DBTA: Revelation recently unveiled OpenInsight 9.1. In beta the new release was OI 9.0.1. What is the significance of the change?
Catalano: Many product enhancements and new features made their way into the product. As more and more new features were added we decided that the release number should reflect more than just a patch release.
DBTA: Is there an over-arching theme to the new release?
Catalano: We plan releases over a 3-year period. We try to have a new release each year addressing the needs and requests from our developers and end users alike. Patch releases are also made from time to time within the year. Since we are Windows-based we also need to work in conjunction with the software deployed by Microsoft. We also analyze current technology trends and see what makes sense to incorporate into our products.
DBTA: Among the new features in the new release are NetOI and RevDotNet. What do these features enable?
Catalano: Using the NetOI .NET assembly, developers can code entirely in Visual Studio and develop a Windows application that utilizes OpenInsight as its data source. RevDotNet is a set of API calls made from within OpenInsight to a .NET control.
DBTA: Can you tell us about some of the other key features in OI 9.1?
Catalano: In no particular order, the new release provides the ability to send a fax from OpenInsight using the standard Windows Fax Server, the ability to send an email using SSL, the creation of a task scheduler that can be called as an API or as a GUI, the ability to process system indexing utilizing the Engine Server, the ability to create code templates in the System Editor++, and the ability to insert graphics and textual separators within OpenInsight menus.
DBTA: Have you started planning OI 9.2 and what are some of the new features Revelation is working on in that release?
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