How to Update Your Copy of SiMPLE
(And when you finish updating, you will not be required to restart your computer! )
Walt Disney once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." In a similar vein, SiMPLE should also be regarded as being "a work in progress." As new ideas present themselves (and/or as minor corrections have to be made to the system), slightly newer revisions to SiMPLE will be made available from time to time.
Of course, you can always update your existing copy of SiMPLE to the latest version by merely downloading SiMPLE again and reinstalling it. (If the installer program sees that you already have a copy of SiMPLE, you will be asked if you want to update your existing copy.) But an easier and faster way of updating SiMPLE is to run its built-in "Update" program. [NOTE: You must be connected to the Internet if you want to update. And before updating, you should close any other windows or files that may still be open.]
You have a choice of two different methods for running the "Update" program:
Method "A" - The preferred way of running the "Update" program is for you to go directly into your "Bin" folder (which is located inside your "SiMPLE" folder on the root directory of your drive), and double-click the "Update.bat" file.
(The above image might look different on your computer, depending on such things as: the version of SiMPLE
that you are currently using, the version of Windows that you are using, how you've configured Windows, etc.
An empty black window will open, and then the "Update" program will automatically connect directly to the SiMPLE CodeWorks website and check to see if your copy of SiMPLE is up-to-date. (It may take several seconds to connect. And if a "User Account Control" window appears, just let it know that everything's OK. )
[Suggestion: If you've installed SiMPLE onto your "C" drive, you might want to create a shortcut to the "Update.bat" file and put it somewhere appropriately convenient (such as onto your desktop). Then you will be able to update your copy of SiMPLE more easily in the future.]
Method "B" - An alternate way of running the "Update" program is to just double-click any
"S i M P L E"(toy block) shortcut (such as the one in your "Samples" folder). A splash screen (displaying "SiMPLE, The Programming Language for Kids") will appear for a few seconds, along with a very brief musical chord. When the splash screen disappears and the black window opens, type the word: UPDATE (either upper-case or lower-case) on the command line (i.e., next to the "greater than" symbol) and then press the "Enter" key.
The "Update" program will automatically connect directly to the SiMPLE CodeWorks website and check to see if your copy of SiMPLE is up-to-date. (It may take several seconds to connect. And if a "User Account Control" window appears, just let it know that everything's OK. )
If your current copy of SiMPLE is less than version 13.10.31,
you should update it by using method "A" (as described above).
If you have already updated to version 13.10.31 by using method "B" (as
described above), you must now complete the update by doing the following:
Download the "runner.exe" file and SAVE that file directly into your "Bin" folder
(which is located inside your "SiMPLE" folder). Don't RUN the "runner.exe" file.
Just replace the "runner.exe" file that already exists in your "Bin" folder.
If your copy of SiMPLE is up-to-date, you will be told that you already have the latest version of SiMPLE. If it isn't up-to-date, your copy of SiMPLE will be updated to the latest version. (While SiMPLE is being updated, your screen will turn slightly bluish-green and a small kaleidoscope will be displayed to help keep you entertained. Underneath the kaleidoscope will be a "barometer" showing the current progress.)
(If you need to cancel the updating process at any time, just press the "Esc" key on your keyboard.)
When the update finishes, a message box will appear informing you that your copy of SiMPLE has been updated.
Click the appropriate button to close the message box. And then (if the black window doesn't automatically close by itself) close the black window either by typing the word "EXIT" or by clicking the window's close button. Now you're all set to rock and roll with an up-to-date copy of SiMPLE!
And unlike other Windows software that perform updates, SiMPLE does not require you to restart your computer before the updates will take effect. (Now, isn't that a welcome change! Too bad all other updaters can't work like that too! )
Note: As of version 12.08.09, the "Samples" folder has been relocated into a new folder named "SiMPLE Projects". All updates to the "Samples" folder (and to any of its sub-folders) now appear inside the "SiMPLE Projects" folder.
[If you are currently still using the "old" (obsolete) version of SiMPLE (the one that works only with 32-bit computers), and if you wish to update to the latest version of SiMPLE, you will have to delete your old copy of SiMPLE before downloading the new one.]
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