PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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martinr
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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Hi Steve

In the Training Section (Training Videos) of the superb new PicoScope app for mobile devices, under “PicoScope Software - videos coming soon!”, is it the plan to centralise there all those excellent PicoScope 7 tutorial videos (most, if not all, of which are your work), such as those found throughout this topic and in the newsletters?

I hope only official Pico Automotive videos, made by Pico technicians, will feature in this app, although an exception could be made only for ScannerDanner’s 2 videos: PicoScope Basics Part 1 and Part 2, which, even though they features PS6, are so good that they could still grace the app without detriment. Certainly, anyone wanting to get to grips with sampling rates would be hard pressed to find a better tutorial than PicoScope Basics Part 2 on YouTube.

Brand new app and PS7 going live…. Christmas has come early this year.

Best wishes

Martin

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Hello Martin and thank you for the feedback on the App which I have passed onto the team here at Pico

The PS7 software video is complete and scheduled to be added to the “PicoScope Software” section very soon

This will not contain the videos created to support the forum posts above, but instead, a more concise overview of PS7 focusing on ease of use

The App videos are designed to be “bite size” and not too in-depth but of course there is a place for everything and perhaps having a section of smaller dedicated videos relating to specific areas of the software would be helpful too.

I will pass this onto the App team and we will discuss for sure in our next team meeting

Thank you also for the information regarding ScannerDanners videos too.

It is very easy to focus on “what’s now” and “what’s new” whilst forgetting about valid tutorials on YouTube that are as relevant today as the day they were made

One thing we are not short of is “choice” when it comes to training material and study (we are very lucky indeed)

As mentioned here topic15231.html the challenge comes from knowing how to file and recall the information when required

Not sure how we ever managed before the internet?

Take care…..Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Many thanks for, as always, your kind reply.

As to “ Not sure how we ever managed before the internet?”, as usual, you are so right; it’s a thought that still hits me between the eyes and takes me back to the days when it would cost at least half a day to go to Manchester Central Library just to find a single piece of information. Now, the cost in time is determined merely by how fast I can type the question.

Best wishes

Martin

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Just following on from...... " The App videos are designed to be “bite size” and not too in-depth but of course there is a place for everything and perhaps having a section of smaller dedicated videos relating to specific areas of the software would be helpful too." Chatting with Barney, he remined me of the awesome "A to Z of PicoScope" work available here https://www.picoauto.com/library/picoscope-in-depth which includes animated GIFs and additional links to further information too

I hope this helps, take care......Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive Early Access which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PS7 Auto Early Access 7.0.83.9319 will be scheduled for release week commencing 11th October 2021

New Features

PicoScope 7 Light and Dark themes

• Click on the “More” button located in the left-hand tool panel and select “Settings”
• Select the Preferences tab and choose the desired theme
• Below we have opted for “Dark mode”
• Please note, additional “Theme” and “graph” display options will be available in future “Early Access” releases
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Image 1
Feedback on the design and function of the “Theme” options would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

“Import between time rulers” added to AWG


• With PicoScope 4823 connected note how the Signal generator controls are displayed beneath the channel option buttons
Please note when clicking on the signal generator controls, we are presented with a caution window explaining that the signal generator is under development at present (Select “Yes” to continue)
• The Signal generator control panel dialog box will now open
• Click on the Arbitrary (AWG) button to open the AWG dialog box
• Click on the “From channel” button to reveal the channels which can be imported for duplication by the signal generator
• Select the channel required for duplication by the signal generator, and select “Import between time rulers” if time rulers are present within the graph view
• Note: If only one time ruler is present within the graph view, the AWG will duplicate the desired channel from the left-hand side of the graph to the position of the time ruler
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AWG Edit function

• In addition to the “Import between time rulers” function we now have “Edit”
• Within the AWG dialog box an “Edit” feature provides a means to further amend a duplicated waveform before generation
• Below we have opted to “Edit” our imported waveform (from between the time rulers) where the scale and offset have been adjusted accordingly
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Image 3
Feedback on the design and function of the AWG features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Date ordering of uploaded waveforms

• The “My Waveforms” section of the RWL will now allow for date ordering of uploaded waveforms
• The default ordering system within “My Waveforms” presents the most recently uploaded waveform first
• Clicking on the “Calendar” icon will recorder your waveforms such as to present the oldest uploaded waveform first
• Below we have the default ordering system
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Image 4
• Below we have reordered the waveforms so as to present the oldest uploaded waveform first
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Feedback on the design and function of the RWL features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes

• Title bar to remove file name when starting the scope after having loaded a file.
• Improvements to the functionality of the decode table when switching between Hex and Decimal display options
• Minor system memory improvements

I hope this helps, take care……. Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive Early Access which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PS7 Auto Early Access 7.0.85.9525 will be scheduled for release week commencing 8th November 2021

New Features

PicoScope 7 Light and Dark theme options (Print)
• Click on the “More” button located in the left-hand tool panel and select “Settings”
• Select the Preferences tab and choose the desired theme (Light or Dark mode)
• When opting for “Dark theme” and selecting “Print” a dialog will now appear
• Note the content of the message below informs the user of ink usage when printing in “Dark theme”
• Please switch to “Light theme” to save printer ink if required
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Image 1
Feedback on the design and function of the “Theme” options would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

PicoScope 7 Trace line thickness

• Click on the “More” button located in the left-hand tool panel and select “Settings”
• Select the Preferences tab and note how Trace line thickness can now be amended
• Below “Scope view 1” has a line thickness set to “7” and “Scope view 2” is set to “1”
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Feedback on the design and function of the “Line thickness” options would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

AWG “Import” options now include “Whole trace”

• With PicoScope 4823 connected note how the Signal generator controls are displayed beneath the channel option buttons
Please note when clicking on the signal generator controls, we are presented with a caution window explaining that the signal generator is under development at present (Select “Yes” to continue)
• The Signal generator control panel dialog box will now open
• Click on the Arbitrary (AWG) button to open the AWG dialog box
• Click on the “From channel” button to reveal the channels which can be imported for duplication by the signal generator
• Select the channel required for duplication by the signal generator, and select “Whole Trace” or “Between time rulers” if time rulers are present within the graph view
• Note: If only one time ruler is present within the graph view, the AWG will duplicate the desired channel from the left-hand side of the graph to the position of the time ruler
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Image 3

AWG Zoom function

• In addition to the “Import between time rulers” function we now have “Zoom”
• Within the AWG dialog box, a “Zoom” feature provides a means to horizontally zoom on your imported waveform using a mouse scroll/thumbwheel or laptop track pad
• Below we have opted to “Zoom” on our imported waveform where the zoom overview window can be seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the AWG dialog box
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Feedback on the design and function of the AWG features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

AWG “Free” and “Line” drawing tool
• Within the AWG dialog box, our “Draw tool” now includes a “Line” draw option to assist with creating straight lines when “Free” drawing
• Below we have amended the original imported waveform using a combination of “free & line” drawing options
• Note: The “Undo” button will provide a means to “step back” and amend incorrectly drawn lines
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Image 5
AWG Normalize, Flip Vertical and Horizontal options
• Within the AWG dialog box, selecting “Edit” with now provide additional options:
• Normalize: Allow the waveform within the AWG dialog box to utilise the entire Y axis
• Flip Vertical: Allow the waveform within the AWG dialog box to be inverted
• Flip Horizontal: Allow the waveform within the AWG dialog box to be rotated left and right

Below: Normalize
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Image 6
Below: Flip Vertical
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Image 7
Below: Flip Horizontal
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The following video will help clarify the application of the new features above
2021-11-09_14-56-12.mp4
AWG Video
(4.41 MiB) Downloaded 31 times
Feedback on the design and function of the AWG “Edit” features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes
• Screen display improvements for lozenges and icons
• Translation support extended to 30 languages
• ‘Recent files’ screen no longer showing temporary files
• Ensure data from previous capture has cleared from current buffer
• Improvements to text alignment displayed in dialog boxes (Mac)
• Improvements to display of AWG controls when resizing AWG window
• Improvements to display of labels within channel lozenges
• Loaded waveforms containing a trigger mode now memorised when selecting “run”

I hope this helps, take care……. Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Just to follow up on Steve's amazing work with keeping everyone up to date with the releases of PicoScope 7 Automotive, there is a brief update for the improvement to the J1939 decoder which can be seen here - viewtopic.php?p=102564#p102564.

There is also a subtle change also to the standard CAN decoder where in the ID section, the space has been removed between bytes. All other fields remain the same.

Thanks again everyone for your support and trust all are keeping safe and well.

Kind regards

Ben

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive Early Access which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download
PS7 Auto Early Access 7.0.86.9658 will be scheduled for release week commencing 22nd November 2021
New features

AWG dialog box now includes a “Clear” option

• With PicoScope 4823 connected note how the Signal generator controls are displayed beneath the channel option buttons
Please note when clicking on the signal generator controls, we are presented with a caution window explaining that the signal generator is under development at present (Select “Yes” to continue)
• The Signal generator control panel dialog box will now open
• Click on the Arbitrary (AWG) button to open the AWG dialog box
• Click on the “From channel” button to reveal the channels which can be imported for duplication by the signal generator
• Select the channel required for duplication by the signal generator, and select “Whole Trace” or “Between time rulers” if time rulers are present within the graph view
• If only one time ruler is present within the graph view, the AWG will duplicate the desired channel from the left-hand side of the graph to the position of the time ruler
• Note: The AWG dialog box now includes a “Clear” option allowing the user to delete the imported waveform whilst also restoring the AWG data, Zoom, Sample count and Scale/ Offset to the default state.
Image 1A
Image 1A
Additional options added to AWG zoom overview

• In addition to the “Import between time rulers” function we now have “Zoom”
• Within the AWG dialog box, a “Zoom” feature provides a means to horizontally zoom on your imported waveform using a mouse scroll/thumbwheel or laptop track pad
• Below we have opted to “Zoom” on our imported waveform where the zoom overview window can be seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the AWG dialog box
• Note how the zoom overview now includes options to “Pan” (using the hand tool), “Marque zoom” using the magnifier, and a “1:1” feature to restore the waveform to a non-zoomed state
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Image 2A
Feedback on the design and function of the AWG features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes
• Improvements to vehicle details dialog box functionality
• Improvements to the stability of PS7 when loading files with AWG view open
• Correction to column headers when exporting a decoding table from a single buffer

I hope this helps, take care……Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive Early Access which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PS7 Auto Early Access 7.0.87.9775 will be scheduled for release week commencing 6th December 2021

New features

AWG dialog box now includes touch zoom
• With PicoScope 4823 connected note how the Signal generator controls are displayed beneath the channel option buttons
Please note when clicking on the signal generator controls, we are presented with a caution window explaining that the signal generator is under development at present (Select “Yes” to continue)
• The Signal generator control panel dialog box will now open
• Click on the Arbitrary (AWG) button to open the AWG dialog box
• Click on the “From channel” button to reveal the channels which can be imported for duplication by the signal generator
• Select the channel required for duplication by the signal generator, and select “Whole Trace” or “Between time rulers” if time rulers are present within the graph view
• If only one time ruler is present within the graph view, the AWG will duplicate the desired channel from the left-hand side of the graph to the position of the time ruler
• With your waveform displayed in the graph view of the AWG dialog box you can now apply the following touch zoom features:

a. Vertical pinch should zoom vertically
b. Horizontal pinch should zoom horizontally
c. Diagonal pinch should zoom both vertically and horizontally

• With the Pan tool (Hand icon) selected within the zoom overview window, a “Single touch” will allow for panning
• With the Marquee zoom tool (Magnifier icon) selected within the zoom overview window, a “Single touch” will allow the marquee zoom feature to be applied (i.e., draw around the areas of interest you wish to zoom upon)

Please note:
If zoom is opened using pinch actions, then the Pan tool will be selected by default
However, if the AWG “Draw tool” is selected and you zoom in with the pinch actions, the draw tool will remain selected (Pan and Marquee zoom remain unselected)
Image 1
Image 1
Feedback on the design and function of the AWG features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes
• UART Decoder: Framing Error not flagged on incorrect STOP bit
• UART Decoder: Spike/glitch in signal incorrectly interpreted as START bit
• Exporting Serial decoding table for current buffer has wrong headings (Further improvements)


I hope this helps, take care……Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive Early Access which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PS7 Auto Early Access 7.0.88.9893 will be scheduled for release week commencing 20th December 2021

New features

Beta Logic triggering

Logic triggering will allow you to specify the conditions required for any combination of active channels in order to fire a trigger

• Click on the trigger lozenge to open the trigger dialog box
• Select desired trigger mode (we have opted for “Repeat”) followed by “Change Type”
• Note: you can now select a beta Logic trigger
• With the Logic trigger option selected, additional Logic trigger controls are displayed
• Select the “Logic Type” to be applied to the trigger conditions, below we have chosen “AND
• Choose the desired channel to which the trigger conditions are to be applied using the “Source” button
• Use the “Add” or “Remove” buttons to select the desired combination of active channels to be incorporated into the chosen “AND” logic
• Decide upon the “Threshold mode” that best suits your desired capture, below we have opted for “Window” mode
• Enter the Threshold 1 & 2 values (if applicable) to be applied to your trigger conditions along with any “Hysteresis” setting relevant to the signal under test
• Finally choose a trigger direction, below we have opted for “Inside” our chosen threshold values
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Image 1
Above we can see that the trigger settings applied to Channel A (“Source” A) have not been met as channel A does not enter inside “Threshold 1 & 2”

Note, even though channel B does meet the trigger threshold criteria, the Logic Type conditions specify that both channels A “AND” B are required to enter inside the threshold values

Below, the trigger conditions have now been met given both channels A “AND” B enter inside the threshold values
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Image 2
Below we have changed the Logic Type to “OR” where the trigger conditions will be met when either channels A "OR" B fall inside the specified threshold values
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Image 3
Below, the trigger conditions have now been met given channel B has entered inside the threshold values
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Image 4
A description of the selectable Logic Types can be found below:

AND........All of the input trigger conditions must be met
NAND.....None of the input trigger conditions must be met
OR.........One or more of the input trigger conditions must be met
NOR.......None of the input trigger conditions must be met
XOR........An odd number of input trigger conditions must be met
XNOR.....An even number of the input trigger conditions must be met

Feedback on the design and function of the beta Logic Trigger features would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes

The focus for version 7.0.88.9893 has been to resolve a number of outstanding bugs across numerous operating systems:

• Improve appearance of Trigger lozenge detail when using Logic Trigger
• Improved handling of RWL authentication and uploading
• Resolve logic trigger limitations with PicoScope 4823
• Improve stability of PS7 when using AWG and amending settings via calculator (Mac)
• Resolve display of window trigger threshold values containing decimal points
• Improve stability of PS7 when editing the number of AWG samples and exporting the file
• Resolve AWG “free draw” tool drawing error
• Improve transition between AWG “free drawing” and zooming
• Resolve sizing issue of AWG zoom overview “Area select & Pan buttons
• Resolve AWG viewport location issue when importing a file

I hope this helps, take care…..Steve

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