Revelation Software has announced that OpenInsight 9.2.1 is now in development and will include a new Version Control module, as well as O4W (OpenInsight for Web) release 1.1.
O4W 1.0 was released earlier this year as part of the latest release of OpenInsight. "When we released O4W 1.0, which was within our OpenInsight 9.2 release, we received so much feedback - not only to the initial release but even during the beta testing phase," says Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, that
Revelation had to stop the development of O4W at a certain point in order to get the documentation in sync. This resulted in a backlog of features that needed to be included, "and they are showing up now in the 9.2.1 release," he tells 5 Minute Briefing.
The introduction of O4W was immediately embraced by the Revelation customer base, notes Mike Ruane, president and CEO of Revelation. "With the O4W product, it was fairly obvious that this was such a solution for so many of our users that, before the product even came out officially in OpenInsight version 9.2, we made special cuts of it for some of our customers that were able to run it in prior versions because they needed to have the solution right then. They were working on real-world solutions for their customers and then, as soon as 9.2 came out, they were ready."
Among the key new features being added in the new version of O4W in OpenInsight 9.2.1, is a new theme selector. "It lets you change on the fly the look and feel of your web application. We are tied to the jQuery library that is produced by Google and there is a myriad of themes that someone can choose from, and just by picking a particular theme, the entire look and feel of your page changes," explains Catalano. This is a "big boon" to developers as well, adds Ruane, since it allows them to leverage their years of MultiValue database experience and also take advantage of the themes put together by jQuery developers and the jQuery community, in order to bring out a much more robust, better-looking application.
In O4W 1.1, there is also the ability to take an existing OpenInsight form or report and automatically convert that form or report into an O4W web form or report automatically, as well as many other new features.
For information on OpenInsight 9.2.1 and O4W 1.1, which will be generally available by the end of the year, go to the Revelation website.