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Version 5.0 is released
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October 31, 2016 - CQC Version 5.0 Released

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd. is very proud, and frankly somewhat exhausted, to announce the release of version 5.0 of their CQC automation platform. 5.0 is arguably the largest release we have ever done, but the wait and effort has been worth it. This release brings CQC forward a couple rather giant leaps in terms of modernizing its tools, making it easier and more efficient to use.

Here is an upgrade guide for existing customers upgrading from pre-5.0 versions:

5.0 Upgrade Guide


Some of more notable changes in this version are:

New Administrative UI. The vast majority of the work on this release has been in a complete from the ground up rewrite of our administrative user interface, actually from the basement up since the windowing frameworks it is based on were also rewritten. The new UI is far more intuitive and easy to use, and addresses in one fell swoop almost all outstanding user concerns with the UI.

Tools Integration. In 5.0 the CML macro IDE and the touch screen Interface Editor have both been integrated into the main administrative UI, as have a number of smaller utilities. This again makes CQC easier and more efficient to use, because you don't have to juggle between multiple tools while building your automation solutions.

Those two tools have also been enormously improved as well. The CML IDE now supports syntax coloring and a much nicer tabbed interface. The Interface Editor has moved away from dialog boxes for configuration to a modern and flexible attribute editor scheme that drastically streamlines the editing process, and there are many other significant improvements to it.

* The driver IDEs are still separate programs, though also improved. We will address their integration in a future release.

All New Help. All of the old, separate PDF files have been replaced with a vastly improved HTML based help system. This new help content is shipped with the product now, and is accessible from within the new administrative UI.

All of the training videos are being redone. Many are already done, but this will be an ongoing process for a couple more months due to the enormous effort they require, and the desire to have more of them and better content.

* Unfortunately there was not enough time to convert the device driver documentation, so it is still in the old format. It will be taken care of in the next release.


Try It

You can download the new version via the home page of the web site, and try it out unencumbered 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.
Dean Roddey
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Version 5.0 is released - by Dean Roddey - 10-31-2016, 08:21 PM
Version 5.0 is released - by Dean Roddey - 11-04-2016, 12:20 PM
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