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    EDIT: (9 Nov 2016)
    The complete PEBBLE V3.1e software package is available for download from the PICAXE website
    An updater file is available at post 768 (page 76) to update V3.1 to V3.1e


    An updated description on how to add your own boards with a couple of minor corrections is provided at post 785 (page 79).

    NOTE:At the bottom of this post is some guidance on using PEBBLE under Internet Explorer
    (from my experience the same security issue does not occur with default setting under Mozilla Firefox)


    V3.1 as at November 2016 includes the latest PICAXE M2 parts, some other useful logic chips and
    language localisation with language translation files for Spanish, Czech and French (Francais).
    Further additions in recent times include a family of bare and insulated 1 span wire links, extra track cuts, cross-overs and a new floating group for items not locked to the board hole pattern/grid.
    Notes added explaining how to add your own boards and components.

    Still using a single "PEBBLE" front html file for all users to start the program.
    This front end selects IE or FF/other depending on the Browser found on your PC


    See below for who is currently also hosting which version of PEBBLE.

    Revolution Education (UK) on the PICAXE website is hosting V3.1e as a downloadable zip file at:


    Robot Gear (Perth WA) is hosting V3.1e as a downloadable zip file and on-line version at:

    Robot Gear are Perth based retailers for a range of PICAXE chips, interface chips and robot related components. See: http://www.robotgear.com.au/

    Sedeap (Argentina) is hosting V3.1 as an online version at:


    Slurp (UK) is hosting V3.1 as a downloadable zip file at:

    Slurp also has a page on PEBBLE at the minisumo.org site at: http://www.minisumo.org.uk/wiki/index.php?page=PEBBLE

    SinyaWeo (Czech) is hosting V3.1 as an online version at:



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    Internet Explorer SECURITY topic:
    If your Windows security level settings are high, when you run PEBBLE you may be presented with a message like:
    “to help protect your computer . . .


    MS Internet Explorer stops the loading of the file and displays a warning line at top of the screen that say something like:
    "To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this webpage from running
    scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer. Click here for options…”

    You can permit this access each time you run PEBBLE by:
    1. Clicking on the above line at the top of the window
    2. click on “Allow blocked content . . .”
    3. click on YES in the pop-up Windows security box

    Alternatively you can make a permanent setting adjustment to IE by:
    1. On the toolbar at the top of IE, click on the TOOLS menu header
    2. Select “Internet Options”
    3. Click on the “Advanced” tab
    4. In the sub-window locate the Security section about ¾ way down the list
    5. Tick/check the box “Allow active content to run in files on My Computer”

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    Setting your web browser to enable printing of the breadboard
    (There are support notes on how to do this within the PEBBLE install package by clicking the
    link below the PRINT SCREEN button on the menu area at the left of the PEBBLE screen)

    Internet Explorer 7 and 8:
    from the menu, select:
    Tools / Internet Options / Advanced

    in the Settings sub window,
    scroll down to the 'Printing' section

    click on the box for the
    'Print background colors and images' Setting

    close this help window and you can
    now print the PEBBLE breadboard screen

    and . . . Don't forget to turn off the
    'Print background colors and images'
    when finished with PEBBLE
    to save printer ink

    Internet Explorer 8 alternate method
    from the menu, select:
    File / Page Setup

    then click on the box for the
    'Print Background Colors and Images' Setting

    close this help window and you can
    now print the PEBBLE breadboard screen

    and . . . Don't forget to turn off the
    'Print Background Colors and Images'
    when finished with PEBBLE
    to save printer ink

    Mozilla Firefox V3.x.x
    from the menu, select:
    File / Page Setup

    then click on the box for the
    'Print Background (colors and images)' Setting

    close this help window and you can
    now print the PEBBLE breadboard screen

    and . . .Don't forget to turn off the
    'Print Background Colors and Images'
    when finished with PEBBLE
    to save printer ink


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    Above all else . . . Have fun . . . . .
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    Last edited by westaust55; 19-02-2017 at 07:24. Reason: Reference to new Version 3.1e
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    Hey Hamlet, 2B OR NOT 2B = $FF

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    Bravo- just downloading now (v.late here in NZ), so hosting etc tomorrow. Stan.

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    Looks great, but the LED popup images are missing from the zip (red_led_1 etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Technical View Post
    Looks great, but the LED popup images are missing from the zip (red_led_1 etc).
    Apologies for that

    Proved to be a case of last minute tidy up of images and missed a couple of lines in the htlm script file. Have fixed and re-uploaded at post 1.
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    Hey Hamlet, 2B OR NOT 2B = $FF

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    Lucking good, its nice to see its such a small file. I look forward to using it (Already got an idea for a project to test it with ).

    BUG: When you type into the text box to label components and press "Enter" the component disappears

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    Westy- I've scrambled displays under both IE7 & FF, when run on 2 different PCs. Maybe my sleepy technique -it's after 2am here...

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    Hmmm, might need some investigation.

    Labels are working okay for me.
    I have been testing on 4 separate computers all with differnt specs, video cards etc.
    Two with Mozilla V3.0.10
    Two with IE V7

    Here is screen grab with components labelled using the program as just downloaded from the PICAXE forum thread onto a differnt HDD.

    @SS,
    are you having this problem with labels for all components?
    if you do not change the text, just click "Okay" or rotate a component is it also vanishing?
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    Hey Hamlet, 2B OR NOT 2B = $FF

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    Suggestion, a print button ( window.print() ) would fit nicely above the clear button...
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    I've just tested it with internet explorer 8, and it is fine. Appears to be limited to Google Chrome so probably a browser bug rather than a problem with your code. Once Manuka has uploaded it I'll report it as a bug.

    EDIT (after reading Manuka's post): I can host it if needed until Rev-Ed do.
    Last edited by SilentScreamer; 05-06-2009 at 15:33.

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    Pyjamas & toothbrush time - now 2:30am (pun- "tooth hurty"!) -it looks my procedure ( perhaps folder naming or security on running scripts) as no images showing up, just lots of Xs.

    They're there on the .zip extraction however OK. Had you in mind that I host this both live ( as an on line program) & as a downloadable .zip for off line use ? Yawn ... Stan

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