ATP test programs - difference between PROGRAM displayed on AT front panel and Windows file name
This is a subtle issue that is basically a legacy hangover from DOS / WINDOWS 95 days.
At the time of At Editor launch in 1997, PC file names could only be of the format “8.3”
i.e and 8-character name, and 3-character file type
Long file names “my test program.ATP” and “my word document.DOC” were not allowed.
To overcome this limitation of Windows at the time, and to allow our customers to use their own company part numbers, we implemented the following;
Voltech ATP program files had a windows file name that still met “8.3”, but when the AT editor saved a program it ALSO stored the long-desired program name WITHIN the file.
The Open and Save dialogs on the At Editor showed the “internal” name, not the windows file name.
This is best and most easily understood by editing any ATP file using NOTEPAD
Here you can see that the FILE NAME is “TEST.ATP”, but stored inside the file is the PART NAME “NAME IN FILE”
The older version of the EDITOR (V3.30 and before) displays the part name as if it were the file name
Most users would not have realised that this was happening.
Below is the FILE OPEN dialog showing that this is the case, and shows “NAME IN FILE”
The newer AT EDITOR versions (V3.40 and above) always display the WINDOWS FILE NAME, using the standard WINDOWS OPEN dialog box.
AT5600 / AT3600 / Ati Display
The AT3600, ATi and AT5600, when used via the AT SERVER to browse programs ALWAYS display the “internal” part name, not the windows file name.
UPDATING and HINTS
This probably won’t be an issue for most users, as they will have created test programs since the introduction of windows 98, and both INTERNAL NAME and FILE NAME will match.
Programs can be updated on any ATP file, that you suspect have a mismatch, by either
A checking the internal name, using notepad as above, in the file and renaming the windows file name to match.
B, opening the program in the latest editor and SAVE AS the new file name – this will save as a new file name AND update the internal name to match.
Even if you have not experienced this issue and are using latest editor, you should never rename or make a copy of a test program using the normal WINDOWS “file rename“ feature – this will rename the file but not update the INTERNAL name.
To achieve this, use the SAVE AS feature in the AT EDITOR
This will save the file as a new file name AND update the internal name to match at the same time.