The Dewesoft team is pleased to announce the release of DewesoftX 2021.4. This new version features a substantial upgrade to the markers functionality, a brand new way of interfacing with Microsoft Word to generate comprehensive reports, and an expansion to the channel limits for easier detection of critical measurements. Take a closer look at the updates:

As usual, the DewesoftX 2021.4 is a FREE update for all existing Dewesoft users. You can download the latest version from our download center.

Processing Markers

The Linked processing markers received a full revamp that significantly improves performance and at the same time adds new features. The update includes an upgrade of the FFT Markers available on the 2D Graph widget, adding support for dedicated marker output channels allowing for the export and analysis of marker readings.

New marker functionalities such as Peak search, Value interpolation, and the option to use scalar channels to drive marker positions, as well as a brand new Vector Cut marker and Trigger marker, open a whole new world of possibilities for data analysis applications.

DewesoftX processing markers in actionProcessing markers in action

The set of 3D Graph markers is also expanded and now includes the X and Y Harmonic Cut, Max, and Free markers. The FFT Markers are fully linked with all Cut markers, allowing for simultaneous visualization in both the 2D and 3D space. All markers can now also be moved by keyboard for pixel-perfect positioning when extracting harmonics and other parameters from your data.

Please make sure to install the new markers when updating from previous DewesoftX versions.

Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Word

For your most advanced reporting needs, Dewesoft offers an add-in for Microsoft Word that acts as a bridge between the two applications, allowing you to seamlessly integrate data acquired with DewesoftX into your report document.

Microsoft Word reporting with DewesoftX data acquisition softwareUpdating displays in Word from DewesoftX 

Using the copy/paste mechanism, you can take any display widget and paste it into Word, creating a dynamic link between the two documents. That done, any changes you make in your Dewesoft files can be automatically applied to the linked Word document with the click of a button.

Multiple data files can be linked to the same Word document, allowing you to create a multi-run report. If further clarification is needed when presenting your report, the correct file can be automatically loaded into Dewesoft by selecting the widget in question and pressing the open button in Word.

Improved Measurement Screen Channel Selector

The channel selector has been modified to make it easier to find and display the desired channels. To start, you can choose whether you want to see all available channels, only the ones that can be assigned to the selected widget, or only channels that are stored. When moving from widget to widget the channel groups now remain in the same state, either expanded or collapsed and the position of the slider in the channel list is retained when displaying all available channels.

New channel selector actions

New group actions such as Expand or Collapse all channel groups, as well as clear channels from either the widget, widget group, or the entire display, are now available, making it easier to quickly update your widgets. Channels can also be added faster to new widgets by using the “Add to next slot” action, as can be seen in the example above. 

Channel Limits Improvement

The channel limits provide a quick and easy way of monitoring if channel readings are reaching undesired values. The existing functionality has been improved to speed up the configuration time and make it even easier to detect unwanted behavior. 

Whenever assigning new Warn/Crit limits to a channel, the notification about the limit being exceeded will be held indefinitely, or until you reset the channel’s status. Alternatively, a hold time can be defined after which the notification will automatically be cleared. For better traceability, an alarm message can be written into the alarm log channel. 

DewesoftX interaction with channel limitsInteraction with channel limits

To speed up display building, DewesoftX can now automatically color the readings on digital meters or draw limit lines on the recorder, as can be seen in the example above.

FFT Analysis Update

The FFT Analysis module update boasts a thorough UI refresh, combining all recently introduced new functionalities in a user-friendly manner to keep one of the most widely used DewesoftX tools in tip-top shape.

The FFT Analysis in 2021.4 now supports a searchable cross-spectrum reference field, making it easier to configure for high channel count systems. In addition, the calculation functionalities were expanded with the support for extraction of non-integer harmonics and straightforward selection among the standard SI output units.

J1939 Multi-Frame Support

New developments in the electric vehicle market are setting up standards for the communication between the vehicle and the charger. One of those is the GB/T 27930, a Chinese standard for communication protocols between the off-board conductive charger and the battery management system for electric vehicles.

The standard uses the CAN bus with J1939 multi-frame messages. To support this, DewesoftX’s CAN module has been upgraded and expanded. Up to now, only single messages up to 64 bits were supported. With the expansion, this function is available as standard and any J1939 DBC file that has multi-frame messages will automatically be recognized and its messages will be properly imported and decoded. This also makes decoding of NMEA2000 messages possible.

DewesoftX multiframe messages from DBC fileMultiframe messages from the DBC file are automatically imported

Other Updates

DewesoftX CFC filter setupCFC Filter setup

DewesoftX 2021.4 is a free upgrade for all Dewesoft customers and is compatible with all Dewesoft data acquisition systems. You can download it from our download center, where you will also find a changelog listing all the minor improvements and bug fixes.