APT Video Tutorials
video tutorials available here fall into two main groups - one group
covers using the supplied APT utilities and the second group covers
programming the APT System using a selection of different programming
controller is supplied with the utilities APTUser and APTConfig. APTUser
provides a quick and easy way of interacting with the APT control hardware
using intuitive graphical control panels. APTConfig is an 'off-line'
utility that allows various system wide settings to be made such as
pre-selecting mechanical stage types and associating them with specific
motion controllers. The APT Utilities link below takes you to the tutorial
videos that cover using both the APTUser and APTConfig programs.
Software System is implemented as a collection of ActiveX Controls.
ActiveX Controls are language independant software modules that provide
both a graphical user interface and a programming interface. There is
an ActiveX Control type for each type of hardware unit e.g. a Motor
ActiveX Control covers operation with any type of APT motor controller
(DC or stepper). Many Windows software development environments and
languages directly support ActiveX Controls and once such a Control
is embedded into a custom application all of the functionality it contains
is immediately available to the application for automated operation.
The APT Programming link below takes you to a set of tutorial videos
that illustrates the basics of using the APT ActiveX Controls with LabView,
Visual Basic and Visual C++. Note that many other languages support
ActiveX including LabWindows CVI, C++ Builder, VB.NET, C#.NET, Office
VBA, Matlab, HPVEE etc. Although these environments are not covered
specifically by the tutorial videos, many of the ideas shown will still
be relevant to using these other languages.