Tred asked me to join the forum and this thread, so I figured I would, so that I can listen to your suggestions and help out as necessary. I definitely want my software to see some use. I would be happy to implement it in a way that will be most usefult to you guys.
Here's my responses to some of the stuff that has been discussed so far:
I can do it, wouldn't really be too difficult. That was the plan eventually anyway. I just need to know how to implement it in a way that is usable to everyone...Originally Posted by stoodo
I could do that too, have a tray icon etc and have the gui only pop up when there is an alert. I could even make it so that all that would be visible would be the arrows, etc overlaying what is already on the screen, or whatever...Originally Posted by tj!2k4
I'll take a look at those two apps. I don't know much about the systems you guys are running or exactly how these programs work, so if anyone want to give me a "crash course" that would be great. I took a quick look at Road Runner... do these apps basically tie other apps together via one GUI, or is there a lot more to it?Originally Posted by Saab9-5
I think I read something about skins...I could do that too....
For those having trouble getting the software to work, here's my thoughts:
I suspect an issue with the interface...
My V1 circuit schematic is derived from one of the "TTL to RS232" circuits that people are using with my radio programming software. Naturally, I wanted something that would be easy to build, with readily available parts, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way....
I originally recommended a similar circuit for people to use with their radios. However, a lot of people couldn't get it to work. I've built two of them, and they work on every PC I have tested them on. If I had one that didn't work, I could test it out on the bench, I could and easily pinpoint the issue. However both of the ones I built work. So I guess it is just one of those things. I suspect different component tolerances are making a difference here or something. (I since started recommending a different interface to the users of my radio software...)
Here's a couple of suggestions for getting the interface in the schematic to work (I haven't tried these solutions myself!)
1. Instead of the 5.1v Zener, use a 4.7v zener. This is the solution that most commonly works, not sure why. Radio shack doesn't normally have 5.1v zeners in stock though.
2. I seem to remember someone saying that the transistor never got fully "turned off" in his case.. Maybe try different resistor values between the 4148 and the base of the transistor. (Or even a potentiometer, and try to "align" it).
3. Some Japanese users had trouble with my original recommended radio interface, so they devised a modified version:http://www.geocities.co.jp/Technopol...cl01.html.html
Honestly, when my radio programming software users report problems with the similar interface, I always recommend that they build a "Six Transistor" interface:
In ALL cases so far, after they build the six-transistor version they have NO problems.
Will that work in this case, with Software One? I don't know.
In this case it is sort of over-kill because we only need to receive what is sent out by the V1, and the interface allows transitting theough it as well. However, if you decide to build one, you should be able to figure out which pins are which by the diagrams on my webpage...
Well anyways, there's the scoop guys any questions let me know and I'll try to help out. Looking forward to your feedback...