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Charlie Thornton

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For the Next Release
« on: May 27, 2008, 08:56:34 am »

The next release of PyroSim will be a maintenance update to PyroSim 2007.  This majority of effort for this release has focused on updating the license system.  We have switched away from the Crypkey license system in favor of RLM.  This update should resolve problems relating to keys expiring too early, site codes constantly changing, and problems using PyroSim on 64-bit OSs.  Also, the floating license installation should go a lot smoother.  We have a number of users (about 20)  already testing out the new licensing system with very positive results.

We are currently working on an automated system that will provide trial users and purchasers with the correct license file.  This should speed up key delivery and also free up a bit of our time to add more fire modeling features to PyroSim.

Under the hood, we've also upgraded to a newer version of our C++ development platform.  That impacts the developers significantly, but users should just notice a subtle improvement in the quality of the software and feature-adding speed.

There will also be a few bug fixes and maybe a couple small new features.  A more complete list will be in the release notes.

This maintenance release should go out in Summer 2008.  Exactly when depends on how long it takes us to work out the details of this automated licensing system.

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Re: For the Next Release
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 08:44:33 am »

Hi Charlie,

I'm doing 3 workshops in Ireland in mid-July. I'ld like to use the latest version. Will it be available by the end of June?

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Re: For the Next Release
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 10:21:28 am »

Our target date is July 15.  That includes full support for automated node-locked license activation (no email at all to get your license file, everything happens in PyroSim).  However, things are going well and I'm pretty confident we'll have the English-language version wrapped up well before the 15th (e.g. by June 13).
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Re: For the Next Release
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008, 10:44:37 am »

Hi Charlie,

Is the new version out?

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Re: For the Next Release
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008, 12:45:02 pm »

In terms of the next version being "out", we're still looking at July 15.  PyroSim is contributing a lot of it's work time to wrapping up the Pathfinder beta right now.  However, I think what we've got will work well for your class.  The remaining work on the list is infrastructure for license activation and management.  I'll send you an email to work out the details.

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Re: For the Next Release
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 07:34:36 am »

Well, it's July 17.  It looks like the release will be sometime next week.  We couldn't help but add a couple new features:

- Now the Activation tab in the object editor has an additional "combination logic" option.  If you pick ANY, then the object will be present in the model if any of the selected conditions are in the "active" state.  If you pick ALL, the object will be present if all of the selected conditions are in the active state.  Before, it just behaved like any - which meant if you were trying to deactivate an object with multiple conditions (e.g. use time and a heat detector to remove an object) the object would only go away after the time condition AND the heat detector condition had triggered.  We still plan to do a more complete control logic dialog, but we're hoping this one will hold until we can figure out the right way to do it.

- Now you can disable parts of the model (e.g. meshes, obstructions) if you don't want them written to the FDS simulation.  They'll still be written if they're depended on by something else, but otherwise they'll be suppressed.  This can be useful if you want to run a small section of a larger model for testing and the like.

Also, when we release, the license key system should be automated.  If you are currently a customer, we'll still have to do a bit of work by hand to get you your new activation code, but this business of waiting for site keys should go away almost entirely.
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Re: For the Next Release
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 02:39:26 pm »

We've got the 2008 release ready and we've been trying to get it out today, but we've been having all sorts of web trouble.  It should be available today (Friday) or Monday.
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