Long live DIY!
Sourced the parts, flashed the chip...myself!!!, Built the probe, not bad for a complete electronics novice.
I might make a note to the developers, I saw possibly a bug whilst installing the probe on my laptop. It said there was an error whilst installing. But appears to work ok. The auto device load was extremely long before looking for drivers.
I'll try loding into a different PC and see if different.
Another note, the board files extremely useful, top marks. Although I didnt have complete job done, I had the boards made as prototype style with no solder through the holes and no layout markings to save alot of setup costs, but the no solder through the holes made it hard to mount some parts. Maybe a note to advise solder through the holes at the very least.
Live and learn.
The parts list, maybe for novices a complete reference list with farnell references would help selecting capacitors. Tolerences of components was a worry.
Something useful to add would be advise about the microchip.
In the end I used the PICKit 2 starter kit from microchip.com, but I had to struggle even from here with little knowledge of what was required.
The main issues were, device needed firmware upgrade, software required latest version and the main issue was the demo board provided does not suit the PIC18F2550.
The PIC18F series of microchips has quite a different pin layout to their smaller brothers, which the basic supplied documentaion fails to advise about. Like alot of these company's they assume the user has a vast knowledge of the devices.
anywhoo, after alot of googling I found a simple schematic layout for interfacing between the PICKit 2 USB and the microchip and at 2am after many moments it came online.
Many thanks to the development team for this very cool DIY tool.