New soft­ware ver­si­ons CAN­touch, CAN-Bus Tes­ter 2 and CAN­vi­si­on

CAN­touch Ver­si­on 2.1

What – mea­su­red at the ver­si­on num­ber – looks like a small step (2.0 to 2.1), is a lar­ge impro­ve­ment und gre­at increa­se in new func­tions.

The new soft­ware ver­si­on for CAN­touch comes with some inte­res­ting new fea­tures, which not only ease the hand­ling, but also pro­vi­de new mea­su­rement func­tio­na­li­ties. As always all our custo­mers bene­fit from this, also the­se who bought their CAN­touch a time ago. One new mea­su­rement app is pro­vi­ded with a licen­se.

Auto­ma­tic Quick­test

This new func­tion is for a quick over­view of all mea­surment values that can be deter­mi­ned by CAN­touch. In order to do this the baud­ra­te is auto­ma­ti­cal­ly detec­ted and a con­tin­ou­os mea­su­rement begins. The eva­lua­ti­on of the six free apps is sym­bo­li­zed with a smi­ley. Also the qua­li­ty levels of all bus nodes is eva­lua­ted and shown, even if no licen­se for the node mea­su­rement is avail­ab­le. The smi­ley rep­res­ents the worst mea­su­rement wit­hin the last mea­su­rement cycle. With a sin­gle click one can switch into the respec­tive app and start the trou­ble shoo­ting.
If the Auto­ma­tic Quick­test goes through without any yel­low or red smi­ley, the bus is working pro­per­ly in most cases. So it is much easier for litt­le trai­ned employes to inden­ti­fy a fail­u­re free bus. The test is loca­ted left of the home­screen, so it starts mea­su­ring by swi­ping the home­screen to the right.

Con­trol Cen­ter

The Con­trol Cen­ter opens with a simp­le swi­pe from below on every screen and can be used to chan­ge the fol­lo­wing set­tings or run the­se com­man­ds :

  • make a screen­shot
  • chan­ge baud­ra­te
  • start auto­ma­tic baud­ra­te scan
  • chan­ge bit timing (swit­ches into set­tings menu)
  • switch Lis­ten-Only-Mode
  • chan­ge ground refe­rence
  • switch lan­guage
  • switch key­board beep
  • chan­ge dis­play bright­ness
  • switch bright­ness auto­ma­tic

Online­trig­ger

New to CAN­touch is the app Online Trig­ger (licen­se necessa­ry). This app was only avail­ab­le to CAN-Bus Tes­ter 2 and is the main task of CAN­o­b­ser­ver (the­re deter­mi­ned by the sys­tem with some dif­fe­ren­ces in ran­ge of func­tions). This app makes it pos­si­ble to moni­tor the bus over a lon­ger time peri­od for errors and track excee­dings of indi­vi­du­al seta­ble thres­holds.

Occu­ring errors are signa­led in a track per type of error and signa­led with a tone (if wan­ted). Spo­ra­dic pro­blems can be found easier. The­re is also the opti­on to stop the mea­su­rement at a trig­ger event and show the faul­ty tele­gramm. The oscil­lo­gram is deco­ded (as far as pos­si­ble).

Becau­se it tracks not only logi­cal errors but also pro­blems of the phy­si­cal lay­er, this mea­su­rement app is an important tool for trou­ble shoo­ting, espe­ci­al­ly when spo­ra­dic errors occour. But one has not to wait until pro­blems mani­fest in errors. The free­ly adjus­ta­ble tres­holds give the pos­si­bi­li­ty for a pre­dic­tive main­ten­an­ce. Wit­hin the time axis it is clear­ly shown, when thres­holds has been excee­ded. So, for ins­tan­ce, it is pos­si­ble to detect pro­blems of a cable car­ri­er at spe­ci­fic ben­ding radii by wor­se­ning of phy­si­cal values.

Bus wiring

The Bus Wiring app was revi­sed and now shows all errors that occu­red, not only the first one. By this it might be easier to draw con­clu­si­ons on the natur of a pro­blem and speed up trou­ble shoo­ting.

CAN-Bus Tes­ter 2 soft­ware ver­si­on 4.6.7

The import of CAN­touch mea­su­rements was expan­ded. The Online Trig­ger is sligh­ly modi­fi­ca­ted to give the pos­si­bi­li­ty to import CAN­touch Online Trig­ger mea­su­rements and ana­ly­se this data at the pc.

Our popu­lar pro­to­col moni­tor soft­ware has been impro­ved com­pre­hen­si­ve­ly. Plea­se read about CAN­vi­si­on wit­hin the next pas­sa­ge.

CAN­vi­si­on soft­ware ver­si­on 1.2.5

Some princip­le chan­ges has come to our pro­to­col moni­tor.

Star­ting with this ver­si­on CAN FD inter­faces from Vec­tor and Peak are sup­por­ted.

Wit­hin the Send-Win­dow the input was chan­ged. The messa­ge type is now choo­sen by cli­cking but­tons (EXT, RTR, FD, BRS). Data can be ent­e­red into a sepa­ra­te win­dow. This has been necessa­ry with CAN-FD, becau­se CAN-FD sup­port up to 64 bytes, which fits not lon­ger in a sin­gle line.

The Recei­ve-Win­dows has been modi­fi­ca­ted to gra­phi­cal dis­play the messa­ge type.
Raw data of alre­ady deco­ded messa­ges (sym­bo­lic, CANo­pen, J1939) can be shown addi­tio­nal­ly.
Some sta­tis­ti­cal data of rela­ti­ve timestamps are shown in a tool­tip.
Fil­te­ring was optim­zed and traces from CAN­touch can be impor­ted into CANo­pen and J1939 recei­ve win­dows.
The deco­ding of CANo­pen block data has been impro­ved.

In J1939 an exten­si­on of the data­ba­se with custom messa­ges in a xml file is now pos­si­ble.

August 2017

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