JacqPoint Version 2.1.3 Available
Jan 10, 2012
With this new version, JacqPoint gets the new USB driver connection that uses the D2XX driver.
As explained on the FTDI website: For most Windows "...operating systems two types of driver are available: Virtual COM Port (VCP) drivers and direct (D2XX) drivers. The VCP driver emulates a standard PC serial port such that the USB device may be communicated with as a standard RS232 device. The D2XX driver allows direct access to a USB device via a DLL interface."
Anyone who has used a USB to Serial Adapter to connect their computer to their loom will recognize the VCP-type driver. This driver requires the onerous step of identifying and at times changing the assigned COM Port. And since all USB ports are virtual, Windows can change them at will making it a moving target. This one little step has caused all kinds of problems for weavers.
The D2XX driver's approach is truly 'plug-n-play'. With D2XX, you don't need to deal with COM Ports. And you never have to worry about the COM Port changing. It's all handled behind the scenes, seemlessly. With JacqPoint Release 2.1.3, the latent power of the Jacq3G is unlocked -- making D2XX a must!
Implementation is easy since the D2XX driver has been included with JacqPoint installation packages for a couple of years. The driver link can also be found in the AVL website library. Use is just as simple: select USB, then Test Boards in the Jacquard Options menu. When you go to weave, connection is automatic -- Easy As Can Be!
JacqPoint ver. 2.1.3 is a free upgrade for anyone with a valid JacqPoint 2.0 license, and is compatible with the Jacq3G Jacquard. Contact us through the AVL website for a free upgrade.