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post #1 of 9 Old 02-23-2012, 07:09 PM - Thread Starter
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OK, so we've been working on an auto-generation system for our CQC product for a while now. This is the second generation of it, which will be coming out in the 4.1 version here a few weeks. There's still lots that can be done, and it will continue to be expanded in every subsequent release, but it's already pretty powerful.

This video is just a demonstration of the creation of a very attractive multi-room solution that includes weather, security, lights, movies, and music, in 12 minutes flat, from having nothing but the hardware installed (an Elk or Omni in this case, and a multi-output audio card for music.)

CQC Speed Install Demo

And, given that it's not a canned system, but a very powerful and flexible one, it has the advantage of both getting a nice solution quickly, but also having full access to customize it as required per job. There is no code at all involved in the solution. It's all point and click stuff and you could have created it from scratch using our design tools. We are just pre-generating a lot of it for you to provide a very nice starting point, with a well established, aesthetic look and feel.

There's currently only one 'theme', called Antique. We have a couple others which have just not yet been converted over to this second generation scheme, but they will be soon. The interface design tool also understands these themes so if you decide to customize, it can generate lots of individual screen elements that are pre-styled to fit the theme, saving you a lot of time.

For 4.2 we'll expand it considerably again, probably adding web browser based access generation, some common scheduled activities, and other types of functionality like sprinklers, more security stuff, etc...

Anyway, a lot of people understand that our product is very powerful and pretty unlimited in what it can do, but they also think that it is possibly too open ended and therefore difficult to get something created that can be customized for the job. Hopefully these types of tools will help to change that opinion.

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Here are some sample screen shots of the solution:






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Very nice Dean!

+1, quite stunning.

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Thanks. We are taking a pause here for a couple weeks to get 4.1 out, and then we'll pick up with this stuff again on the other side and get more more resolutions and themes supported.

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Big update.
Should help you secure new users.
Nice job.
Best of luck.

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Thanks. It'll take another big step forward in the next release as well.

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So here is a video that demonstrates the other aspect of CQC, the ability to heavily customize the product, and basically develop slick and interactive applications without writing a single line of code. What I've done in this one is to go back and add a screen to control a sprinkler schedule. Actually all of what I've done here will be things that the next iteration of the auto-generation will be able to do for you, but it's a good example to use so I went with it. As before it's not intended to teach, but just to demonstrate.

This is purely customization so it's not as simple as the other one but, as I mention in the video, keep in perspective that we are creating a really nice, interactive application, point and click, in about 13 minutes. And of course, also as mentioned, once you've done such a screen, you could reuse it again and again as well.

http://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Dow...nstallCust.wmv

Someone may say, why would I do 'all that' to set a sprinkler schedule, why not have a screen to set the schedule. It's because there are many such things you may want to do, and we can't forsee them all, and we can't forsee how you'd like them look and act. This sort of full customization capability takes a little more time to learn, but it means you can do anything you want pretty much, and add your own value to the solution.

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BTW, the 4.1 release with this stuff in it is out now.

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