Current Version: 4.3
Short Cut Program Generator (SCWin) is a free, menu-driven, PC-compatible software package that simplifies the creation of data logger programs; it creates a data logger program in seven easy steps.
To download Short Cut, refer to the Downloads section or click the Download Now button.
October 3, 2016: The CS526 Digital ISFET pH Probe was incorrectly included as being compatible with the CR300 datalogger. In a future Short Cut release, the CS526 will be removed from the sensor list. The user will be required to update his/her Short Cut software to eliminate the sensor from the list.
Originally intended to support meteorological and hydrological applications, the initial releases of Short Cut (SCWin) supported over 120 sensors. Now, with additional program generation capabilities, Short Cut supports programming for our multiplexers, AVW200-series Vibrating-Wire Interfaces, ET107 stations, ET106 stations, MetData1 stations, and most sensors that can be measured by our data loggers.
Short Cut allows the user to select sensors and choose output data. Short Cut then creates a wiring diagram and a program file for transfer to the data logger. It also includes support for algebraic entry of expressions.
|Operating System||Windows 10, 8, and 7 (Both 32- and 64-bit operating systems are supported.)|
|Purchased Separately||Free download|
|Communications Supported||N/A (program generator only)|
|Scheduled Data Collection Supported||N/A (program generator only)|
|Data Display Supported||N/A (program generator only)|
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
Computer operating systems—Windows 7, 8, and 10. Short Cut runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of these operating systems.
Short Cut supports more than 100 sensors (including generic measurements), multiplexers, AVW200-series vibrating-wire interfaces, and the ET107.
Short Cut creates simple programs for our CR200-series, CR300-series, CR510, CR500, CR10(X), 21X, CR23X, CR6, CR800, CR1000(X), CR3000, CR5000, CR9000X and GRANITE dataloggers. Both mixed array and table data operating systems are supported. Short Cut also supports our ET106, ET107 and MetData1 weather stations. The newest version includes the latest sensor files.
Number of FAQs related to Short Cut: 13
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Yes. In the Water | Level & Flow folder, there is the option to select CS475/CS476/CS477 Radar Water Level Sensor. Click to move the selection to the Selected device window, and enter the SDI-12 address.
The easiest way to program a data logger is to use SCWin (Short Cut for Windows). SCWin is available as a free download in the Downloads section of the SCWin product page. SCWin assigns the physical channels (connect the sensors according to the wiring diagram provided) and writes the program using the appropriate instructions and instruction parameters for the sensors selected by the user.
The Half Bridge instruction should be selected (not the 3 Wire or 4 Wire options) in Short Cut. The following parameters are data logger specific, but the following can be used on the CR1000 datalogger with the sensor wired to SE1, and Vx1:
|How many HalfBr Sensors?||1|
|Total Bridge Resistance||1000 ohm|
|Excitation Voltage||2500 mV|
|Sensors per excitation channel||1|
|Range of sensor voltage||2500 mV|
50 or 60Hz
|Settling Time||20000 µs|
|Multiplier||Determined during installation (see manual)|
|Offset||Determined during installation (see manual)|
The SCWin revision history information can be found through the “Software and OS Revision Histories” web page for Short Cut.
No. Campbell Scientific recommends tracking the battery voltage, program signature, and data logger temperature over time for troubleshooting purposes.
Setup for the camera is done either in the CC5MPX’s onboard configuration web page or in the Device Configuration Utility, not within the data logger program. Consequently, it is not supported in Short Cut for Windows (SCWin).
A free program generator for all Campbell Scientific data loggers is Short Cut for Windows (SCWin). Short Cut can be used to create programs in many situations where Campbell Scientific equipment is used. The Campbell Scientific YouTube channel has a two-part series on using Short Cut.
In situations where program requirements are too complex or specialized for Short Cut, programs can be written in any text editor that can edit and save plain ASCII text. However, creating an error-free program would be very difficult. The CRBasic Editor that comes with PC400 and LoggerNet provides a programming environment with procedure templates, integrated help, programming examples, the ability to test compile the program before sending it, and many other features that can be very helpful when developing a program.
It is possible that an older version of Short Cut is being used. Download the latest version of Short Cut.
If the latest version of Short Cut has already been downloaded, open the program.
Short Cut for Windows (SCWin) ships in all of Campbell Scientific’s support software packages. It is also available as a free download in the Downloads section of the SCWin product page.
SCWin can be used to create programs by going through a simple five-step process. The generated data logger program can be used “as is,” or it can be opened up in the CRBasic Editor (the programming editor that is included with RTDAQ, LoggerNet, and PC400). SCWin provides a good example of programming, as well as a head start on a new program.
Note that any changes made to the CRBasic program cannot be imported back into SCWin.
We do not offer an individual manual for SCWin (Short Cut for Windows). Short Cut information is provided in the LoggerNet, RTDAQ, and PC400 manuals. Information can also be obtained from the Help screens within SCWin.