PC Soft What I Want #1–WebDev Template Preview

Now that the release 16 is approaching I thought it would be good to give some thoughts into what I would love to see in the next release. I’m just going to call it PC Soft What I Want but in the post I will be talking about all 3 products.

To start with I would love to be able to preview a template for testing rather than having to go to another page. If you try testing a template page you get an error.

 

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Maybe one way would be able to specify in the template settings to page to run when testing. Its would just be nice to have to improve productivity.

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WebDev – Creating Opaque backgrounds without affecting Text

In WebDev if you create a cell and set its background and opacity then the elements within the cell will also appear with the same opacity.

This is not great when you want to show text with say a crisp white colour. So how do you produce the effect without affecting the text?

Firstly you need to add an image control, set its Type to Generated.

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Also make sure that you select “The control can be overlaid” on the image and then add a cell over the text. I usually set a background colour to the image to help me work with it in design.

Add a text control to the cell and set some text. Note that the Cell control also needs to be set as “The control can be overlaid”.

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Even though you set the background of the image you still need to generate a new background with the opacity. Its easy and only requires a few lines of code.

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Note that you have to make sure the shape of the background is set to Solid Background for this to work.

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iPhone Takes the Fun Out of Coding

ban Once again the news has spread about the Apple Store rejecting this time the Opera Web browser. I have said this before, Apple are becoming what Microsoft was years ago and that concerns me.

Last week we purchased an HTC Touch Pro for some in house development and I had forgotten how much fun it is to develop on Windows Mobile.

I know the UI is not slick like the iPhone, but I have control over all the phones features and can develop any application I like without getting the Phone manufacturers approval.

Who would want to spend months developing an application, only to be rejected by the App Store and no other way to distribute it.

The close door approach that Apple is taking will inevitably be their downfall. I have seen it so many times that it’s incredible they still do it.

We live in a growing world of openness and collaboration. If a company wants to succeed they need to embrace this.

I never thought I would see Microsoft do this, but they have and developers are flocking back to the giant.

It’s not to late for Apple to see the light but I would say the current bureaucracy within the company will defend any attempt to become more open and trust the community.

For me, I am foregoing the iPhone for now and once again enjoying the open window from Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Blackberry and many more.

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Exciting News – WinDev 14 Coming to a Screen Near You

Its fun times at PC Soft again with another stack of amazing new features for WinDev, WebDev and WinDev Mobile.

We will have to wait for the English release date for the products, but I am hoping that they will be much quicker than 12.

I will be working through the French Découvrez les 501 NOUVEAUTÉS and let you know the new features that are in this version.

If you have never herd of or tried WinDev then you are missing out on an incredible development environment.

I used to do all my development in Visual Studio.NET and was getting very frustrated with the buggy IDE and the amount of code you have to do in .NET just to perform the simplest of tasks.

With WinDev I have been able to build professional looking websites 70% quicker.

I just love coding in WinDev and WebDev, it’s brought back the fun in coding.

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Microsoft Finally Get How to Advertise the Windows

I just didn’t get the Seinfeld adverts, they were just to out there. But the new Microsoft adverts I like a lot.

Now I’m a PC and a Mac. I love both platforms (yes even Vista). It was fun to watch the Mac adverts take advantage but finally Microsoft have fired back. What I like about these ads are that they focus on people using a PC in real life, nothing about attempting to slander a Mac.

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