XPress Version 2.0

Rafael Fiol

REVIEWS
CP290 Software

XPress Version 2.0 by Rafael Fiol Email

Software available at and http://www.bridge.net/~xpress/ and the HTI Shareware Library.

Xpress is a new Windows 95 program that uses the interface and wizards efficiently to make startup and operation a breeze.

The help system is short and sweet but it covers most of what you'll need to know. The start-up schedule screen shows icons for your devices in the top frame and the schedule for the selected device in the bottom frame. The icons on the left are (from top to bottom) add new device, add new event, download schedule.

XPress Program Screen

Double Clicking on a device icon brings up the "Properties" window where you define the device ... (General Properties)

 

The event scheduling windows gives you limited choices for scheduling. Once you've made your selections ... the program writes the code into the schedule for you. XPress does not automatically update the sunrise and sunset times when you download schedules to the CP290. Instead, it allows you to enter the current Sunrise and Sunset times in one location and it uses those times to compute the exact time for each timer event in your schedules. All you have to do is update the Sunrise and Sunset times periodically and then simply download the schedule to the CP290. XPress does however make it easy to get the current Sunrise and Sunset times for your location from the Internet!

When you're all set up you save the schedule file and download the events to the CP290. The print function gives you a list of your devices and all scheduled items for each. An interesting extra is the ability to access XPress over the internet or Intranet using a web browser.

I find XPress easy to use but somewhat limited in features. I'm sure however that as this program develops we'll see more power. A nice feature is the quick status test which uploads the base housecode and time from the CP290.

Download a copy (1.35 MB self extracting file) from Rafael's web site and try it out. Unfortunately you can't save your schedule with the demo version though. You don't need the CP290 installed to review the software and for those of you unsure of what it (CP290 controller) can do, this is a good way to make an evaluation before you buy it. If you like the software, there's easy instructions for registration ($29.95 US).

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