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Data Acquisition Systems Support Windows 8 Release

DAPtools Software Provides Windows 8 Support

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Bellevue, WA, November 14, 2012 – Microstar Laboratories, Inc., maker of Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) systems for PC-based high-performance measurement applications, has released the new Version 6.10 of its DAPtools software package. This software allows your DAP data acquisition applications to run under the recently released Microsoft Windows 8 system. Application programs that ran under Windows 7, in either 32-bit or 64-bit mode, will run unchanged with this software under Windows 8 on an Intel (or compatible) processor.

Applications that are directly compiled or that use portable scripting languages will require no changes or recompilation to work with this new software release. You do not need to modify DAPL processing configuration scripts. You do not need to recompile the downloaded binary processing code that runs in the embedded DAPL system environment.

Platform Support

For those who must run versions of Windows that preceded Windows 8, the DAPtools version 6.10 software also supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server, and Windows 2000 systems. The full line of Microstar Laboratories DAP and iDSC data acquisition boards is supported.


The DAPtools Basic 6.10 edition is available for free download from the Microstar Laboratories Web site. This edition provides the DAPIO programming API that all applications use, with everything that most applications require. For applications requiring advanced processing, software platform support, or networking features, contact Microstar Laboratories to obtain DAPtools Standard 6.10 or DAPtools Professional 6.10.

DAPL Environment

The DAPL operating system provided by DAPtools software runs in an embedded environment on each Data Acquisition Processor board, performing the time-critical device management and intensive data pre-processing. These activities proceed in parallel with the host processor, simplifying the host software systems, and allowing the application software to concentrate on what it does best: the post-measurement analysis, data logging, and graphical displays. Generally speaking, embedded processing in a separate device can be difficult to observe and validate, so the DAPstudio data acquisition development software – available as an option with the DAPtools 6.10 software – provides a means of independently and interactively configuring the embedded processing. Some applications can use DAPstudio software directly, to capture and log measurement data for later processing, avoiding expensive application development and complicated GUI environments.


No programming or reconfiguration is required to port Data Acquisition Processor applications from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 to the newly released Windows 8 operating system. Just install the server/driver software from the new Microstar Laboratories DAPtools version 6.10 and move your application code into the new system. If you must deploy new applications under one of the older Windows versions, DAPtools version 6.10 software will work there too.

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Editorial Overview:

Microstar Laboratories has released DAPtools version 6.10, an upgrade from previous DAPtools software releases, so that Data Acquisition Processor products will run under the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. Except for the new server/driver software in this package, everything else in this package remains highly compatible with past versions of the DAPtools packages. It is not necessary to recompile application code or downloaded embedded binary code. No changes are required to the DAPL system configuration scripts. This new software continues to support past versions of the Windows system as well.

Note to the Editor:

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