Martyn's blog for the Revelation Software community, sharing ideas, news, views and more. NOTE – Views and opinions expressed in this blog are personal and do not necessarily represent those of Revelation Software.
For those of you that are interested in such things, I have now finished putting the photographs together and they are now viewable in the main Revelation Software gallery on www.m4photo.co.uk. You will see the link to the main Revelation gallery page half way down the Home page and it uses the same image as in this blog posting.
All of the images are available on request to anyone who attended the conference this year. Please drop me an email with the eight digit photograph ID number which can be found by opening up the photograph in the gallery to display it in large format. An example ID is 1P7A5699. I will then create a roughly A4 sized .jpg file which will be emailed back to you. I will also undertake a little colour correction and noise reduction as required for chosen images.
Please ignore the ordering process and costs, all of these images are freely available and with full reproduction rights.
I am pleased to announce that the video slideshow of photographs taken at this years Revelation Conference in Orlando, Florida is now available on my personal YouTube Channel and it can be run from the link below. There is also a Playlist which I will use to bundle all of my Revelation videos together, for now there is just this years conference and last years in the playlist.
The captions in the video will only really make sense if you were there. Things like “Bob’s special little network” will only mean anything to those of us that were fortunate to be at this main Revelation Software event. However, it was nice for me to get more than a few giggles and laughs from the audience and this was a great way to round of a fabulous few days with the Rev team and some of our clients from all over the world.
I do have a license to use the music files and this is through the software used to create the slideshow. As such I have contested this with YouTube and apologise for the annoying adverts that YouTube includes in the video whilst the issue is investigated. I hope that they do not spoil your enjoyment of the video.
I still have the photographs to process and these will be added to my M4Photo website as Revelation Software gallery when they are complete. I’ll blog here just as soon as this is the case.
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.
I think that Bob just might have been caught me taking this picture of him posing as one of the Blues Brothers, Bryan and the other Bob escaped the camera. However, with a few hundred photographs taken, not everyone noticed so obviously.
Following the final days closing address where the slide show was run, numerous delegates asked me if they could get a copy of the slideshow and also copies of the photographs taken throughout the three day conference.
I am pleased to announce that the slideshow has now been uploaded to my RevUK YouTube channel and the URL is copied below. This presentation includes some captions on most of the images but you really had to be at the conference to understand them. For those of you that were there, who enjoyed the laugh in places and who took the time to mentioned the emotion that it drew out of some people, the lasting reminder and captions will make sense and I hope that you will enjoy another viewing.
The photographs have also now been uploaded to my M4Photo website. The images have been posted into two separate galleries. The first contains the images captured during Dan Lier’s highly motivational keynote address and for those of you who simply want to jump straight into the Revelation community photographs, those are contained in the Revelation 2015 Conference gallery. The links are:
For those of you that are interested in such things, I have created a specific Revelation Software gallery on my photographic website and I plan to house all of my Revelation related images there. All of the images in the Revelation Software gallery are available to Revelation developers and clients around the world.
Please ignore the default link to the ordering page, they are available without charge in .jpg format and supplied by email. Simply find the image or images that you wish to receive and drop me an email with the number of the image or images. Each page has 12 thumbnails and clicking on any thumbnail will open up a slightly larger version of the image which has the photo’s ID. For example, 1P7A8397. It is that number that I require, along with your preferred email address for the images to be sent to. I will use Hightail because the files will be large. Please let me know if you are unable to accept hightail emails and we’ll work something out.
I received some great comments following the conference about the slideshow and as photographing this sort of event is new to me, I will be very interested to hear your thoughts and comments. I just hope that you enjoy the images and I look forward to see you again at the next conference, whenever and wherever that may be.
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.
From my point of view Tuesday’s RUG was an amazing success and judging by some of the comments that I have received by email from people who took the time to join us in London, I am not alone in that thought.
As always the day was packed with information (mostly relating to the forthcoming OpenInsight 10) and the official write-up will follow shortly. For those that can’t wait, the highlights were as per the published agenda. Mike began the day with a state of the company presentation and he touched on our future direction. He then dived into what we can expect from OpenInsight 10 and we also got to see as much of the visual side of the release that has been put together thus far – I think that those in the room were the very first to see the visuals in action outside of the company. Many of the new features and enhancements had people scribbling notes from the off.
Whereas the floor is usual pretty quiet for an hour or so at our RUGs, this one proved to be different. Questions, comments and suggestions seemed to come from the floor from within a few minutes and the continued right through till the end.
I put Peter Furlong from Ardbrook on the spot with regards to one of their recent projects and I was hugely grateful for a lovely nugget of information which he was able to share with the room. Unfortunately, that nugget has to stay in the room for the moment, so you had to be there to benefit.
Aaron gave a short talk about a SQL to OI conversion that he is currently working on and Andrew ran through the options with regards to connectivity within OpenInsight – A popular presentation that added to the requests for copies of the presentations from the day. These will be emailed out sometime next week once I have caught up.
Reservations for the RUG were higher than expected and we opted to take a larger room. This enabled us to cater for the larger than anticipated numbers and I was pleased to see only three people drop out at the last minute. The only down side was Mike having to battle with an auctioneer on a microphone in the adjoining room. However, following a million pound + auction things went quiet and we got back to normal in the afternoon.
I’ll post the full write up when it is ready, but you can see photographs from the RUG on www.m4photo.co.uk. Go to the home page and you’ll see a link to the Revelation Software gallery. Attendees are welcome to digital copies of any of the images for publicity purposes – for your blogs, websites, newsletters, etc.
The collection of photographs include the busy room, developers making valuable new contacts, Alex in full flow regarding UTF8 support, Peter sharing his good news with us and more. The later images were taken during our stay in Tenby during the road trip. I was annoyed to have left my tripod at home, but the sunrise was spoiled by an overcast sky so all was not lost.
I hope that you enjoy the photographs and that you can join us at the next RUG which might be a little different from the usual venue and format – watch this space for further details. It’ll be one that no EMEA region based OI developer will wish to miss.