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Welcome to AVAwire!
Welcome to the inaugural edition of AVAwire -
our periodic newsletter created to maintain a constant flow of information
to our customers. New editions of AVAwire
will be published as we update and release products, announce upcoming
events, report on developments, etc. We want to keep everyone informed
through both this newsletter and our website, www.AVAware.com.
DHI Chicago 2010
The Door and Hardware Institute annual conference and exposition takes
place in Chicago this year, and we are excited to be there demonstrating
our applications, discussing upcoming product releases and interacting with
As well, we will be holding "An Introduction to
the Industry Marketplace on Wednesday, September 22nd.
Join us inside the Navy
Pier, Level 3 at either 9:30am or 10:45am. "An Introduction to
AVAproject" is a live demonstration of
AVA-project and AVAcad, our indu-stry leading
system, and will
detail new features in AVAproject 2010.
Also, please visit us
during the DHI Expo on September 22nd and 23rd at Booth
New AVAware Offices
2010 has been a year of unpre-cedented change at AVAware Technologies.
We began the year by opening the doors to our new headquarters, a newly
reno-vated 15,000 square foot facility located in Oakville, Ontario. Our
spacious new locale, located in one of Toronto's most beautiful and
affluent suburbs, allows us to realize a number of our long anticipated
We’ve always worked toward establishing a reputation for
pro-viding a level of customer service that exceeds any expectations. We
always want to be available when our customers need us. We have made a
significant investment in our internal tech-nological infrastructure. By
emp-loying state of the art wireless connectivity we’ve been able to ensure
that even if every physical cable connection to the
building were severed simultan-eously, we would maintain
all phone, internet and conferencing capabilities for the remainder of the
Many components of this new infrastructure are truly innovative and
fascinating in their own right. As such, we will be pub-lishing articles
over the next few months detailing the technical nuances of these new
AVAproject 2010 Release
July 1st marked the release of AVAproject Suite 2010,
the latest update to our industry leading software for the architectural
openings industry. This is by far the largest update we have made to AVAproject to date. Some
noteworthy new features and enhancements are:
Openings Tab in Hardware Groups
A new Openings Tab is located in the Hardware Groups
screen. All openings associated with the selected hardware group will be
displayed in the "Openings" tab, listed in a miniaturized
Openings Schedule. Openings can be added, edited or removed in the same
manner as the native Openings Schedule. This is one of many new features
developed as a result of user suggestions.
AVAproject 2010 also boasts a new generic
XML export, which can be used to integrate AVAproject with other
applications. XML is an increasingly popular file format for data
exchange. Our generic export makes the process of integrating with
AVAproject straightforward and familiar for developers.
Also, working with Access IT, we have developed a brand new export from
AVAproject to ContractERP which dramatically improves the integration
bet-ween the two applications. For more information about AVA-project
Exports, see our Data Connectivity Document.
is now compatible with 64bit operating systems including
Windows Vista and Windows 7. This allows AVAproject to take full advantage of
increased memory and processing power, which translates to an even faster
The AVAware Repository
Rep-ository is a new method of storage for AVAproject system
files, necessitated by the intro-duction of User Account Control (UAC) and
the "Virtual Store" in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
UAC provides several levels of protection against unsafe mod-ifications to
the system by malicious software. UAC creates a safety net of confirmation
windows and limitations by user role.
Repository overcomes all challenges
associated with UAC and the "Virtual Store".
For a more detailed description of UAC, the "Virtual Store" and
Repository see the AVAware Repository document.
File Locking prevents more than
one user from opening and modifying the same project file at once. Enabled
through the Preferences window, File Locking will notify a user if the file
being opened is currently in use. If so, the user may choose to close the
file or continue opening the file in a read only state.
New Frame Support
Communicating Frames are now supported in AVAproject 2010.
Additionally, three new frame component types have been introduced:
Hinge/Strike Jambs, Double Hinge Jambs and Double Strike Jambs.
AVAproject Tips: Preventing Data Loss with AutoSave
Losing data due to
an unexpected restart or power outage is frustrating, and can cause
time to be wasted re-entering information. By using
’s AutoSave feature, you can set up an automatic save interval to
help avoid the unexpected loss of data.
In the Program Preferences window, enable the AutoSave feature by selecting
the "Auto-Save files to local 'Temp' directory" check box. Change
the time between automatic saves by entering a new value in the text box
an auto-saved file, select "Help" -> "Open From TEMP Directory"
and choose the appropriate file.
Upcoming Software Releases in 2010
The greatest challenge any software company faces is the
temptation to rest on their laurels and be content with the products they
offer. Our dev-elopers are always innovating, providing technologically
superior products to market.
Later this year we anticipate the official
release of AVApro-ject
is an exciting new database technology that not only brings powerful new
features to AVAproject,
but also to anyone who uses complex database structures in their
At its core, Fusion
offers a new approach to data mining, allowing users to build complex
queries using near English syntax. Data can be examined in almost
any way imaginable, drawn from nearly any source,
including AVAproject files or custom data sources (databases, files,
Simply put, Fusion gives every-day users the
ability to query databases like an IT professional.
Also in the near future, we will unveil a new
business commu-nication platform, AVAware EDI. Electronic Document Interchange (EDI) is the transmission
of information bet-ween organizations, facilitated by
software installed on both manufacturer and distributor systems. AVAware EDI brings our powerful catalog technology to
hardware manufacturers in any industry, creating a seamless product ordering system from factory floor to
warehouse. Our Product Builder makes product ordering
simple for distributors while still offering the depth necessary to provide
all possible variations of each product. Both of these key technologies
create the back-bone of AVAware EDI, so users of AVAproject will
feel right at home navigating within the software.
Once both manufacturer and distributor have installed
the AVAware EDI software, a connection between them is created
automatically through an EDI server. AVAware EDI is a turn-key
product, solving the problems commonly associated with EDI systems and
offering extremely powerful software based solution.
Stay tuned for our AVAware EDI Theory of Operations
We hope to see you at the DHI
conference in Chicago this month, and welcome any questions, comments or
suggestions you may have. Please visit our website for more information,
or contact us directly at (416) 239-9099.