Videoing your OI based application


IMG_1181I’ll be the first to admit that, the above image is not a very pretty sight, but this is where is all happens – the recording of my YouTube videos of course.

It is a hive of furious activity at the moment and I really cannot crank out these OpenInsight 10 (OI10) lessons quickly enough.

Anyway, a few people have been asking me what I use, how I prepare, what my workflow is and the like.  This has got me thinking and it builds on a conversation that I’ve been having with one of my UK VARs over recent months.

I am considering offering my skills to any Revelation Software VAR who needs to put together one or more videos for their OpenInsight based application.  This could be a short introduction video, a training video or three, or anything else that you need.  These would primarily be screen cast type videos, but we could consider personal videos (i.e. you in the video) if you prefer.  That said, this proposal is more about getting your application in front of people and having it on YouTube, Vimeo or wherever you prefer.

Video really is one of the first ports of call when people are researching and evaluating things and software is no exception.

So, if this is something that you might be interested in exploring please comment below, or drop me an email if you’d prefer to keep things offline.

 

 

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Quick Catch Up


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlgupnihVejmHBPzbKlJeA
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlgupnihVejmHBPzbKlJeA

So, I’ve been quiet on the blog for a few days but I’ve been far from quiet in the office.  As well as the day job, I have been busy creating OpenInsight 10 (OI10) Lesson videos and there are currently ten lessons online.  I’m now getting into building forms, so now is a good time to head over to my new OI10 YouTube Channel, catch up on what I’ve been doing and also please remember to subscribe.

Subscribing and commenting lets me know that it is worth my time creating these videos and that people are finding them useful or not.  If you are a positive comment, a like and subscribe online would be welcome.  If not, please drop me an email explaining why and I’ll try to change before I get too much further into the series.

I am also pleased to feature the RevUS DBTA video from yesterday.  This is a video that features Mike Ruane, Bryan Shumsky and Bob Catalano (all from Revelation Software in the USA) all talking about the many “Features and Benefits of OpenInsight 10”.

In addition, and a first for my YouTube channels, I have a guest presenter.  Andrew from Sprezzatura worked on something for me recently and which will become a big time saver and another example of using the OI10 tool set, rather than cutting and maintaining code.  His video went live this afternoon on the channel.

Anyway, please like, subscribe and comment and help me to keep putting in the hours to get the series of lessons completed and, once that’s done, I’ll be looking for other OI related subjects, hints, tips and how-to’s to video.

The channel can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlgupnihVejmHBPzbKlJeA

OI10 Productivity features SRP love.


SRPProductsYou will have noticed just recently that I have become more excited about the OpenInsight 10 release and how it helps application developers to get more done, more quickly, with less code, etc. etc.

Over the weekend, Don from SRP joined in with the excitement of this ground breaking release with an SRP blog posting which looks at some of the OpenInsight 10 learning resources that are now becoming available and he touches on the productivity features in OpenInsight 10 that he and the team at SRP are falling in love with and which will no doubt help them to continue to deliver great systems for their clients and now more easily and in a quicker time.

Unless you’ve stayed in extended winter hibernation, you already know that Revelation Software officially released OpenInsight 10 three weeks ago. Furthermore, SRP embraced this release and was pleased to announce the general availability of our 64-bit controls and freeware utilities. The number of new enhancements and features in OpenInsight 10 can be overwhelming to learn. Fortunately, there are a number of articles and opportunities available to quickly get you up to speed. We encourage our readers to visit the following sites:

Click below to read more of Don’s latest posting.

http://blog.srpcs.com/openinsight-10-productivity-features-we-love/ 

Ready for all those slow down questions?


benchtestresultsOne of my hottest topics when talking to people is performance.  Everyone wants their systems to run faster and faster, or at least as fast as possible.  So, when a user’s machine suddenly begins to run slower, the support lines usually light up and we need to know the reasons why.

Microsoft have been one of the first organisations to go public on a slowdown that will be introduced as part of updates that they are currently rolling out to just about every Windows machine.  This is a necessary update to address a very serious CPU vulnerability that could leave sensitive data open to access by hackers.  If you and your users are running the latest Windows 10 updates, then you will most likely not notice much of a change.  It’s said that the percentage slowdown on the latest Windows 10 operating system is in the single percentage digits, so somewhere between 1 and 9%.  When we are talking milliseconds, most users will not notice.

However, for people running older Windows 10 versions, Windows 8, Windows 7 and anyone mad enough to still be running older versions of Windows, the performance hit will almost definitely be noticeable, with talk of performance hits of up to 30%.

Now, that IS some significant hit on our valuable time.

RevUS will shortly be pushing out a formal announcement and I’ll share that with my readers.  In the meantime, I feel that it will be very worthwhile for all technical support and account managers who are involved with supporting and managing OI based systems, to read the following articles:

https://newsstand.google.com/articles/CAIiECBFhLaOKoHY4QkVsN5dgYIqFwgEKg4IACoGCAow3O8nMMqOBjCkztQD

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/04/meltdown-spectre-computer-processor-intel-security-flaws-explainer

I’d like to thank Mike Ruane for giving me a heads up on this important issue that is sure to have our users emailing and phoning us when their OI based systems begin to run slower.  Naturally, the best advice (as always) is to make sure that your systems are being deployed to properly patched Windows operating systems and that you are running OpenInsight 9.4 or later with the Universal Driver 4.7.2 or later.

Season’s Greetings


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On behalf of everyone at Revelation Software UK and Sprezzatura, I would like to wish all of our readers, friends and clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Many of you will know that I have been working with the OpenInsight 10 Beta software for sometime and I am really pleased to be rounding out the year running 100% OpenInsight 10.  It took under half an hour to convert my OI 9.4 RevUK Contact Manager to OpenInsight 10 and just a week of evenings to delete a whole load of my legacy code in favour of simply setting properties using professionally written code behind those properties.  OpenInsight 10 has also given me the tools to quickly freshen up the user interface using some of the new features and I love working in the new system.

It’s also not stopped there.  I recently learned of some of the plans for the OpenInsight 10 release in 2018 and they are very exciting and something that I hope we can build on going forward – more on that in 2018 as we get closer to the final release.  I’m also working on a little side protect for Revelation which ‘I hope’ will, in some very small way, stamp my personal mark on this most exciting project.

Our customers and my colleagues at Revelation around the world have helped to make 2017 a very successful year and I’m really looking forward to 2018 and a lot of great things to come from OpenInsight and continues challenges and successes from our customer base.

Thanks again for your support during 2017, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
and above all stay safe and have fun this festive holiday season. 

 

Exciting times


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I am now at a point where my RevUK Contact Management Application can be deployed to Bill and Prashant in the office as read only and for testing.  I still have some parts to update and enhance, but deployment license keys have been supplied by Bob, I have the procedure document to follow, so wish me luck.

Here we go . . . . . .

My App’s now full of Bugs :)


BugSo, I am a week into my OpenInsight 9.4 to OpenInsight 10 (OI10) conversion which is basically just playing around with the interface and I really like how things are going.  I have a brand new colour scheme and ripping out loads of code.  I was keeping a tally, but I’m about 2/3rd of the was through and nearly 2,000 lines of cobbled together code have been deleted in favour of setting properties and thereby using professionally written code to run my application.

Last night, I managed to introduce a long overdue and much longed for Progress Bar which runs whilst my data grids are loading during system startup.  A trivial task for most of my blog readers, but quite a result for me all the same.  It’s nice when you manage to achieve something after a struggle and this is one such case.  It does put a smile on my face every time I launch my OpenInsight 10 application, so it’s well worth it in my mind.

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Using graphics in OpenInsight to build some really nice interfaces is child’s play now.  the key is having a good graphics library to pull from and I’m extremely lucky to have access to Icon Experience‘s graphics library.  With nearly 3,000 images in the library that I’m using, and they have several libraries and numerous sizes of each image in each library, they have a graphic (.png and .ico) that just about meets any requirement when building an application.

Anyway, I’m pleased to now be 100% OpenInsight 10.  Since rebuilding my computer, I have found no reason to install OpenInsight 9.4 and I’m now both developing in OI10 and using my Revelation Contact Manager on a daily basis running under OI10.

Great job guys.

I cannot produce any videos of my progress thus far because I’m working with live sensitive data.  However, once this project is done, I will look to put a video or two together using the old Clinic application that I used for the OI9.x tutorials.  Watch my blog for more information and video links as I begin that project.

If you are an OpenInsight WORKS subscriber, you can get the OpenInsight 10 Beta 4 software from the WORKS area on www.revelation.com.   If you are not a WORKS member, please drop me a line and I’ll be pleased to arrange a time to talk a little more about OpenInsight 10 and the supporting WORKS subscription service that underwrites the development suite.