Psst, want in on a secret? Campbell Scientific has a great tool to help you get your datalogger up and running in a matter of minutes. No, it isn't the awesome screwdriver that comes with just about everything. It's Short Cut, the program generator. Short Cut will write the datalogger program (including comments) and generate a wiring diagram. Your program will be written in four easy steps. Then all you have to do is use your handy screwdriver to wire the sensors as shown and download the program.

If you need to do something more complicated than Short Cut can handle, start your program in Short Cut to at least generate a wiring diagram. Then open the program file (*.CR*) in the CRBasic editor. For Edlog users, you will first need to select Document DLD File from Edlog's File menu.

One of the best things about Short Cut is that you can get the latest version FREE. What is the very best thing about Short Cut?  It is so easy to use. Give it a try. All current and most retired dataloggers are supported, along with over 100 sensors and 13 generic measurements. But that's not all! Multiplexers, vibrating-wire interfaces, and more are included. If you haven't used Short Cut or haven't used it in a while, give it a try and let me know what you think.  

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