RE: [BPQ32] BPQ32_220.127.116.11_20120404 including BPQAPRS is now available.
Hi Ron.. I will be digesting your notes and try this on Friday.. I am starting a vacation after tomorrow.. Sounds like a lot of changes for the better…
Thanks for the details… 73 jerry n9lya
A new release, BPQ32 18.104.22.168_20120404, for Windows, is available for download at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BPQ32/
This release updates BPQ32.dll, BPQMailChat.exe, BPQ32.exe, BPQHostModes.exe and BPQAPRS.exe. It adds a new utility BPQChat.exe.
BPQAPRS is an APRS mapping and messaging application first introduced in BPQ32_22.214.171.124_20120130. BPQAPRS at its current state of development will be a viable replacement for UIView32 for many users and in addition is under active development to add additional capability. The BPQ32 digipeater is "New n-N Paradigm " compliant and provides for enough objects to support the Local Info Initiative. A configuration example is provided to quickly get you 'on the air'. The BPQAPRS program provides mapping using the on-line OpenStreetMap and reliable messaging, to the degree this is possible, with the existing infrastructure.
This release reorganizes the structure of the BPQ32 program files directory by providing new shortcuts for the various BPQ32 modules while still providing the old shortcuts. The new shortcuts are contained in two new subfolders ...\normal and ...\minimized. As a result your existing desktop shortcuts as well as other uses you make of BPQ32 shortcuts, such as start up programs or folders, will still work for this release, but you are urged to replace them promptly with the new shortcut versions which you can find from the 'Start' menu as Start\All Programs\BPQ32\View Shortcut Folder. A subsequent release will delete all the shortcuts outside of the ...\Shortcuts folders.
In addition within the ..\program files the folder ...\BPQ32\BPQMailChat will be deleted in a future release. In preparation for this, the program BPQMailChat.exe exists in both the root and in the ...\BPQMailChat folder. By using the shortcuts described above you will be properly prepared for this future change.
As a reminder, with this release,you must have all of your configuration in BPQ32.cfg . In earlier releases there were many separate configuration files, for example BPQAXIP.cfg, Password.BPQ and others.
BPQ32_126.96.36.199_20111018,was the last to support both the new method, all the configuration statements combined into BPQ32.cfg, as well as the old method of separate configuration files . If you currently have separate config files, a smooth transition to the new system would be to first install BPQ32_188.8.131.52_20111018, which you can find in the files section of the BPQ32 Yahoo Group, and make the changes to your configuration using that version. Once successful, the subsequent upgrade to the new BPQ32_184.108.40.206_20120404 should proceed with ease.
If you are currently beyond BPQ32_220.127.116.11_20111018 you have already successfully made these changes.
My new installer is also capable of converting an existing non-compliant installation to a Microsoft compliant installation. In brief, Microsoft has been, since the introduction of Windows XP, recommending that an installation be split in to a "program files" part and an "application data" part. This was not enforced in Windows XP but it is being enforced in Vista and Windows 7. Many programs have been installed in the root, such as C:\Ham Programs to get around this recommendation, but the result is annoying UAC popups...'do you really trust this program' etc. If you have used this workaround, you can, after installing this most recent release, do an uninstall, which will preserve your configuration, and then do a reinstall taking all the defaults. The result will be to divide your installation properly into %programfiles%\bpq32 and %appdata%\bpq32. I intend to discuss this further in the BPQ32 Yahoo Group, which you will want to read before taking this step.
Help will be available in the users group should you have questions.
The changelog is here: http://www.cantab.net/users/john.wiseman/Documents/BPQ32%20Installation.htm#Changelog
Thanks to John Wiseman G8BPQ/GM8BPQ for his tireless work enhancing BPQ32!
73 de Ron Stordahl, AE5E (ex N5IN)
On 07/04/12 02:07, John Wiseman wrote:
You can stop the APRS-IS connection by clearing the “Enable Igate” checkbox on the BPQ32 Console Window.
You can only disable the Digi function by removing the APRSDIGI config (or at least the APRSPath lines from it), You don’t need to restart BPQ – there is a “Re-read APRS Config” entry in the BPQ32 Console Actions Menu.
Thanks John, finally found it under the BPQ32.dll Console and not the BPQ32 Console, Hmmmm, I should have looked deeper, Hi Hi.
Regards ..... Peter