1. I want it NOW! When
will these products be ready?
Valid question, and seriously, the most frequently asked. Honestly, as always, Nebula R&D had a single developer until recently and time was split between paying the bills and developing all of these products that are in high demand. Recently an investor has offered to contribute human and financial resources to expedite development. The latest estimate is that we will have betas and demos available by September, and production software by November. This may move more quickly, however, since most functionality for verion 1.0 of most products is already complete.
We are working on some limited functionality betas which will satisfy the immediate needs of some MV developers. If you would like to discuss your immediate needs with us, please contact us.
We intend the demos to be fully functional versions of the software
which will allow developers to work with the real code and operate with
real documents, but within the confines of a reasonable software protection
scheme. Full documentation will be included.
These products are all being developed simultaneously. A segment of
code developed for NebulaDoc may fit well with NebulAnalysis because
both Word and Excel have similar Document Object Models. Also, if we
went to production with one product, and then we find a better way of
performing some function in another, we will need to create a new version
of the first product to incorporate the changes of the second. While
it's frustrating to all of us to not have these products available yet,
we believe it's preferable (some say critical) to insure a much higher
level of quality in our initial offering, than to simply get to market
quicker. The MV market has been waiting 30 years for this, we can wait
a few months longer.
The initial release of these products will allow MV developers to perform operations that we think MV developers want. We believe that at some point, MV developers will start to get very creative with these products and start making demands that none of us expected. Support contracts will cover development of these new features, as well as ASAP bug fixes and normal product support.
No. All communications is done using NebulaLink, a socket-based component independently developed at Nebula R&D, and marketed as a product of its own. There is no ODBC or FlashCONNECT involved, and there is no need to purchase or install add-on products from MV providers or anyone else to make Nebula products work.
No. This is a delicate topic. We do not want to circumvent the licensing
policies of the MV providers, and we hope that they do not see our products
as such. However, we do not use licensed ports to interface with MV
applications. Our goal is to make these products inexpensive for developers,
to facilitate their sales of MV applications and DBMS licenses. We want
the MV providers to stay in business and sell more licenses. But our
products themselves do not consume MV DBMS licenses.
No. Nebula R&D products are development tools, not end-user applications. Using these tools, you the developer can write enhancements to your application to interface it to Word, Excel, and Outlook. Nebula R&D does not provide ready-made applications. While we may do so in the future, at this time we believe this may create a conflict of interest with our resellers who will be developing, marketing, and selling such products based on our tools.
As we grow, we will offer integration services to help VARs add value
to their applications through implementation of our components. Please
contact us if you wish to discuss these services.
Can I use these products with FlashCONNECT, ODBC, Coyote, WebBuilder, mvQuery, MITS, AccuTerm (ATIE, ATGUI), wIntegrate, or other products?
Absolutely. Nebula components simply add extra value to your application
by providing functionality not included in these other products. There's
nothing wrong with using all of the tools required to present a total
solution for end-user satisfaction.
Please take a closer look at the functionality we are providing, or call us to discuss your requirements. We are confident that we are providing a unique offering, developed with a very specific and unique skillset, at a price that simply can't be matched by home-grown endeavors or other commercial offerings.
How can I make use of these products if I have jBASE, Universe, Unidata, Revelation, Reality, mvBASE, mvEnterprise, UniVision, or another MV/Pick DBMS?
As indicated above, we will be porting our products to other platforms as the market demands. To get started sooner, though, you will need to have a single-user license of D3 somewhere in your network. It's possible to create an interface between most MV environments, and thus, you should be able to pass messages back and forth between your non-D3 application and the D3 system running the Nebula interfaces. When we do port to your platform of choice, you should be able to remove that middle tier and host the Nebula interfaces directly on your application server.
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