Something broke Propeller Tool

I recently updated Windows to the current set of updates after the security alert went out, and something has broken Propeller Tool. I reinstalled it to see if that would fix it, but no luck.

What I see is in the attached picture. The black vertical bar is blinking, it seems to be the cursor. If I scroll my mouse wheel, the scroll bar on the right moves up and down as expected, and the black bar gets wider. But no text appears on screen. Picking the Condensed, Summary, or Documentation buttons gets different versions of the same thing.

I was able to get the current version of Propeller IDE from GitHub, so I can continue to edit Spin, but I hope someone can figure out why this is going on.

My system:
Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
8 GB

Most recent updates:
2017-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4016871)
2017-05 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4020821)
Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 (for x64-based Systems) (KB4018483)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 x64 Edition - May 2017 (KB890830)

(Yes, I still seem to have Flash hanging around - can't quite dump it yet!)
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San Mateo, CA

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  • JonnyMacJonnyMac Posts: 5,698
    edited May 15 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Is it a font issue? My machine went through the update and I'm not having any trouble (well, any more) with Propeller Tool. It is still my primary IDE (I like block selecting and the way it handles smart tabs), but on a current project I actually have to compile with PropellerIDE to remove unused code -- the the program is so long Propeller Tool says it runs past memory.

    I wish Propeller Tool could be re-compiled using the latest dead-code removing Spin latest compiler.
    Jon McPhalen
    -- please don't call me "Jonny"
  • It is some kind of font issue - bringing up the character chart gives what's in the attached screenshot.

    I looked through all the menus and the prefs, and can't find anything to change the font.
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    San Mateo, CA
  • Ok, fixed it. I could not see the Parallax font installed in the Fonts folder (Windows\Fonts) and it didn't come up in a search, either.

    I searched this forum and found an old post with the font attached:
    http://forums.parallax.com/discussion/84853/parallax-true-type-font

    I installed it (technically, re-installed it - apparently it was already installed even though I couldn't see it) and now Propeller Tool is working again.

    Update: Apparently there's some kind of special view in the Windows 10 UI that prevents you from seeing all the fonts installed in the font folder. Using the command prompt to go there will show the font.
    San Mateo, CA
  • kwinnkwinn Posts: 7,436
    edited May 15 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Jeff Haas wrote: »
    Ok, fixed it. I could not see the Parallax font installed in the Fonts folder (Windows\Fonts) and it didn't come up in a search, either.

    I searched this forum and found an old post with the font attached:
    http://forums.parallax.com/discussion/84853/parallax-true-type-font

    I installed it (technically, re-installed it - apparently it was already installed even though I couldn't see it) and now Propeller Tool is working again.

    Update: Apparently there's some kind of special view in the Windows 10 UI that prevents you from seeing all the fonts installed in the font folder. Using the command prompt to go there will show the font.

    When you are in the font folder select the view tab and make sure the "hidden items" box is checked. AFAICS that box is unchecked by default.
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