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CQC Version 4.1 Released
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March 5th, 2012 - CQC Version 4.1 Released

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd. is proud to announce the release of version 4.1 of their CQC automation platform. This is a significant new release, with some very powerful new features.

The more notable changes in this version are:

[INDENT]Content Auto-Generation - A new theme system was introduced in the last version, for the creation of pre-styled touch screen content. Now we've gone the next step and implemented the first part of our auto-generation system, which builds on the themes to allow you to auto-generate nice sets of user interface templates based on the configuration of rooms and the devices within them. We will continue to build on this functionality moving forward but it is already very powerful. See the 'Auto-Generation' section in Learn -> Tutorial Videos

Slideshow - The Interface Viewer can now be used as a slide show. There is a new blanker mode you can set which will make it randomly select images, from a particular scope in the CQC image repository, at regular intervals. So you can load up family pictures and such and have the touch screen clients act as live picture frames when blanked. See the Interface Viewer User Guide technical document.

My Movies Online Metadata Service Sopport - Our CQSL media repository can now be configured to use the My Movies online metadata system, so that it can now do lookups for movies, in addition to music. This has been an ongoing shortcoming of our media repository that offset its other significant advantages, but now it's much more practical to use.

IVs as WAV/Speech Servers - You can now also use your Interface Viewer clients as servers for playback of WAV files and text to speech, via action commands that let you remotely tell them want to play. This often avoids the need to have any background services running on those machines.

Media Architcture - There are a number of new media searches available now, such audio quality based searches. And you can sort your music and movies by considerably more fields, and reverse order searches are also now supported.

Digital Signage - Significant improvements were made in the area of supporting digital signage. You can now run multiple instances of (non-interactive) Interface Viewer clients, in addition to the primary interactive one. These secondary IVs can be used as digital signage clients, by just sending them periodic commands to display new templates. So no need to use a separate computer, just use a multi-monitor display card.

Miscellaneous - We have a UPnP media renderer framework now, currently exposed via a Foobar media player driver, but potentially used for other UPnP based media renderers in the future. There are many new improvements in the action editor to make it easier for you create user logic. There is a JSON parser in the CML runtime classes now to make it easier to write JSON based device drivers.

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Try It

You can download the new version via the Try/Buy menu item above, and try it out for 40 days. So you can know for sure whether it meets your needs before you commit.

Existing customers covered under the maintenance system can upgrade at their convenience. Other customers can purchase an upgrade to the 4.1 version if desired, just contact us for information.

Use the Learn menu above to learn more about the product. Extensive video and text information is available to help you learn how CQC works and how to get the most out of it.
Dean Roddey
Software Geek Extraordinaire
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