JMRI: DecoderPro
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Program model railroad DCC decoders.   Free
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JMRI: DecoderPro is an essential utility for model railroad enthusiasts.

Modern DCC decoders are complicated beasts to program. The simple idea of "put the address in CV01" doesn't cope well when you program complicated functions using combinations of bit patterns. A friendlier interface is needed. There are programs that provide better ways of programming specific decoders. Unfortunately, they are limited to specific types of computers, and only their authors can customize them for new types of decoders.

The DecoderPro symbolic programmer is meant to improve
What's New
Version 3.6.0:
  • This release requires Java 1.6 or later.
  • This release no longer supports the Digitrax MS100 on any computer. If you have an MS100 working with an earlier release, please stay with that release. You should plan on updating to a better LocoNet interface before updating to this or any later release.
  • The TCS decoder definitions have been extensively reworked. You'll notice that they list different families and the models are organized differently. This is to make the automatic identification work much better. Please let us know if you encounter any problems with this.
  • This release and all future releases will not support the NCE serial interface running at 19,200 baud. Use the default 9,600 baud instead.
  • This release blocks Programming Track CV writes > 256 with NCE Power Pro, due to a firmware issue. Current workaround is to use Programming on Main. It is planned to incorporate Programming Track workarounds for some decoder types in a future release.
  • The decoder definition files have been extensively reworked for this release series to reduce their size and allow them to be translated to other languages. Please keep an eye out for any inadvertent changes to the definitions that might have been introduced.
  • View the complete release notes.
Version 3.6.0:
  • This release requires Java 1.6 or later.
  • This release no longer supports the Digitrax MS100 on any computer. If you have an MS100 working with an earlier release, please stay with that release. You should plan on updating to a better LocoNet interface before updating to this or any later release.
  • The TCS decoder definitions have been extensively reworked. more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Java 1.6 or later
  • An available serial port, either on the computer itself, or via a USB adapter. For more information, please see the download pages.
  • A serial connection to your DCC system. For more information, please see the DCC hardware pages.



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Old Muley reviewed on 15 Apr 2011
Decoder Pro is THE solution to pain free decoder programing for your DCC equipped trains. No need to learn hexadecimal or memorized lots of CV's, just connect your DCC system and program away using a clean and easily understood interface.

If you have the right hardware (computer+wireless router+iPod Touch/iPhone) you can use your iPhone/iPod Touch as a wireless throttle. You just need to purchase the WiThrottle app for iPhone and away you go. Way cheaper than a wireless DCC throttle and system from Digitrax or NCE.
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Fred-Dalzell rated on 19 Dec 2013

[Version 3.6.0]



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Yuriy Georgiev rated on 09 Jun 2011

[Version 2.11.6]


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Type:Games : Gaming Tools and Utilities
License:Free
Date:19 Dec 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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JMRI: DecoderPro is an essential utility for model railroad enthusiasts.

Modern DCC decoders are complicated beasts to program. The simple idea of "put the address in CV01" doesn't cope well when you program complicated functions using combinations of bit patterns. A friendlier interface is needed. There are programs that provide better ways of programming specific decoders. Unfortunately, they are limited to specific types of computers, and only their authors can customize them for new types of decoders.

The DecoderPro symbolic programmer is meant to improve this. It is configured using text files, so that it can be adapted to additional decoder types easily. It talks to the decoders using the JMRI programming interface, so that it can run on any computer and layout hardware that JMRI has been ported to. It's freely available for download. And since the code is available via open source, if you want to improve on it you can.


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