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[WD18] Time for a maintenance release.

Startbeitrag von Al am 26.06.2013 23:54

Hello All

Following on from the problems I had with V17 and the reported problems with V18, I get the feeling that this may be a critical time for PCSoft and the manner in which it is handled could have implications for all of us.

I have written to Tech support asking that PCSoft take time off from the mad compulsion to introduce 100's of new features, and to communicate with their developers and spend this year fixing everything, including old bugs, and to release the fixes as they are completed.

I think this would go a long way to restoring our faith in PCSoft and confidence in the long term future of Windev.

I don't think it will happen because I don't think PCSoft have any regard for their developers, but I think it is worth at least trying, so I am asking, if you agree with me, to contact PCSoft via Tech support and ask them to spend this year on maintenance rather than new features.



Hi Al,

I agree, a maintenance release could help a lot.
PC Soft should know that we are willing to pay for such (e.g. 18.5 or even 19.0 ?) as we do for any other regular releases.

I sent a list of much needed features, suggestions and equally much needed fixes (mainly WD & WM, we do not use WB in production, just for playing) to PCS recently and received a partial answer for now. I shall add some items to this list because time has been too short to fully remember everything.

Since the annotation function of the Online Help System is still out of order, I'd suggest to use the 'WX products: Suggestions and Feature Requests' forum at http://27130.foren.mysnip.de/list.php?27592 in order to get a better overview about suggestions, bugs and needed fixes. I strongly believe that PCS developers need such an overview too because I got the impression that very old problems silently slip out of their focus. As well, Wx products have many features which are poorly documented or stay undocumented at all. Same category: missing examples. Docs refer to examples which aren't there, neither in the French nor in the English release. In version 18 PCS endeavoured a lot in order to match French and English versions in regards to count of skins and examples, but there's still some way to go.

von GuenterP - am 27.06.2013 05:54
Hi Al,

I believe that the main issue is PC-soft not enough man power and they try to do alot endup getting more problem .

"Jack of all trades, master of none"

von ccc2 - am 27.06.2013 08:54
Surely they have enough workpower. It is just a question of how to allocate it. There seems to be at least two alternatives to do that:

1. Generate 900 + the new version number of "new" features (read: bugs), or

2. Fix the bugs

If option 2 is not acceptable, then maybe they could consider a third option, a compromise, to develop only 500 new bugs, and fix 500 old bugs annually?

On the other hand, they might just be collecting what ever monies are available and then move to the pacific island shown in their brochures...


von Ola - am 27.06.2013 10:47

Annotation System Fixed!


the Annotation System for the English part of the online Wx-products Help System has been fixed!

You're invited to leave comments there about

- how to do, explanation of a function
- nonfunctions / malfunctions
- suggestions for improvments

von GuenterP - am 27.06.2013 13:32
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