of 0-7 to match documentation
Fixed timer 3/5 control bit definitions for 18(L)FxxK22 devices
Changed SPI Remappable type on PIC32 MZ and MX families, SCK pin is not remappable
PIC32 MZ Added Missing UART RX Interrupts and fixed existing interrupts so flags are in the correct registers
Added default chip config settings to uC32 Definition file
Fixed missing pins F2 & F3 from PIC32MX3X0xxxH Devices and Digilent uC32
16(L)F150x INT0 pin defined as B0 instead of A2
Fixed a couple of compile issues for the PIC32 MM device family
18F2585 and family had a init code compile error and a missing config definition
found more 16-bit PIC devices with missing CAN peripherals and pins
Fixed a number of missing CAN definitions for the 33FJxxxGP706 and 706A device families
PIC32 targets missing ADC init, any AN enabled pins could not be used as digital inputs
12F157x devices had a PWM related issue where the PWM channels were not type defined correctly
18F6xK22 and 18F8xK22 devices had some timer definitions still using old lowercase register access
Fixed CAN remappable register definition error on 33EPxxxGP/MC devices



* Compiler changes *


* Flowcode executable *
- Feature additions -
Added Free version and 30 day fully functional trial version.
Show components in edit calculation block
Added support for multiple languages
Modified the Project Explorer to make it more obvious how to add new variables, constants and macros
FloatToString$ accepts one and two parameters
Added ability to compile to certain chips with the free version
Implemented the ability to drag & drop and cut & paste icons from one flowchart to another.
Icon overlay for unlicensed components, adding license name in tooltip
Anti-aliasing option in 2D/3D panel

- Critical fixes -
Revert changes made to FloatToString$ (Rev.185)

- Bug fixes -
Macro import with initialization values
Macro return issue in ICD mode
Freeing and decreasing memory consumption
Initialization of strings with parenthesis
Using zoom window cause 3D rotation on dashboard
Macros that return strings have wrong parameter type
Text color to component debugging messages
Help link in components
Fixed auto hide on the oscilloscope
Fixed an issue where the Ghost menu was sometimes incorrectly disabled
Console high DPI
Tab control with high DPI
Redraw in imagebuttons
Scheme save bug
Fixed the mouse cursor on the start page so it shows a pointer instead of the text highlight cursor
Check the validation of current View
Tab focus unnecessary change when simulation
Further bug fixes and refinement of the Oscilloscope feature
Details dialog resize
Macro return String issue
Code profiling counter issue in calling subrutines.
2D exported objects don't display in 3D panel
Create new variable with reference option issue
FloatToString fixed size buffer issue
Dialogs tab change issue
Project options dialog white text
FloatToString function with two parameters
ICD flickering problem in watch window
Invisible dialog corners
Loop icon GUI bug
Fixed a problem with licencing & multiple users
Popup menu fix in DataRecorder
Tab selection in Variable manager dialog
Scintilla popup menu icon background
Handle icon in Macrotree object
slow/block response in full speed simulation
Improved the speed of compiling when there are many warnings
Fixed a minor bug in the about window where pressing enter or etc wouldnt properly close the window
Update style for Pop up menus
Context menu crash(start icon)
Lower detail threshold in primitives
Project options dialog, resize fix
2D/3D Panel's Status Bar color update
Save/display component icon with transparency
Syntax control color update
Tabs selection issue in key mapping dialog
OK & edit macro issue(flow chart not shown well)
Compiler Options item drawing issue.
Fixed a bug where zooming caused the screen to jump up to the top
Fixed the paths on the recent files buttons so that if the text is too long then its shows an ellipsis in the middle of the path instead of at the end so that the filename is now visible
Fixed a minor issue with the chip window where if the mouse curser moved over the close button then the next time the user clicked it would always close the window even if the cursor wasnt over the close button any more
Fixed recent files list so it correctly updates the Start Screen
Fixed the line ending of compiled code so that they end in CR/LF instead of just CR
Fixed problem with manual activation
Fixed the 'settings name' field in the compiler options so that it draws correctly
Converted the 'Options Save' window inside compiler options to use the new visual styling
Redrawing issue in tabs in Icons List and Project explorer

- Cosmetic changes -
Console window visual style update
Comments edit dialog visual style update
Data recorder visual style update
Analog View visual style update
Redrawing of Trees views
Turn snap to tabletop off by default
Header list style update
Improved an issue with the 'flickering' of windows as they were being shown and hidden in rapid succession. This was especially evident whilst loading or creating projects.
Visual style update for message boxes
Visual style update in key mapping dialog
Resize issue in watch window



* Programmer *
- Feature additions -
Added support for the new range of MIACs

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Great work on making light theme better! Thank you very much for that! :)
Ill just keep the good work up!

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great Thank you very much .appreciated :D

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Perfect, keep up the great work. Really pleased with the all the hard work you have done. :D

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi David,

Unfortunately, on my computer the new version does not work.
When I start the program a moment appear an opening frame of window on the screen, but nothing else happens.
In the Task Manager It's appears between the process (FlowcodeV7.exe*32 10516KB.)
If I install the 7.0.0.4 version It's work again.
(Win7 Prof. 64bit, 8GB RAM, video Intel HD3000)
Do you have any idea?

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Truly exemplary support work guys... Thank you !!! :D

Best regards,

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Lagoda wrote:Hi David,

Unfortunately, on my computer the new version does not work.
When I start the program a moment appear an opening frame of window on the screen, but nothing else happens.
In the Task Manager It's appears between the process (FlowcodeV7.exe*32 10516KB.)
If I install the 7.0.0.4 version It's work again.
(Win7 Prof. 64bit, 8GB RAM, video Intel HD3000)
Do you have any idea?

Best Regards

Lagoda
Hi Lagoda,

Unfortunately it can be extremely difficult to figure out why this kind of thing might be happening. Did you install the patch or did you do a full install?

I can talk you through how to completely remove all traces of Flowcode from your machine if you like and then you can try a fresh install and see if that helps?
  • Uninstall Flowcode the usual way via Add/Remove programs
  • Browse to the directory where you had Flowcode installed (It will be at C:\Program Files (x86)\Flowcode 7 unless you changed it at install time)
  • Any files that have been added to this directory since installing will still be here. Unless you added anything yourself you will probably just have the licences folder left and maybe the odd log file etc. Take a copy of any of your own files that you might have added if you want to keep them but then delete the entire Flowcode 7 directory.
  • Open Registry Editor (go to Start and in the search box type regedit and you should see regedit.exe appear as a result) - Be extremely careful, a wrong step in Regedit can lobotomise your machine.
  • Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> MatrixTSL and delete the folder FlowCodeV7
  • If you are using 32 bit windows browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> MatrixTSL and delete the folder FlowCodeV7
  • If you are using 64 bit windows browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node -> MatrixTSL and delete the folder FlowCodeV7
  • Reboot your machine! (please be sure to do this :wink:)
  • Install the full install of V7.1
Let me know how it goes :)

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi Simon,

Thank you for quick answer.
First I intalled the patch but did not working, then uninstalled the all program.
After restart I installed the full vesion. But the result is same.
I did what you suggested but the same happens.

Interestingly, in the Registry I did not find the MatrixTSL folder in the next path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node

Best Regards

Lagoda

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Hi Lagoda,
Lagoda wrote:Interestingly, in the Registry I did not find the MatrixTSL folder in the next path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node
Have you tried:

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MatrixTSL
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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi Martin,

Thanks for the help.
I find this folder and deleted it.
Simon also advised that, but the other path does not exist in the Registry.( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node -> MatrixTSL)

Best Regards

Lagoda

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi Ben
FC7.1 Installed and activated all ok :D

I decided to uninstall 7.04, clean the registry and do a clean install on 7.1 as I had 2 versions of some components from the last release.
1 in 10 people understand binary, the other one doesn't !

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi MM!

Sorry, now again, troubleshooting. I have exactly the same problem as Lagoda. I am not expert and not able to make changes in win ssystems. Is it not possible to get something which work and not all these always these troubleshooting. It is beginning to be very annoying with all these bugs, and now after an update nothing work. Sorry MM, but I would prefer to use all these hours to make some program instead of troubleshooting. Please I am a little sad after this.... Please make me happy again and make FC7 running as good as FC5..

I make an update on two laptops same problem. I run win10 32 bit. Please what to do :?: :?: :?: :?:

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Hi again!

After an attemp a totally reinstall I get this messaage:



"Flowcode 7 stop working"

"Windows seach for solution Wait"

Close down again. :evil:

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I don't normally condone registry clean-up, except where deemed absolutely necessary.

In your case however, doing such a thing should clean up hidden gremlins and orphaned objects, which sounds as though it may be the most appropriate course of action if all else fails.

Impossible to say whether it was due to the Flowcode installer or something else lurking beneath the surface, but if you do choose to clean the registry then don't place your trust in questionable no-name software. Maybe try whatever John chose to use?

Also, be sure to temporarily disable third-party security software when you install, as I've certainly had issues with that in the past (particularly Symantec) - on a number of separate occasions !

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi all,

I downloaded and installed the latest v7.1.0.0 patch - with only a minor hiccup.

With my Symantec security temporarily disabled, and with FC7 not running (but still installed) the upgrade itself went without a hitch.

However, on restarting FC7 it asked for a full reactivation (username and password) - which is just an irritation in that you then have to stop what you are trying to do, and then desperately try and remember which of the 52,786 passwords, variants and sub-variants you have used to activate FC7 in the first place!

I know - I'm just a grumpy old git but, at my time of life, every minute is precious :cry:

Cheers,
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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi!

In all previus version of Flowcode there have never been problems with update. Everything has just worked. How to clean ud various plages in Windows, I dont know. In my opinion, something like this should work first time without all this troubleshooting and use many hours on this.. please....Flowcode is normally a really good tool and hope MM will fix this issue soon. Sorry.

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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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To everyone who is experiencing the problem with Flowcode failing to start I have created a new thread specifically to help fix this problem. Please can you move all conversation about it over to this thread and I am going to help get this fixed for you as soon as I can.

viewtopic.php?f=64&t=18151

Thank you,

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Hello

after a short time start FC7 I have a bad cursor and crazy pattern??

can you help please
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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi saschech

If you are having problems with the new version of FC can you please report it here.
Matrix have a dedicated forum for problems with FC 7.1

viewtopic.php?f=64&t=18151
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Re: Flowcode 7 Patch 7.1

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Hi all

Not work patch and apllication versiyon of the program. I'm waiting for your help.
I had to install the previous version.

Here is the link for those who want to install the old version
FlowCode7.0.0.4
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Thank you.
Operating System: Windows 10 64 bit.

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