The minimum computer specifications to ensure the ability to run the software is:
Crystal XE uses about only 20 MB of hard disk space for program and project files. More spaces is required for data acquisition depending on the configuration.
To download the last version, just create your account in this web site and wait for the activation. You can download and install the full featured software on any computer. When executing the software, just skip the registration window, it will be executed in demonstration mode.
In demonstration mode, only communication with devices is disabled but all other features are full functionning.
In your MBE computer, from the main menu of Crystal XE, select File / Backup, check the box to backup the program directory and push on the button to make the zip file. On your laptop or other computer, extract the zip file in a new folder, go in the program directory of the new created folder and execute CrystalXE.exe. Skip the registration windows and open your project. The software will run in demonstration mode (In demonstration mode all features are the same but no communication with devices are allowed)
The solution is to edit the rcp file with a XML editor like notepad++ (freeware). In Notepad++, after opening the rcp file, in the menu, select the language XML, then copy and paste layer from a file to another file, just rename the item number for each layer. Be sure that two layers don’t have the same number. You’ll need also to change the number of layer in the section <items count="xx">. Take care, the first layer number begin at 0. Then the item count is equal to the last layer number +1. Don't change the section <gridview>, this will be generated automatically.
When you modify the recipe but you must define a new entry point: right click on the layer where you want to start and select the item “Start recipe here” then save the recipe. Stop the current recipe and start again. It will start at the layer that you have defined.
Yes since version v1.04 build 9, you can directely convert the content of a directory into the new recipe format. In the menu, select Tools/Recipe converter
In theory there is no minimum. When a layer is executed, all events of this layer are dispatched to the appropriate devices (the time depends of the device driver used but a write frame is always priority). A layer is never skipped even a shift appears in the timeline. Crystal XE uses the same thread to schedule recipes and communication engine (thread = independent task managed directly by the 'OS). This allows sending synchronized command in recipes. This thread is not disturbed by other processes in the operating system although it is not preemptive. This thread is fully independent of the main thread of Crystal XE. Also, the functioning of layer is not based on a cumulative time but on a reference calculated from the beginning of the recipe. That means if we make a layer every second while an hour, the last layer will occur at exactly 3600 seconds and not the cumulative of one second while an hour. This could have result of a shift. By example, this would mean that if the computer was frozen for 500ms when a layer is executed then this layer will be delayed by 500ms and the next layer will occur 500ms later, the difference between the both first layer sould be 1.5 seconds end then 0.5 seconds for the next one. But this case is extreme and is only theoretical. Crystal XE is provided with a tool to log all frames which are sent and read from and to a device. Each frame features the time (with ms) and date. With this tool, we can observe that the time is accurate and not shifted.
Yes, there are several solutions, see the user manual for more details.