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WattPlot™ VisualMATE  Release Delta Document

This page describes the changes from one release to the next, and allows existing users to update to the latest version at no extra cost (no reactivation needed).  Update downloads will only work for previously activated sites.  New users must use a different download.

To see what version of WattPlot VisualMATE you are currently running, start the program and watch the startup 'splash' screen.

You do not need to un-install or re-install VisualMATE to get these updates (except where specifically noted).  Most updates are done by simply downloading a replacement VisualMATE.exe file.

  1. Click on the "Download now" button below.

  2. Depending on your browser, click the "Save As", "Save", or "Copy" button, and then direct your system to save it in the folder where the older version EXE resides (which is typically c:\Program Files (x86) \WattPlot).  [NOTE: If you are using Google Chrome, it might just put the file directly into your Downloads folder.  Move it from there to your Program Files\WattPlot folder.]

  3. If it tells you that the file already exists, and asks if you want to overwrite it, click Yes.

The latest version of WattPlot™ VisualMATE is:  5.1.0.8  (06 June 2016)


This is a replacement EXE, not an installation program.
Do NOT attempt to RUN this program from the web site.
See the numbered steps above.

If your existing version is earlier than 5.0.2.0, please see these Special Instructions.


WattPlot VisualMATE Release History


VisualMATE, Version 5.1.0.8 - 06 Jun 2016

Corrected - OutBack changed MATE serial number format.
Corrected - Raw data folder specification.
Corrected - Small Data Source Dialog box improvements.
Enhanced - Check for month sub-folder in Raw System Data path.

VisualMATE, Version 5.1.0.7

Corrected - Restored message when first attempting invalid connection to TCP or AXS.
Corrected - Data simulation when running from TCP Client's raw data.
Corrected - Update comm. defn. from older releases.
Corrected - TCP Client more resilient against Server bugs.
Corrected - Small enhancements to data logging.
Enhanced - Make communication parameters uneditable during Test Communications.
Added - Additional messages to Data Source dialog box traffic window.

VisualMATE User's Guide, Version 5.1.0 - 17 Apr 2016

Corrected - Fixed documentation of TCP Server Settings screen.

READ/DOWNLOAD the Updated VisualMATE User's Guide

VisualMATE, Version 5.1.0.6

Corrected - AXS Port communication changed from Asynch. to Synch.
Corrected - Communication flow after configuring AXS Port parameters.
Corrected - Data Source Window improvements for TCP Client connections.
Corrected - Previous release included TCP Client debugging message boxes by mistake.

VisualMATE User's Guide, Version 5.1.0

Added - Significantly revised User's Guide for WattPlot VisualMATE.

VisualMATE, Version 5.1.0.4

Corrected - Reclassified AXS Port as a live connection.
Corrected - Restored option to move license.
Corrected - Overlapping fields displayed in some windows.
Corrected - Numerous issues with TCP Client operation.
Corrected - Enable Activation from File menu for evaluation copies.
Corrected - Unexpected new issue regarding determination of the local IP address.
Corrected - Disable Activation entry of File menu if not needed.
Corrected - Was using User Account instead of From Address for sending emails.
Corrected - Bug with enabling of Communication type dropdown in Data Source screen.
Corrected - More checks on AXS Port connection settings.
Corrected - Handling of AutoStarted program with bad system name.
Enhanced - Simplified MATE Data Source dialog box and enhanced its data display.
Enhanced - Marginal improvements to processing speed throughout application.
Enhanced - Title bar caption for main window: licensed/unlicensed.
Added - AXS Port compatibility.
Added - Port scanning ability to find TCP/IP or AXS MATE data.
Added - Options menu entry to set system data log folder.
Added - Timestamps to raw data (.OBM) files.
Added - Automatic revert from Trial license to Unlicensed mode.
Added - Offer of User's Guide opening at installation.
Added - Comm failure now logged in datafolder/Postmortem.txt file.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.6.4

Corrected - Difficulty piggy-backing as unlicensed TCP Client.

VisualMATE User's Guide, Version 5.0.6

Corrected - Minor updates to document new enhancements.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.6.3

Added - Ability to monitor a WattPlot TCP Server without needing an activation license.
Corrected - Workaround for serious OutBack errors with Shunt enabled flags of FnDC data stream.
Corrected - License Move process - yet again.
Corrected - Restored ability to delete defined WattPlot system.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.6.2

Corrected - License Move operation.
Corrected - MATE3 firmware for USB connection replaces commas with periods.
Added - Option to capture raw MATE data in MATE3 SD Card format.
Added - New PostMortem.txt feature for debugging serious errors.
Changed - Show a 'negative load' as zero.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.6.1

Corrected - Amperage and wattage display field sizes.
Corrected - Operation of Email Settings entry of Options menu.
Added - Options menu entry to view battery temperature in Farenheit.
Added - Option to view license order page when trial expires.
Added - Warning for UDP/IP connection to MATE3 running 002.019.000 firmware.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.6.0

Added - File, System, Options, and Help menus.
Added - Ability to activate WattPlot TCP/IP server.
Added - TCP/IP Server and Client documentation.
Added - Total Daily AH displayed as hover text for Daily kWh.
Added - Temperature translation and temperature-compensated voltage when hovering over Battery Temperature.

WattPlot VisualMATE User's Guide, Version 5.0 - 08 Mar 2015

Added - New User's Guide for WattPlot VisualMATE.

READ/DOWNLOAD the New WattPlot VisualMATE User's Guide

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.7

Corrected - Checksum traps on status lines, and restored delimiter position check.
Corrected - Enabled Back and Exit buttons when Connection Wizard Port Scan cancelled.
Corrected - Removed inoperative menu bar.
Added - Ability to select from all defined systems.
Corrected - Extended ability to generate trial activations remotely.
Corrected - Made Activation window visible in task bar.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.6

Corrected - Display of wattages in task bar when minimized.
Corrected - Better error handling when MATE Data Source edit is in progress and inconsistent.
Corrected - Proper reset of communications when cancelling out of MATE Data Source screen.
Added - 120/240V display option for Radians.
Corrected - Processing of Radian L1 currents based on operating mode.
Added - Ability to handle inconsistent currents and operating mode - Radians are sending nonsense data.
Corrected - Zero all inverter currents when invertor is in an error mode.
Added - VisualMATE now requires activation. (There is no charge for this.)
Improved - Processing efficiency.
Changed - All wattages now displayed as positive values.
Corrected - Back button placement in built-in web browser.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.5

Corrected - Display of AC voltage for 220V (Export) inverters from a MATE3.
Corrected - Better handling of inconsistent data while still editing MATE Data Source.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.4

Corrected - Screen layout bug introduced with device signature logic of 5.0.5.3.
Added - Recording of device signature for other WattPlot tools.
Improved - More immediate startup of TCP/IP connection.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.3

Corrected - Screen layout rebuild when changing systems.
Added - Ability to detect TCP Server losing its MATE link.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.2

Corrected - Retention of MATE settings.
Corrected - Negative value display for FnDC accumulated power values.
Corrected - Ability to restore TCP connection after server stops and then starts again.
Corrected - Ability to work from very large simulation (.OBM) files.
Improved - TCP Clients always identify themselves by Local IP Address.
Improved - Request disconnect from TCP server before attempting to reconnect.
Improved - Raw Data capture now sorts files into monthly sub-folders.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.1

Corrected - Bug with Update Program version button.
Corrected - Windows 7 file access error.
Corrected - TCP/IP link will restart itself it the link fails.
Added - Ability for VisualMATE to operate from WattPlot 5 Monitor TCP Server.
Added - Root system name in program title bar.
Corrected - Misleading FirstMATE error message.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.5.0

Corrected - Restored Daily kWH from 5.0.4.8 change - OutBack manual error.
Improved - MATE Data Source configuration edit process.
Improved - MATE communication efficiency.
Corrected - Removed unnecessary repetition of special notifications.
Added - Cumulative release notes.
Improved - Semi-automatic program updates with WPUpdater.  (Save it in your WattPlot program folder.)

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.8

Corrected - Daily kWh data from Charge Controllers should not be divided by 10.
Corrected - More comprehensive check for new release of program.
Improved - Instructions for updating program version.
Improved - New message during initial attempt to make TCP/IP connection.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.7

Corrected - Possible overflow when communication failure encountered on UDP/IP connection.
Corrected - Handling of inaccessible serial port disposal (caused by some USB/Serial converters).
Corrected - Some advice supplied by Connection Wizard for UDP connections.
Corrected - Allow MATE Data Source Dialog cancellation without completing screen.
Corrected - Bug when cancelling out of non-responsive TCP/IP connection setup.
Added - Better detection of improper program installs.
Added - Additional information for serious error handling.
Added - Message for first run after install if a defined system is found.
Improved - Detection of Data Source type for live connections.
Improved - UDP/IP connection integrity.
Improved - Faster display during initial attempt to make TCP/IP connection.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.6

Corrected - HTML handling of special notifications.
Corrected - Check for major program release notification.
Improved - Version tracking precision.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.5

Corrected - Data extraction from Radian status lines.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.4

Corrected - Access error when installing SumMATE on a Windows 7+ computer with no previous WattPlot software.
Corrected - Option to continue program after certain non-fatal errors.
Corrected - Icon for Programs Menu.
Added - Ability to check for new releases if an error is encountered.
NOTE - If you are using VisualMATE with the original WattPlot Monitor TCP Server, please ensure that you are running the updated WattPlot Monitor version 4.7.2 or higher.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.3

Corrected - Handling TCP Server hail acknowledgement.
Corrected - Logging in to restricted access TCP Server.
Improved - Earlier display of main screen when initial MATE connection is failing.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.2

Added - Support for MATE3 USB card.
Corrected - Program should abort if no system is defined or selected.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.4.1

Corrected - Better handling of mid-stream switch between TCP data coming in MATE3 and original MATE format.
Corrected - Fixed screen placement of FnDC Net IN kWh value.
Corrected - New file naming for system configuration file(s) is now permanent.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.3.5

Added - Support for System Name to keep compatible with other WattPlot modules.
Corrected - Bug for export inverters with WattPlot 4.7.1, caused by faulty MATE3 documentation.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.3.3

Added - Proactive program release notifications for on-line sites.
Corrected - Reported bug with TCP/IP client communications - did not affect all installations.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.2 - 15 Sep 2013

Added - Added new TCP/IP technology.
Added - Automatic detection of MATE versus MATE3 data.

Special Instructions: All WattPlot modules from version 5.0.2 and up have an additional DLL file (for TCP communication), so 5.0.1 (and earlier) versions should be updated by installing this file in your "Program Files\WattPlot" folder.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.1.4

Corrected - Reported bug with processing MATE3 communications.

VisualMATE, Version 5.0.1.0

Added - New modules for compatibility with other WattPlot tools.


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