Followed the steps posted here and ARC-Patrol v2 Beta is now on my Windows 7 start menu. No problems.
Now that HP v2 allows listening to multiple favorites lists in any session, I'll be re-arranging my favorite systems, departments, and channels into new lists. I'll be adding favorite lists that I wouldn't monitor on their own and didn't want to bother putting into a massive list, using avoids and all that. Its good to have the ARC software to do this. It will be much easier! The ARC-Patrol v2 Beta had no problems reading or writing to my HP-1.
I also downloaded and installed the serial device driver to try out the virtual control feature. This was easier said than done, and involved word searches on the RadioReference forums, downloading, then trying to get them to install on a Windows 7 system. The instructions are in the HP-1 Extreme Edition Owner's Manual, but Windows 7 wouldn't buy it and I had to manually point out the location of the .inf file to the Windows device installer (Windows Help actually helped here.) Once that was done, the driver installed in a flash and Windows assigned my HP-1 a comm port number.
The virtual control screen is cool, however the serial data and clickable arrows don't line-up with the image of the HP-1 behind it. It does follow the scanner, stops for xmissions and shows the appropriate data. I'll play around with it more tomorrow.
Oh oh. V2 Beta doesn't like "Custom" service types. It won't read them from the HP, they come back as "NOT DEFINED" and won't save them when entered in an ARC hpd file. Re-open a saved hpd in ARCv2 and the "Custom 1" entry comes back as "NOT DEFINED."
I tried writing an open system to the HP and "Custom 1" was written as "Multi-dispatch."
The "Bulk Channel Edit" doesn't edit. Click on "Select all" then "Apply to selected," close the editor, and the systems collapse, but when re-expanded, nothing has changed.