The bi-mode software produces both Character User Interfaces (CUI) and Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), and applications can themselves be maintained from CUI or GUI screens. The OSMOSiS family of tools includes cross-platform DBMS management tools, plus components for Fax, eMail, SMS, print management, and more.
As a key feature, OSMOSiS includes a high quality conversion component for System Builder and SB+, which even converts paragraphs into usable BASIC code. Tony Gravagno, President of Nebula R&D, describes the product enthusiastically. “We know there are sites out there who are looking for something ‘like SB+’, but ‘not SB+’, and other sites looking to convert out of SB+, but they don’t know where to go. OSMOSiS allows an application to be easily ported without changing DBMS platforms and without losing valued functionality.”
“None of the currently available RAD tools allow creation of Visual Basic forms, with total Windows application integration, and none provide the openness of an OSMOSiS and MultiValue system,” comments Neil Charrington, Director, SC Systems. “The design principle of the OSMOSiS-SB Converter is to create a tool set, which is capable of taking other MultiValue RAD applications and translating them into the OSMOSiS product’s parameters and conventions. OSMOSiS removes the isolated environment, which has limited MultiValued database developers for a long time. They now have the tools to achieve this transformation quickly and effectively.”
The Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for OSMOSiS is professional, attractive, and familiar to anyone who uses GUI development tools. It is equally familiar to developers who have experience with System Builder, SB+, and other tools in the MultiValue market, and is well suited as a first GUI RAD IDE for traditional MV developers. The IDE includes color-coded BASIC syntax and on-line help for all BASIC instructions. This is ideal for MV developers writing cross-platform code, or even for new developers who are not yet familiar with the Pick data model. OSMOSiS also supports features that people ask about frequently, including data exports, menus, grids, security, and a query builder.
In collaboration with SC Systems, Nebula Research and Development will provide conversion services from SB+, development assistance for OSMOSiS users, product support, and marketing assistance. Tony explains the relationship of OSMOSiS to the new Nebula R&D line of supported products and services. “I’ve seen a lot of GUI development tools, there are few that I like, and even fewer that I support. Products in our new lineup must meet standards of quality and marketability, and we want to add special value to products like this which will help VARs to sell their applications. As a Distributor for OSMOSiS, I’m sure we’ll be able to do that.”
About SC Systems
SC Systems (sc-sys.com) offers a full line of Rapid Application Development tools to the MultiValue community. Their OSMOSiS software suite is a complete environment for creating and managing comprehensive and user-friendly applications. OSMOSiS provides the tools to transfer applications from older and less functional environments to modern, flexible and user-focused solutions.
About Nebula Research & Development
Based in southern California, Nebula R&D (nebular-rnd.com) provides VARs and end-users with products and specialty services to enhance business applications for modern commerce. Specific areas of focus include .NET development and consultation, web enablement, B2B EDI, and integration of existing systems with external devices and systems. Strategic partnerships now being forged allow the company to work even closer with more VARs, to help satisfy the needs of their end-users, and to open Pick/MultiValue products to new audiences.