Date for your Diary – 29th September 2015


OpenInsight 10 Login Screen

I am pleased to announce that Mike Ruane will be over from the USA for the week commencing 28th September 2015 and this will be a very special week for anyone working with OpenInsight in the EMEA region.

The week is still in the planning stage at the moment and I will be writing to my OpenInsight developers in the region shortly with more details.  However, we plan to hold our usual RUG meeting on the Tuesday morning (29th September 2015) and this will be followed by a very special OpenInsight 10 training session over the next couple of days (afternoon of the 29th and then all day on the 30th September and 1st October).

There was a mountain of information provided at the recent Revelation World Conference in Texas and I hope to share just a small overview of this information during the training sessions on offer.

The plan is therefore to hold the usual RUG meeting during the Tuesday morning, running up to lunchtime.  This will be a free to attend session and it will provide everyone with an opportunity to hear about how Revelation are doing, plans for the future, etc.  I also hope that Mike will provide us with a very brief overview of the OpenInsight 10 release.

Everyone will be welcome to have lunch with us at the conference centre and then we will change from the usual RUG schedule to begin a more in depth look at OpenInsight 10.  This afternoon session and the next two days (Wednesday and Thursday) will be given over to getting deeper into the forthcoming OpenInsight 10 release.  Both Mike and Carl will be on hand to take you through the massive changes to the API, the Presentation Layer and the Universal Driver, as well as Performance Enhancements, new System Admin Tools, etc. etc.  In addition, Mike will discuss the options for the conversion process and how you can have your data tables optimised as part of the process – getting to OpenInsight 10 is not a simple one click upgrade!!!

There will be a charge for the two and half day training session, but based on what I learned at the conference earlier this year, it will be well worth the expense and time.  If you are a professional OpenInsight developer, a professional MultiValue developer or you head up an OI or MV based development team, this is a three day event that you cannot afford to miss.

Granted, you could dive into the beta software or the full release when it is available, but the changes are wide and varied.  For example, Carl alone spoke for over four hours at the conference, covering the Form Designer and Presentation Layer changes.  Mike took the best part of three hours to run through the OpenInsight 10 overview and the conversion process and there were over 20 hours of facts, features, statistics, enhancements and more.

I therefore highly recommend that you consider this training session to make sure that you and your business is best prepared for the new version and that you can get the most from it for yourself, your business and more importantly your clients.

This is the most significant release since Revelation took OpenInsight into the 32-bit world.  Use this one time opportunity to get ahead of the game and be better prepared for this ground breaking OpenInsight release.

To register your interest in either the RUG or the training session (or both), please email mp@revsoft.co.uk.  I am expecting the RUG  places to fill very quickly, so please don’t delay.

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OpenInsight 8.0.8 and below


OI10whiteIt is hard to believe that OpenInsight 7.2 was released nearly a decade ago and that the last of the runtime releases (version 8.0.8) is now over 6 years old.  Given that a lot of software has a shelf life of just a few years these days and support for early versions even less, it is amazing that we still have people deploying and running these older versions of OpenInsight.

I guess that it continues to show how solid and reliable OpenInsight based solutions are, despite an ever changing world with regards to operating systems, connectivity and progress in general across the IT industry.  OpenInsight just keeps pace with the changes and it seems to just take things in its stride.

However, given the age of these products it really is time to be looking at OpenInsight 9.x and especially with the ground breaking OpenInsight 10 just around the corner.  I am pleased that many of my clients have made the move to 9.x in recent times and those that have not yet made the leap, are making plans.

With most people on or moving to 9.x, the news about the forthcoming Runtime and Universal Driver price increase (that Revelation announced a few weeks ago) will not be of any concern whatsoever, afterall 9.x prices remain as they were when OI 9.0 was released way back in January 2009.

However, if you are still working with or deploying OpenInsight 8.0.8 or older, please be advised that the prices for the runtime licenses (new licenses and bumps) and the Universal Driver and upgrades will be increasing from 1st August 2015.  Please contact your local Revelation representative for further details and please remember to keep this date in mind when providing your customers with license quotations.

Off Topic


Bay City Bridge

I have been a little quiet on the blog recently and this is mostly because I was away for the latter part of last month in California and also because the guys are quiet, but very busy at the moment working on OpenInsight version 10.

However, I have three postings for this week – This post, one regarding pricing and more details about Mike’s visit in September.

This first posting is a little off topic but a number of you have been asking where I disappeared to last month and where you can see some of my images from the trip.

I was extremely fortunate to have been given the chance to go on a road trip around California with one of the leading landscape and cityscape photographers.  Paul has received numerous awards and I have been a keen follower of his work over the last year or so and I joined him on a trip from Las Vegas, through Death Valley, Mammouth Lakes, Tahoe, Yosemite and up to San Francisco.

The weather was far from normal but it did present us with some great images from the trip.  It was only at San Francisco that we suffered from the bad weather, so a couple of bad shooting days out of 12 was not bad.

For those of you that are interested, you can see the results of my early starts and late finishes on my Flickr channel.  I’ll be uploading an image a day for he next couple of weeks.