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Offline Tivvy  
#201 Posted : 23 October 2008 10:13:07(UTC)
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Alessandro, if you were to connect more s88 contacts you could overcome the problem quite easily I think. For example if you make a short contact track ~90mm before the signal. You can set the speed of the train to say 30km/hr which is an appropriate speed for entering a station track where you are currently telling the trains to brake, and then set the speed to 0 when the train reaches the short s88 contact in front of the signal. Braking any train from 30km/hr will only take a very short space and that way you have a longer slow down from your trains and still be sure they will clear the points. Smile

Great video none-the-less (even if it did take 20 minutes to download downunder). biggrin
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Offline frankie  
#202 Posted : 23 October 2008 10:26:00(UTC)
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One other thing is that the layout was planned to be operated conventionally, then the signals have the isolated track, which on a PC controlled one is not needed.
Alessandro
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Offline mascagni  
#203 Posted : 23 October 2008 12:40:43(UTC)
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Alessandro: Molto bravo, auguroni (continuo in ingelese)...

I noticed that the lights on the trains often went off when they stopped. In addition, there was a relay sound. Did you use a k84 to turn off and on certain tracks that were used to park the trains. If so, I guess I am interested in knowing why that is an different than just commanding the train to zero speed. It is clearly safer, as a decoder could act up, but why do you do it that way (if my ear really noticed correctly)?

Grazie per il video.--MM
Michael Mascagni, Tallahassee

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Offline frankie  
#204 Posted : 23 October 2008 13:25:27(UTC)
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I guess the relay sound is just the switches moving the points, the lights go off because the layout was built to be operated conventionally, then there is an isolated track section corresponding to the signal position.
The two Viessmann signals 4011 are controlled by an Uhlenbrock 44200 brake module, which are still operational, the other signals are Marklin.
If it would have been built with the intention of controlling it from the PC from the start k84 and 4011 would have been the right choice, I guess.
Setting a condition Hp0-&gt;Train 1 speed=0 makes the train slow down and then stop, like with a brake module, you use the loco decoder setting to stop the loco just like the real thing.
Is this that you meant?
Alessandro
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Offline mascagni  
#205 Posted : 23 October 2008 14:42:05(UTC)
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Alessandro: Yes, using the loco decoder to stop seems fine. However, you stop very close to the switches, and my experience is that there is some variability in the behavior form instance to instance. Thus, one would expect that with some nonzero probability a train may over run the area designated for the stop, and this would potentially cause problems if that track past the designated area is not monitored by an s88 signal. I have not yet gained the personal experience, and so I am curious how variable these things really are.--MM
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Offline dntower85  
#206 Posted : 23 October 2008 16:30:16(UTC)
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I turn the braking and acceleration off or set it very low. To avoid passing a signal or crossing a switch. even then I can only get the train to stop with in a 4 to 6 inch area, add more for older delta's.
I think this is do to the slow data rate of the 6051. If I add more contacts I don't know if the 6051 can process it fast enough and send the data to the computer then send the command back to the loc before the train get to the next contact. I need two more S88 contacts to get the train to slow down into the station, one day I'll get another s88 and set it this way, till then I have to stop the train rather fast.
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Offline frankie  
#207 Posted : 23 October 2008 16:39:16(UTC)
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It takes a lot of fine tuning to make sure that the train stops spot on, like reducing the delay on the action by 50 ms at a time, my problem actually is not the overrun of the signal, but the train stopping to early and not clearing the switches.
The fact that the signals still work in conventional mode is somehow a safety, because you get the lights off, but at least they are not going to overshoot.
Sometimes you have a big change if the loco runs with the pick-up forward or back.
One thing I haven't tried, [:I]but requested the feature[:I], is to group part of the action in a route where you have an extra setting for the timing of the execution of the respective actions.
Alessandro
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Offline fvri  
#208 Posted : 23 October 2008 18:24:33(UTC)
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Hi Alessandro,

Is it not possible to work with 4 sections and 3 blocks before the signal? A stop, break/slow-down and 'free' block based on a small contact rail.
The train set should not be longer than the first 3 sections.

Then a set of conditions could be defined that triggers only the switch/turnout when the stop block and or break block gets occupied, train speed = 0/Hp0 is on and block 3 is no longer occupied(free). Indeed a lot of options are possible, depending on how many occupancy detectors you want to spend and the complexity of the conditions rule(s) in the Actions and Conditions definitions in LC.

Ciao,
Frank
Offline mascagni  
#209 Posted : 23 October 2008 19:57:50(UTC)
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Alessandro and Frank: Thanks for the answers. I think to make things truly automatic you have to metaphorically wear suspenders and a belt. One problem that we programmers always run into is that there are often uncountable failure modes, and hence it is impossible to trap all of them in some logic.--MM
Michael Mascagni, Tallahassee

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Offline fvri  
#210 Posted : 01 November 2008 14:56:12(UTC)
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Hi,

LC version 1.0.0.21 is just released. This version fixes a bug when using the 'Actions and Conditions' concept with the Delay parameter.



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Thank you Alessandro(Frankie) for reporting this problem.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#211 Posted : 01 November 2008 20:33:01(UTC)
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Thanks Frank, I wonder if this will fix my problem - multiple actions defined, but only one triggering? I also had the delay set.

I shall download and try! Thanks once again.
Offline frankie  
#212 Posted : 01 November 2008 22:34:20(UTC)
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That's exactly it, multiple actions with multiple SINGLE conditions, but the first condition ruled as a GLOBAL.
Alessandro
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Offline fvri  
#213 Posted : 02 November 2008 10:19:41(UTC)
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Hi David and Alessandro,

I hope this latest version 1.0.0.21 will fix the problems that you both experience with the Actions and Conditions...

It can be tested in Test Mode.

David, if you are still having problems could you please send me your layout file and indicate which contact should be triggered to reproduce the problem.

BTW David, I have improved copy/paste operations so that converting from a layout with more than one table to one with multiple layers makes it easier.

Thank you both for the feedback.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#214 Posted : 02 November 2008 10:45:03(UTC)
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It seems v1.0.0.21 hasn't fixed the problem for me. I've sent my layout file to you, Frank. Thanks very much.

Seems to work fine in test mode, but not in operational mode. Sensors are definitely activated.
Offline fvri  
#215 Posted : 02 November 2008 20:38:51(UTC)
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Hi Dave,

The latest bug fix (version 1.0.0.21) is not really related to your problem. In Alessandro's case the 'single' conditions are playing a role.

In your case some timing issue seems to be the problem.

I will simulate the behaviour of a reed relais to try to reproduce the problem your are facing with the execution of the actions in automatic operation mode.

In my case I have only contact rails in my layout and all actions are always executed.

I will let you know if I have found something.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#216 Posted : 03 November 2008 20:28:49(UTC)
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Thanks Frank, much appreciated!
Offline fvri  
#217 Posted : 03 November 2008 22:43:08(UTC)
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Hi Alessandro and Dave,

I reviewed the coding many times and did several tests on my layout but, unfortunately(?), I could not reproduce the problem you both are having with the automatic operation mode and the multiple actions.

<u>So what did I do?:</u>
- First, I created 16 actions one set of actions(8) switches 8 different double slips(DS1 until DS8) to the cross state, the other 8 actions switches the same 8 double slips to don't cross state.

The first 8 actions have a single condition signal L1 is Hp1(green) the other actions have each a single condition signal L1 is Hp0(red).

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And I used different values for the delay parameter.


- Then I ran LC in automatic operation mode and triggered the contact rail very shortly with L1 set to Hp1 and then I did the test again by switch the signal L1 to Hp0 and triggering again the same contact rail shortly.

In the movie you can see that all double slips DS1 until D8 are switched all correctly after triggering the contact rail (left side, block is becoming orange), depending on the state of the signal the state of the double slip is set.

http://users.telenet.be/loccommander/LCMovies/Actions.exe

Further the only difference we still have is probably the PC and the digital system(Central Station), I'm using an ECoS as digital system.
Thus normally I would think a PC performance issue, but..?

I have done the test at least 50 times and never one action was lost.[:I]

Nevertheless, I have uploaded a new version of LC with an extra check when the delay parameter is set. Although I don't have any problems with the version of 1/11/2008. The bug fix I did was related to the single condition in the Actions and Conditions dialog.

So, if you have some time to test, please download again LC version 1.0.0.21 (build date:03/11/2008).

Any other testers are welcome!

Best regards,
Frank
Offline frankie  
#218 Posted : 04 November 2008 09:26:54(UTC)
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I thought it could be network performance, because in my case I have used an old access point to connect the CS to my network, then I reverted to a cable, it's just about the same.
The only thing I can think of is Vista vs. XP, I believe you compile the binaries on there, right?
Any chance you can do it on an XP machine?
I can try on the software on a Vista running PC, on the other hand.
Alessandro
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Offline fvri  
#219 Posted : 04 November 2008 10:31:43(UTC)
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Hi Alessandro,

LC is (g)crap (Dutch, sorry) if it can't handle not even 2 actions as in the setup of Dave.[:I]

As stated earlier I did more than 50 tests yesterday with 16 defined actions and I never lost one...

Actions are executed in a seperate thread and new commands are only executed after a reply is send from the digital system.

Sorry, but, I can't longer compile it on an XP system, although I think this will not play a role. In the latest version I added an extra check that only destroys the 'actions' thread when all actions are executed, at least all actions are send to the digital system and foreach a reply is send back.

I really can't belief it is a CPU performance issue, if it also fails when only a few actions are defined.

I also find out although I wait until I get a reply from the ECoS before sending a new command when a flood of commands is sent the ECoS reboots... It seems it already sends a reply but its incoming buffer can still go in overflow ???

Alessandro I hope some other guys can share their experience but I'm afraid[:I].

Alessandro, but in version 1.0.0.17 you don't have this issue? It could be that this version was build on a XP system....[:I]

Thanks for the feedback!

Ciao,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#220 Posted : 04 November 2008 10:59:10(UTC)
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Hi Frank, I have had another try with your latest build (v1.0.0.21 b03112008), and I think I have worked out why things were not working properly for me. I noticed that on the properties page for each individual signal / turnout, not every 'automatic' button was depressed, even though the layout was running in automatic operational mode. Ensuring all the 'automatic' buttons are depressed on each solenoid device meant that the actions and conditions work as intended. I had turned off any delay, but I will try (maybe tomorrow night) with some delay turned on.

Now and then an action can get missed, this seems to coincide with removing the windows focus from LC, such as going to the web browser to type in the forum.

I'm running XP SP2, it probably won't hurt to upgrade to SP3, etc.

I'll also get around to setting up the other side of the station area, so that I can run 4 trains under automatic control.

Thanks for all your help with this. BTW, your software ain't crap!
Offline frankie  
#221 Posted : 04 November 2008 11:15:59(UTC)
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I can still run version 1.0.0.17 on an older laptop I have set aside, I will let you know.
Alessandro
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Offline fvri  
#222 Posted : 04 November 2008 12:15:31(UTC)
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Hi Dave,

When running in 'Automatic' operation mode automatic mode is switched off when a controllable object(train, turnout, signal) is manually operated in LC by the user. Only for the object that was manual controlled. To bring it back to automatic mode press the 'Automatic' button, or just switch in the Running mode toolbar button to 'Manual' and back to 'Automatic', in this way you are sure all controllable objects are back set to 'Automatic' mode.

But in some way I should make this behaviour for switching between automatic and manual more user friendly. I myself also forget sometimes to set it back to automatic after controlling it manually. This could lead to serious problems on your layout.[:I]

"Now and then an action can get missed, this seems to coincide with removing the windows focus from LC, such as going to the web browser to type in the forum."

Dave it worries me that this focus out could influence the execution of the automatic actions ... [:0]

What I sometimes experience that connection is lost between ECoS and PC when there is no activity. The only way to regain connection is by going to the network DHCP window on my ECoS and reset it the assigned IP address. But, I think this might be some router issue.

Thanks anyway for your report Dave! Yes Dave I should not say that it is crap but in some way I'm a little bit frustrated as I can't help you guys out as I can't see anything going wrong at my side.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#223 Posted : 04 November 2008 20:33:13(UTC)
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Don't worry Frank, we'll get there! At least I've progressed from where I was. I'll do the SP3 / patches things and go from there. I probably don't have enough memory in the PC to upgrade to Vista ([xx(][xx(] - now Vista, that is CRAP!) at this point in time....
Offline Tivvy  
#224 Posted : 05 November 2008 00:39:41(UTC)
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My new lappy came with Windows <s>Vista</s> sh-tsta - and I think it is terrible, completley unstable even with all the latest updates etc....
So I would stick with XP for as long as you can BigDaddy[}:)]
Anyway that was off topic. Sorry Frank.

Caillin
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Under construction.
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#225 Posted : 05 November 2008 03:22:58(UTC)
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Can't say I disagree Caillin! I use Vista at work, mainly to get familiar with it, before it gets unleased on Joe User, but I don't particularily like it. They seem to have made changes for changes sake. I believe Vista is a bit more 'secure', but functionaily wise I prefer XP. Oh, and the machine footprint for Vista is much higher!!
Offline fvri  
#226 Posted : 05 November 2008 10:08:38(UTC)
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Hi Caillin and Dave,

As I only use my Vista system to develop and to run LC, I don't(didn't) experience any serious problems(yet) with Vista.

I must agree I don't see any benefits in regard to XP. But, I don't complain. The only thing I experience as 'anoying' is the security concept in Vista.

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#227 Posted : 09 November 2008 18:37:06(UTC)
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Hi all,

Version 1.0.0.22 is released.

Added semi-automatic operation mode next to manual and (full) automatic mode.

In this mode the user is allowed to manual control switches and trains. But the user needs to give back control to the system when manual control is no longer required. In (full) automatic mode the system 'fully' controls the objects based on the actions and conditions defined in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog, no longer manual control is allowed (like in previous versions...).

Further fixed some bugs [:I] and added two new toolbar buttons.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#228 Posted : 12 November 2008 04:03:24(UTC)
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Hi Frank, I can report that I've set up the other half of my station for automatic running, and that both sides are running as intended under LC (that's is apart from one brain fade moment where I set one of the actions for a signal incorrectly, and wondered why it wasn't going to Hp2 - it was set to Hp00!).

LC v1.0.0.22 certainly makes it easier to determine whether the layout is under full LC automatic control, as in automatic mode everything is locked out and you cannot make changes until you go to semi automatic mode. That's a good feature.

Thanks for all your hard work!
Offline fvri  
#229 Posted : 12 November 2008 09:38:24(UTC)
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Hi Dave,

Fine to hear that everything works fine now...!
I'll will try to do my best to improve as much as possible in LC.

Do you use already the counters (related to the feedback item type) in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog?

Don't hesitate to give suggestions or to report trouble shooting!

Thanks for the feedback!
Frank
Offline frankie  
#230 Posted : 12 November 2008 09:49:30(UTC)
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I have found out that if you have two trains that do exactly the same actions, the only way to separate them at some point is using the counters, I have still to implement this, but I will let you know how it works.
BTW the three actions possible are increase the counter by one, reset it to zero and the double plus sign? What does it mean?
Alessandro
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Offline fvri  
#231 Posted : 12 November 2008 12:42:43(UTC)
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Hi Alessandro,

In the following topic :
http://fvri.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~51.asp
the counter stuff is explained.

Also in the updated LC manual you will find some explanation regarding this counter variable in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog.

BTW. the Counter++ is a C++ syntax and it is used for incrementing the value of a variable by one! wink

If any shortcomings please let me know!

Ciao,
Frank

Offline frankie  
#232 Posted : 12 November 2008 13:08:00(UTC)
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Thanks, sometimes I am too lazy [:I]
Alessandro
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Offline Tivvy  
#233 Posted : 13 November 2008 09:32:35(UTC)
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Hi Frank,

Would it be possible to make routes a on/off type object?
If that could be done then could it also be added as an possible condition for the actions/conditions box?

This would mean that you could make routes a mutually exclusive event which would make organising large switching yards a lot easier than having to have conditions relating to hundreds of individual points when entering a switching area.

Also, are you going to implement the twin motor DS switch at all?

Thanks a lot
Caillin
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Under construction.
Offline frankie  
#234 Posted : 13 November 2008 09:48:16(UTC)
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Routes can already be set in the "actions and conditions" dialog and executed or not based on the fulfillment of a condition, it's that what you mean?
Alessandro
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Offline Tivvy  
#235 Posted : 13 November 2008 10:12:43(UTC)
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Not quite Alessandro.

What I would like to be able to do it make a route and on/off feature so that I could have a condition statment like:
IF route 3Ato4OUT is OFF
then set route XXX on.

Basically I would have a large number of routes connecting each of the station tracks and the entry/exit tracks. Then as a train activates an s88 when trying to enter the station it will automatically set a route to a station track and let the train through. However I dont want it to set the points or let the train go if there is another route active that crosses the route of the incoming train. Once a train clears the point zone (gets to the platform) it would then switch the route 'off' which would allow other trains through.

The simple way would of couse be to only allow one train in the switching zone at any time but with the size of the yard I would like to control there would always be queus of trains waiting that would normally be able to proceed to a platform.

Hope that makes sense to you.

Caillin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
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Under construction.
Offline Tivvy  
#236 Posted : 13 November 2008 10:13:47(UTC)
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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by Tivvy
<br />Not quite Alessandro.

What I would like to be able to do it make a route and on/off feature so that I could have a condition statment like:
IF route ZZZ is OFF
then set route XXX on.

Basically I would have a large number of routes connecting each of the station tracks and the entry/exit tracks. Then as a train activates an s88 when trying to enter the station it will automatically set a route to a station track and let the train through. However I dont want it to set the points or let the train go if there is another route active that crosses the route of the incoming train. Once a train clears the point zone (gets to the platform) it would then switch the route 'off' which would allow other trains through.

The simple way would of couse be to only allow one train in the switching zone at any time but with the size of the yard I would like to control there would always be queus of trains waiting that would normally be able to proceed to a platform.

Hope that makes sense to you.

Caillin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline frankie  
#237 Posted : 13 November 2008 11:01:39(UTC)
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Yes it does, you can put a route in the action dialog, it's a feature I requested Frank to implement, but I cannot remember, right now, if you can use them in the conditions dialog.
You can use a specific action or more than one, included in your route, as a condition though.
If route ZZZ sets S1 to Hp0 and LT2 to "left", then you can use them as a condition to execute or not another action/route.
Moreover as your train proceeds through the station it should activate other s88 to free the tracks behind, LC is not able to "queue" an action they have to be activated some way.
Alessandro
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Offline Tivvy  
#238 Posted : 13 November 2008 12:57:18(UTC)
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Problem with just using individual turnouts as a condition is that there would be a lot of sub conditions and given the size of the yard I am planning on there would be a 50-100 conditions on every routes activation! Alternatively, if I could do it using routes then there would be approximately 10 conditions which is far more manageable.

You mention that LC cannot queue actions. If the s88 remains in contact then will it keep checking for the fulfillment of conditions until the s88 is cleared?

Thanks for all your help.
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline fvri  
#239 Posted : 13 November 2008 13:15:04(UTC)
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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by Tivvy
<br />
You mention that LC cannot queue actions. If the s88 remains in contact then will it keep checking for the fulfillment of conditions until the s88 is cleared?


Actions...

Yes, correct Caillin, as long as the track remains occupied LC will continue iterating over the actions and check if the conditions are fullfilled.

However when all conditions are fullfilled and thus all actions are triggered the 'Actions'-thread is stopped even when the track is still occupied. Is this behaviour acceptable ? I did this to reduce process resources.

When the 'Delay' parameter in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog is set it is a one shot only. It does not repeat checking the conditions when the track is still occupied and/or not all conditions are fullfilled.

I hope this makes things more understandable regarding the actions concept.

About the routes?

Currently, there is nothing in the Actions and Conditions concept that implements rules for routes. Only actions.

Thus you would like to know when a route is active? Thus when LC is executing the actions in the route? I could define a condition Route is Active and Route is Not Active.

Please correct me if you think otherwise.wink

Cheers,
Frank
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#240 Posted : 13 November 2008 13:54:23(UTC)
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Hit it in one Frank.

Re the actions, that is fine. Once a train is "cleared" through to the station (or out of it) then the route is set active and that is all the s88 needs to worry about, the condition shouldnt repeat itself until the next train comes along.
Hopefully that train will not be running into the back of the other train....[}:)]

With the routes that is exactly what I am after, the condition of the route being "active" and "not active" and the ability to use this in condition statements. Smile

Thanks a lot to both you and Alessandro.
Caillin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline frankie  
#241 Posted : 13 November 2008 14:36:40(UTC)
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I mostly use contact tracks, not the isolated ones, then my assumption was related to the fact that some trigger has to occur.
In fact as long as the track is occupied and a condition, even transitory, is fulfilled the actions are executed.
I can see the point of Caillin, the train is stopped at the entrance of the yard/station and is waiting for the other train to clear the route, but then what will be the trigger for the route set in "off"?
Alessandro
I have a CS1 Reloaded!
Offline fvri  
#242 Posted : 14 November 2008 12:57:45(UTC)
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Hi Caillin,

Indeed Alessandro is right, what should trigger the off/'not active' state ?

Yes, the 'double slip with '4 states' is implemented but, I could not test it as I don't have one. Thus feel free to do so.wink

Cheers,
Frank
Offline Tivvy  
#243 Posted : 14 November 2008 14:11:59(UTC)
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Frank,
The trigger would most likely be a contact track at the end of the station or the length of a full train outside the yard area. It would also trigger a change of signal states.
If implemented then I suspect you would have to make it an optional feature for each route so that current routes action/condition logic isnt destroyed.

Sorry I just realise I am about couple of versions behind so I missed the 4-state DS switch. Updating to the latest version now. Smile

Caillin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline fvri  
#244 Posted : 14 November 2008 15:01:25(UTC)
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Hi Caillin,

About the DS with 4 states, I know it does not correctly work with the 6021/6051 (Bart alias dikken) but, it should be ok with the ECoS or CS systems.

Ok, thanks for the input on the route stuff, I will think about it some what more.wink

Professionally, I have a lot of time pressure at least until next year February. But, I will see what I can do after 12 hours coding during the day.biggrin

Cheers,
Frank
Offline dikken  
#245 Posted : 15 November 2008 02:21:41(UTC)
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hi frank,

As soon as I find my way back to the attic I'll update you on the DS4S!
Dikken

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Offline fvri  
#246 Posted : 16 November 2008 16:44:27(UTC)
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Hi all,

I have released a newer version of LC 1.0.0.22 (build date 16/11/2008).

This maintenance release implements:
- the feature request (Caillin) : route object with conditions and a new route action, 'Set Not Active' in the 'Actions and Condition' dialog.


<u>1. The new Route Action : Set Not Active.</u>

UserPostedImage

<u>2. The new Route Conditions : Active / Not Active.</u>

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<u>Remark:</u>
When a route is activated/executed is will AUTOMATICALLY have the 'Active' state. This state can be reset by the action 'Set Not Active' defined on a route object in the Actions table of the Actions and Conditions dialog.

- finally, some bug fixing in the 'Route Planner' dialog, program crash.[:I]

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Tivvy  
#247 Posted : 17 November 2008 02:03:58(UTC)
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Excellent! Thankyou Frank. Downloading it now biggrin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline xxup  
#248 Posted : 17 November 2008 09:38:04(UTC)
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You are doing great Frank... I was over at Nev's place on the weekend and he had Lokcommander hooked up via a wireless bridge to his CS1.. It was working great... When we redo his layout early next year, we will add contact tracks and start to experiment with computer control...
Adrian
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Offline Tivvy  
#249 Posted : 17 November 2008 10:41:36(UTC)
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Frank,
When I go to conditions and try to add a route object none of the drop-down lists work and I cant get it to accept the list :S Any ideas as to what might be causing the problem?
I am using Vista SP1 32bit.

Also, what is the purpose of the "armed" box next to the distant signal aspects?
Couldnt find it in the manual.

Caillin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline fvri  
#250 Posted : 17 November 2008 12:50:45(UTC)
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Hi Caillin,

Ok, I could reproduce your problem. On my layout it 'was' fine (as you could see in the screenshots) but I made a new 'small' test layout and yes trouble shooting with the route conditions... Sorry did not test hard enough[:I]

I will have a look at it asap for a fix!

About the armed signal type, well it refers to a semaphore signal(the old stuff with the arms).

Thanks for the feedback!

Cheers,
Frank
Offline Tivvy  
#251 Posted : 17 November 2008 13:59:50(UTC)
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Thanks Frank,
No great rush - was just concerend it might be a vista problem (wouldnt be suprised).

Caillin
Ep IV / V Marklin Layout
6 track dead end station, twin track loop, 4 track through station.
Under construction.
Offline nevw  
#252 Posted : 17 November 2008 22:46:34(UTC)
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FRank,
AS Adrian Reported, I was running the program from my PC in another room via the Wireless Network.

It was an experiment that works well IF you know what trains and where they are at my state of development.
I brought the Bridge to use with the CS2 which I no longer have so it was something to see if the Bridge worked and if I could control the trains.
On the Layout rebuild it will be set up for computer control.
Nev
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Offline fvri  
#253 Posted : 17 November 2008 22:57:58(UTC)
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Hi Nev,

I'm very pleased you can successfully control your layout with LC.wink Indeed with contact rails occupance detection it will be possible to let you know where trains are on the layout... much more fun and also automatic control will then be possible.

Currently, I'm fixing a bug detected and reported by Caillin regarding the use of route object conditions in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog.

So in a few minutes a new version will be available!biggrin

Thank you for the positive feedback!

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#254 Posted : 17 November 2008 23:08:38(UTC)
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Hi Adrian and Caillin,

Thank you Adrian! It is always a pleasure to get positive feedback, although only when I get bug reports or suggestions I can improve LC.wink

Caillin, it was again a common programmer's bug due to a copy/paste action, if your layout had one or more switch relais you would not had the route object condition problem in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog.[:I]

So, normally in the latest 'good/better' maintenance release of LC 1.0.0.22 [build date: 17/11/2008] the bug is fixed, up to the next one...[:I]biggrin .

Best of luck with the routes!

<u>Important remark:</u>
When a route object is used in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog it should NOT have the 'Active' checkbox checked in the 'Route Planner' dialog otherwise it will be triggered when the assigned feedback item to the route becomes occupied.


BTW. if you have some extra time could you please verify if LC controls correctly the DS with 4 states(twin motors), thank you!

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#255 Posted : 04 December 2008 20:36:52(UTC)
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Hi all,

There seems to be a lot of trouble shooting with LC and the use of digital system setup M6021/6051 with LC version 1.0.0.22. Could this be confirmed?

Thanks,
Frank
Offline dntower85  
#256 Posted : 04 December 2008 20:54:52(UTC)
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Frank,

I'll try to get a chance to to test ( but most likely I wont have time till Sunday afternoon) but what should I look for. I don't have a double switch to test
DT
Now powered by ECoS II unit#2, RocRail

era - some time in the future when the space time continuum is disrupted and ICE 3 Trains run on the same rails as the Adler and BR18's.
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#257 Posted : 04 December 2008 21:54:27(UTC)
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LC is working well for me!
Offline fvri  
#258 Posted : 05 December 2008 08:32:37(UTC)
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Hi Darrin,

Thank you!

The main problem is not the double switch (4 states) but the fact that in automatic control not all actions are executed (only in a 6050/51-6021 setup). Bart (alias dikken) is experiencing a lot of trouble shooting and not more than 4 actions need to be executed.

How big do you set the parameter for reading out the feedback decoders? Normally, 250 ms is/should be a good value.

Have a nice weekend,
Frank
Offline frankie  
#259 Posted : 05 December 2008 08:54:30(UTC)
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Just tested with my layout it works fine, mine as you remember is operated with a CS.
I managed to change something on the sequence of the train running on it, I should admit that the counters feature, [:I]once I understood it[:I], is a must if you have two trains that are executing exactly the same actions and some point you need to "split" them from doing them.
Alessandro
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Offline dntower85  
#260 Posted : 05 December 2008 15:22:31(UTC)
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I have have not had a chance to test the new version yet but I have had that problem before and just work around it. I have mine set to 525 ms and about 4 to 5 commands are all that get through do to the slow baud rate of the 6051. I had to plan out the actions carefully as not to miss a needed command like set speed == 0. In one scenario the approach to the station platform has always been a challenge as I want to slow the train down at fist s88 contact just before entering the yard then stop it when it hits the s88 contact at the platform. Normally this would not be that hard but I have another train on coming out of the hidden yard that will hit a contact point around the same time and even though the action and conditions for the two trains do not effect each other they do send a lot of commands and I had to slow the train coming into the station down to a very slow speed. so the commands could be executed before the train hit the contact at the stop point.
after a contact is hit I typically send
1: train speed first // note If more than one trains speed is set I have had change the order of which loco gets its command first if it is more critical
2: Switch the points // again most critical first
3: Whistles, Lights, etc Or Signals // My signals are purely cosmetic

DT
Now powered by ECoS II unit#2, RocRail

era - some time in the future when the space time continuum is disrupted and ICE 3 Trains run on the same rails as the Adler and BR18's.
Offline fvri  
#261 Posted : 07 December 2008 11:16:18(UTC)
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Hi Darren,

Indeed good suggestions to put the most 'critical' actions in the top of the actions table in the 'Actions and Conditions' dialog.

I have made some changes to the LC when using the 6051/6021 digital system setup.
A not official version 1.0.0.23 can be downloaded...

Although it will be hard for me to implement new things in LC the coming months (due to hard times in my professional life), I have started integrating 'graph' principles in LC.

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#262 Posted : 13 December 2008 15:39:07(UTC)
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Hi,

I have uploaded a new version of 1.0.0.23 (build date 13/12/2008).

Hopefully ([:I]) this version will fix 'switching problems' some people are experiencing when using the 6021/6050(51) as digital system setup.

Any chance somebody could test this version for a 6021/6051 setup?
Thanks!

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#263 Posted : 23 December 2008 22:29:42(UTC)
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Hi Nev, Adrian, 'Dave', Darrin, Mark, Benny, Caillin, Bart, Juhan, and Alessandro

What can I say?[:0] A small gift? No, no a very big gift! I'm very moved by this gift.[:I] Luckly one other Belgian (Bart alias Dikken) is using LC so that I could get the gift from you all out of his hands. Thanks again Bart!

I started a few years ago with LocCommander and was very pleased I could share it with an international community of model railroad lovers. Especially this forum (thanks to Juhan) made it possible to spread it worldwide among IT-model train people. The feedback I got from most of you kept me on going to make LC better so that the entire community could enjoy this free software.

I appreciate it a lot the appreciation I got/'m getting for LC by this gift from you all! I don't have to say on what I will spend itwink. I will certainly share a photo of it.

Hopefully I can restart soon further developments. Currently, I'm doing some studies on graph principles that should lead to version 2 of LC. So all of you please keep on asking feature requests and keep on posting bug reports[:I]wink. Darren and Alessandro I know I shouldn't have said that...but keep in mind I love doing efforts for making LC better for all you folks. By using LC I'm already very pleased.

Finally, I wish each of you all the best for 2009!! Especially that we may all remain healty so that we all can continue especially with our train hobby.

Thanks again!
Best regards,
Frank
Offline MTRails  
#264 Posted : 16 January 2009 05:41:46(UTC)
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I just soldered up my DE-9 connector and tried out my new 6051 with LocCommander, and I am pleased to say it worked! It only took about 2 hours of reading about setting up the locomotives in the catalog and fiddling with the port settings before I was controlling my little diesel from my laptop!
I look forward to learning all about how this wonderful program works, and just wanted to inject a bit of newbie enthusiasm in this thread.
Thanks!
Offline dikken  
#265 Posted : 16 January 2009 09:54:21(UTC)
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Hi MTrails,

Glad your joining us in the use of this LC.
Frank also has a private forum for this LC. You can find some info there as well.

greetz, bart
Dikken

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Offline fvri  
#266 Posted : 22 January 2009 19:14:49(UTC)
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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by MTRails
<br /> I look forward to learning all about how this wonderful program works, and just wanted to inject a bit of newbie enthusiasm in this thread.


Thank you!

Hoping to start soon with new version(S) providing new features.[:I]
Please feel free to make any suggestions/remarks...

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#267 Posted : 24 January 2009 11:14:34(UTC)
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<u>LocCommander maintenance release 1.0.0.23 [build date 24/01/2009]:</u>
- fixing double slip 4 states turnout bug when controlling it via CS1 or ECoS.

Cheers,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#268 Posted : 16 February 2009 10:27:54(UTC)
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Hi all,

A new version of LC 1.0.0.24 is ready for download.

This version supports 9999 digital addresses independant of the digital system or the decoder type.

Br,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#269 Posted : 07 April 2009 21:40:07(UTC)
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Hi all,

LC V1.0.0.25 is ready for download...

Supports firmware version 3.0.0. ESU ECoS digital control system.

- recognizes M4 (alias Mfx decoder type equipped locs).
- 127(126) speed step for M4 locs.

Br,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#270 Posted : 16 April 2009 21:12:28(UTC)
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Hi all,

I have just released V1.0.0.26. This version should support setting the protocol (DCC or Motorola) per accessory. I think this is only valid for the ECoS.

For further info please see also:
http://fvri.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~138.asp

Have fun!
Best regards,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#271 Posted : 21 April 2009 20:43:04(UTC)
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Hi all,

<u>Fixed issue :</u>
Please see topic : http://fvri.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~139.asp

Fix in version 1.0.0.26 (build date 21/04/2009)

Best regards,
Frank
Offline fvri  
#272 Posted : 25 April 2009 10:02:46(UTC)
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Hi all,

The DCC problem in LC should be fixed. The latest version is 1.0.0.26 build date 24/04/2009.

<u>Issue was described in topic:</u>http://fvri.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~136.asp

Best regards,
Frank
Offline mmervine  
#273 Posted : 25 April 2009 15:05:30(UTC)
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Frank...thanks for all of your hard work on LocCommander!
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Offline fvri  
#274 Posted : 25 April 2009 16:41:03(UTC)
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for this kind remark!
It is a pleasure to provide a software tool to the MR community!wink

Although a lot can still be improved as well as new 'fancy' features are still possible.

I hope when I have again more hours after work I can start with supporting fancy stuff in LC. Currently I'm trying to integrate 'QuickGraph' into LC to support advanced automatic train control.

Enjoy your weekend!
Br,
Frank



Offline frankie  
#275 Posted : 08 May 2009 13:09:59(UTC)
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Does this mean that with just this box and LC I can control my layout?
http://www.uhlenbrock.de/german...ntryInfo=0007.6.I96EF5D6
Alessandro
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Offline fvri  
#276 Posted : 08 May 2009 13:28:42(UTC)
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Hi Alessandro,

I don't think so as this is one of the requirements...:
- Einsetzbar mit jeder Steuersoft- ware, die das LocoNet-Protokoll unterstützt

Unless the
LocoNet-Protokoll equals the P50 protocol...

If I may ask, why your interest in this box? You do have a CS1.

Br,
Frank
Offline frankie  
#277 Posted : 08 May 2009 15:12:23(UTC)
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I am not interested, but this is the second producer that relates is controller/booster to a train software, it seems to me that a trend has started and this is specifically produced for a direct control from your PC, no controller in between.
Windigipet "talks" Loconet, then?
Alessandro
I have a CS1 Reloaded!
Offline fvri  
#278 Posted : 08 May 2009 15:35:02(UTC)
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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by frankie
<br />it seems to me that a trend has started and this is specifically produced for a direct control from your PC, no controller in between.


If you see how the CS2 and ECoS with firmware V3.0.0 more and more implementing high level software/firmware into their controllers it is quite a different business than only providing control hardware.

Keep the high level software seperated from the controller and thus give the development and responsibility (and bugs[}:)]) to the software guys. It is a very smart approach according to my humble opinion! It also allows the user to freely select the software that is most appropriote for his needs. In the end it should lower the price of the new MR controllers as it is becoming more and more an expensive PC.

The controller should only support a well defined and complete API that gives the most essential functionality to develop client MR software.

The concept of the M6021/6051 was not bad after all, only the RS232 should be replaced by ethernet.wink

Br,
Frank
Offline dntower85  
#279 Posted : 08 May 2009 18:07:30(UTC)
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This to me is the most logical way to go except I would go one further and remove the booster from the controller. Make the controller cheaper and modular, even separate out modules to Motrola, dcc, ... or any other standard in the future. Connect as many protocol controller modules together then connect to the booster.
Add a good game type controller (but for trains, with control knobs for speed and function buttons and switch controls), to your PC and now you have anything you need. The software could be anything from a program without a user interface that just connects the game controller to the control modules to a full blown simulator.
Price it something like
150 euro for the booster with transformer... good 4 amps min.
50 euro each per protocol controller modules Motorola, DCC, etc. and feedback modules S88, LocoNet, MFX, etc.
50 euro for the game type controller with simple software included for direct control.
DT
Now powered by ECoS II unit#2, RocRail

era - some time in the future when the space time continuum is disrupted and ICE 3 Trains run on the same rails as the Adler and BR18's.
Offline fvri  
#280 Posted : 16 May 2009 12:06:00(UTC)
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Hi all,

I have decided to stop furhter developments in LocCommander.
I hope the ones that have used LocCommander enjoyed it.

Special thanks to the forum members that have contributed in giving me feedback to make it possible for me to make LC better.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#281 Posted : 16 May 2009 12:33:17(UTC)
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That's sad news Frank, but thanks for all your great efforts.
Offline mascagni  
#282 Posted : 16 May 2009 13:06:34(UTC)
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Three cheers for Frank's work and his baby: LC!!!--MM
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Offline nevw  
#283 Posted : 17 May 2009 01:35:34(UTC)
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Ditto to the above.
It is a sad news.

Nev
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#284 Posted : 17 May 2009 01:55:54(UTC)
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Frank, are you going to make the source code available for any one who would want to take over LC development?

Not that I'm capable of that, but the thought just occurred to me.
Offline mmervine  
#285 Posted : 17 May 2009 02:03:42(UTC)
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Frank-I hope that you will re-consider as I was really impressed to see LC last weekend! Will you leave 1.0.0.26 available for those of us who may want to use it in the future?
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Offline wa6ld  
#286 Posted : 17 May 2009 05:56:07(UTC)
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Frank,

Thanks for all your hard work on your wonderful software.

Bill

ECOS1 , MS1, 6021
Offline dntower85  
#287 Posted : 18 May 2009 02:54:59(UTC)
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Frank,

No please don't stop development. Its such a good program. Take a break from it form it if you need to but don't stop forever. It has more features than if a software development team had developed it.
DT
Now powered by ECoS II unit#2, RocRail

era - some time in the future when the space time continuum is disrupted and ICE 3 Trains run on the same rails as the Adler and BR18's.
Offline fvri  
#288 Posted : 18 May 2009 14:42:15(UTC)
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Hi,

Sorry to all those that I'm disappointing by quiting, but as we all know say never never...

The main reason is lack of time to do further big developments.

LC will certainly not become Open Source... this requires too much support from my part.

The website http://users.telenet.be/loccommander will stay online for time being. The latest version 1.0.0.26 will remain available for download.

Best regards,
Frank



Offline frankie  
#289 Posted : 19 May 2009 09:53:42(UTC)
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Hi Frank,
hope this is just a long pause, because we are all saying, please don't stop.
Like the other members, I believe LC has more strong point than weak ones, the learning curve is the strongest to me, compared to others that I tested.
With LC I was able to run my layout in few hours, whilst in the same amount of time, with others, I was just able to move a loco on the tracks.
May be others are as good, but if you don't supply a manual, like you did, you have done half of the job.
Then, take a deep breath, relax, fix what is worrying you now, but don't say "this is the end".
Thanks for your hard work and for bringing us a new way to run ours rail models.
Alessandro
I have a CS1 Reloaded!
Offline fvri  
#290 Posted : 19 May 2009 15:14:09(UTC)
fvri


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Hi Alessandro and all fans of LC,

Yes, I feel bad about my dicission... indeed it can become a very long pause/break ....

Nevertheless as there are a lot of other good programs with more functionality especially regarding automatic control I can not disappoint longer people without bringing out sooner advanced features in LC. As I currently don't have the time I can not implement their wishes quick enough and the world luckly does not stand still. Indeed with LC you are up and running quickly, also I documented a lot in the forum fvri.forumco.com and in the manual. But automatic train control in LC is more designed from a programmers point of view and I understand this might be a difficult hurdle for some.
With the actions and conditions concept you can do a lot but it is sometimes hard to keep a good overview of what you have implemented already. With the Test Mode you can verify already a lot without having to use the real layout, but still hard to debug if something goes wrong after defining a lot of actions and conditions. There is even a condition parser...

To speed up things I thought I could integrate QuickGraph easily in LC, but it seems this third party graph SW stuff does not produce the good results as fast as I wanted them to do.

Thanks for the support you gave me over the last years by giving feedback/bug reports on new releases of LC.

Time will tell what will become of LC...

Best regards,
Ciao,
Frank
Offline dntower85  
#291 Posted : 19 May 2009 18:31:13(UTC)
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Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by fvri
<br />Hi Alessandro and all fans of LC,


As I currently don't have the time I can not implement their wishes quick enough and the world luckly does not stand still.


Frank,

Just remember the wishes are just that, wishes. They are not required and they don't have to be fulfilled.
To me it is amazing that you added so many features in the .net environment so quickly.
As of the last version LocCommander does every thing I need it to do. The ability to add logic to the actions and conditions, giving the user the ability to program the program in a way that actually works, with out the user having to be a software engineer, was a brilliant ideal. I think this feature out classes many of the other programs on the market. For that reason I don't think LocCommander will be outdated for some time even if there is no further development for now.


DT
Now powered by ECoS II unit#2, RocRail

era - some time in the future when the space time continuum is disrupted and ICE 3 Trains run on the same rails as the Adler and BR18's.
Offline Webmaster  
#292 Posted : 19 May 2009 22:28:42(UTC)
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Dear Frank, I understand that you feel it is becoming "just too much" - I have had that feeling many times...

A final total stop on development is one thing, a well needed break is another.

I'd say, take a long nice break and maybe think about it again in 6 months or so. Your motivation may come back again...
All I can say is that it is a wonderful effort you have made for the mrr world and many are enjoying it, and it is very good as it is.

If you should ever decide quit permanently, would it be possible for this site to host the last version of the software as a download?

Since you are a programmer, I have a feeling that you will not be able to leave your "baby" alone for all time to come...
And then already happy users will get even happier if you ever decide to add some more features... wink
Juhan - "Webmaster", at your service...
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Old Chinese Proverb]
Offline fvri  
#293 Posted : 20 May 2009 10:50:45(UTC)
fvri


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Hi Juhan, Darrin and Alessandro,

Thanks for the wise words... I appreciate it the 'positive' comments you all have!

I will reconsider my decision and put the LC development for time being on hold! Ideas enough... It will probably be winter when I will be able to get back on the tracks. Mark, you know I have then to start building the steel mill as wellwink.

Best regards,
Frank
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#294 Posted : 20 May 2009 11:08:13(UTC)
Bigdaddynz

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Well Frank, it's winter time here now (boy is it cold tonight!) does that count?

Seriously though, thanks for reconsidering, and putting LC development on hold. I hope you enjoy your break, and get some time to play with that loco you bought.

As for steel mills, how about this one

UserPostedImage

This is an award winning steel mill scratch built by a NZ modeller.
Offline fvri  
#295 Posted : 20 May 2009 11:39:54(UTC)
fvri


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Location: Zwevezele,
Hi Dave,

Very impressive model and photo!
Yes, it will be something simular but from Walthers...

br,
Frank

Offline dntower85  
#296 Posted : 26 August 2009 17:48:56(UTC)
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Moved from thread Marklin at "Small North Texas Show"

Quote:
[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by fvri
<br />Hi Darrin,

Great video's.

What kind of software are you now running? Why do you think the ECoS2 will solve your problems?

Best regards,
Frank


Hi Frank I was running your LokCommander.

It seems like there is a communication slow down between the computer and the track. For instance as an S88 circuit is trigged one of first commands is to set the speed of the loco then one of the last commands is to play a sound on the computer form a file.
On several occasions I have seen the speed change on the computer interface (from 0 to 100) and I have heard the sound play. But the Loco just sits there with lights on but no changes.
Or I set the speed from 100 to 0 and the loco goes for several seconds before the action happens. This tends to happen after the layout has been running for more than an hour. Again I have rebooted the computer thinking it could be a memory leak but still have the problem when I start it back up after rebooting.

I have adjusted the feedback response from 250ms to 750ms typical I have it set at 500ms, at 250ms I sometimes get multiple triggers as the train crosses contact tracks. Some times when I first start the layout after having it off for a while even 500ms is to fast and it causes multiple triggers so I set it higher to say 650. I have seen the counter count up to three as the train passes over a contract track that is two straight tracks long. Then after running for an hour I might have to set it to 400ms to get the commands to the loco fast enough.

I just have the feeling that the problem comes form the asynchronous communication in the USB adapter to slower serial connector. And maybe the 6051 and the S88 gets slow when hot, I just don't know.

But I want to get the Ecos2 when it comes out then I can run DCC decoders also and have access to the functions above 4. I have been on the ESU forum and they have said that the protocol has stayed the same so anything that has been written for the Ecos1 should still work.
DT
Now powered by ECoS II unit#2, RocRail

era - some time in the future when the space time continuum is disrupted and ICE 3 Trains run on the same rails as the Adler and BR18's.
Offline fvri  
#297 Posted : 28 August 2009 18:36:08(UTC)
fvri


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Posts: 773
Location: Zwevezele,
Hi Darrin,

Sorry to hear about the trouble shooting you are facing.
Nevertheless thank you for giving me a detailed report.

I wonder if you could run your layout with a different modelrail road software (e.g. RocRail or some other program) to see if you would have the same 'bad' results after some time.

Something I didn't test well enough was playing sounds... but it would suprise me if the cause has to be found in this part of the software system.

Have a nice weekend,
Frank
Offline GSRR  
#298 Posted : 02 February 2010 00:10:32(UTC)
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Hi Frank,

I see that you released version 1.0.0.27 in late November. Are you continuing with development now?


Regards,

Thomas

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Offline fvri  
#299 Posted : 02 February 2010 09:12:43(UTC)
fvri


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Posts: 773
Location: Zwevezele,
Hi Thomas,

Well I'm still in somekind of wintersleep. Currently, I have it very hard professional and I don't have a lot of time to continue 'serious' development. On the other hand I would like to continue but I'm some what stucked with thirdparty SW I'm using (QuickGraph). With these graph algo's I would like to improve the way the user could easily define routes.

Strange but downloads of LC have increased since I stopped development...Confused

Best regards,
Frank

Edited by user 02 February 2010 09:25:35(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline Webmaster  
#300 Posted : 04 February 2010 22:10:16(UTC)
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Frank, this means that the software is an interesting option for model railroaders... And maybe it has a rumour of being a "stable" version that is "good enough" for most model railroad enthusiasts wanting to control their layouts with it, compared to commercial software...

And maybe the exposure in this forum has helped a bit too... We trust you, since you are a member here...

It took about 10 years to get this site where it is now (even if the content part will be under reconstruction now for some time) so it is not surprising that things evolve slowly... The word has to be spread, and if it's good - they will come...
Juhan - "Webmaster", at your service...
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Old Chinese Proverb]
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