Emerge Software

Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How does the "virtual copy" license work?

      We stopped selling the "dongle" physical version, due to high delays on delivery by the international mail service and customs. Now when you buy the license, you'll send us a generated code to store the program in a USB stick (pen drive). This code is generated by the demo version.

    2. Why use a pen drive?

      The pen drive was a simple way we could control the software licensing without removing the capability of using it in many machines. There were many cases where people wanted to work at home, or in a computer nearby the machinery.

    3. USB drive is not a reliable drive, am I correct?

      Flash memory indeed has limited write cycles. However, by now it is unlikely that you'll encounter this within the normal lifetime of such a card. Usually this is in the order of 100,000 write cycles today and SD cards include circuitry to manage wear-leveling, that is, spread out writes over the storage media evenly to avoid "hot spots".

      Information stored on the card is safe even in magnetic fields because the information is not stored magnetically (contrary to hard drives or floppy disks).

      We have many USB sticks being used daily for years and never received any report of problem.

    4. Which USB drive should I pick?

      We suggest you buy any pen drive of a known manufacturer and have it just for the software. The size doesn't matter, anything bigger than 512 MB will do the job.

    5. My Programs library is too big. What can I do?

      The working library is the file named "programs.ser" in the same folder as the executable. You if have way too many programs, you can make copies of the "programs.ser" file (as you do to a backup) to split your programs into multiple sets.

    6. Do I need to format the floppy before saving programs in it?

      No, you can add programs to the Floppy list and directly save them without having to format the disk. The Format option is for those who want to avoid the disk format waiting while standing by the controller.

    7. What is the "Read/Write image" for?

      A disk image is the exact replica of the disk. You can save ready-to-use disks or mail image files. You can write and read disks images without CNi Floppy using RawWrite (or DD). You can download RawWrite for Windows from http://www.chrysocome.net/rawwrite.

    8. When saving a large program to floppy the nc code gets corrupted or somehow goes missing. Is this a known bug in the software or is it built in?

      Actually it's a limitation of the CNI filesystem, programs can't be larger than 16 KB.

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