Terian ID Creator Support for Indesign CC 2018 in Testing

With the release of Adobe Indesign CC 2018 this week, we are testing an update to provide support for this version which we hope to roll out soon.

Adobe Indesign CC 2018 Title Screen

Currently the latest version of Adobe CC supported by Terian ID Creator is 2017.1 (or v12.1) that was released on 14/April/2017. The default installation process for CC 2018 will remove previous versions of Adobe CC. If the previous version is removed, you will receive an alert similar to the following when logging into Terian ID Creator.

Alert Dialog for missing Indesign CC 2017.1

You can avoid this alert and retain functionality by unchecking the remove previous versions option in the advanced options of the installation. If you have already updated and removed the previous version you will need to re-install an older version until the CC 2018 Compatibility update we are testing is released.

Terian ID Creator v1.30 Released

After a slightly extended testing process I have released Terian ID Creator v1.30. You can download it from the official website here

Terian IDC version log

Major Change:

As described in a previous post this version includes a major change, with the internal data access framework migrated from the venerable dbExpress (DBX) library to FireDAC.

I have also updated the data access layer to support both the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server and the SQL Server 2012 Native Client. The recommended access layer is the ODBC driver (which will be installed as part of the installation process if it is not already present), however the SQL Server 2012 Native Client can be downloaded and installed separately if you prefer to use that.

The SQL Server 2012 Native Client can be downloaded from the Microsoft SQL 2012 Feature Pack download page here, with the Native Client download links found part way down the page.

Database Support:

Officially Terian ID Creator will only support SQL Server 2012, 2014, and 2016. Other versions may work, however we do not currently provide support for them.

Operating System Support:

Support for versions of Windows prior to 7 have been dropped. The following operating systems are supported in v1.30:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 10

Similarly to the database server support, other versions of Windows may work, however we do not currently provide support for them. Our recommendation is to use Windows 10.

Removed App Analytics:

Collection of anonymous application usage data for the purpose of App Analytics has been removed.

Previously the first time Terian ID Creator was started a privacy notice was displayed informing the user we collect anonymous usage data.

The following information was tracked:

  • Terian ID Creator version number
  • Operating System version number
  • Application start count and dates
  • Form Navigation
  • Exception Error Reports

The Following information was NOT tracked:

  • Usernames
  • Client Details
  • Card Type Details including configuration and data

As of v1.30 we no longer track any information via App Analytics.

Going Forward:

This update provides a good forward move for operating support and database support, sadly we do see the end of support for Windows XP however given that Microsoft dropped support for XP over 3 years ago (April 8th 2014) it was becoming increasingly more difficult to continue to provide legacy support while implementing additional improvements.

If you have any issues/thoughts/comments please feel free to get in touch.

Terian ID Creator v1.30 in Testing

For the past couple of weeks we have been testing some major changes to the underlying database access framework that Terian ID Creator uses.

Terian IDC version log

This is a considerable update and the information below may be subject to change.

Overhaul Driver:

The primary driver (pardon the pun) behind this change has been to migrate to FireDAC as it is intended to become the replacement for the venerable dbExpress (DBX) data access library which in time will most likely become deprecated. The secondary driver was the desire to remove the SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client prerequisite, as having an almost 10 year old application installation as a prerequisite is not necessarily the best look when installing software.

So we have updated the native client prerequisite to SQL Server 2012 Native Client, which is the latest available from Microsoft with their future support moving towards the ODBC Driver which supports a more diverse set of operating systems.

Database Support:

The plan at this stage is for Terian ID Creator to support both the SQL Server 2012 Native Client and the newer Microsoft ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server. This will provide support for the following versions of SQL Server:

  • SQL Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2014
  • SQL Server 2016

Officially Terian ID Creator will only support SQL Server 2012, 2014, and 2016. Other versions may work, however they will not be tested or supported.

Operating System Support:

The change to the data access drivers also in turn means support for versions of Windows prior to 7 have also been dropped. The following operating systems will be supported in v1.30:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 10

Similarly to the database server support, other versions of Windows may work, however they will not be tested or supported.

We are very early in the testing phase, and it is likely some additional changes will be made in turn leading to more testing, so we have no expected release date, however as we progress we will keep you updated.

Terian ID Creator v1.20 Released

Slightly sooner than I had anticipated in the previous post, I have just released v1.20 of Terian ID Creator. You can download it from the official website here

Terian IDC v1.20 Changelog

The primary focus of this update is the Camera Control functionality outlined here.

In addition to this, several bugs have been fixed as well as better support for OS Authentication mode in Database connections has been included.

The default folder structure has been adjusted slightly too, the new default structure is as follows…

%ProgramFiles(x86)%Sjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDocs
%ProgramFiles(x86)%Sjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCSystem
 
%ProgramData%Sjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataDB
 
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCData
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataExports
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataForms
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataImports
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataLogs
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataPhoto CDS
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataPhotos
%PUBLIC%DocumentsSjones LimitedTerianTerianIDCDataReports

One small issue that remains is that while official support for SQL Server 2008 R2 has been dropped, there is still a requirement for the SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client (this can be installed separately). Unfortunately removal of this requirement was going to delay testing significantly, so I am planning to have this requirement removed in a future version.

Terian ID Creator v1.20 Testing Continues…

Just a quick note to say that the testing for Terian ID Creator v1.20 is taking a little longer than anticipated.

This is primarily due to some changes we are making to the default installation folder structure and the testing related to the installation process.

Also, one more slight change to look forward to…

Database Configuration Form

It may not seem like much, but we’ve made a user interface change to make it easier to configure Windows Authentication for connecting to the Database Server.

While this facility was supported previously it was not an intuitive configuration option. This interface change will make selecting either “Windows Authentication” or “SQL Server Authentication” as the authentication mode used to connect to the Database Server considerably easier.

In addition to Terian ID Creator, testing for Terian Image Capture Pro v3.20 has also been extended and the release of both products will hopefully be in the not too distant future.

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.20 in Testing

Following on the heels of Terian ID Creator v1.20 entering Beta testing a couple weeks ago, I’m pleased to announce that v3.20 of Terian Image Capture Pro has also entered Beta testing. Similarly to the Terian IDC Beta test the plan is to continue testing for the next couple of weeks, and hopefully the public release will follow shortly afterwards.

Terian ICP v3.20b Changelog

This update provides the same Camera Control functionality that was previously announced for Terian ID Creator v1.20.

Terian ID Creator v1.20 in Testing

Early last week Terian ID Creator v1.20 entered Beta testing. The plan is to continue testing for the next week or so, and hopefully the public release will follow shortly afterwards.

Terian IDC v1.20 Changelog

Added Camera Control:

We now provide functionality to support controlling the camera where supported by the device. This includes adjusting the cameras ability to pan, tilt, roll, zoom, as well as changing the exposure, iris and focus settings.

This functionality is provided by the device driver, and if the driver exposes such functionality it will be made available within the camera control form of the capture window.

Camera Control Form

Increased User Interface Font Size

To improve support on touch devices and High DPI screens the default font size has been increased 20% and forms have been adjusted to increase the space between form controls. This should help improve readability and reduce incorrect control activation when using touch devices.

Other Fixes:

Support for Indesign CC 2017.1 has been improved, as well as a few other minor fixes. Changes have been made to the development environment and the SDK used for Video Capture.

Testing:

If testing progresses well and no major hurdles are encountered, as stated above i hope to release to the website within the next couple of weeks.

I also plan to migrate the improved capture functionality to Terian Image Capture Pro in a future release.

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.02 Released

With the ID Season on us once again, I have just released v3.02 of Terian Image Capture Pro. This release adds improved preview aspect ratio options, as well as fixing an issue with cropping not functioning correctly with some colour space settings.

Terian ICP v3.01 Changelog

You can download the latest version from the official website here

One small change not previously mentioned with the release of v3.01, is the naming scheme has now been changed from ‘Terian_ICP’, to ‘TerianICP’ (No underscore in the name). This is now reflected in both the folder and registry structures used for saving Terian ICP related information. This change was introduced to help improve Windows Store and Desktop Bridge compatibility.