I hadn't realized until recently that you can drag a .binary or .eeprom file icon on top of the Propellent icon, and it will find and run the firmware into an attached Prop. You can also drag a .spin file on top and it will both compile and run it, provided it can find all the necessary files.
The caveat is that it programs it to RAM, not to EEPROM. I was wondering if there is a trick such as holding down a certain key combination that will force it to EEPROM?
The next best thing is that it also works with a BATch file. Put propellent along with the .EEPROM or the .BINARY application image in a folder, and the .BAT file.
The contents of the batch file are simply,
propellent /eeprom myProgram.eeprom
That makes a fairly easy way to distribute firmware updates to customers, provided they have the serial port drivers installed.
There is also proploader
, but I've run into boxes where it loaded the file but didn't send the file. Here is another recent thread