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This is an update of an article about how to determine the installed version of THINC API. Back then, the method for checking the installed version involved searching the Windows Registry’s uninstall information for a specific GUID key.

Eight years have passed since then. Now there’s a utility library called SCOUT (System Compatibility Output UTility) that provides an easy way to read the installed THINC API version, and much more.

The library (and its provided sample application) shows whether THINC API is installed, what version and type, whether the API is ready, along with:

  • Special CNC directories (OSP, CNS, VOLANTE, CRAD)
  • Data Management Card (DMC) info
  • License status for Data and Command API, P200, NC Current Alarm, and other common specs
  • Installed .NET Framework versions (although this is a .NET library, so chicken-and-egg)
  • Basic OS information (Windows version, internet access, machine name and domain, user name etc.)
Okuma SCOUT Test Application running on my local machine. THINC API obviously is not installed.

The Okuma SCOUT library is an indispensable tool for THINC developers whose apps need to learn about their CNC environment programmatically.

For users who just need a convenient tool to check THINC API version and Data Management Card information, the Okuma SCOUT App provides both a command-line and a GUI tool for doing so.

THINC App: Panel Mode

THINC App: Panel Mode

Let’s code a panel mode switcher application for Okuma THINC! An app that lets you switch panel mode from a VNC or other remote desktop application.

Wait, but why? After all, there’s already a panel mode application on the Okuma App Store, and it works quite sufficiently.

Just about every THINC developer has, at some point, coded a panel mode app. It’s the THINC equivalent of “Hello, world!” And since it’s been eight years since I last wrote about it, now’s a good time to look at how THINC app development has changed.

A panel mode switching THINC app.

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