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Current Version: 3.2

Short Cut Program Generator (SCWin) is a free, menu-driven, PC-compatible software package that simplifies the creation of datalogger programs; it creates a datalogger program in five easy steps.

To download Short Cut, refer to the Downloads section.

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Benefits and Features

  • Creates a datalogger program in five easy steps.
  • Generates a printable wiring diagram.
  • Supports both standard sensors and generic measurements (e.g., bridge, pulse).
  • Supports the AM25T, AM16/32B, AM16/32A, AM16/32, AM416, and AM32 multiplexers.
  • Suports the AVW200 2-Channel Vibrating-Wire Spectrum Analyzer.
  • Supports ET106, ET107, and MetData1 Weather Stations.
  • Includes a reference crop evapotranspiration calculation module and other mathematical calculations.
  • Can be downloaded free of charge; see Downloads section or Download Now button


Detailed Description

Originally intended to support meteorological and hydrological applications, the initial releases of Short Cut (SCWin) supported over 120 sensors. Now, with additional program generation capabilities, Short Cut supports programming for our multiplexers, AVW200-series Vibrating-Wire Interfaces, ET107 stations, ET106 stations, MetData1 stations, and most sensors that can be measured by our dataloggers.

Short Cut allows the user to select sensors and choose output data. Short Cut then creates a wiring diagram and a program file for transfer to the datalogger. It also includes support for algebraic entry of expressions.



Current Version 3.2
Operating System Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP (Both 32- and 64-bit operating systems are supported.)


Computer Requirements

Computer operating systems—Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. Short Cut runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of these operating systems. 

Datalogger Considerations

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

CR200(X) Series CR800/CR850 CR1000 CR3000 CR6 CR9000X CR300

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10X 21X CR23X CR9000 CR5000 CR7X


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Short Cut v.3.2 (20.2 MB) 03-11-2016

Short Cut creates simple programs for our CR200-series, CR300-series, CR510, CR500, CR10(X), 21X, CR23X, CR6, CR800, CR1000, CR3000, CR5000 and CR9000X dataloggers. Both mixed array and table data operating systems are supported. Short Cut also supports our ET106, ET107 and MetData1 weather stations. The newest version includes the latest sensor files.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to Short Cut: 14

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  1. The 255-100 Evaporation Gauge is a 1000 ohm potentiometer sensor that can be measured using the Half Bridge instruction listed in the Generic Measurements folder in Short Cut.

  2. No. Short Cut version 3.0 cannot be used to program the datalogger to send data via FTP.

  3. The SCWin revision history information can be found through the “Software and OS Revision Histories” web page for Short Cut.

  4. Short Cut does not allow mV readings. To record the raw mV data before it is converted to NTU, open the Short Cut file in the CRBasic Editor, and alter the program manually.

  5. No. Campbell Scientific recommends tracking the battery voltage, program signature, and datalogger temperature over time for troubleshooting purposes.

  6. It is possible that an older version of Short Cut is being used. Download the latest version of Short Cut.

    For programming assistance, consult the NR01-L instruction manual. For additional assistance, contact an application engineer at Campbell Scientific.

  7. No. A CRBasic or Edlog datalogger editor (included in PC400 and LoggerNet software) is needed to write program code for the TDR100. Short Cut for Windows (SCWin) is not designed to handle the many variables of the TDR100.

  8. Short Cut for Windows (SCWin) ships in all of Campbell Scientific’s support software packages. It is also available as a free download in the Downloads section of the SCWin product page.

    SCWin can be used to create programs by going through a simple five-step process. The generated datalogger program can be used “as is,” or it can be opened up in the CRBasic Editor (the programming editor that is included with RTDAQ, LoggerNet, and PC400). SCWin provides a good example of programming, as well as a head start on a new program.

    Note that any changes made to the CRBasic program cannot be imported back into SCWin.

  9. Setup for the camera is done either in the CC5MPX’s onboard configuration web page or in the Device Configuration Utility, not within the datalogger program. Consequently, it is not supported in Short Cut for Windows (SCWin).

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