Reflections and Projections

Expanding the support team

Hi folks! is once again looking for volunteers to help out!

We are looking for a couple of people to join our support team. You must know quite well, regard yourself a power user, and be able to troubleshoot problems with Windows and Office.

If you'd like to help out, please contact David, the head of support, at support[at] 1.0 beta 5

Hi guys,

A BIG thank you goes out to Derek, who's been slaving away at adding features and removing bugs. And it's therefore our great pleasure to give you 1.0 beta 5.

Some things we have done:

  • Song level themes reintroduced and reported errors corrected
  • Theme name field corrected to be not writable when adding anew theme after editing an existing theme
  • Theme background colour bug corrected
  • "Edit/Delete the selected song" added to the right-click menu
  • "Delete author" option added to song edit dialog and add song wizard dialog.
  • Automatically add authors from the "add a new author" button to the "selected authors" box instead of requiring the user to search the combo box and click "add as a song author"
  • CCLI Username and password config added to settings form.
  • CCLI Number not used as SongSelect username
  • CCLI Login and song import corrected
  • CCLI search result 'next' and 'previous' buttons fixed
  • Powerpoint launched if not running when loading a presentation
  • A few corrections made to the powerpoint slide handling
  • Slides sorted alphabetically
  • Video handling corrected

I have put created a topic in the bug reports forum for bug reports: 1.0 beta 5 bugs

God bless and enjoy!

release on sunday, thanks to

It's a plain fact:'s servers suck. We moved the site away from them, we've moved our project management tools away from them, and I think I might just move entirely away from them.

I'm on dialup here at home. Which is slow. So it takes a HECK of a long time to upload the 7.5 megabyte install file for So you can imagine how unimpressed I am that the file upload failed at 95%. You can imagine then that I'm even less impressed with the fact that you cannot manually delete a file from their upload server, and that you have to wait 24 hours before the is automatically deleted. And that for some or other unknown reason I cannot log in to the shell server to upload the file there and then move it across to the upload server.

So, as much as I am ready for a Friday release,'s pathetic service is not. So please be patient while I wait.

beta 5 release due on friday

Hi folks,

Derek and I had a chat a few weeks ago and have decided to release Beta 5 on Friday. it's not going to have all the features and bug fixes we'd hoped for, but it should have the majority of show-stopper bugs patched. We've fixed a number of things in the CCLI SongSelect and also in the Video part. We've decided to postpone the localisation, since that's gonna take a little longer than expected, and I haven't had the time to work on it until recently.

Also, like I've said before, we have done a feature-freeze. This is because if we DON'T we'll NEVER release version 1.0.

God bless! Mac

So, yesterday evening I decided to try to see how wxMac would compile openlp. It took all night to install wxMac, but finally this morning I've got openlp to compile, and present to you the first screenshots of openlp on a Mac! Bear in mind that there are a lot of crinkles to iron out now, but I'm pretty impressed by the fact it ported easily to the Mac, and that hopefully, we can get it workable for the same release as on Windows cross platform.

Let me know what you think, please! C++

Hi guys,

just a quick message to show you a screen of what in C++ is looking like. As you can see, most of the main window is implemented - and it'll all work just like you're used to. And remember, it's all been developed with totally free/open source tools, and will run on Mac, Linux and Windows!

Tim cross platform

So, over the last few months I've been doing more and more C++, and have been loving working with it. As my time is freeing up a little bit with regard to doing personal projects again, I've started work on a Cross Platform version of based on the wxWidgets framework. The progress so far is stellar, in 3 days I've nailed most of the fundamental GUI features, and hopefully this completely open development platform will open up opportunities for more people to work on the project. I'll start uploading source into SVN in the next few days. The big advantage of this framework, for the non-techies among you, is that it can compile to binary on Mac, Linux and Windows; with support for all the libraries that needs.

Oh and you can see my band, Glass Darkly in concert live at CreationFest this summer - or any number of other places around the UK, and the US. Keep tabs on the website for more info.

I'll keep you posted on any new developments.


Status update and a request for assistance

Things are looking promising for a release of beta 5 in the next week or two. I think I've nailed down the video bug and re-worked the theming to take everyone's preferences into account. You can now set your preferred theme level to song level, OOS level or global default. I few other small bugs have also been resolved. The internationalisation feature will be moved out to beta6.

The one outstanding issue that we wanted to include for beta 5 is the correction of the CCLI bug. This is where we have a small problem that I hope someone out there can help me with. The South African CCLI website does not have the same functionality as the USA website and we can't use it to test the CCLI interface. With this in mind, I would like to ask if anyone out there can assist me with a username/password. I will of course keep it confidential. You can contact me at derek(at)

That's it from me for now.

God bless,


Happy New Year, and all the rest

Howdy folks!

Happy new year to you all from me and the team at We hope that 2007 is indeed a blessed year and you and your churches grow closer to God.

From our side, we're still working hard on beta 5. We're hoping to get that out the door middle to end of this month.

As usual, we can always do with more people, so if you think you can be of use and you'd like to help out, you can contact us through the contact page.

Well, God bless to you all!

Translators and documentators needed!

Hey guys!

As you might have noticed,'s development is progressing pretty nicely. It's been a long time, and a long process (hectic personal schedules leave little time for pet projects like, but we're finally nearing 1.0.

BUT in order for us to have a really nicely finished and polished product, we need documentation. We're looking for people who are willing to put aside a couple of hours a week (say about 2 - 4) and, in a collaborative manner, put together a user guide second to none. If you're interested in joining us, then please contact us via the contact form (subject: Help with documentation).

We also need people who are willing to translation this site (and therefore the documentation) into other languages. If you speak German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or anything else, and you'd like to help out, then please contact us via the contact form (subject: Help with translation). Please remember that I don't speak anything other than English, so don't e-mail me in your language, I won't understand what you're saying.