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No, this is not something new for OpenInsight 10 (OI10), or something else altogether.  It’s a new personal project that is long overdue, but which has OI10 well and truly in mind.

I obviously dive into OpenInsight on a regular basis to undertake live demonstrations to interested people, prospects and the like, but that tends to be a need, feature, benefit, style of approach and it never really gets into application development planning and building.  However, this week I found myself delving further into the development tools and immersed in code to add a new module to my RevSoft UK Contact Manager.  Having not developed anything in quite some time, it was a) nice to find that I could still knock up something really quickly using OI 9.4 and b) not so nice to find just how rusty I had become.

Anyway, with the conference now only a few short weeks away, OI10 looming and a development project begging to begin, I thought it best to dive back into OI development.

As a hobbyist developer at best, it never amazes me to find what I can achieve with the toolset and this time my sights are set on trying to build the new system more slowly and better.  I’ll be looking at exploring error trapping and I might even have a quick dabble at using commuter modules.  All of this will begin with the current 9.4 version and then I will switch into OI10 just as soon as RevUS have a beta for me to play with.

Having started M4Photo nearly a year ago, it is now high time that I got myself organised and this new development will be an application to run the hobby business.  I’ll begin with Contacts and Organisations because I need those modules like yesterday.  I’ll then move onto a simple marketing management module for bulk email blasts and paper campaigns, and then I’ll computerise the sales and invoice side of the business.  Lastly, I’ll dive into the Banded Report Writer (BRW) for mail merging and other reports.

Don’t expect to see too much of this project on the blog anytime soon.  OI 9.4 development will shortly be old hat and I’ll keep the progress updates for when I dive into OI10.

In the meantime, watch for my conference updates via twitter and the blog during the conference week.

OpenInsight 10 LogoOECGI4.EXE is the OpenEngine Common Gateway Interface version 4. You utilize OECGI4.EXE as the connection to your OpenInsight application from a web server. Introduced in OpenInsight v10, OECGI4 offers improvements over OECGI3.EXE and OECGI2.EXE, including failover, load balancing, and greater security.


OpenInsight 10 LogoOpenInsight Git is an interface from OpenInsight to the Git source code management system.  It will be included in OpenInsight v10.

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

Git Extensions is the only graphical use interface for Git that allows you to control Git without using the commandline. It comes with a manual and video tutorials to get you started quickly.

Revelation software Conference 2015

Revelation software Conference 2015

Personally, I can’t wait for this year’s Revelation World Conference.  The format will be slightly different because only those people working on OpenInsight 10 will be talking and there will be an opportunity for all of the attendees to watch all of the main OpenInsight 10 sessions as they will be repeated.  There are only three general technical sessions on the Friday that will not be repeated – at least looking at the online schedule.  This is great news for me because I always struggle to decide between two compelling sessions and I won’t have those dilemmas this year.

Along with the informative technical sessions, Mike will be opening and closing the conference with the usual addresses and our Keynote Speaker will be Dan Lier.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and show what you have been doing with OI during an informal evening session, a BBQ by the pool and it’ll all kick off with a Welcome Reception on the Tuesday evening.

Those of you that saw the January Revelation newsletter will know that the Early Bird Discount rate was extended until the 30th January owing to publication issues surrounding the printing of the hard copy conference brochure.  Hat only leaves you with a few short days to get your place booked on the number one premium learning event in the Revelation calendar.

If you are developing with OpenInsight, planning to develop with OpenInsight in the near future or a user wanting to learn more, then this is the event for you.  The wealth of knowledge that is available for everyone to soak up is amazing and it will only lead to a deeper depth of product knowledge that usually leads to the ability to do more, faster and at less cost than now.

If you are still undecided and tempted, please check your education and training budgets.  If there is a little left, then this event is a prime candidate because of the amount that you will learn from my colleagues taking the talks.  Yes, there will be some fun, yes there will be the opportunity to network and make new friends and share development experiences, but mostly it’ll all be about helping you to get a head start with OpenInsight version 10, regardless of whether you are an early adopter, someone who simply wants to get the most of the beta, or a hardened OpenInsight fanatic who’ll jump straight into the new version on release day.

I’ll be tweeting and blogging my way through the conference, but it’ll be no compromise to actually being there!  Tempted and want to know more – download the conference brochure here and contact Revelation through the conference website.

I hope that you can make the conference.

Firstly may I take this opportunity to wish all of my readers a very happy and prosperous 2015.

It is hard the believe that 15 years ago I was sitting at Revelation in Milton Keynes and wondering (along with many thousands of IT people around the globe), how the millennium change would affect us.  Of course, it had no effect at all for most of us and all of the Revelation systems I was involved with simply ticked over the year end and continued to operate without any trouble at all.

Since then we have seen some massive changes at Revelation.  Mike took over the company, he took the product line to 32 bit, added countless new features and supported countless new technologies and the whole package has gone from strength to strength.

Now we are all looking forward to a new year with a new OpenInsight release in a few weeks time at the Revelation conference in Texas and all sorts of new possibilities and opportunities.

2015 is looking like being a bright and productive year for Revelation and our OpenInsight developers and users around the world.  Hopefully I will see most of you at the conference in Texas and I hope to catch up with those of you who can’t make the conference online as we head into a new era for OpenInsight.

As always, please keep an eye on the blog for breaking news, conference and OpenInsight 10 updates and more.

Dan Lier - Revelation Conference 2015 Keynote Speaker

Dan Lier – Revelation Conference 2015 Keynote Speaker

Revelation Software Users’ Conference schedule

The schedule for the 2015 Revelation Software Users’ Conference is now available HERE.

For this conference we will have two tracks, with several of the key presentations repeated so that all attendees will have an opportunity to digest all that is new in OpenInsight 10.

The Evening Mixer entitled “Show That to Me!” is always a crowd pleaser!  Everyone is welcome to bring their questions and their laptops to show off, ask questions and solve some quandaries.  We will supply the food and drinks, and we will have tables with power cords.  Our staff will be showing off 10.0 and we welcome you to join in the fun.

Our keynote speaker is Mr. Dan Lier.  Dan is a best-selling author, sales & leadership expert and internationally recognized motivational speaker with the experience of presenting over 3,500 customized talks to companies around the globe. With two decades of experience presenting motivational keynotes for corporate events, Dan is the most requested speaker in Las Vegas.

Over the past two years alone, Dan has spoken in over 30 countries sharing his proven strategies to “Maximize Your True Potential.” He is host of his own TV show “Your True Potential” and was a regular on HSN as America’s Coach where he shares his “Strategies for Success” with millions. Dan’s work has been covered by The Today Show and Inside Edition, along with being a guest on the Howard Stern show and The O’Reilly Factor. A former international speaker and top performer for Tony Robbins’ – Dan’s high impact message and charismatic delivery style will connect with your audience, and provide them with inspiration along with proven strategies for achievement.

If you have not already reserved your place on this main Revelation event, please checkout the schedule and drop the guys in the US office an email for further booking details.

Did you know…that The Universal Driver can generate log output for every operation (file open, read record, etc.), and if desired, to track its behaviour.   In OI 10, you will also be able to specifically limit which operations are recorded, but for now, here’s a technique to “filter out” the operations you want to know more about.

To enable logging, create a file (using Windows Notepad or any other method) named “LH<version>.LOG” (where <version> is the version number of your Universal Driver – for example, LH47.LOG) in your OpenInsight directory.  The contents of this file are irrelevant (an empty file is fine); the Universal Driver detects the presence of the file, and proceeds to record all its operations in the file (note that any existing file content is lost). You can also choose to put the file into your Universal Driver directory, rather than your OpenInsight directory, to record all service operations, by using the name of the service instead (for example, “lh47srvc.log”).


After OpenInsight has been closed, the log file can be examined using any plain-text editor, such as Windows Notepad.  Each line of output will contain the operation code and any appropriate details.  READ ON…

Did you know…that you can send text messages using RTI_CDOMAIL.

Most of the popular mobile carriers offer free Email To SMS gateways which can be used to forward simple text emails to mobile phones.  You just need to know the telephone number and the carrier of the recipient to start emailing them to a mobile phone.

You can use RTI_CDOMAIL to send a short email as a text message to a mobile phone.  This is done by setting the Subject with your message and the Body to null.  Setting the Sender with the [10-digit phone number] and SMS Gateway will allow for proper replies back via text.  READ ON…

OpenInsight version 10 logoIf you are considering attending the new Revelation Software world conference in Texas in a few months time, but you have not yet made that final decision to use some next years training budget, SRPs latest blog posting is well worth a read.  You’ll get an unbiased viewpoint from one of the leading Revelation VARs who have attended and spoken at all of the Revelation conferences that I can recall.

Click Here to jump over to SRP’s blog.


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