Matt’s Tips: Creator Download/Install and the Cypress Update Manager | Cypress Semiconductor
Matt’s Tips: Creator Download/Install and the Cypress Update Manager
I get a few common questions about downloading Cypress tools and about the Cypress Update Manager. I will address them briefly here.
First, let’s talk about downloading a tool like PSoC Creator. While some customers are concerned with the download size, the most frequent question I receive goes something like, “Why do I have to use the Akamai Download Manager to get Creator?” The short answer is, you don’t. While there are specific advantages to using the Akamai Download Manager, I understand many of you don’t want another thing running on your machine. So, what you need to do is go to the Downloads tab on the PSoC Creator page (cypress.com/creator). If you click the link I’ve highlighted in yellow below, the exe will be downloaded without using the Akamai Download Manager.
If you are at one of the other links on the Cypress site, you can cancel the download and get a screen that looks like this. Note the link I have highlighted.
Second, let’s talk about the Cypress Update Manager (shown next).
This tool is used by most Cypress software and kits to provide notification of updates and a way to install those updates. If you run the program, it is easy to see if there are new versions of the Cypress software (or kit examples/documentation) you’ve installed. You may have seen this before. That said, the Update Manager will pop up based on a schedule. If you’re tired of it popping up, you’ll want to pay special attention here.
Notice the “Preferences” button at the bottom of the screenshot above. When you click on it, you get a screen that looks like this screenshot (below).
Note that you can set the “Automatic Check For Updates” to Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. You can also completely disable the automatic check. If you disable the automatic check, you may run the check manually to check for updates. Here are a couple of ways to run the update manager manually:
Method 1 – From the Windows Start Menu
Look for a program called “Cypress Update Manager” as follows,
Method 2 – From the PSoC Creator Help Menu
Using the PSoC Creator Help menu, choose “Update Manager” as shown below.
To reiterate, you have the capability of configuring the tool to run automatically every day, every week, or every month. You can also run it manually from the Start menu or from Creator Help.
One other thing to note, the update manager is not a tool that you can download by itself. It is installed with other tools. If you find yourself thinking you need to download it, there is probably something wrong with your installation, and you should contact the support team at http://www.cypress.com/support.
OK folks, that's all. After reading this you should be able to bypass the Akamai download manager and control how frequently the update manager does an automatic check. One more thing about downloads - We are currently investigating some advanced technologies to shrink the download size and increase the speed of install/uninstall. Stay tuned for more about this later in the year.
Have complaints/gripes/comments about download/install or the update manager? Hit me up in the comments.
Yours in PSoC,
--Matt Landrum (email@example.com)