Tuesday, February 20, 2007
QVCS-Enterprise 2.0.18, and new box shots
QVCS-Enterprise 2.0.18 is available. You can find more details here. It's been out for a while, but I've only now gotten around to annoucing here on the blog... sorry for the delay, but I've been preoccupied with work on QVCS-Enterprise 2.1, and a short-term consulting gig that I've taken on.
Along the way, to the 2.1 release, I want to dress up the web site a bit, and to that end, a first step is to create some cooler graphics that I can use to represent the 3 QVCS products. I've always liked web sites that show their software products in 'box shots', even though the product is sold electronically... so I began to play around with a tool that would help generate nicely shaded box-shot pictures for the QVCS product line.
In a web search, I found an affordable, and simple to use product called (appropriately enough) Box Shot 3D. The only problem with using this product is that you have to have some artistic talent to create the images that it uses for the front and side of the box.... so I asked my daughter to put together something, and was major league pleased with the results:
How cool is that?
Hopefully, customers will understand that they'll never actually receive a box containing software...
These new box shots will be part of the new look to the web site -- and though it will be a while before the web site update actually happens, I couldn't resist showing these off.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
QVCS-Enterprise 2.0.17 available
I just posted QVCS-Enterprise 2.0.17. You can find some details here.
This is a free update for users who have purchased their license within the past year.
2.0.17 began as a bug fix release, then morphed into something slightly more... I was working with several users to knock out some bugs, and that back and forth gave me enough time to merge in some of the changes that I'd already made for the 2.1.x release.
There remains one bug that I haven't closed -- it's been one that I cannot reproduce here -- so there might be a 2.0.18 release in short order if we can finally zero in on that problem (it's only shown up on one user's machine when they do an auto-add -- another user at that same site can auto-add the same directory tree with no problem, and I can auto-add a similar directory tree here with no problem).
The other big news surrounding this release is that I've worked with it enough on Mac OS X to feel confident in supporting it on that platform. I haven't finished dressing things up for the Mac, but it works well on that platform. Because Mac OS X preloads the JVM at boot time, application startup is fast -- barely distinguishable from startup speeds for native Mac applications.
I remember several years ago attending a JavaOne conference where Steve Jobs promised to make the Mac the best Java development platform. I'm sure you could spec out a Windows box that would come close, but the out-of-the-box Java experience on Mac OS X is pretty impressive.