Reflections and Projections

1.2.0 - A bug or 2 :)

Well, it would appear as if there are 1 or 2 small (?) issues that I missed in my testing.  Firstly, it's important to select a monitor in the First Run Wizard.  Failure to do so will result in an error message, but the software will still run fine afterwards.

Secondly, in some cases, the Search Button in the Bible Verse Lookup goes missing.

I plan to make these corrections in the next few days and release an update. Feel free to try and find as many bugs  as you can in 1.2.0 so we can make 1.2.1 bug free :D


Version 1.2.0 is now available

Hi all,

For those of you out there that don't have musicians to play music for your church service and use audio tracks, version 1.2.0 will be a welcome surprise (since it wasn't in the project plan). Due to a personal requirement, I continued development on the v1.x line of and added the facility to play audio files. Not only that, but they can be linked to lyrics and managed together.

While I was busy with this I was in contact with CCLI in Germany and was able to get information which enabled me to build in song import support for SongSelect file (txt & usr).  I also added a web based facility to import songs from SongSelect.  For those of you who use SongSelect, I'm sure you will enjoy this.

I was also able to enhance the internationalisation capabilities of This includes being able to select your language preference when the First Run Wizard runs after installation.

In the process of development, a few bug fixes were also taken care of. For a more complete list of the changes, refer to the Changelog.

You can get your all new 1.2.0 edition from the download page.


P.S. I should mention that other than urgent bugfixes, this really is the last of the 1.x versions :)

Welcome to Jon Tibble

This is a little late, but better late than never... I want to welcome Jon Tibble to the OpenLP 2.0 core development team.

Jon has been helping us out with come coding recently, and has proven himself to be a real asset. He's not only been working on some of the bigger things, he's also gone in and worked on a lot of the smaller bits that we haven't been able to devote time to. He's got a real eye for detail and is a meticulous developer.

So, from me and all the rest of the core developers: Welcome Jon!

Commit 550 has passed and new components have arrived

Work on the 2.0 version is moving forward at great speed with new developers helping out.

In the last few weeks code has been added to run Impress presentations on Linux. Work is underway to get this to also work on Windows. Powerpoint and PowerPoint Viewer will come later.

In the latest merge a new Audit plugin has arrived to audit songs used during a service. This will record what was actually used during a service. More work is needed on this component but the foundations are complete.

The other month an extension to the alerting component was added allow alerts to be triggered over a network.  This will be useful for creche's and car park attendants

Find us on Ohloh!

If you haven't noticed it before, let me draw your attention to the bottom little black bar underneath the menu on the left. This is a little counter and a link to our project page on the Ohloh website. Ohloh is a site where open source projects can have a project page, and users of the software can write reviews, indicate that they use the software, and give the developers "kudo". It's kinda like a Facebook for open source projects.

As you can see from the counter, currently has 183 594 lines of code, and would cost a dedicated development team $2.5 million to write. If you use, and you like it, would you please consider signing up on Ohloh and at least mark that you use it. If you'd like to, please feel free to write a review, and giving the developers kudo is always welcome.

A Linux Server Distribution For Churches?

I've just written a blog entry on a blog I take part in for Christians in Open Source Software, and I thought that some folks who use might be interested in reading my blog entry, and possibly commenting on it.

Without further ado, here is the link: A Linux Server Distribution For Churches?

New Milestone towards Version 2.

Without the aid of a sceen shot revision 500 has been committed to the repository.

We are making progress with Songs , Bibles and Custom plugins working resonably.

The ServiceManager and ThemeManagers allow services to be saved and loaded and themes imported from version1.

We are still a few months away from an alpha release but we are making good progress.

It's a Boy!

Just to let everyone in OpenLP-land know that my wife and I now have a lovely healthy baby boy! He was born at 12:16 on Wednesday 29 July, and weighed 3.57 kilograms. For the full story and pictures, you can read the blog post on my personal blog.

Imminent Arrival of Junior

No, we're not releasing OpenLP 2.0, my wife and I are expecting a baby.

From time to time in the past I have blogged things of a more personal nature, which I know some of the OpenLP community have welcomed, and I figured that most of the community would like to hear this bit of news.

My wife is booked for a caesarean section on Wednesday, 29th July. This is our first child, and we're both excited, but also daunted at the responsibility we have been given to take care of this baby. We would most certainly appreciate your prayers for the operation and for the adjustments we have to make and for the additional financial consequences of a child.

Of course, having a new born baby is unfortunately also going to impact the amount of work I can do on OpenLP, but I'm hoping that it won't be taking away too much of my time.

Thanks for your prayers and support!