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Overall Score (4.8)
(3 reviews / 3 comments)
2 out of 3 reviewers would buy this item again.
DirectSoft is a very easy software to use. I have been very pleased with the product. Documentation, features and ease of use are a great plus for use in any project.
The Direct Logic PLC is excellent. Compared to the "big" guys (AB, Siemens, GE) it is a hands down winner for features and ease of use. The only negative is that the "free" software only allows 100 words of program. That is barely enough to get 8 inputs to turn on 6 outputs with a minimum of other logic programmed in between. The full software package gets past that, albeit for $395. The manual that comes with the software is good at explaining the various features but contains no functional help. You must use the online help from within the software for that assistance.
There are several improvements that I have notice since I started using this software today. I upgraded from DS 4. I was able to transfer the existing programs from ver. 4. I had to copy them to a thumb drive then copy them out, but this was necessitated by the fact that 4 was running in an XP emulator. Copying the files directly from 6 was out of the question. But once placed in the program folder, a right-click was all that was needed. Also, I noticed that the link auto-detected immediately upon startup. I remember the half-day I spent on 4 when I first fired it up. What a relief. It also has remarks on the "leads" for the timers and sequencers that are already programmed. I expected to lose a bunch of that kind of stuff since the ver. 4 did not have it. It worked!!!! Looks good, has other good features. I may update this when I have actually generated a full program in the future. I wish I had upgraded much sooner!!!!