This week's contributions to download:
C43 Simulator for Windows: https://classic43.com/downloads/C43_EMU ... _Rel46.zip
Be sure to delete the binary.bin file from the C43 folder prior to running.
Thanks Dani for the help compiling!
C43 DM42 software image file: https://classic43.com/downloads/C43_46L2.zip
Be sure to do CLR/RESET after resetting the first time.
The C43 firmware still requires DM42 DMCP firmware 3.18 or 3.20.
This week I have the following changes:
I summarise special key operations on the C43 in a PDF here
. This PDF document lists the key behaviour for long press, double press, etc. and also details hidden keys. Hidden keys are key functions on shift keys, which will not appear on the key bezel plate. The concept is that only the bare minimum is clearly defined on the key plate, but the additional shortcuts are available to increase operation speed.
Critically analysing the C43 hidden keys and additional keys, I realised the two text mode blue icons next to the arrow keys are not required and removed these. The caps lock in alpha mode is now changed by f[Up] and f[Dn] to shift the case. This is changed on the simulator screen already. This change removes some visual overloading, which is what Inautilus
advocated months ago already. (f[J] remains a caps lock toggle marked with a yellow ℂ).
We also realised there was no quick way to clear alpha entry and numeric entry and added CLA (Clear Alpha) and CLN (Clear Numeric), conveniently and intuitively placed them on the long press backspace button. The operation is backspace for one character, and longpress to clear all characters. These commands are loosely based on the 41C CLA, which was observed by Dani
I improved the alpha input line wrapping code. This was previously incorrectly called multi line, but clearly is not multi line as there are no CR/LF supported the text. It is a single line of text wrapped
over five lines. Either way, the code was improved to allow a short single line text entry, and when about ¾ of line width is filled by typing, it expands to the 5-line view and full screen text input.
The menu flow of changing modes and options was revised a bit. The config menu CFG (called from within the MODE menu) and the 43S compatible SYSFL menu now allows multiple setting changes, without returning back to the previous menu after each change. The setting screen stays put until exited from, using EXIT.
My STAT/PLOT module did get some minor improvements as was discussed earlier the week, specifically the function to show the area below the integral graph. The PLOT menu now includes the SHADE option which draws the rectangles below the approximated integral function as was discussed in this week’s posts.
Standing over from last week's release 45, I did not yet investigate any power issues. But I can confirm that both my DM42's were loaded with the latest firmware and were stable and not sucking dry the batteries in the last 7 days. So either way, I also do not have a case to investigate this side, as I need it to show the symptoms first! Further, the Windows simulator console window debug info has not been switched off yet. I use the debug stuff a lot and at release time, I just don't think of removing it. It is no big deal though