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3D Technologies Announces ScanControl Version 7.1 Adding Control / Monitoring for GRE PSR-500, GRE PSR-600, Radio Shack PRO-106 & RadioShack PRO-197 and Adding New Features.  See Our What's New Page.

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This page displays an up-to-date listing of changes to our product or Web Site.  We'll also place notices here regarding product updates, scheduled releases, or problems and workarounds that may affect all customers.  When bugs reported by our customers get fixed, we'll place a notice here, along with release information for downloading.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

ScanControl Version 7.1.0.  Below is a list of fixes and enhancements in this release.  Visit our Upgrades page for details on how existing users can upgrade to Version 7.1.0.  Review our ScanControl Edition Feature Matrix to see which edition supports which radios and what features are included.

Enhancements:
bulletImplemented GRE Radio Control / Monitoring.
bulletImplemented GRE Intelligent Audio Capture (IAC).
bulletAdded full printing functions for GRE radios: Print each object type, Print Trunk Systems with associated Talkgroups option, Print individual ScanLists, Print All ScanLists, Print ALL from Main Screen.
bulletAdded support for GRE Globals LED Blink Time and LCD Blink Time on the Global Settings screens.
bulletAdded GRE Zeromatic settings (ON / OFF) to Limit Search, Service Search and Sweeper Object Editor screens.
bulletAdded full set of GRE "Advanced" Global Settings to Global Settings screens. Includes: Batt settings, RSSI Signal Bars, Zeromatic Settings, WX Settings, Sweeper Settings and Misc. Settings.
bulletAdded text justification for Object Alpha Tags, Opening Messages, etc. New Program Option has been added to specify Alpha Tag justification for GRE Objects. User can select Left, Center or Right for automatic tag justification in radio.
bulletAdded Motorola Trunk System Re-banding Support for Uniden models with latest firmware:
bulletBCT15 w/latest Uniden firmware
bulletBC246T w/latest Uniden firmware
bulletBC898T w/latest Uniden Firmware
bulletBCT8 w/latest Uniden Firmware
bulletBR330T w/latest Uniden Firmware
bulletBC296D w/latest Uniden Firmware
bulletBC796D w/latest Uniden Firmware
bulletDMA1 & DMA2 Radios: Auto Group Quick Key numbering button added to Systems Edit screens. Numbers all Groups with sequential GQKey #s accounts for groups > 10 by using multiples.
bulletAdded Radio ID to Search / Scan Hit Log for GRE radios.
bulletAdded data edits on Global Settings for Bat Alert, Pri Max, Pri Int, Srch Delay on GRE radios.
bulletAdded new Global Misc Setting checkbox for TLO: L/OUT button means Temp L/O or Perm L/O for GRE radios.
bulletGRE Control / Monitoring - Added Alert light control option to use the frame around the LCD readout as the alert in the color chosen.

Bug Fixes:

bulletUpdated Audioctl.dll. The update of this .dll contains Vista & Windows 7 Fixes.
bulletaudioctl.dll - Misleading error message: " audioctl.dll is not registered correctly ". Rebuilt error reporting code to accommodate audio device error messages.
bulletBCD396T Ver 3 Firmware code - minor bug fixes to System Editor form when using M82C System Types.
bulletFixed GRE DCS codes not logging properly during Search / Scan Hit logging.
bulletFixed GRE Object Editor - Active ScanList names on bottom of screen - names wrapping around when too many characters

Friday, December 5, 2008

ScanControl 7.0 Released!  3D Technologies is proud to announce the release of ScanControl 7.0.  Version 7.0 adds support for the GRE PSR-500, PSR-600 and the Radio Shack PRO-106 and PRO-197.  In order to better serve our customers two new editions have been added.  ScanControl Full GRE Edition and ScanControl PRO Edition.  The Full GRE Edition supports the GRE and equivalent Radio Shack Scanners.  The PRO Edition contains all the functionality of our Full Edition and supports all Uniden, GRE and Radio Shack scanners currently supported by ScanControl, all in one convenient package.  Review our ScanControl Edition Feature Matrix to see which edition supports which radios and what features are included.

Enhancements:
bulletVersion 7.0 introduces support for the GRE manufactured PSR-500 and PSR-600 and their Radio Shack equivalents, the PRO-106 and PRO-197.  Additionally, Version 7.0 introduces our new "grid style" editor for these radios delivering an Excel like grid of rows and columns making editing large quantities of data easier.  The "grid style" editor combined with the DataGrabber for RadioReference.com makes loading frequency and trunk system data into ScanControl easier than ever.  This "grid style" editor will eventually be migrated into the Bank and System editors used for the Uniden line of radios.
bulletA new software edition structure is being introduced.  Review our ScanControl Edition Feature Matrix to see which edition supports which radios and what features are included.  There are now 5 editions of ScanControl available and all include the DataGrabber:
bulletThe Basic Edition - Radio programming and memory management for the Uniden BC95XLT and SC230.
bulletThe Race Edition - Radio programming and memory management for the Uniden SC230 and BR330T with racing system functions.
bulletThe Full Uniden Edition - Radio programming and memory management for all Uniden models plus radio Control / Monitoring in radios that support it.  This edition is exactly the same as our previous Full Edition.
bulletThe Full GRE Edition - Radio programming and memory management for all GRE models (PSR-500, PSR-600, R/S PRO-106, PRO-197) plus radio Control / Monitoring in radios that support it.  The Radio Shack PRO-106 and PRO-197 will require the use of a USB cable available directly from Radio Shack.  You can go to their Web Site and order Model # 20-047 or visit any Radio Shack Store.  The PRO-106 and PRO-197 DO NOT use the 3" cable adapter that comes with the #20-047.
bulletThe PRO Edition - Radio programming and memory management for all Uniden AND GRE models plus radio Control / Monitoring in radios that support it.  The Radio Shack PRO-106 and PRO-197 will require the use of a USB cable available directly from Radio Shack.  You can go to their Web Site and order Model # 20-047 or visit any Radio Shack Store.  The PRO-106 and PRO-197 DO NOT use the 3" cable adapter that comes with the #20-047.
bulletThe ScanControl Lite Edition has been discontinued for Version 7.0.  Support for ScanControl Lite continues as per our Support Policy.  If you are an existing Lite Edition user and you upgrade to Version 7.0 you will be upgraded to the ScanControl Full Uniden Edition at no incremental cost.
bulletBCD396T and BCD996T Firmware Version 3 support:  This release incorporates support for the Version 3 firmware enhancements found in the BCD396T and BCD996T.  Specifically we've added support for Motorola Custom Band Plan ( i.e. Re-banding) and the "integrated" Audio AGC adjustments that are included in the Version 3 firmware.
bulletDataGrabber SmartTag User Additions:  Users can now augment the list of DataGrabber SmartTags with their own abbreviations directly from the Bank, System and Object Editors.  The user SmartTags are stored into the smarttag.cfg data file and retained for future use.
bulletUniden DMA Radios - DataGrabber Pastes:  Group limits are now checked during DataGrabber pastes.  The user is notified if he / she is trying to paste more than 200 TGIDs into a trunk system, or 20 Groups into a System, and given the option to proceed or not.  See our DMA Memory Limits page for more details.
bulletAutomatic radio connection:  ScanControl now limits the # of baud rates checked during the initial radio "hunt".  The minimum baud rate sampled is now 9600.  This reduces the time required to find a radio on a COM port.

Bug Fixes:
bulletBC898T CTCSS/DCS Tone Code logging during conventional scan and search modes.  The BC898T was not logging DCS Tone Codes during conventional scanning with CTCSS codes enabled and was not logging CTCSS or DCS Tone Codes during Limit Search mode with CTCSS/DCS Search mode enabled. - FIXED
bulletBCD396T - DataGrabber pastes of multi-site M-P25 systems:  APCO Band Plan settings were not being copied into resulting multiple sites during a DataGrabber paste. - FIXED.

 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

ScanControl Version 6.2.1a DataGrabber Patch Now Available:  Recent changes to the presentation of RadioReference.com web pages have made it necessary to issue a patch to ScanControl Version 6.2.1 to prevent DataGrabber paste issues.  This patch is available in the form of an updated .EXE file that is available to all Version 6.2.1 users via a link below.  This patch ONLY affects the DataGrabber.  If you are not using the DataGrabber you do not need to install this patch.  READ AND FOLLOW THE PATCH INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY TO INSURE A SMOOTH UPDATE!

  1. YOU MUST ALREADY BE RUNNING SCANCONTROL VERSION 6.2.1 FOR THIS PATCH TO WORK.  IF YOU ARE NOT RUNNING VERSION 6.2.1 AND YOU APPLY THIS PATCH SCANCONTROL WILL REVERT TO DEMONSTRATION MODE.  TO VERIFY THE VERSION YOU ARE USING START SCANCONTROL AND NOTE THE VERSION NUMBER DISPLAYED ON THE OPENING SPLASH SCREEN OR THE MAIN SCANCONTROL SCREEN.  IF YOU ARE NOT RUNNING VERSION 6.2.1 YOU MUST FIRST UPGRADE TO VERSION 6.2.1 USING THE NORMAL UPGRADE METHOD AND THEN APPLY THIS PATCH.
  2. Shut down ScanControl if you are running the program.
  3. Click on this link >> SC 6_2_1a_Patch.zip  to download the Version 6.2.1a patched file.  This is a compressed .zip file containing 1 larger file named ScanCtrl.exe .
  4. Using Windows Explorer locate your ScanControl Installation Directory.  The default for this is "c:\program files\ScanControl\" but you may have installed ScanControl elsewhere.
  5. Within this directory locate the file named "ScanCtrl.exe", or just "ScanCtrl" if you are not displaying file extensions.  Make a backup copy of this file named "ScanCtrl_BAK.exe" or "ScanCtrl_BAK", to have in case you need to undo the patch for any reason.
  6. Extract the downloaded ZIP file into your ScanControl Installation Directory overwriting the previous ScanCtrl.exe file.  For verification, the updated ScanControl.exe file should now have a date stamp of 11/23/08 on it.
  7. Start ScanControl normally.  If the patch has been applied correctly you should now see ScanControl "Version 6.2.1a" on the opening splash screen and the main ScanControl screen.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

BCD396T and BCD996T Firmware Version 3.00.00 Changes: Impact on ScanControl Version 6.2 and prior versions.  As you may already know Uniden recently released a new firmware version for the BCD396T and the BCD996T.  This new firmware, Version 3.00.00, is available from the Uniden Web Site and provides some new features not found in the earlier firmware versions along with some fixes to reception issues of P25 Trunk Systems and P25 Digital Audio.  Keep in mind BCD396T and BCD996T users do not have to upgrade the firmware in their radios.  The upgrade is only required if you want to use the new features or need to resolve the issues with P25 systems.  We suggest users review the document noted below to determine if the upgrade is necessary for them.  Our testing of ScanControl Version 6.2.x with this new firmware reveals only one area of incompatibility that has been introduced as a result of the firmware changes:  The recently introduced ScanControl Analog and Digital AGC adjustments found on the Radio Settings screen no longer operate as designed.  This means ScanControl Version 6.2 still performs as it always has for radio programming, control / monitoring, IAC and all other functions provided by our software.  The only negative impact is the AGC adjustments.  For the user, this means he / she will have to resort to performing these adjustments manually using the radio keypad steps identified by Uniden in the document noted below.  We do plan on updating ScanControl to leverage the changes introduced by this new firmware but some of the new features are complex and will require some time to implement.  An exact schedule for any updates to ScanControl to support the new firmware has not been established yet but we will likely fold them into the upcoming Version 7.x release.  We will communicate any of these updates to our users via the normal channels.  For details on exactly what is new in this firmware go to this web page >> http://www.uniden.com/files/BCD396T_V3_Update_Information.pdf  .

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Plans for ScanControl Version 7.0 Announced, Adding GRE PSR-500 and PSR-600.  3D Technologies, the makers of ScanControl Software, have begun development of the next major version of our scanner software, Version 7.0. This new version will add support for the GRE PSR-500 and PSR-600 digital scanners to the existing lineup of Uniden radios. ScanControl currently supports 16 different Uniden models all in one software program with data interchange between most radio models built in. We are continuing this strategy, integrating support for the PSR-500 and PSR-600 into the existing ScanControl code base. This will allow us to continue to offer one software program designed to handle multiple radios, now from multiple vendors. Version 7.0 will make ScanControl unique in that it will be the one program that will handle both Uniden and GRE radios all in one product.

We are still finalizing details of the release. Development is well underway and we expect to have the release available before the Holidays. Initial support for the GRE radios will include all the programming features found in ScanControl today, including the DataGrabber, with added support for the Virtual Scanners found in the PSR-500 and PSR-600. Radio control / monitoring for the PSR-500 and PSR-600 will be added in a subsequent release.

Expect more announcement information as the release date solidifies and draws near.

See our Early Revision History page for more details on earlier releases.

 

 

 

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