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General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:21 AM »

If I offended anyone -
I'm sorry.

General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 17, 2007, 12:34 AM »
I forgot to mention:
we're having a flu going around at my office.

When I feel a bit better, I'll post the HM updates and latest version of HM8 for testing.

sorry for the inconvenience caused.

General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 17, 2007, 12:27 AM »

one issue I do raise up is the "library issue". it's the same story year-in, year-out for many years.

let me give you a more general example.
suppose you buy a programming library. it costs US$2,000 to license. it comes with all the features you needed and the vendor's web-pages tell of many success stories. you buy it, and then start to integrate it into your program. All seems to goes well until you start getting complaints... the library vendor supports you a little and then, later ignores you... you get stuck with a nightmare situation: you tell your boss you spent US$2,000 and need to buy another library to fix the probem, or try to fix the library a bit here and a bit there, and try to please your customer.

Who gets the blame? I don't know the answer. I re-wrote HelpMaker nearly 30 times before I got it correct.

In the case of HelpMaker,
I went through nearly 10 image-library vendors, 5 calendar-and-planner-library vendors, 6 Treeview-library vendors, 15 database-library vendors... and so on... it stopped some time ago when I got my own in-house developers to write code for me instead.

Maybe it's too good to be true that HelpMaker is free of charge.

Maybe it doesn't matter at all.

General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 15, 2007, 02:29 PM »
just a note here:

vizacc - is NOT the owners of GemX or distribute the product GemX Do-Organizer.

vizacc writes the free software HelpMaker.
The version in Development is HelpMaker version 8.0, which has similar features to GemX DoOrganizer.

The reason why I joined this thread is because vizacc competes against GemX in the E-Book (embedded E-Book) market.

Some kind person was willing to show was GemX Do-Organizer does via web-conference and had a nice discussion with him.
I did some analysis of that Do-Organizer program using the WinSpy utility supplied with Visual C++ v6.0.

Some parts of HelpMaker v8 is written in Delphi and some in Visual C++. We use a special method of compiling where we statically link
MSVCRT (Microsoft Visual C++ Run-Time Library) and MFC (Microsoft Foundation Code) together with Delphi code.

We use the same libraries such as "TNT (Troy's Unicode Controls)".


For example:
- The "Treesviews" ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++.
- HelpMaker's Treeview library is constant updated, hence, any bugs or issues our customers have with the Treeview is fixed and updated.

- The Calendar and Planner found in GemX was ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ .
- HelpMaker's Calendar and Planner library is custom-made, and goes far beyond what GemX does.

- GemX database system .... I won't discuss that...
- HelpMaker database I/O library connects to every large and well-know database vendor in the market.

For the record:
- Vizacc "used to use" that Treeview library, that Planner library, that Calendar library, that WordProcessor library, and many libraries that GemX uses.
- Vizacc don't use them +++++++++++++ libraries .

The reason why I hijacked this thread is because:
- Vizacc have all the libraries required to make something similar to GemX.
- Vizacc have the ability to make something similar to GemX, and probably give a lower or scaled-down version for free.
- Vizacc has it's own WordProcessor, MindMapper system and many libraries (which we will never sell).

For example,
- our WordProcessing guys here does nothing all day long but breath RTF, HTML and PDF all day long.
- our MindMapper guys does nothing but geometric and graphics calculations all day long.

Most importantly:
- Vizacc has the financial resources to pull this off, and give good customer-service as well.

Hope that helps.

General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 13, 2007, 08:08 PM »
I mean, 10pm EST time Sunday 14 Oct 2007.

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