PCAN-Symbol Editor 3 Version History

2017-06-29 - Version 3.2.2 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.4.2

Bug fixes:

  • If the display format of the Bitstart Position was set to "Forward LSB" in Options dialog box, a Range Check error message could occur when the bit start value of a Motorola variable was changed
  • Opening a Symbols file from Windows Explorer using the "Open with ..." command and then choosing the PCAN Symbol Editor caused an error message "Cannot open the file"


2016-09-01 - Version 3.2.1 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.4.1

Improvements:

  • The option to automatically correct conflicting names when exporting symbols to a CANdb file is available again after it was removed in version 3.2.0
  • Added the new "SLOT" property for J1939 variables to indicate Scaling, Limit, Offset, and Transfer functions recommended in J1939-71 Appendix A

Bug fixes:

  • The SPN field was sometimes not updated correctly when a variable was selected
  • Some minor bug fixes


2015-09-30 - Version 3.2.0 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.4.0

Improvements:

  • New J1939 Symbol option "Valid for all Destination Addresses"
  • New J1939 Symbol option "Valid for all Source Addresses"

Changes:

  • When exporting Symbols to a CANdb file, conflicts can no longer be corrected automatically. The previous correction mechanism produced invalid results. As long as the auto-correction feature is not completely revised, this function is unavailable

Bug fixes:

  • If the Variable option "Automatic min-max calculation" was enabled, selecting another Variable in the Item Navigator already caused that the Variable's range of values was recalculated and previously manually entered values were discarded
  • For variables with data type "Raw" it was not possible to specify a default value or toggle one of the switches "Trace" or "Standard"
  • When the length of a string variable was reduced, the default value was automatically truncated
  • The layout tab could only display up to 64 variables.
  • Some minor bug fixes.


2014-03-10 - Version 3.1.6

Bug fixes:

  • The multiplexer option "Valid for all Data Lengths" could not be enabled
  • If the CAN ID of a J1939 symbol was modified through the "Edit J1939 CAN ID" dialog box, the current Symbols file was not marked as unsaved


2013-12-11 - Version 3.1.5

Bug fix:

  • The CAN ID Mask setting was not cleared when the 'New' command was selected

Improvement:

  • New button to reset the CAN ID Mask setting to default value


2013-12-09 - Version 3.1.4

Bug fixes:

  • Warnings about identical CAN ID's could not be resolved, if the number format was set to hexadecimal
  • When sorting Enum values, the assigned comments were left in the old place


2013-02-22 - Version 3.1.3

Bug fixes:

  • If two multiplexers in a symbol file (format 5.0) were defined with the same multiplexer value then the change of the data length or the multiplexer value of an additional new multiplexer evoked the message "Multiplexer value is already defined in another multiplexer"
  • Variables and multiplexers could not be moved in the layout grid using drag&drop
  • When changing a name on a properties panel to an empty string, "Range check Error" occured

Improvement:

  • Added the "CAN ID Mask" field on the "Symbols properties" panel; this entry can be used with symbol file format 5.0 and the PCAN Symbols Parser Library 2.3.1.273 and up


2013-01-09 - Version 3.1.1

Bug fixes:

  • CANdb files could not be used (import/export), because PCAN-Explorer 5 with dongle license was not supported and the license could not be read
  • In the About dialog, an invalid expiry date (1899-12-30) and a wrong number of licenses were shown if the license file could not be found or opened


2011-11-21 - Version 3.1.0 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.2.0

Bug fixes:

  • Changes of the "Text Color" in the Options dialog box did not have an effect on the layout
  • Several issues have been fixed regarding Message Keys in connection with symbols
  • The default color of symbols and multiplexers was not shown correctly in the list view (Elements)
  • Removed a small memory leak
  • For the variable data type "Bit" the properties "Data Format", "Output Format", "Minimum", "Maximum", "Automatic min-max calculation", and "Custom Decimal Places" ("Decimal Places") could be indicated. Now this isn't possible anymore
  • In the Search dialog box, only those objects being supported by the symbol file format are displayed
  • Removed the file type "csym" from the "Save as" dialog box

Improvements:

  • Switching the used interface language can be done without restarting the program
  • New language setting "Automatic" in the Options dialog that tells the program to use the current language of the system environment
  • Several GUI improvements (texts, colors, sizing)
  • Reworked the input mask "Message Key"; this includes a new dialog box for editing variable values


2011-05-12 - Version 3.0.7 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.1.4

Bug fixes:

  • The screentip of the "Open" command contained the URL in its footer
  • A screentip was missing for the "About" command

Improvements:

  • New command "Obfuscate" for encrypting a symbol file once. The encryption is one-way and the file cannot be decrypted afterwards. The command obfuscates all names in a symbol file
  • Each value of an Enum can now have a comment
  • The "Hexadecimal" setting in the "Edit J1939 CAN-ID" dialog box is now saved and restored
  • The properties "Factor" and "Offset" can now also be set for variables of the Enum data type


2011-04-18 - Version 3.0.6

 Bug fix:

  • Variable names having a number as first character were treated as an error although the PCAN-Explorer meanwhile allows this syntax


2011-04-01 - Version 3.0.5 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.1.3

Bug fixes:

  • The default value of internal variables could not be set or altered. However, the display of default values that were set for internal variables via the PCAN-Explorer worked
  • When interpreting default values of variables with data type "Char", the value 127 was displayed as ASCII character although this value is not defined for display
  • When loading an arbitrary symbol file, the default values were not read
  • The properties for symbol, multiplexer, and variable could be assigned with double names. However, changing the names via the Item Navigator trapped this error
  • Using J1939 symbols (Type = J1939 PG), when selecting "NULL" in the "Edit J1939 CAN-ID" dialog, the source address was set to FF and not to FE. Opening this dialog again later lead to an error message "Invalid Source Address!"
  • If a symbol was set to "Receive" and its type was changed to "J1939 PG", after changing the CAN ID with the "Edit J1939 CAN-ID" dialog, the CAN ID Hi was displayed with "-"
  • When loading a faulty symbol file, only the line was indicated in the dialog showing the text, error code and description were missing
  • If the symbol property "Unique Variables" was activated and right afterwards a virtual variable was added and another element was selected in the Item Navigator, an error message occured that the name was already defined
  • When checking for unique variable names, virtual variables were not taken into account
  • When File > New was invoked, the symbol properties were not reset

Improvements:

  • The method for entering default values of variables and their display was improved by accommodating to the procedure and display in the PCAN-Explorer
  • In the context menu of the Item Navigator the standard command for refreshing elements (F5) is now available
  • The program caption now shows the file name in front of the program name
  • To ensure the function of the CANdb import and export, the query of the license information was adjusted
  • Multiplexer property "Valid for all Data Lengths" has been added
  • Adjusted layout of the properties mask for multiplexers so that it suits the mask for symbols and it can include the new property
  • Symbols with the "Valid for all Data Lengths" property can have variables


2010-09-01 - Version 3.0.4 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.1.0

Bug fixes:

  • If the J1939 plugin was not registered in the license, the "Decimal Places" variable property was not visible
  • After the commands "New" or "Close" the "Import" command could be executed even if the CANdb3 adding was not registered
  • The quick access items under the ribbon control were not assigned for each command
  • If in the Item Navigator a main node was selected and an element was added (e.g. a symbol), the context menu commands "Rename" and "Delete" could not be executed
  • Automatic selection of a new enum value did not work for lists containing more entries than could be displayed in the list area. The enum value was not moved to the visible area
  • A conflict was shown at export of a symbol file to CANdb format if the multiplexer name contained spaces although spaces are supported by the CANdb addin

Improvements:

  • More than 64 variables can now be defined per symbol if the symbol file format is 5.0
  • A warning "Too many variables defined" is shown if the symbol contains more than 64 variables and the symbol file format is 3.1
  • When adding an enum value, it is determined automatically based on the highest enum value
  • When editing enum values, several values can now be selected and deleted at once
  • New commands for enum value sorting: "Sort By Values Ascending", "Sort By Values Descending". The sorting applies to saving and printing actions


2009-11-26 - Version 3.0.3 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.0.4

Bug fixes:

  • The width of the columns wasn't restored correctly
  • Optimized drawing performance of the layout
  • If for a J1939 PG symbol the "Valid for all Data Lengths" property was set and then "Multipacket" was activated, "Data Length" was temporarily shown with "-1". After reading that symbol again the value was shown correctly with "0"
  • After program start, previously saved layout colors were dismissed and default colors loaded instead
  • Display bugs when changing the symbol file format from 5.0 to 3.1
  • Faulty Min-Max calculation of virtual variables that used an enum with negative numbers
  • In symbol files with format 5.0, a symbol could only hold a single variable of the data type "double"
  • Spin edit fields could lead to problems
  • When executing "Print" or "Print Preview", the last changed value was not saved if the focus was in an edit field
  • Minor text corrections
  • In the symbol property "Decimal Places" could not been changed with Up/Down
  • Labels in the symbols properties are now faded if the corresponding property cannot be used
  • If in the variable's "Custom Decimal Places" property was changed, the status of the label of "Decimal Places" was not updated
  • When using the key combinations [Ctrl]+[PageUp] or [Ctrl]+[PageDn] in the print preview, the page was switched as well as the zoom factor
  • In properties areas, mouse usage was not correctly put into action
  • Several corrections if large font sizes are used in the operating system settings
  • The automatic adjustment of the tabs in the message keys properties caused display problems
  • The properties page of a Message Key showed an error if a Message Key was assigned to a symbol containing an enum variable without a defined enum
  • The bit length of the data type Enum is now checked

Improvements:

  • Added setting for showing tabs in the ribbons
  • The Quick Access commands are saved and restored
  • When adding an enum value, the edit dialog is shown right away
  • With the symbol file format 5.0 and upwards, variables can be positioned beyond the data length
  • New and improved colors for variables in the layout view
  • Removed error that happened at validation of bit positioning for variables placed beyond 64 bits (see 3.0.1.300)
  • Removed memory leaks


2009-10-14 - Version 3.0.2 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.0.3

Bug fixes:

  • The last entry in a text field was not saved if it hadn't been confirmed before (e.g. by selecting another field) and if a command was executed
  • An exception occured on handling of multiplexers in connection with additional variables
  • Corrected tab order and labels in the Options dialog

Improvements:

  • Improved layouts of the Variable/Virtual Variable and the Options dialog
  • Removed the "Customize" context menu from the ribbon control


2009-09-09 - Version 3.0.1 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.0.2

Bug fixes:

  • When changing the symbol type of "J1939 PG" to "Standard" or "Extended" and the data length to greater than 8 bytes, the symbol's data length was not adapted
  • After changing a symbol type to "Standard" or "Extended", the variables that were out of range were not marked as faulty. Changing the start position of those variables caused an error
  • Trying to cycle the bit start position below 0 with a spin button caused a "Range Check Error" that did not disappear anymore
  • After importing or closing a CANdb file some commands were not executable anymore
  • Using the "Preview" in Vista caused an error message under specific circumstances
  • Changing the "Long Name" property of a variable was not saved
  • Changing the "SPN" property of a variable caused the contents to be written to the "Long Name" property
  • When configuring the "Virtual Variables" column, the "Message Keys" column was shown
  • When a file was changed outside the PCAN Symbol Editor, the corresponding message did not come up
  • If a variable range of values was calculated automatically and afterwards the corresponding option "Automatic min-max calculation" was turned off, the range still was calculated automtically
  • An enum value could not be edited after double-clicking it with the mouse because the dialog was not shown
  • By just viewing an enum value with the edit dialog, the symbol file was marked as changed
  • When editing an enum's properties it could happen that the values of another enum were used
  • With the symbol format 3.1, Message Keys were not updated correctly in the item tree
  • The synchronization of Message Key objects and the user inputs of Message Key properties was faulty
  • At each saving of the windows size and coordinates the vertical height decreased

Improvements:

  • Removed the linking to the PCAN-Explorer object model and remainders of the automation server completely, because interaction with the PCAN-Explorer is not needed anymore
  • Restructured the status bar and added a panel for file status
  • New "Multi Packet" property added to the symbol
  • New "Raw" data type added to the variable property
  • When opening a read-only file, this is now indicated accordingly in the file status panel. The save command is then deactivated
  • Included the write-protection attribute in the error dialog, if an error occurs at loading of a symbol file
  • Added four new validation errors: wrong symbol type, faulty data length (DLC), wrong data type, error on bit positioning beyond 64 bits
  • When a CANdb file is opened via the Open dialog, it can be saved with the "Save as" command as a symbol file
  • Variables can be positioned beyond DLC if the "Multipacket" attribute of the symbol is set and the symbol type is set to J1939 PG
  • Optimized the display of elements
  • The min and max value fields are not deactivated anymore if the bitlength is larger than 64 bits
  • The maximum number of characters for the "Unit" property of a variable is now depending on the used symbol file format: 10 characters with file formats up to version 4, 16 characters with file formats from version 5
  • The Message Key properties area "Symbolic" only shows symbols not of the type "J1939 PG"
  • The Message Key properties area "Symbolic" only shows variables that are not of the type "Raw" and that are positioned within the first 64 bits
  • Improved the texts of message boxes
  • At initial start the size of the main window is set to 4/5 of the screen area
  • The "Save as" command now causes an additional entry in the "Recent Files" list
  • Further improvements of the English and German texts
  • Repositioned the icon and label in the warning window


2009-07-28 - Version 3.0.0 - Part of PCAN-Explorer 5.0.0

  •  First official release of version 3

Features:

  • J1939 support
  • Support of symbol file formats 3.1 and 5.0
  • Free configuration of columns in the element lists
  • Improved loading of symbol files including error detection and correction of the file
  • Font and color settings from PCAN-Explorer are used in the print preview and in the error detection and correction
  • New menu layout as ribbon control, color styles blue, black and silver available
  • Virtual variables
  • Improved internal processing of objects
  • Alphabetic sorting of all elements in the Item Navigator
  • Improved and enhanced search function
  • Improved editing options of variables in connection with symbol format 5.0
  • Improved print preview
  • Use of the CANdb Add-in 3 and direct opening of CANdb Network Files
  • German program localization, language can be changed