A Project Launch Steering Utility for
ZiLOG Developer Studio II (ZDS-II), which
opens project files of type 'zdsproj'.
This has been bugging me for over 2 years.
Finally there is something to address this issue.
The problem with ZiLOG Tools is they have at least
three different flavors of tool, and if you like
Zilog parts enough to use more than one tool chain,
your Windows file association is reset to the last
installed (most recently) tool path.
This small utility helps to overcome that limitation.
It still requires manually setting the tool paths in
a single .INI file, and re-associating this utility
with the 'zdsproj' file type after a new ZDS tool install.
But I think the benefit for ease-of-use is well worth
the small amount of effort to install and configure it.
This small, light-weight utility saves me a ton of headache.
The tool in its current state supports 3 tool chains;
- eZ80/Acclaim Family,
- Z8-Encore (Z8F Family), and the
- ZNEO (Z16F Family).
To install the 'zdsproj_Launcher' tool:
Copy the binary executable and the .INI file
into the root ZiLOG installs folder, usually
'C: / Program Files / Zilog /'.
Modify the .INI file to match your preferred
tools versions. (For example you have multiple
versions of each tool installed, but you can set
which tool to invoke at any time).
In Windows Explorer, go to the menu:
Tools / Folder Options / File Types,
modify the type for ZDSPROJ, to point
to the tool. (You can always restore it later).
Now the user can double-click any '.zdsproj' file
and the utility will invoke the proper tool chain.
I have polished up the code for public distribution.
License and Distribution
This is a tiny project. There's not
enough to worry about. But if it isn't
- These posted versions are public-domain
- I'm the original Author. Please
don't forget to mention this
in any derivative work.