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Visual DataFlex and Windows 8. Stephen W. Meeley Development Team Data Access Worldwide www.dataaccess.com. The Room 111 View of Windows 8. Visual DataFlex 17.1 will be officially supported on the various Windows 8 platforms (but not Windows RT)

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Visual dataflex and windows 8

Visual DataFlex and Windows 8

Stephen W. Meeley

Development Team

Data Access Worldwide

www.dataaccess.com


The room 111 view of windows 8
The Room 111 View of Windows 8

  • Visual DataFlex 17.1 will be officially supported on the various Windows 8 platforms (but not Windows RT)

  • No, older revisions of Visual DataFlex are not officially supported, but the word on the street is that they “mostly work”

    • As long as you don’t use WinPrint

  • No, you can’t just copy the WinPrint from 17.1 and use it with older revisions

  • Questions?


The k bler ross view of windows 8
The Kübler-Ross View of Windows 8

  • Shock or Disbelief *

  • Denial

  • Anger

  • Bargaining

  • Guilt *

  • Depression

  • Acceptance and Hope


Windows 8
Windows 8

  • What are we really talking about here?

    • Windows 8? Windows RT?

    • Touch (Windows and/or Web)?

    • Tablets?

    • Surface? (Pro and/or RT)

    • Metro, er, Windows Store, er, excuse me, Modern UI apps?

    • Apple envy?

    • Internet Explorer 10 (Modern UI and/or Desktop)?

    • “Just” running Visual DataFlex on Windows 8?


Editions
Editions

  • Windows 8

    • Install on any PC

    • Runs Windows Store apps and Desktop apps

  • Windows 8 Pro adds

    • BitLocker (data protection)

    • Host RDC

    • Domain join (networks)

    • Hyper-V

    • Virtual Hard Disk Boot

  • Windows 8 Enterprise adds

    • Features for corporate IT support

    • Windows To Go

  • Windows RT

    • Only pre-installed

    • Only Windows Store apps


Interesting things about windows 8
Interesting things about Windows 8

  • The split-interface is a double-edged sword

  • Live Syncing (using Microsoft Account and not Local Account)

  • Search

  • Task Manager

  • Faster booting

  • Windows To Go

  • Pausing file transfers

  • Windows key combination – especially Windows+Print Screen (saves directly to Pictures folder)


Loves the screen
Loves the screen…

  • But is still very infatuated with the keyboard!

    • Windows Key + C: Displays Charms menu.

    • Windows Key + X: Brings up a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer.

    • Windows Key + I: Displays the Settings menu for the current app.

    • Windows Key + Q: Brings up the apps search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs.

    • Windows Key + D: Activates desktop mode.

    • Windows Key + Tab: Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps.

    • Windows Key + H: Brings up Share menu for the current app.

    • Windows Key + M: Opens desktop mode and minimizes all windows.


Loves the screen1
Loves the screen…

  • But is still very infatuated with the keyboard!

    • Windows Key + W: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search settings.

    • Windows Key + F: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search files.

    • Windows Key + R: Opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their executable file names.

    • Windows Key + E: Opens File Explorer to the “My Computer” view which shows all your drives.

    • Windows Key +Number Key (1-9): Switch to desktop mode and make the Nth application on the task bar active where N is the number key you hit and 1 is the furthest taskbar icon to the left.

    • Windows Key + . (period key): Docks the current Windows 8-style application to the right or left, depending on how many times you hit it.

    • Windows Key + Z: Brings up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.


Windows 8 market share
Windows 8 Market Share

  • Growing, but at a very slow pace

  • Still running in 4th place (behind Windows 7, XP and Vista) at 3.17%

  • NetMarketShare


What about visual dataflex
What about Visual DataFlex?

  • Visual DataFlex 17.1 adds official support for Windows 8

  • Prior versions have known problems with WinPrint

  • The Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10 provides a “plug-in-free browsing experience”

    • Translation = no PDF support

    • But it will switch to the Desktop version if you have a plug-in installed

  • Touch can be funky in Windows applications (but that’s not specific to Windows 8)

  • Touch has issues in Web applications

    • Eg. Menus are “hover”, not “click” so they don’t stay open

    • We’ll be addressing these, but not necessarily in 17.1

  • We’ll be adding an option to reduce the number of Start Menu items


Tidbits
Tidbits

  • Check out Stardoc Corporation

    • Start 8

    • ModernMix

  • Check application compatibility

    • Even Microsoft

  • Hot Corners are kinda important and they don’t work well when running Windows 8 in virtual machines

    • This can be very frustrating if you didn’t know this and thought you just didn’t “get it”

  • Not all updates can be “in-place”


It s a learning experience
It’s a learning experience…

  • Give yourself time to play

  • Personally, I’m still at stage four


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