>Seasons Greetings


>My colleagues and I at Revelation UK would like to wish you all a very happy and safe festive holiday and a joyous and prosperous new year.

The office will be closed on the 25th and 26th December and then again on the 1st January. The days in between will be covered by a reduced number of staff (yes – I am taking a holiday) so please be sure to use support@revsoft.co.uk for any technical issues and sales@revsoft.co.uk for any sales an licensing related matters. These two email addresses will be monitored throughout the holiday period.

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OI9.0 Controlling the Development Tools


As the count down to the version 9.0 release continues, attentions are turning to the best ways to deploy applications based on the new Network User license. This new license sees both technical and commercial changes and on the technical side this means dealing with deployments based on a development engine. Something that will be new for many Revelation clients who currently deploy using the locked down runtime license/engine.

The ‘Controlling Development Tools’ white paper is designed to get people thinking about their options when it comes to deploying an application to end users from version 9.0 onwards. Whilst it does not explore all of the options available to OpenInsight developers, it does cover some of the easier, non-code driven options. The paper can be downloaded by clicking the link above.

>OI – Did you know?


>Over recent months several OpenInsight VARs in the EMEA region have asked me for a list of entities that can be removed from deployed systems. Until an application review following the recent RUG in London, such a list did not exist. However, following some hastily scribbled notes at that meeting I am pleased to make available an ‘unofficial guide’ to what can ‘usually’ be removed from both runtime and developer license based deployments.

The document can be downloaded by clicking here.

>Version 9.0 and the blog


>As I prepare for the imminent OpenInsight 9.0 release, my attention within the blog is moving towards version 9.0 topics and I plan to tackle them in bite sized chunks, punctuated by the usual news items. I have already begun work on:

  • A paper to help reduce the size of your application’s footprint
  • A paper that brings together all of the 7.x, 8.x and 9.0 readme files
  • An updated paper on locking down the new Network User deployment license
  • An examples application, written entirely in 9.0 under Vista
  • An unofficial paper to help configure OECGI2 and use WebOI on a Vista machine running IIS7 (currently needing some testers)

I’m then also hoping to go on to take a look at the Bravo Dashboard, individual cell control in the Edit Table along with other Edit Table enhancements, the brand new System Editor and OIPI.net – including enabling users to enter data into a .pdf document before printing it.

What else would you like covered?

OpenInsight 9.0 is the most exciting release yet and, along with Revelation’s White Papers, Quick Start Guides and Tutorials, I hope to help all OpenInsight developers take advantage of the new features provided in OpenInsight version 9.0.

Watch this space… and please don’t forget to use the labels in the blog to bring similar categorised topics together, for example OI9.0, Vista, etc.

>OI – Did you know?


>Within ARev32 and CTO there are subroutines that interface with the OpenInsight Presentation Server. This allows for the use of OpenInsight GUI items in your existing legacy applications.

FUNCTION CTO_MSG(PARAMS)
This routine opens up an OpenInsight MSG window on your ARev32 or CTO form.
For example:
call CTO_MSG(“Hello World”)

FUNCTION CTO_POPUP(DEFN,POPUPNAME)
This routine displays an OpenInsight PopUp window on your ARev32 or CTO form.
For example:
call CTO_POPUP(“”,”CUSTOMER”)

SUBROUTINE CTO_GUI_SUBROUTINE(SNAME,PARAM1,…PARAM20)
This routine calls any OpenInsight subroutine that requires running within an event context.
For Example:
call CTO_GUI_SUBROUTINE(‘START.WINDOW’,’ORMAIN32′) will call Report Builder.

call CTO_GUI_SUBROUTINE(“RUN_REPORT”,””,”LIST 10 VOC F1 F2 F3″) will run an Rlist statement.

>Very useful SENL from Sprezzatura


>I’ve recently had a few conversations with people about what is involved with undertaking ARev32 conversions and also using the Universal Driver Heavy (UDH). Sprezzatura recently published an SENL (directly linked in the title above) that covers a ‘real-world’ ARev32 conversion, an insightful article with regards to understanding the UDH better and they also announced their latest giveaway – S/SMTP.

I would urge all OpenInsight developers, anyone running a legacy ARev system and Revelation users needing a strong disaster recovery solution to take a look at this latest edition and register to receive future editions.

>OpenInsight 9.0 EMEA price list is now available.


>The licensing for OpenInsight version 9.0 is much simpler than in previous versions and it now sees the Universal Driver 4.5 bundled as part of the new ‘Network User License’ from the outset. In addition, the Sierra Bravo Dashboard functionality is included with all of the Network User licenses.

The line-up also includes brand new Enterprise packages reflecting the needs of our larger clients. These licenses now have Universal Drivers and or the Universal Driver Heavy bundled, along with WebOI and multi-user ODBC driver licenses.

The Single User Runtime is still available as a marketing tool and package & pricing options for version 8.0.7 and earlier remain largely unchanged at the present time.

The 9.0 price list will not be published to the revsoft.co.uk web site, but it is available on request. Simply drop me a line and I’ll send you the list in .pdf format. I will also call you to make sure that you understand everything.

As always though, I would urge you to call me and discuss any quote or end-user requirements so that we can ensure that all of the options are considered and the right pricing goes on your quotation.