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Author Topic: Polywick StoryServer first public alpha available...  (Read 3729 times)

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Polywick StoryServer first public alpha available...
« on: March 01, 2019, 04:17 PM »
Greetings to everyone at DonationCoder.com   I'm new here but see alot of names from the old days of EccoPro at Yahoo. 

I am excited to announce the first public showing of a late alpha version of StoryServer.  DonationCoder asks that I state my relationship to Polywick.  I am a soon-to-be user of StoryServer who has been waiting as long as everyone else for today.  I'm also an Ecco user since almost day 1 and have been offering Polywick developers "old fart perspective" and early feedback.  Sorry it has taken longer than anticipated to reach this point but hey, I have looked at SS for a couple days and I think "yes, this is the real deal" and "this is a dream come true".  Looking forward to seeing what you think.

There has been skepticism whether someone/anyone could reproduce a modern, 64-bit version of EccoPro - one without memory limitations and one with modern web interfacing.  And there is debate as to whether something like this is even needed/wanted/warranted in 2019.  Understandably so.  We'll have to let the 'market' decide if StoryServer is needed. As to the claims of a new Ecco .... over the years most of us have gotten excited only to be frustrated one too many times.  Do you remember back in 2010 a developer posting something that looked promising, and then nothing?  If I recall, it was rumored the developer had gotten sick from trying to replicate Ecco, it was so impossible. Well, let this be a lesson to us all...

Perseverance pays off. 

Read the StoryServer story here for inspiration next time you get stuck.

https://storyserver....ss/briefhistory.html

Yes ladies and gentlemen, this software really has been in development - on and off - for over 10 years.

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StoryServer could have been released in skeletal form in January.  If you develop software you know the concept of "feature creep".  It has been the developer's desire to make ver. 1 of StoryServer robust and to that end has studied not only EccoPro, but all the great Ecco add-ons including Walter Hendle's early Ecco stuff, YSWT's EccoMagic apps, Cold Mountain's ideas, and of course Slang's EE.  Figuring out new ways to do old routines takes time.  As I mentioned, I've been in touch with Polywick for a few months offering feedback and I can tell you these people do not sleep. They are "on fire" to make an incredible new piece of software that honors an old tradition, and with a path forward.  I see the progress and am amazed at the innovations. Good coders, IMHO.  Please download the alpha, look through the menus and I think you will be happy at where this is heading.

Keep in mind this alpha is 'read-only'.  Please note StoryServer writes *no data to the registry*, the install path is user definable, and SS can be installed 'portable' on USB stick. Also note there is an Ecco32.exe in the package.  I am told this is a 'DDE dummy' allowing Ecco & StoryServer to talk to each other and the rest of the DDE world.

Installation is straight forward. Installer should place a shortcut on your desktop.  If not, find "storyserver.exe" in the install folder and launch from there.

Documentation is still WIP but installation section is fleshed-out. If you need more info...

https://storyserver....ss/installation.html

Get your alpha copy now at ...

https://my.pcloud.co...gNfvngavAztwtfxIkJjV


Looking forward to your reactions and I'll check back to answer questions.

Cheers,
Mark/MD/airchecklover/EverEcco guy

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Re: Polywick StoryServer first public alpha available...
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 02:30 PM »
DonationCoder asks that I state my relationship to Polywick.  I am a soon-to-be user of StoryServer who has been waiting as long as everyone else for today.  I'm also an Ecco user since almost day 1 and have been offering Polywick developers "old fart perspective" and early feedback.  Sorry it has taken longer than anticipated to reach this point but hey, I have looked at SS for a couple days and I think "yes, this is the real deal" and "this is a dream come true".  Looking forward to seeing what you think.

Nice to meet you Mark, welcome to the site  :up:

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Re: Polywick StoryServer first public alpha available...
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 07:48 AM »
Thanks mouser. Poking around ... cool site. I especially like the "some useful but less-known software list"  thread. Go indie developers go!

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Re: Polywick StoryServer - public alpha update ...
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 01:28 AM »
Hi and hello.  Thank you for feedback on first public alpha review of StoryServer, v09.150.

New builds continue.  Latest  is 09.153 dated 3/5/2019.  Found at ....
https://my.pcloud.co...gNfvngavAztwtfxIkJjV

SS is still read-only. A minimal dataset is provided. To activate, File --> New --> New StoryServer Database
Menus are in place so you can see features and toolbar can be populated.
There are bugs to be found, but the program does not make registry entries and will not lock your cpu. Not here on XP, 7 & 10 anyway.


News ....
Developers spent last few days fixing all reported bugs.  No date set for beta as additional features are being considered &/or added.

One design goal of StoryServer is near instantaneous speed. To that end, SS is largely new, tight, 'from scratch' code.  As new features are devised, dependent routines break or need to be created.  In the process new bugs appear. This is the nature of writing tight and integrated code.  Takes longer but the results are worth it.  Especially if you are a speed freak :-)

Mark
EccoPro+EE user and cheerleader for StoryServer development

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Re: Polywick StoryServer public alpha update ...
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 09:14 AM »
Thank you for valuable feedback. New builds continue. 

Latest is 09.154 dated 3/6/2019.  Found at ....
https://my.pcloud.co...gNfvngavAztwtfxIkJjV

• Fixes almost all reported bugs. 
• Work continues on grid and columns mimicking Ecco functionality and enhancing formatted data storage.
• New Forum being tested.

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Re: Polywick StoryServer first public alpha available...
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2019, 08:57 AM »
alpha 0.90.157 dated 3/8/19 released.

https://my.pcloud.co...gNfvngavAztwtfxIkJjV

• Fixes reported installation hangs on Win10
• Fixes installation wizard custom path error
• Includes auto-path detect for email clients with custom installation paths
• Fixes minor UI issues

New Forum for feedback & bug reporting soon.