This section allows you to download updated versions of Abel and Mabel. Updates are free to users who have bought Abel and Mabel (they will work only if you have already installed from the CD or purchased download). This page also has other free downloads.
Updates to Mobel come from the App Store: please check the Updates section of the App Store on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.Abel Program updates
Installation of Abel updates: When you click the link, you will be given the option to run the file directly, or to save it to your PC; choose either. If you save it, you will then need to run the file on the PC. When it runs, it will install the update, usually into C:\Program Files\Abel 3. You can change this location if you originally installed your copy of Abel in a different place.
When installing updates in Windows Vista/7/8/10, you may get a security warning saying "This program is not commonly downloaded". You might also get a message from Windows Program Compatibility Assistant saying "This program might not have installed correctly". Don't worry: the installation will be fine! Just close the warning window.
Abel 3.9.2 upgrade
10 October 2017
This upgrade of Abel and its help file is suitable for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 PCs (please use version 3.7.0a, below, on Windows 95/98/ME/2000 PCs). You must install Abel 3.8.0a, see below, or a later version, before you can install Abel 3.9.2. Please read the release notice before downloading: it gives details of changes from previous versions.
If you use Handbell Manager with Abel, please see the Handbell Manager section, below. Also, if you get messages about missing sound files such as 1.wav, see the "Number prompts for Abel" section, below.
|Download Abel 3.9.2 upgrade for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (3MB)|
Abel 3.8.0a upgrade for Abel 3.8
4 October 2014
This small upgrade of Abel and its help file is for users of Abel 3.8 only. Please read the release notice before downloading: it gives details of enhancements from previous versions.
|Download Abel 3.8.0a upgrade for Abel 3.8 users (1.2MB)|
Abel 3.8.0a upgrade
7 November 2014
This large upgrade of Abel and its help file is for users of Abel 3.7.0c and earlier. It is suitable for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 PCs (please use version 3.7.0a, below, on Windows 95/98/ME/2000 PCs). Please read the release notice before downloading: it gives details of enhancements from previous versions. Note that the download file is 43MB: only a minute or two on broadband, but a very long time on dialup! After installation, Abel 3.8.0a will use about 80MB of disk space.
|Download Abel 3.8.0a upgrade for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (43MB)|
Abel 3.7.0a upgrade
28 August 2009
This is the latest version of Abel and its help file that will run on Windows 95/98/ME/2000 PCs (please use the latest version, above, on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 PCs). Please read the release notice before downloading: it gives details of enhancements from previous versions.
|Download Abel 3.7.0a upgrade for Windows 95/98/ME/2000 (1.3MB)|
Abel 3.7.0a Help for non-IE PCs
28 August 2009
The standard Abel help facilities require Internet Explorer 4.0 or later, or Microsoft Edge, to be on the PC. All Windows versions from Windows 98 onwards usually conform. If you have a PC without Internet Explorer 4.0 or later, download and install this package for an alternative Abel help facility.
|Download Abel 3.7.0a IE3 Help (531KB)|
Number prompts for Abel
31/10/2002, updated 11/11/2017
You will need these if you originally installed Abel from a CD bought at least 15 years ago, did not upgrade to Abel 3.5, and now want to use Abel 3.9.2, or to use call change compositions.
|Download Call Change Prompts (445KB)|
Extended Call change prompts for Abel
31st October 2002
You will need these only if you originally installed a version before 3.5, and want to ring Call Change compositions on more than 12 bells.
|Download Extended Call Change Prompts (563KB)|
|Mabel Program updates|
Mabel 1.0.2 upgrade
25 January 2012
This is the latest version of Mabel, released primarily to fix a compatibility problem with OS X 10.7 (Lion). The upgrade will install only on MAC OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) and later OS X versions. Please read the release notice before downloading: the release notice contains details of all changes from previous versions. It is particularly important if you ring on 20 or more bells.
|Download Mabel 1.0.2 upgrade (10.4MB)|
26/8/2009, updated 11/11/2017
Handbell Manager, written by Graham John and available as a free download, enables USB motion controllers to be used as dummy handbells with Abel.
If you have upgraded to Abel 3.9.2 and use Handbell Manager, you need to update to the latest Handbell Manager version too. After updating HM, you must also change the HM settings to Default.
|Handbell Manager download|
David Pipe's Spliced Maximus
30 May 2013
Philip Earis gave details of a ground-breaking new spliced maximus composition by David Pipe. It is now available as a downloaded method collection file for Abel. To download, right click and select "Save Target As", saving the file to
C:\Program Files\Abel 3\Methods.
(or to "Program Files (x86)", if it exists on your PC). Then use Windows Explorer to change the file name from
David Pipe Spliced Max.txt
David Pipe Spliced Max.mcf
In Abel you can then do File>Open and select that file.
|Spliced Maximus composition (3KB)|
19 November 2013
The CS209A chip used in the proximity sensor design described in the Abel documentation is no longer available. Nor is the chip used in a later design, for which there used to be a download here. Alan Griffin and Derek Livsey have produced a design using Hall Effect; the downloadable pdf gives the circuit and a veroboard layout. It uses only five components! To download, right click and select "Save Target As". You use a strong magnet as an activator (on the bell wheel) for the sensor: for example, from Maplin or Farnell. The magnet will need to pass within about 2cm of the sensor.
Aidan Hedley maintains a web page on sensors: see his website for details.
|Hall Effect Sensor download (36KB pdf)|
16 April 2008
This pdf document describes infrared sensors that are slightly different to those described in the Abel documentation. It has been contributed by Alan Griffin. To download, right click and select "Save Target As".
|Infrared Sensors (83KB)|
16 April 2008
This pdf document provides some constructional details for reed switch sensors, which are also described in the Abel documentation. It has been contributed by Alan Griffin. To download, right click and select "Save Target As".
|Reed Sensors (10KB)|
Updated microSIRIL libraries for use in Abel and Mabel are available at http://www.ringsoft.co.uk/change-ringers/ringing-programs/microsiril/method-libraries/