Reflections and Projections

beta 6 glitches

Well, we're still working on beta 6. It's almost there... I implemented the internationalization, but to my dismay it's not working. I'm going to look into it further to see if I can work out what's wrong. So hopefully, if I can figure that out soon, we can have beta 6 out by the end of this week, next week the latest.

Thanks also to a post in the forums, we think we might have solved the CCLI SongSelect login problem. We're gonna also be looking at fixing that this week. Derek has also managed to pick up another 2 bugs and has fixed one of them in the mean time.

Like I think I mentioned in my previous blog post, we're going to RC1 next release, so that's gonna call for intense testing. So get your testing gear out, and pile into beta 6 and RC1 when they are released.

beta 6 almost out

Howzit Folks,

Beta 6 is almost upon us. I'm just trying to find some time to finish off the last few things. Some of the bugs from beta 5 are gonna be carried over to beta 6, because we haven't been able to solve them yet. There are also a few more new features.

Our next release is RC1 - the first release candidate. We're hoping to resolve the remaining bugs, and any new ones from beta 6 from now on. Please note that this also means that there will be no more new features. We have made our feature freeze final, and any new features will be added in version 1.1, the development version of 1.2, which will be commenced once we have released 1.0 final.

I'm really excited to be bringing  out our first ever proper version of, version 1.0. Thanks for sticking with us, and bearing with us on this long road to 1.0!

The Facebook revolution

Howdy folks,

Yes, I have been sucked into FaceBook, YASNS [Yet Another Social Networking Site]. So, since I have been dragged into it, I decided to make the best of it and created an group . You're welcome to join!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Some new things... some old things...

Howdy folks,

Some new things: Well, we're now using activeCollab as our main project management tool. It's much easier and less confusing to use than , and it helps us keep track of everything that's going on. I've even changed the "Project Page" link to point to our activeCollab instance. If you'd like to check out what's happening, log in with username/password guest/guest. You should be able to view everything.

Some old things: Progress on beta 6 is good. We've actually introduced a few new things in it that we decided couldn't wait, and would need to be in 1.0 final in any case to make it a decent software release.

That's all from my side for now.

God bless!

New version of the Bible Creator out

Well, it seems that my little database creator tool had a little bug in it, but I have now resolved it. You can download the latest version from the download page on

Keeping track of development

If you'd like to keep track of the development of, see where we are and what we're up to, you can go to our project management tool at Login with the username/password combination of guest/guest and you'll be able to see the task lists and milestones and things we have set for ourselves.

Just remember though when it comes to the dates of milestones, it doesn't mean we will actually stick to those dates we put in there, they are just a guideline for us, a goal to attempt to achieve. We all work and have families, and so we try to fit in where we can.

Ooops!! My bad!

I must admit to those frustrated users who installed beta 5 only to find out that it wiped out their song collection, that it is kinda my fault. I had not checked the installation script (which I got from Tim originally) to see what it was doing. Also, I noticed that I had not included the proper database with the public domain songs in it, so you all got my little test database. My humblest apologies!

So I have updated the installer, and I will be uploading it in the next week (probably from work, where we have a nice fat pipe onto the Internet, rather than my dialup at home).

In other news, Derek and I have already fixed a number of bugs that you mentioned. Please keep those bug reports coming in. I'm also about to start working on the internationalization ("i18n" for short) functionality and hope to get that underway shortly.

Also, good news for those who run in a limited user account, we have started making provision for that too. You will be able to run in a limited user account, and each user account on the computer will have their own settings, although all users will have the same database, themes, etc. Of course you'll still need administrator access to install, but that's normal for any other application as well.

I'm very pleased with the progress we have made so far, and Derek is doing a fantastic job, so well done to him!

Oh, and as usual, we're always on the look out for helping hands. We need documentation done and we need a few more people in our support team, and of course more developers are always welcome. Please use the Contact Us page to let us know.

God bless!

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.