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Section B1: Working With ProntoEdit:
General Description

B1-01   Briefly, what does the software allow me to do?

    Philips ProntoEdit, Marantz Touch Screen Setup, CHAD Edit and RAVedit are software packages that allow users to design layouts, program macros or timers, insert customized bitmaps, archive, merge and share files, or learn IR codes. Unlike the design options available on the base remote, the PC software allows you to create almost anything you want -- your imagination is the limit.

B1-02   Is there editing software available other than ProntoEdit?
    Yes, Stewart Allen has developed a Java-based editing package named Tonto. Tonto works with all Pronto remote models and will run on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. To download Tonto or learn more, visit http://giantlaser.com/tonto/.

B1-03   Where can I download the software?
B1-04   Can I take screen captures of my file?
    Yes! While in the Emulator, press the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard. A file of what was showing on the Pronto's display will be saved to c:\prontoscreens, as pronto0.bmp. Each time you press "Print Screen" the filename will increment, however if you restart the Emulator it will again start over at "0". The standard Windows practice of copying your entire desktop - Emulator graphics and all - to the clipboard will also apply.

B1-05   How can I change the program that opens CCF files?
    This applies to anyone who works with multiple CCF-handling programs. The last software version you installed will always open CCF files when double-clicked on. To change this behavior, simply re-install the program you would rather have open CCF files. Note that there is no way to associate one program with a specific remote's CCF files, so if you open files designed with one remote in mind into another remote's package, you may receive a 'corrupt file' error message.

B1-06   I'm getting an "Invalid Configuration File Version", "File is not a valid configuration" or "CCF file is invalid or corrupt" message. What can I do?
    If you are encountering the second or third error message listed above in the ProntoEdit, Marantz RC5000 Setup or RAVedit programs when trying to load CCF files downloaded from the Internet, you need to upgrade your software to the latest version. The most current releases are listed previously in this FAQ. Also, remember that you must first decompress a CCF file from the archive ZIP file before you can load it. For software issues, keep reading.

    Marantz RC5000, RC5000i, RC5200 & RC9200 users:
    Always check your remote's firmware version by holding the icon of the remote for three seconds, then scrolling to panel number three. If it is older than the versions listed in the FAQ you will need to flash-update your remote to the latest revision. To do this, download and install Touch Screen Setup v1.0.14, then use the TOOLS - UPDATE FIRMWARE command. Be sure to select the correct remote model. Upon loading other remotes' CCF files, any timers, beep tone commands or database codes will be stripped out.

    If you are using RC5000 Setup v1.02.3 or earlier:

    • Compatible with files from RC5000 Setup v1.02.3 or earlier.
    • Not compatible with files from RC5000 Setup v2.0 or newer.
      To use newer RC5000 Setup files you must download, install and use TouchScreen Setup v1.0.14.
    • Not compatible with RCEdit "large screen" files.
      See the above instructions for newer RC5000 Setup files.
    • Compatible with files from ProntoEdit v1.05 or earlier.
    • Not compatible with files from ProntoEdit v2.0 or newer.
      See the above instructions for newer RC5000 Setup files.
    • Not compatible with ProntoProEdit files.
      See the above instructions for newer RC5000 Setup files.
    • Not compatible with RAVedit files.
      See the above instructions for newer RC5000 Setup files.
    • Not compatible with CHAD Edit files.
      See the above instructions for newer RC5000 Setup files.
    If you are using RC5000 Setup v2.0 or newer:
    • Compatible with all RC5000 Setup files.
    • Compatible with files from ProntoEdit v1.05 or earlier.
    • Not compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files.
      To use Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files you must download, install and use TouchScreen Setup v1.0.14.
    • Not compatible with files from ProntoEdit v2.0 or newer.
      Will crash upon loading newer ProntoEdit files. To work with these files see the above instructions for Touch Screen Setup files.
    • Not compatible with ProntoProEdit files.
      See the above instructions for Touch Screen Setup files.
    • Not compatible with RAVedit files.
      See the above instructions for Touch Screen Setup files.
    • Not compatible with CHAD Edit files.
      See the above instructions for Touch Screen Setup files.

    If you are using RCEdit (Touch Screen Setup) v1.0.14 or newer:
    • Compatible with all RC5000 Setup files.
    • Compatible with all ProntoEdit files.
    • Compatible with all ProntoProEdit files (some limitations apply).
    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.
    • Compatible with all CHAD Edit files.

    All Philips Pronto users:
    Always check your remote's firmware version by holding the icon of the remote for three seconds, then scrolling to panel number three. If it is older than the versions listed in the FAQ you will need to flash-update your remote to the latest revision. To do this, download and install ProntoEdit v4.0, then use the TOOLS - UPDATE FIRMWARE command. Be sure to select the correct remote model. Upon loading Marantz CCF files, multiple jumps, page history commands and custom scroll arrows will be stripped out.

    If you are using ProntoEdit v1.05:

    • Compatible with files from ProntoEdit v1.05 or earlier.
    • Not compatible with files from ProntoEdit v2.0 or newer.
      To use newer ProntoEdit files you must download, install and use ProntoEdit v4.0.
    • Not compatible with ProntoProEdit files.
      See the above instructions for newer ProntoEdit files.
    • Compatible with files from RC5000 Setup v1.02.3 or earlier.
    • Not compatible with files from RC5000 Setup v2.0 or newer.
      See the above instructions for newer ProntoEdit files.
    • Not compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files.
      See the above instructions for newer ProntoEdit files.
    • Not compatible with RAVedit files.
      See the above instructions for newer ProntoEdit files.
    • Not compatible with CHAD Edit files.
      See the above instructions for newer ProntoEdit files.
    If you are using ProntoEdit v2.0:
    • Compatible with all ProntoEdit files.
    • Not compatible with ProntoProEdit files.
      To use ProntoProEdit files you must download, install and use ProntoEdit v4.0.
    • Compatible with files from RC5000 Setup v1.02.3 or earlier.
    • Not compatible with files from RC5000 Setup v2.0 or newer.
      See the above instructions for ProntoProEdit files.
    • Not compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files.
      See the above instructions for ProntoProEdit files.
    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.
    • Compatible with all CHAD Edit files.

    If you are using ProntoProEdit v3.2.0:
    • Compatible with all ProntoProEdit files.
    • Compatible with all ProntoEdit files.
    • Compatible with all RC5000 Setup files.
    • Not compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files.
      To use Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files you must download, install and use ProntoEdit v4.0.
    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.
    • Compatible with all CHAD Edit files.

    If you are using ProntoEdit v4.0:
    • Compatible with all ProntoProEdit files.
    • Compatible with all ProntoEdit files.
    • Compatible with all RC5000 Setup files.
    • Compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files (screens will be truncated).
    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.
    • Compatible with all CHAD Edit files.

    All Yamaha RAV-2000 users:
    No new firmware upgrades have yet been released.

    If you are using RAVedit v1.0:

    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.
    • Compatible with all ProntoEdit files.
    • Not compatible with ProntoProEdit files.
      To use ProntoProEdit files you must download and install ProntoEdit v4.0, load the file you wish to use, then save as "B&W Old Pronto Configuration". The file, if small enough, can now be used with RAVedit.
    • Compatible with all RC5000 Setup files.
    • Not compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files.
      See above instructions for ProntoEdit, but instead download Touch Screen Setup v1.0.14. Screens will be truncated.
    • Compatible with all CHAD Edit files.

    All Onkyo CHAD Edit users:
    No new firmware upgrades have yet been released.

    If you are using CHAD Edit v1.0.0:

    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.
    • Compatible with all ProntoEdit files.
    • Not compatible with ProntoProEdit files.
      To use ProntoProEdit files you must download and install ProntoEdit v4.0, load the file you wish to use, then save as "B&W Old Pronto Configuration". The file, if small enough, can now be used with RAVedit.
    • Compatible with all RC5000 Setup files.
    • Not compatible with Touch Screen Setup "large screen" files.
      See above instructions for ProntoEdit, but instead download Touch Screen Setup v1.0.14. Screens will be truncated.
    • Compatible with all RAVedit files.

    If your remote has the most recent firmware and your ProntoEdit version is also up-to-date, be aware that this problem can randomly occur after any CCF file download. To fix it, simply download the file again.


B1-07   Can I use Pronto NG .PCF files? How about .ICF and .NCF files?
    The simple answer is: no! Philips Pronto NG and ProntoPro NG .PCF files are not compatible or exportable to the .CCF file format. However, you MAY be able to use some of their elements.

    First, infrared hex codes from .PCF files may work correctly on regular Pronto remotes. But, since ProntoEdit NG has been known to slightly modify codes, don't be surprised if some don't work correctly, or at all.

    Second, you should be able to borrow any .BMP graphics contained in a .PCF file. To do so, take the PCF file and rename it to .ZIP - so "myfile.pcf" would become "myfile.zip". You can now open the file as an archive, and save any images you like out of the "graphics" directory. Note that the Pronto NG's black and white .BMP images are in 16-shades and may have a transparancy color, while the original Pronto can only use 4 shades with no transparancy.

    Finally, color .PNG files designed for the ProntoPro NG may contain 24-bit color .BMP or .PNG graphics, which cannot be directly used by the Pronto or ProntoPro (which supports 256 colors). These image files can be converted to appropriate .BMP formats using various image editing programs, but note that the ProntoPro NG supports "alpha blend transparancies", something not supported by the regular Pronto or ProntoPro, and any designs using that capability may not look correct after conversion.

    ProntoNEO .NCF and iPronto .ICF files work similarly to .PCF files: rename them to .ZIP, extract any images you like, then convert them to an appropriate 4-shade or 256-color .BMP format for importing into ProntoEdit.

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