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H2 2018

by Spacejock Software
WinXP & above / Mono 2.4 & above

LCDTester is a dotnet 2.0 app for Windows, but will also run on GNU/Linux and Mac OS X using Wine.

Download the latest zipped version of LCDTester here: LCDTester.zip (Version, 244kb).

Download the latest BETA here: LCDTesterBeta.zip (Version, 247kb.)

Installation - Part 1

yWriter5 USED to work on Mono, under Linux. Unfortunately Mono's Winforms support is no longer good enough to work with yWriter, so Linux & Mac users will have to run Wine instead:

Courtesy of Albert Aribaud, the French translator for my novels & short stories (who happens to be a Ubuntu Linux user), here is the sequence of commands you need to install yWriter5 on Mac/Linux using Wine and Dotnet30.

For other programs, you can substitute 'yWriter5' for the relevant filename.


In a terminal, starting from ${HOME}:

~$ export WINEARCH=win32

This makes Wine 32-bit-friendly to dotnet20. Otherwise, on x86_64 Ubuntu, dotnet20 will complain about being installed on a 64-bit OS.

~$ winetricks dotnet20sp2 gdiplus comctl32 corefonts comdlg32ocx riched20

This will install dotnet20 service pack 2, along with a number of other essential controls. (Some of these are present in Wine already, but the native versions don't work properly with yWriter5.)

~$ wine /path/to/yWriter5Full.exe

This will run the install wizard, complete with desktop icon (on the Ubuntu desktop) and sample project creation, and .yw5 file suffix association (again, in Ubuntu,so double-clicking on a .yw5 file will launch yWriter and load the file). If you downloaded the zip file, just unpack that instead.


~$ wine /path/to/yWriter5Upd.exe


~$ wine /path/to/yWriter5Beta.exe

This works as an update to the installed version or as a standalone install. Alternatively, unzipping works:

~$ cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files
~$ unzip /path/to/yWriter5.zip

But if this unzip is also the first install of yWriter in this Wine, then you will have to create the desktop link and .yw5 association manually.

How to run LCDTester

To run LCDTester, open a terminal window, first make sure you're in the path containing 'LCDTester.exe':

cd ~/LCDTester/bin (Enter)

Then type:

wine LCDTester.exe (Enter)

You can also create a desktop shortcut/launcher using wine ~/LCDTester/bin/LCDTester.exe as the command line

Upgrading to a new version of LCDTester

To update to a new version of LCDTester, just download and unpack the latest zip file over your existing installation. The program can tell you when there's an updated version available, but it can't automatically install a new version - it has to be done manually, using the zip file.

LCDTester is free to download and use ('freeware'), but it's not open source. The source code is not available.