Visual Asset Manager and eQuip! 6.4.0. Some new features and major improvements.
New Features in Visual Asset Manager and eQuip!
The upcoming release of Visual Asset Manager 6.4.0 (as well as eQuip! 6.4.0) has a few new features that have been requested by all customers. This release has major performance enhancements throughout the product that speeds up interaction 10 fold. We are not sure what to brag about first, the new features, or the performance enhancements. Our full release notes and bug fixes will be posted on the support site, along with the installer for this release. First the New Features
Full User Report Editing and Creation integrating Telerik Reporting Designer
The first thing you will see on the report menu is a new enhanced report builder and some new dashboard style reports. We are building up a library of these reports and currently have over 40 different reports for different frameworks. The installer will give you some defaults. This report builder is a fully integrated development tool (powered by Telerik Reports) you have the capability of editing the reports we give you and creating additional reports and dashboards. The report designer is included, and you can download from your installed product (or from eQuip!) and start building your own reports. Now you can create interactive ad-hoc reporting from an easy to use design tool.
Adjustable All Items Screen
One of the more asked-for features is the ability to hide and relocate the screens showing all items, all locations, and all places. This feature allows you to right click on the column name and select which fields you want to display and what fields you don’t want. In addition, you can select the order of appearance of those fields. This column ordering persists for each user.
New Data Paradigm in Search Screens
We scaled up for performance for installations that have thousands of locations, and thousands of people (yes there are customers that size!) and we decided to implement an on-demand type of approach when pulling up all of our locations stored in the database. This reduced the strain on the server, on the database, and on the user trying to search for one person in a thousand.
Performance Enhancements – Bug Repairs
You are going to find significant enhancements in the basic operations. We ran our code base through some code profile tools that showed us how poorly we were handling large data structures, multiple queries of the same data to the same screen, and duplicated calls in our most complex of all screens, the form designer and Asset Editor. We learned that each function called a library of database calls returning the same data over 6 times. We learned that multiple calls for each data type would slow down the rendering of the editor screen by long minutes. Some control operations caused a screen to be refreshed when a simple operation was all that was required. The end results were worth the effort. Each screen forms up in seconds rather than minues. The asset editor, usually the sluggish part of the operation now fly’s. Choosing drop-down controls on the design tools set used to be a chore and somehow torturous now fly’s through editing. While augmenting our property management framework to add additional fields and tabs, i was able to really use the form designer the way that it was intended to be used.
To see a short video on how to install Visual Asset Manager or to download the latest release, visit our support site (http://support.e-isg.com )