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DBISAM 4.41 Build 2 Released
Posted by Tim Young on Wed, Jul 8 2015

DBISAM 4.41 Build 2 is now available for download. If you're an existing customer, then you should be receiving an email shortly with download instructions.

This build contains a couple of bug fixes, which are detailed here.

In addition, the DBISAM VCL products now include proper HTML help documentation for use with Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8. However, there is still a minor issue with the keywords that needs to be resolved, and currently the DBISAM documentation is not displayed on the Third Party Help menu in the IDE. Both of these issues will be resolved in the next build.

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Subscription Policy Update
Posted by Sam Young on Tue, Jul 7 2015

Effective July 7, 2015, our subscription policy will be updated to include technical support on our product support forums. Our policy regarding support sessions and direct support via email, phone, or Skype will remain the same. Previously, our product support forums were primarily a source of peer support instead of technical support from us.

This subscription policy update will result in the following changes:
  • Customers with current product subscriptions will continue to be allowed to post on our product support forums. Nothing will change for those with current product subscriptions.


  • Those without a current subscription will not be allowed to post on our product support forums. However, they will still be able to read and search the content of the support forums.
Please note that the subscription renewal policy applies to each product. If, for example, you own both a DBISAM and an ElevateDB license, but only your DBISAM subscription is current, you will not be able to post in the ElevateDB product support forums.

If your subscription(s) is/are current, you will now be able to receive technical support from us on the product support forums. This support will be considered a second tier of support, below the direct support via email, phone, or Skype. The response time will normally be no more than 24 hours, as opposed to an immediate response for direct support. Also, based upon the nature of the issue we may ask that you use a support session, rather than the support forums.

If your subscription(s) have lapsed, our subscription renewal policy remains in effect. If your subscription has been expired for two to four years, you will need to renew your license at 50% of the list price. If your subscription has been expired for more than 4 years (5 years from your last purchase or subscription renewal), you will need to purchase a new license at the full list price.

Subscription renewal pricing is as follows:

ProductsRenewal Price
DBISAM and ElevateDB Standard and Standard with Source Code$99.00
DBISAM and ElevateDB Client-Server and Client-Server with Source Code$159.00
Elevate Web Builder$99.00

As always, please contact me at sales@elevatesoft.com if you have any questions regarding this policy change.


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ElevateDB 2.19 Build 2 Released
Posted by Tim Young on Mon, Jul 6 2015

ElevateDB 2.19 Build 2 is now available for download. If you're an existing customer, then you should be receiving an email shortly with download instructions.

This build contains bug fixes for several incident reports, which are detailed here.

In addition, the ElevateDB VCL products now include proper HTML help documentation for use with Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8. However, there is still a minor issue with the keywords that needs to be resolved, and currently the ElevateDB documentation is not displayed on the Third Party Help menu in the IDE. Both of these issues will be resolved in the next build.

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Elevate Web Builder Version 2 Released
Posted by Sam Young on Mon, Jun 22 2015

We are very pleased to announce that Elevate Web Builder version 2 is now available for purchase and download.

Some of the new features in Elevate Web Builder 2 include:
  • A brand new UI layer that supports both design-time and run-time UI element manipulation using the same codebase


  • Image
  • Control interface functionality that allows for re-skinning controls interactively


  • The ability to create and install components into the IDE


  • The ability to create new form classes and use them as the basis for forms in your application


  • New layout management functionality


  • New graphics capabilities, including alpha transparency, gradients, rounded corners, shadows, and opacity


  • Several new controls/components, including a tabbed page panel, header panel, group panel, icon, animated icon, progress bar, and toolbar


  • Complete touch support


  • Support for run-time type information in the compiler, which allows for loading/saving objects to/from JSON with one call


  • Support for loading and running back-end Elevate Web Builder Web Server modules in the IDE
For more information about Elevate Web Builder 2, please visit the following link:

Elevate Web Builder Product Information

Pricing
Pricing for Elevate Web Builder 2 is as follows:
  • The price for a new Elevate Web Builder 2 license is $359.00


  • If you have renewed your Elevate Web Builder subscription or purchased a new license within 6 months of the Elevate Web Builder 2 release, your upgrade price is $159.00


  • If you currently own Elevate Web Builder and have not renewed your subscription within 6 months of the Elevate Web Builder 2 release, the price to upgrade to Elevate Web Builder 2 is $259.00
Please use the following link to order Elevate Web Builder:

Order Elevate Web Builder

Elevate Web Builder 2 Preview Customers
We would like to thank everyone that ordered the Elevate Web Builder 2 Preview for their invaluable feedback and incident reports.

If you ordered the Elevate Web Builder 2 Preview, your order date was adjusted to June 22, 2015 and your subscription for Elevate Web Builder 2 that is included with the purchase will not expire until June 22, 2016.

After this release, we are planning on spending a few weeks addressing any issues that may arise, and will be working on some smaller features that didn't make it into the final release. Any fixes and minor improvements will be released in new builds as they are completed.

ElevateDB PHP Extension Special Offer
Special promotional pricing is also available for the ElevateDB PHP Extension for customers that wish to use ElevateDB with PHP in their web server applications with Elevate Web Builder. Just be sure to select the EWB-EDBPHP special offer code when adding the ElevateDB PHP Extension product to your cart to receive a 50% discount off the normal price of the product. Please use the following link to order the ElevateDB PHP Extension:

Order ElevateDB PHP Extension


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Check Out this Elevate Web Builder 2 Application !
Posted by Tim Young on Fri, May 22 2015

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I'm happy to finally be able to share this really cool EWB 2 application with you. The application is called Cinedisk, and the author is Uli Becker. He originally developed the application using EWB 1, and it looked great even with a lot of the limitations that came with EWB 1 in terms of layout/design. However, the EWB 2 version is so cool that I asked him if we could host it directly on our web server. The application uses ElevateDB as the database engine.

And, without further ado, here is Cinedisk:

Cinedisk

To login, use the following credentials:
  • English-speaking users: UserEN


  • German-speaking users: UserDE
The password for all users is: EDBDefault (case-sensitive)

The description from Uli:

"Cinedisk is an application that manages your movie collection (later TV series will be added). It communicates with TheMovieDatabase (TMDb https://www.themoviedb.org) which provides an API to collect any information you are looking for. The basic information are stored in an EDB-Database, all images like the movie's poster or the cast images are loaded from TMDb server at runtime. Also additional information and images like "Biography" or "Best movies" in an actor's detail window are requested at runtime.

TMDb uses JSON for all responses and that works nicely together with EWB. With EWB2 it's just fun to use TReader to parse the incoming JSON.

To add a new movie to your collection, click the button and enter the title (or a part of it) of the movie you are looking for. Cinedisk sends a request to TMDb and displays the result with all matching movies. Just click on the poster of a movie to show all details in a separate window. Here you can edit most of the fields. Links for trailers are stored in form of a YouTube-ID. If a trailer is missing, you can google for it using the button at the bottom (the app only accepts YouTube trailers). Next to this button you find a hint how to do that. Once you have changed the ID, you can play the trailer immediately.

To see additional information for actors, just click on their image to open a new window with biography and best movies (rated by the TMDb community). You can search for title, cast, content or a genre, to close the search result and return to the complete list of movies, just click on the matching icon.

To avoid flickering and to compensate the timing difference between the loading times of text and images, the application uses two instances of an embedded "content" form. Only after the loading process has completed, the "new" content form is displayed.

All layouts work with only a little of code - the new layout features of EWB2 were used to create a responsive layout. Thus resizing the browser window should keep a proper layout."

Please be sure to let Uli know what you think in the comments.


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Build 9 of the Elevate Web Builder 2 Preview Now Available
Posted by Tim Young on Fri, May 22 2015

A new build 9 of the Elevate Web Builder 2 preview is now available on the web site:

Elevate Web Builder Downloads

It fixes the following issues:
  • An issue with a thread lockup with the EWB Web Server during request disconnects (caused in build 8).


  • The EWB Web Server was setting the Expires header in a way that would cause Chrome/Firefox to not detect new versions of an application properly.


  • An issue with the EWB IDE where the embedded IE web browser would get stuck in a hard loop during shutdown. This would especially happen after AJAX (TServerRequest) errors, and especially if running the application from the local file system.


  • An issue with the event handlers for the current form being cleared if the project was compiled/run/saved while there was a compilation error for the current form (caused in build 8).


  • The transaction commit functionality has been re-organized (again), so please read up here on how it works now:

    Transactions

    and here is my post on the changes in the thread that discusses the issues with the previous design:

    http://www.elevatesoft.com/forums?action=view&category=ewb&id=ewb_general&page=1&msg=5908#5908

    As mentioned in that post, there's a new transactions example project included with EWB 2 that shows how to handle transactions, and more specifically, transaction commit retries.


  • The compiler has been updated to fix a bug where it wouldn't properly detect invalid event handler assignments. Previously, the compiler would allow function events (return value) to be assigned to procedure events (no return).


  • Layout stretches now properly respect the specified constraints for a UI element/control. This was an omission that I hoped to resolve before the final release, and I took a moment to do so. This seems like a non-issue, but it's *very* important for enforcing the size of the TSurface while still allowing the TSurface to stretch to fill the available space in the browser viewport. This will be especially important when "flow" and other similar options are added later.

    All of the existing example projects have been updated to reflect this new capability, and you will see the following code in each:

    procedure TMainForm.MainFormCreate(Sender: TObject);
    begin
       Application.ViewPort.OverflowY:=otAuto;
       with Application.Surface do
          begin
          Constraints.Min.Height:=(Self.Height+40);
          Background.Fill.Color:=clElevateFillGray;
          end;
    end;

    Each example's main form is set up to be positioned in the center of the TSurface control (Layout.Position=lpCenter). By default, the TSurface control's layout is set to position to the top-left and stretch to the bottom-right. What the code above does is tell the UI manager that the surface should never stretch smaller in height than 40 pixels larger than the main form (visual spacing). Combined with the viewport overflow setting, this makes sure that the surface is always large enough to show the main form, while still allowing the surface to stretch to fit the viewport if the viewport is taller than this minimum height. The result is a nice, centered main form at all times, with a browser vertical scrollbar appearing when the height of the browser gets too small. This is especially important on Chrome on Android, which (incorrectly, IMO) resizes the browser when the soft keyboard is displayed, instead of simply overlaying the soft keyboard over the browser.

    As part of the above change to the stretching, I took the opportunity to remove a few of the layout stretch options that should not have been there in the first place. These layout stretch options (TLayoutStretch type) combine position with the stretch, which breaks the design concept of the Layout.Position property being the only property where you specify positioning. The stretch options that have been removed are:

    lsTopLeftRight
    lsLeftTopBottom
    lsRightTopBottom
    lsBottomLeftRight
    lsTopLeftBottomRight

    However, the downside of this change is that other layout stretch values now need to be updated. I've included a fixlayout utility in this build, and you can find it in the:

    \bin\fixlayout\win32

    subdirectory under the main installation directory. It's pretty self-explanatory: you run it, select the output directory (updating is *not* in-place) for the modified forms/interface files, and then select the forms/interfaces that you want to update. After updating the selected files, backup any existing files and then copy the modified files over the existing files. The standard control interfaces and example projects included with EWB 2 are already updated.


  • The XE8 module templates were not being installed properly.


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