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Free CANopen windows tool updated (and fullmo Kickdrive, too)

During the winter break we freshened up our Kickdrive software releases.
So new versions v2.0 are available for  Kickdrive Zero, our freeware CANopen windows tool.fullmo Kickdrive, which allows you to do so much more.  You can grab a copy of the updated software from here:
http://kickdrive.de/en/index.html?download.htm

Changes include: Added support for CANopen data types REAL32 and  OCTET_STRING Windows 10 compatibility adjustments(especially for fullmo USB2Drive hardware)Baud/Node scan uses now "Reset Nodes" instead of "Start Nodes"Object Editor: Export actual values to .xdc and additional formats (.csv, .cdcf, .txt)The UI Panel now uses the updated QML2 languageOther minor corrections and fixes. For a complete overview see the Kickdrive Release Notes
We'd like to thank the Kickdrive users for their encouraging and helpful feedback. We do realize that Kickdrive releases come a bit slowly. This is because we are very busy with building actual client application…
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Now available: fullmo USB2drive - the advanced USB to CAN and RS485 gateway

While supporting a wide range of third-party CAN Bus interfaces in fullmo Kickdrive and Kickdrive Zero, the fullmo product family is designed as a complete toolkit from gears, positioning drives, master control to the actual HMI software.

The new fullmo USB2drive is the missing link between Kickdrive software and CAN/CANopen or RS485 drive environments. fullmo Kickdrive automatically manages the USB2drive features and each Kickdrive application can deliver its own application firmware to the USB2drive. (For programmers - here's how it's done.)

The advantages for developers, integrators and end users are obvious:

Flexibility - the USB2drive can be whatever you want it to be: A CAN bus interface, a RS485 drive gateway, a master control running your own Python script.Extensibility - new and upcoming firmware variants allow for new applications - multi-axis master control, python-based master control, I/O applications, SD card logging applications, ...No breakage - usually flexibi…

New releases in 2015 / SPC IPC Drives 2014

We are currently working on updates and improvements for the Kickdrive software tools. The past months have been very busy already, but more focused on custom applications and building drive applications with fullmo MovingCap components and Kickdrive UI Panel applications.

New fullmo Kickdrive and Kickdrive Zero releases are planned for March. In the meanwhile, here are some pictures about the MovingCap/ Kickdrive hardware and software kit set shown at the SPS IPC Drives fair in November.

fullmo Drive Script Playground at the Embedded World 2014

(Update: See video & report on http://qt.digia.com/Embedded-World-2014/)

Next week, fullmo Kickdrive and a fullmo MovingCap drive are displayed at the Embedded World 2014 in N├╝rnberg, Tuesday, 25 - Thursday, 27 February 2014, on the Qt by Digia booth, Hall 4, #408.

Qt/Digia also published the videos from the Qt Developer Days 2013 in Berlin, where we demonstrated fullmo Kickdrive and the advantage of our UI Panel / Runtime approach combined with the fullmo MovingCap Embedded Python master.
Feel free to contact me for any questions! Oliver

A free CANopen tool for Windows - Kickdrive Zero

Flachmann & Heggelbacher, an industrial software engineering company based in Germany, have released a new Windows software tool, Kickdrive Zero, for configuration and testing of CANopen networks and devices.

Kickdrive Zero offers multiple features for CANopen networks, position drives and other motion-oriented applications in the automation industry. With a clean and easy to use interface, Kickdrive Zero provides an essential set of tools for basic configuration, setup and testing of CAN/CANopen networks and devices. A powerful CAN bus monitor is included, with advanced search and filter functionality, as well as a trace file recorder, for later review of monitored data.  Kickdrive Zero also offers a robust SDO Object Editor and a DS402 servo drive configuration tool.

The Object Editor allows importing XDD and XDC files, the standard file formats for CANopen device description and configuration. The most relevant configuration objects, which are typically only a small fraction of t…