Even if you can produce product data files at any time if the product data contains no errors, unless the product is registered it will not be possible to instantiate devices in ETS with this data. To test an unregistered product, use the "Create ETS test project" function:
- Execute the menu command "Create test project" in the Edit menu
- Select one or more Catalog items from the list
Depending on the target ETS version a pr5 (Target=ETS3) or a knxproj (target=ETS4/ETS5) file will be created. This contains a single project with one device (not assigned to any line or room) per selected catalog item.
During the development phase, it is recommended to always create a new database in ETS when testing the product so that interference with earlier versions of the product data can be excluded.
Note: the Manufacturer Tool cannot call Plugins when creating the test project. This might be a problem if the Plugin does some significant initialization on device instantiation and cannot handle e.g. a missing BLOB later in ETS.
Remark: for non-registered application programs, some ETS functions are not available, e.g. Change Application Program. See ETS help file for details.