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Software FAQ Table of Contents

  1. How do I download software?
  2. Why is there not presently a retail version of the design software?
  3. Is AutoComment available for other programming languages?
  4. You mention "x" software, when will it be available?
  5. What other developer resources are available on the web?
  6. What are your primary development tools?
  7. What is your contact information?

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How do I download software?

The easiest way is to right click the link and select save target as,  now select the location to save the file  and you should be good to go.  If you are having trouble downloading or accessing any items on OUR website please contact us.

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Why is there not presently a retail version of the design software?

We have a version built for our in-house use and have debated releasing a consumer version.  The biggest obstacle to this is cost.  In order to recoup the couple thousand hours needed to create the software, considering the limited size market, it would be quite expensive ($2500 or so).  If you do many designs each year and would be interested in COMPLETE design software in the price range mentioned, drop us a note and if we hear from enough potential purchasers we will look more closely at releasing a full retail version.

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Is AutoComment available for other programming languages?

Not at this time.  I have a version that works with JAVA but since there are UNLIMITED number of IDEs for JAVA it is very difficult to tightly integrate it with a given editor.  I am working on getting it to work with any editor that can pass items like current file, line number etc. to an external program.  If I ever get around to finishing it I will post it on the site.

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You mention "x" software, when will it be available?

Short answer, when I get a chance but not promising anything!

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What other developer resources are available on the web?

Too may to mention.  A couple good starting points are:

bulletSun for JAVA.
bulletMicrosoft for Visual Studio
bulletJakarta for JAVA libraries.
bulletDevX for a developer forum.
bulletSourceForge is an excellent resource for open source software development.
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What are your primary development tools?

bulletJCreator 3.50, which is an excellent small footprint IDE, is my primary JAVA development environment.
bullet I also like Netbeans 4.0 when creating a GUI or doing advanced J2EE type development. 
bulletAutoComment was written using Visual Basic 6.0 from Microsoft's Visual Studio.
bulletEditPlus is a great shareware text editor.
bulletBeyond Compare is a must have tool for source code comparison and code synchronization.
bulletXML Spy is one of the best full service xml/xsl etc. editor, but NOT cheap :(
bulletI use either VSS or CVS for source code management.
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What is your contact information?

Contact information is here.

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