Reflections and Projections

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)openlp.org.

That's it from me for now.

God bless,

Derek.

Happy New Year, and all the rest

Howdy folks!

Happy new year to you all from me and the team at openlp.org. 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 openlp.org 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, openlp.org'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 openlp.org), 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.

Development status update

Hi to all since this is my first blog entry since joining this project as part of the development team, and thanks to Raoul for his guidance and support.

As you know by now, we have frozen the featureset for the current version of OpenLP.org which we are trying hard to get into a v1 release as soon as possible.  There have been some great idea's from you guys, and we are keeping them all on record for after the v1 release.  We are even putting some of our own idea's on the back burner for now.

So...what's next. Well, there are 4 main issues on the table for the next, and hopefully last, beta release (beta5). These are:

1) The translation feature
2) Fixing the CCLI SongSelect
3) Putting back the song theme assignment
4) Getting the video working

With regard to the Video feature, there is a possible workaround which I am using successfully at the moment.  If you have a relatively recent nVidia display card, there is a setting for "Full screen video".  If you set the "Full screen device" to "auto-select", the card automatically routes the video to the second display.  I had this setting unknowingly set on my development machine and couldn't figure out why video wasn't working on other machines.  Anyway, you can try this workaround and see if it works for you.

I'm sure you are all eager to know when to expect the next beta.  Raoul and I have had a chat and we are planning it for early in the New Year. I know that sounds a bit vague, but the translation feature is an immense amount of work and the video is a bit tricky since we are not DirectX experts.

Well, that's how things stand at the moment.  We appreciate all the comments and feedback.

God bless,

Derek.

Howdy!

Hi guys,

Congratulations to Raoul and his team on the release of openlp.org beta 4. It's looking great! I have been very busy outside of programming, just being back from tour in the US with my band Glass Darkly. We played 14 times over 14 days, and had a great time with it all!

I'm currently thinking up some new ideas for Christian open source projects that might interest me, and would be interested in hearing of any ideas that people have for software that has a church use, and has no or little open source alternative to a mainstream rival.  You can email me at tim [AT] this domain.

 Cheers guys,

Tim

Ladies and gents, I present BETA4!

Hi all!

Yes, I have just released openlp.org beta4. This beta includes things like improved useability, working PowerPoint integeration and a revamped theme system. Please report bugs in the bug reporting forum.

new job, new beta

howdy folks!

yes, you heard correct, there's a new beta coming up in the next couple of days. derek has been working hard the last couple of weeks (more like 2 months i think) and has fixed the powerpoint issue it seems. he's also made some improvements to the interface, and even reworked the themes slightly. many thanks to him for his dedication and hard work!

in other news, i have yet another new job. this one looks much more permanent that the last lot. i at least have an initial year long contract. i also have a decent salary that will cover my expenses nicely. my expenses are also about to decrease, since i'm taking the train to work, and it's FAR cheaper than the petrol for the car. i'm praying that things are looking up.

well, that's all from my side for now.

God bless!

openlp.org about to beta again... and other stories

Hi Folks,

Apologies for the silence, things have been busy.

I have now finally finished my studies. Well, I've written the exam and I feel it went pretty well, so I'm optimistic that I've passed. I'm also doing no extra contract work at the moment, leaving me more time to devote to other things, like my fiance and openlp.org.

And talking of openlp.org, the exciting news is that there has been some major development going on, thanks to Derek. He's had some free time recently and has been fixing some of the larger bugs. He's had a go at the PowerPoint stuff and seems to have fixed it (I know that a lot of people are going to be happy about that), and he's reworked the themes to be much more efficient and intuitive.

Now that my studies are over, I'm going to resume concentrating on the translation side of things, since that's been another much-requested feature. However we are going to release beta 4 first, to get the important fixes out there first. Then once the translation is done we're gonna release beta 5.

Beta 5 will be the last beta, and we're gonna go on to the release candidate stage after that. So please test it out and report bugs using the bug reporting forum.

On a personal note, I'm without work again. The company I'm working for is closing down their development section, and so my contract ends at the end of november. That said and done, I already have 3 interviews lined up over the next couple of days, so any prayers would be appreciated.

Well, that's all from this corner of the globe! God bless!

new site!

Hi folks!

In case some of you didn't notice, we now have a new website. We moved hosts so that we could use some extra functionality that the site sorely needed. So now you *can* have your password e-mailed to you, and we have a multilingual site all-in-one - no more separate sites for different languages.

Hope you enjoy your "website experience"!

I'm still here!

Hi guys,

Just a quick update - I'm still around. Sort of.. Raoul is now handling the main running of openlp.org. I have got married and started a new job with an open source consultancy and things have been rather hectic. However, I do still hope that in the future I can have a hand in the direction and development of openlp.org, and wanted to thank everyone for taking us over 27000 downloads of openlp.org in our life time.

I would love to continue hearing from you on what direction you would like openlp.org to take, and what new features you would like. A Linux version is still in the pipeline, as are a number of other developments - keep your eyes peeled!

Tim