Friday, January 25, 2008

BLOG: You are reading the last post on this blog (it is moving)

I have moved the contents of this blog and all comments over to my website.

This blog will no longer be updated, instead please visit:

A new series of posts will be starting soon.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Folks, comments to my blog are moderated. If you wish to comment on an older post and want me to reply - please include your email. I certainly won't publish the comment (that includes a private email address) under any circumstances.

Also if you have an issue with a utility I have released, saying that "XYZ" didn't run correctly is not really helping. At least send me a screenshot. My email address is available in the Profile Page and I endevour reply to every email I get.

QC Plus: Blah, blah

In case you haven't noticed, I changed my mind about releasing an update on the weekend. Mostly this is because I had other things that were more important but also because I wanted to check out some memory issues and do a few more minor fixes.

One thing I had to do before resolving any memory issues (using FastMM4) was to fix this VCL bug.

Report No: 31683 (RAID: 244036) Status: Open
ActionManager Memory issue with FastMM4 installed

Which I managed to do. Probably not the most elegant of fixes, but it works and now I can get the full FastMM4 report readout.

As for when I will release the next update, well I changing my strategy for that question.

"When I feel it is ready" :-)

PS: Feel free to send any crash reports you get. I read them (and often respond to them) so don't think you are wasting your time.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

QC Plus: New version this weekend

I've finally decided to finish off a few things and release an update for QC Plus. There are two reasons for this update:

  1. Support the new voting system

  2. The way project platforms are loaded has changed (technically might not have changed but new lookup data has perhaps identified a false assumption on my part)

Voting changes

Previously you could allocate up to 10 votes within a project. Now non sysops can allocate up to 10 votes for a single report. Depending on a sysops level, they are allowed to allocate even more votes to a single report. For example, as a sysop level 2, I can allocate up to 20 votes per report.

Another change is that you can now vote against a report. You do this by entering in a negative vote number. So -10 will allocate 10 votes against the report.

Previously QC Plus had an allocate votes dialog that allowed you to type in the number of votes to set against report - I doubt it was used much though, because the other interface shortcuts were just too efficient.

With the new voting system, a new user interface was required. This user interface was created with TJSEditDialog and appears below. I did have a nice little image of a ballot box to the left of the instruction, however redistributing it was going to be a copyright violation.

The new voting system might see the demise of one QC Plus feature though, the Vote List. Given that you can now vote on every report in the system, this feature could consume a large amount of memory.

So new version is coming up. Stay tuned.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

New Host - Site5

This morning I changed hosts to a company called Site5.

They offer a very good value plan with many features. If you sign up before Christmas you also get a discount on the already competitive price.

If you are thinking about updating your host, then consider Site5.

Banner, 120x60px

My previous plan only allowed for 50 meg of disk space. With Site5 I now get 750GB of disk space.

Expect a few more videos in the future!

Now this is an Informative Dialog!

I just installed 3rdRail. Went to create a new project and it asked for Registration.

Which is fine. I input the info and click the Register button.

... unfortunately the registration servers are down. After 4 more attempts I decide to instead click Cancel.

So I clicked Cancel and got some popup dialog with some text explaining something I wasn't interested in. Then this dialog displayed.

What would you do if you were presented with a dialog like this?

Oh and I tried to click on the Finish button, but it didn't do anything.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

JSDialog - 1.0.043 Update

If you haven't received the TJSDialog 1.0.043 update by now, it is because your email host has rejected the email. Please contact me directly to get this solved!

You need this version installed before you can begin using TJSEditDialog.

TJSEditDialog Update
All orders were sent last week. I'm just doing the necessary web page changes before the official announcement.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

JSEditDialog - Preview

You can now download a video which previews the new TJSEditDialog component. TJSEditDialog is a descendant of TJSDialog which adds edit functionality.

Think of replacements for InputBox and InputQuery but heaps better. The download is just under 15 meg in WMV format. It was about 35meg in flash format.

Created with the new version of Camtasia which has some nice new features.

While not officially released you can preorder. It does require a registered TJSDialog license.

Purchase the TJSDialog Pack for 80 EUR - Share*it!
Purchase just TJSEditDialog for 40 EUR (existing TJSDialog customers only) - Share*it!

Download the Video - Video Download
Download the Demo shown in the video - Demo Download


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ann: QC Plus 1.0 now available

QC Plus is the native windows QualityCentral client that I've been developing off and on since 2004.

It was windows client formally called JED, QC.

You can download the installation from the download page on my website:

There are a heap of features in this version, but I'd hate to spoil the fun of finding them all by telling you what they all are.

There is a short video in the support section detailing a common question, that also shows a few features (if you can stand the first 20 seconds of my mumbling and indecision )

It should play nice with existing JED, QC RC2 installations, if not, you may want to delete your cached data (steps on the support page).

There is a help file included that is actually quite full and has not only user interface features but also some info about QualityCentral in general.

There are some other articles in the works and hopefully I will be able to post a link to them soon.

If you find a bug in the client you can choose to do either of the following things:

1) Ignore it and get frustrated everytime you come across it
2) Email me about it (my email is in the about box)
3) Post it in QualityCentral against the "JED QC" platform in the QualityCentral project. Please search incase it is already in there though.

I'd like to take the time to thank the following folks for helping out:

* Dave and Levi from Clever Icons for donating the splash image and icons -
* Steema Software for donating TeeChart PRO to me to use -
* Sinan at InstallAware for the copy of Installaware Studio - www.installaware (The setup is really slick and shows what you can do with an MSI installation)

A special thanks to all the testers for the feedback, requests and for keeping me interested along the way.


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