OpenInsight 10 – Alpha 7


OI10whiteRevelation have made some good progress with the OpenInsight 10 Alpha and I’m currently working through my bug list and closing a nice number of reported issues from earlier alphas, something that I’ll continue with over the weekend.

In line with their open and transparent policy for OpenInsight 10, they Alpha v7 is now available for download to all Works Members.

The Alpha v7 is available as a full install. So, if you have worked with earlier alpha’s please use the AppBackup facility to backup your old alpha work and restore it into the new alpha.  This is what I do but one word of warning.  If you keep your data, images and other supporting files in a specific folder (I keep things in C:\RevSoft10.6\MDPmyApp) you’ll need to copy that folder from the earlier alpha and into the new alpha once installed.  The app restore will then use the new folder and the restore should run just fine.

This version includes many enhancements to the IDE, Form Designer, Table Builder and O4W, so it is well worth a look and to take the opportunity to report any issues that you find to Revelation and have those issue addressed before Revelation releases the beta.

OpenInsight for Web (O4W) v2.0, included in the OpenInsight 10 Alpha v7, is a rapid application development tool that lets you generate responsive forms, reports, and dashboards.  Use the powerful GUI drag-and-drop to lay out your forms and then test in both desktop and mobile browser mode. Or use the toolset’s full-function API to create the most sophisticated web pages.

Alpha v7 is set to expire on April 4, 2017.

OI10 Alpha 3


OI10whiteThis is just a quick reminder that the Alpha 3 is available to all OpenInsight WORKS members via the WORKS area on http://www.revelation.com.

Whereas previous alpha releases were full installation only, this release is provided as a full installation or and upgrade, allowing you to continue any work that you have done in the previous Alpha 2 release.

This version includes many enhancements to the IDE, Form Designer, Table Builder and O4W.  In fact O4W sees a lot of change and it is now badged as OpenInsight for Web (O4W) v2.0.

O4W 2.0 is a rapid application development tool that enables you to very quickly and easily generate responsive forms, reports and dashboards.   This new version supports more drag and drop functionality and it now enables developers to lay out forms using the drag and drop features.  Once complete, you can then test them in both desktop and mobile browser modes, or you can use O4W’s full-function API to create the most sophisticated web pages for just about any mobile or desktop device that runs a browser.

MyESS goes mobile


myess-mobileIt has been quite sometime since I first helped to take Ardbrook’s data onto the web with a fledgling O4W based application to illustrate an idea.  Bill and the team took what I had built, developed it further and commercialised it as a product ready for release to their customer base and new clients.

With numerous extremely high profile clients now using the ESS system, the team at Ardbrook have taken the solution one step further into the mobile world.  They have now released a wonderful mobile application that runs on your Android or iOS based smartphone.

The application enables employees to gain access to their current payslip from anywhere and at any time.  Furthermore, the solution provides access for past payslips and also copies of the employee’s P60, both going back over numerous years.

This is a really nice looking solution that empowers employees, whilst at the same time reducing admin for the Human Resources departments.  It is also perfect for payroll bureaux’s and large or small businesses alike.

If you would like to know more and see the application in action, please click here for their short demo video (includes sound).

From small acorns, grow great solutions.


ardbrookmyeeeArdbrook’s myESS has gone mobile and it’s providing users with a smart way to access their payslips.

Sometime ago, I sat and wrote a proof of concept application over a weekend.  I needed to learn a little more about O4W and as usual I wanted something real to work on, it is so much more rewarding than simply working through a quick start guide and it has you thinking outside of the box at times.  The task of choice on this occasion was an Employee Self Service system using Ardbrook’s largely desktop based payroll system.

The guys at Ardbrook kindly sent me a copy of the system and some test data and I set to work.  I needed a little help from RevUS to create a formatted report using OIPI which would hook into O4W, but the proof of concept quickly came together and I arranged an on-line demo for Ardbrook with no real expectations.

A short while after the demo, I was on a plane over to Ireland and to talk about the proof of concept in more detail.  Long story short, Bill and the team took what I started, extended it and fully commercialised it.  It is now becoming a raving hit and doing very well indeed.

Jump forward to this morning and into my inbox pops an email from Ardbrook and a link to their latest YouTube video and a demo of their true mobile solution.  I knew that it was coming and they were running the application as an Android application on Android phones and that an iPhone application was following, but this video shows that application in all of its glory.

The  video shows the application working on a mobile phone and it looks really nice.  It is slick and easy to use whilst providing users with exactly what they want to see in one of the most convenient places.  No wonder staff from some of the largest IT companies in the world are choosing to use this new offering from Ardbrook.

Click here to see the video.
Click here to find out more about Ardbrook.

How To – O4W Pagination


How to create an O4W dialog box using local pagination
If you are building a dialog box or using an existing popup in O4W with a high record count, you may want to consider building each page of the dialog box locally.  This will save on the time it takes the browser to build the dialog box because it will only need to build one page at a time.  The way it works is, you set the default paginator on the O4W Configuration screen to one of the local paginator choices or alternatively, you set the ‘overridePage’ parameter in the O4WTablePagerOptions API to ‘O4WI_TABLEPAGERLOCAL’.  Setting this flag will send an event to your O4W program when the next/previous arrows are clicked as well as any time a column is clicked that is set for sorting.

This post originally appeared in Revelation Software’s monthly newsletter dated 16/06/15.  Click here for the rest of this article.

O4W 10 WYSIWYG Form Designer


O4W10New to OpenInsight 10 will be a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG Form Designer.

This will enable website authors and developers to nest DIVs within DIVS and provide complete control over the placement of controls on the web form.

The O4W Form Designer will also support controls for toolbars, buttons, content layout, form elements, lists, images and tabs.  The Properties for each of these controls will be maintained in the Property Panel.

As someone that like to create interfaces that both look pretty on the eye and which are easy to navigate and use, this is another major step forward for web development for the OpenInsight and MultiValue communities.

You can learn more at the forthcoming RevUK RUG and OI10 product awareness training to be held in London at the end of September and then again at the main Revelation Conference in early 2016.

All good things must come to an end.


No image from today I am afraid because I’m packed and waiting for the shuttle to begin my journey back home.  Yes, the conference has drawn to a close after two and a half days of fabulous content and socialising with some of the best people in the business.

I’d like to say that today was a slow start and easy going, but I’d be lieing.  The sharing of knowledge during the sessions remained high during the two technical sessions today.  I sat in on Bryan’s talk about the secrets of the Universal Driver during which he turned on the artist in himself and the session was both enlightening and full of drama, it was just a good job that Dee was on hand and those of you who were there will know what that means.

The UD5 looks to be taking a large step forward and it will certainly offer another good reason for users to seriously consider a move to OI 10 sooner, rather than later.

The second of the two sessions that I sat in on was Bob’s presentation on the use of HTML in OpenInsight controls.  Again,  another presentation full of useful information, code and examples.  Much of the technical side went over my head, but it was good to see how HTML can be used to create rich and dynamic OI forms, especially where formatted text is needed.

This then left Mike and his closing address.  Mike thanked everyone loft attending and thanks were also extended to his team.  I can’t say how things were going behind the scenes, but if there were any hurdles to overcome, they were not noticed on my side of the conference.  As usual,Nancy and the guys ran the show to perfection and the speakers presented their content with clarity and a level of professionalism that has become a staple of the Revelation Conferences.

I had been taking photographs throughout the conference and I took the liberty of putting together a photo slide show.  At nine minutes, it was longer than I had anticipated and three times what Bob and I had spoken about.  However, it flowed and generated som laughs and (I hope) it summed up a wonderful conference.

Anyway, it’s all over now till next time and I’ll be heading to the airport shortly.  Thank you to everyone that joined us in Houston, safe journey home and I look forward to catching up with you all in the not too distance future.

As a closing remark, I would urge all OpenInsight developers to seriously consider attending the next Revelation Conference, wherever and whenever that will be.  There will no doubt be more OI10 knowledge on offer and this release early is looking like being a game changer for every OpenInight developer and our end user base – there really is a lot for everyone and far too much to be missed by those who are unable to makes he conference.  The knowledge on offer means this event really ought to feature in every developer’s training budget, well that I my opinion anyway.