How do you know if your copy of ALICE is up to date?

As we develop courseware and lab activities for the ADALM1000 we often discover new ways to improve ALICE. New versions are put up on the ADI Wiki site for download frequently. Sometimes they contain minor bug fixes, and most times they add new features. You definitely want to make sure you are using the most recent version and if you aren’t sure what version you have, here's how to find out.

First go to the File drop down menu, and click on About. The About window that pops up tells you about the software, hardware and firmware you have. Be sure your computer is connected to the internet so it can find the latest revision information.

The first line in the window lists the version of ALICE you are running. The date in parenthesis is what you want to take note of. If the window that pops up does not look like this, with the second line listing the latest version date, your copy is out of date. If what comes up does have this new second line, then note if the date in the first line does not match the date in the second line within a day your software is out of date (unless I forgot to change the date in the program).

Once you know if you have an older copy or not, click on Help. This will bring up the ALICE 1.1 desktop user's guide from the ADI Wiki site. From the user's guide you can download the latest version of the software from either the Windows executable zip archive or the Python source zip archive.

Just to be on the safe side, in Windows, I generally uninstall the older version first before installing the new version.

As always I welcome comments and suggestions from the user community out there on how to improve ALICE.