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IMG is pleased to announce that My-T-Soft® 1.90 is now available
written May 26, 2016 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft 1.90 Release    #70
 

The My-T-Soft® 1.90 release is an important milestone in the life of the product - it merges both the established 1.xx software with the new Build-A-Board based software, supports multiple versions of Windows that IMG's customers are using (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & Windows 10), has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, ties into an automated update system, ties into the online database of layouts, and includes all requested features & capabilities.

My-T-Soft traces its lineage back to the original My-T-Mouse release of 1993, and continues to be developed and improved, with added features & capabilities requested by customers and users. The 1.90 is a major step because it incorporates the 1.xx branch of the software and the 2.xx next generation branch (see Build-A-Board and My-T-Soft Basic) that easily blends custom layouts with the preset layouts that are part of the 1.xx software.

Where previous versions supported the 2.10 style layouts from Build-A-Board, the new release of My-T-Soft 1.90 now supports the current 2.20 style layouts, which feature full Unicode support, key style themes, external DLL integration options, and optional layout selection.

The license manager also includes support for new Build-A-Board.com Account based licenses. Where a IMG Personal License-Basic is sufficient for a My-T-Soft Basic install, the IMG Personal License-Standard is available for personal use of the full My-T-Soft 1.90.

For those technically inclined, here are key items that this release incorporates.

  • All code has been moved into the same Visual Studio environment for easy targeting of 32-bit and 64-bit builds for Windows targets.
  • Embedded manifests has support for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Build-A-Board 2.xx run-time software is same as My-T-Soft Basic release, and supports layouts in the Public Documents Build-A-Board Boards folder, along with ability to tie to Build-A-Board.com accounts and favorite boards
  • The IMG Smart Download software is 32-bit (so it can run on both 32-bit and 64-bit windows), but can sense a 64-bit system, and will pull down and start the installation of the 64-bit My-T-Soft build.
The included Build-A-Board run-time My-T-Soft 2.30 software includes these features:
  • Key Action/Label abstraction allows operation with version 1.xx Keyboard Macro Files - allows for quick change of language/layout/operation
  • Key image selection - layout appearance can be changed at will within Build-A-Board
  • Region (display) support - arbitrary shapes possible, along with rounded edges or split layouts
  • Integrated board selection tool
  • Get My Boards command and selection option
  • Embedded Macro support
  • KBF Editor (KeyBoard File) included for field editable options
  • TypeFile tool included for external macro support
  • Arbitrary Startup / Shutdown executable support
  • Cursor / Move / Menu options (per board)
  • Key Zoom (Key Echo feedback window) options
  • Parallax settings
  • Key Block timeout settings
  • Support for external DLL display

As a release for existing customers, this provides a bridge between the older software and the next generation. With the full capabilities of both code bases, and multiple Windows versions support, it makes sense as an upgrade, or the next step for new systems. By also bringing in all the capabilities of the Build-A-Board run-time, it adds a great deal of functionality within the main product, vs. the choice between 2 possible solutions, as was previously the case.

For developers and integrators, it provides a wealth of possible solutions to the user interface needs of sophisticated systems. By integrating a flexible on-screen keyboard solution (not tied into the fixed/limited options of the Windows based option), a comprehensive, secure user interface can be built.

For those not familiar with the depth & power of My-T-Soft, this provides a comprehensive solution all in one package.

To review, work with, or check out the My-T-Soft 1.90 release, you can download it here

Understanding the differences between the IMG Personal License (Basic/Standard) and the IMG Professional License
written May 25, 2016 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: IMG Personal License, IMG Professional License, Licensing    #69
 

Innovation Management Group, Inc. has always released high-quality software that can run for years without a need for updates. IMG uses license restrictions to balance business requirements, maintain professional standards, and to ensure a viable financial model for its employees and customers. IMG has regularly changed licensing options to meet customer needs and to achieve the best balance between license restrictions and ease of use/deployment. There are numerous license options available, including negotiated license agreements, software escrow, and technology transfers. For most individuals and many companies, this is much too involved, so a simple mechanism to generate revenue & provide access to IMG's software has resulted in the IMG Personal License and the IMG Professional License. This is a slightly technical overview that outlines the key distinctions between these licenses.

Sometime around 2012, IMG started working towards a more technology oriented approach vs. a product oriented approach. Although we still deliver our software in a product oriented way, we also are working towards a more straightforward relationship with our customers, not focusing on the specific product or products in use, but more on the customer relationship and keeping things as simple as possible for all customers, whether they are an individual having fun with Joystick-To-Mouse, or a global enterprise deploying custom My-T-Soft layouts throught the world.

The IMG Personal License (IPL) options, along with the IMG Professional License, utilize a Build-A-Board.com online account so users can manage their account & licenses, and can access the online database of keyboard layouts. As of 2016, the IMG Personal License-Basic includes access to My-T-Soft Basic, Joystick-To-Mouse, SmartClick, TouchRight Utilities, and WordComplete. The IMG Personal License-Standard includes access to all IPL-Basic software and also includes access to My-T-Soft 1.90. These personal licenses are meant for individuals who want access to the software, but do not want to pay the full license amount for support, maintenance, etc. These licenses require system access to the internet to retrieve system-tied licenses, and do not qualify for support beyond what is available within the software, tech support knowledgebase, and other online resources.

The IMG Professional License adds the ability to license systems not connected to the internet, and qualifies for technical and programming support along with maintenance & upgrade options.

For individuals using the IMG Personal License, once a system is licensed, the license is perpetual for that system, and this system does not need the internet or a valid Build-A-Board.com account to remain licensed. However, if there is a major operating system re-install, or system restore, or other major system event that invalidates the license, it would need the internet and access a valid Build-A-Board.com account to re-license. For practical purposes, once a system is licensed, the license lasts the life of the system. Note that for individuals who constantly rebuild systems, or swap hard drives, or are developers, the IMG Personal License is probably not the best choice.

Key licensing aspects to understand about the IMG Personal License and the relationship to the Build-A-Board.com account:

  • A valid (active/non-expired) Build-A-Board.com account is required to license a system
  • Build-A-Board.com accounts are valid for 1 year and can be renewed or reactivated if expired
  • a system must have internet access to apply for and retrieve its license
  • all licensing actions must be from the system being licensed (you cannot use a different system - if you do, you will license that system)
  • Once a license is used on a system, it cannot be removed or transferred (the system is licensed for the life of the system)
  • 3 system activations (licenses) are included (e.g. 1 laptop/1 desktop/1 mobile)
  • Additional IPL purchases will add licenses, and extend the expiration date
  • the license uses a unique system ID / system registry entry to identify the system, and the license file generated and retrieved on to the system must match this system ID. Moving the license file to another system will not match and the license will be invalid, and a major system registry change (i.e. rebuilt system) will also fail to license

The IMG Professional License adds a few additional capabilities:

  • Licenses can be granted to any system (with or without internet access) using the 16 character System ID that is used to generate a License Key/Serial Number unlock pair from within the License Manager tab in a Build-A-Board.com account
  • Qualifies for full technical and/or programming support
  • account can be renewed at maintenance rates (15%)

As always, if there are specific circumstances that are not correctly managed by these license approaches, please contact IMG Customer Service to assist and resolve any issues.

By integrating the software with an personalized internet account, IMG's user interface software along with customized layouts can be quickly retrieved on different devices. Expanding on what the band The Fixx said in their song, "Less Cities, More Moving People" we are moving towards a world with More People, and even More Connected Devices. Creating a platform to quickly and easily access the tools & user interface software necessary to be productive is one of the underlying reasons for building this approach. When a customer gets a new device or moves to a different one, rather than downloading/installing/configuring software, someone can log on and then quickly & easily download their software & configuration. By having a centralized / personalized account, this becomes a breeze. For companies utilizing operator panels or customized interface options, when a new system needs to be deployed, this internet account becomes the ideal way to add IMG software to a unit.

The IMG Personal and IMG Professional licenses tied to a Build-A-Board.com account provides everything necessary for customers to manage their IMG software, along with access to the growing online database of layouts and ways to personalize & customize their configuration.

Keeping your Annual fees paid is a great idea (& can make employees happy)
written May 25, 2016 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Annual Maintenance; Annual Distribution; My-T-Soft    #68
 

In 2010, Dendreon Corporation (a biotechnology company) purchased a small Enterprise license for My-T-Soft and has kept the license in force each year by paying the Annual Maintenance fee. So when the IT manager at a second location called to inquire about pricing, it did not take too long to determine the relationship and that the location was covered by the existing license. The upgrade to a newer release was also covered by the maintenance arrangement, and suddenly the IT manager's budget was not going to be impacted at all. So instead of a purchase request and the whole purchasing process, the IT Manager could simply download the license and deploy as needed in his location. So the purchasing agent or software license manager at the head office deserves thanks (& maybe even lunch) for their foresight and commitment to IMG's technology - what started as a tedious task for the IT manager turned into a simple download with no additional effort needed. That is what "having your back" is all about.

A different situation arose when a Clever Devices employee (provider of innovative technology solutions for all modes of public transportation) was doing testing and development on a Windows Server platform. Since 2012, Clever Devices has had an Annual Distribution agreement with IMG, and the license they had was for deployment on stand-alone systems. After determining their agreement was in force, IMG was able to quickly release a Server license so their developer could continue testing on the Server platform. Once again showing that these reasonable annual fees provide value so when the need arises, a quick & easy solution is readily available.

Hemlock Semiconductor purchases My-T-Soft site license for Windows 7
written April 20, 2016 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Site license; My-T-Soft    #67
 

During 2008 through 2011, Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation purchased various quantities of My-T-Soft for Windows XP. Now that they are moving to Windows 7, they chose to purchase a full site license for easy deployment and management of the software.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

About Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation

Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation is formed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Corning Corporation. Manufacturer of the highest-quality polysilicon for semiconductor and solar wafer manufacturing for over 50 years.

XPlore Technologies purchases My-T-Soft 1.90 license
written April 18, 2016 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: My-T-Soft    #66
 

At the request of a large corporate customer, Xplore Technologies has purchased a substantial license to deliver My-T-Soft 1.90 to their customers. Over the years, various customers have integrated My-T-Soft, or use specific features to meet their application and user interface needs, and continue with the software because of the capabilities and features My-T-Soft provides.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

About Xplore Technologies

Xplore Technologies Corp., maker of the most rugged tablets on Earth, has been in the business of developing, integrating, and marketing industrial grade rugged tablets for our customers in the Energy, Utilities, Manufacturing and Distribution, Public Safety, Field Services, Transportation, and Military sectors for more than 20 years. With our recent acquisition of the Motion product line, our company now delivers the broadest range of rugged Windows and Android tablets available in the market.

Police Scotland upgrades to My-T-Soft 1.80
written March 30, 2016 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Upgrade; My-T-Soft    #65
 

Through its software and technology vendor QBS Software Ltd., UK, Police Scotland has purchased upgrades for My-T-Soft 1.80 for transitioning to Windows 8.1. Using logon features and other capabilities within the software, My-T-Soft continues to be the ideal choice for their systems.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

About Police Scotland

Police Scotlandís purpose is to improve the safety and well-being of people, places and communities in Scotland. Our focus is on Keeping People Safe which is at the heart of everything that we do.
There are 13 local policing divisions, each headed by a Local Police Commander who ensures that local policing in each area is responsive, accountable and tailored to meet local needs. Each division will encompass response officers, community officers, local crime investigation, road policing, public protection and local intelligence.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company enters into IMG Technology License Agreement
written January 18, 2016 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Cooper Tire; IMG Technology License; My-T-Soft    #64
 
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has entered into a company-wide IMG Technology License Agreement that provides access to all products and versions of IMG software. Cooper Tire has been using My-T-Soft Onscreen Keyboard software for over 10 years, and sought a direct relationship with IMG to ease logistics as they support and maintain legacy equipment, work with different hardware vendors, and establish a technology roadmap into the future.

The IMG Technology License provides companies with a comprehensive licensing solution that allows continued operation of installed software, easily accommodates hardware and operating system upgrades, assists with large-scale and new technology deployments, simplifies installation and restoration efforts, and provides access to high-level technical and programming support when needed. With full access to all IMG software, every situation from full roll-outs to individual users can be optimized by using the most appropriate solution, all without having to deal with specific license issues, purchases, or upgrades. This simplifies many use cases and extends utility of existing hardware, addresses the needs of large enterprises running various platforms, and reduces efforts required to manage the realities of today's technology landscape.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a leading global competitor in the tire industry, with manufacturing facilities on three continents and meets the demands of the world's most dynamic markets.

Innovation Management Group is the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worlwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

JLT Mobile enters OEM Distribution agreement with IMG for My-T-Soft & access to custom layouts
written September 1, 2015 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: OEM Distribution License; My-T-Soft    #63
 

JLT Mobile has a long history of working with IMG and the My-T-Soft software, using My-T-Soft along with Build-A-Board to produce custom layouts to meet customer requirements. Now, JLT has entered into a distribution arrangement to include My-T-Soft with various rugged and vehicle mount systems, and to tie into the online database of keyboard layouts.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

About JLT Mobile

Etablished in 1994, and with over 90,000 computers shipped, JLT has grown to become Sweden's largest PC manufacturer and remains an independent, publicly-traded (NASDAQ OMX, First North) company. JLT is today recognized by customers around the globe for providing the most rugged, reliable, high-performance vehicle-mount computers on the market. With engineering, production and service at the headquarters in Sweden, JLT stands out by providing a high level of flexibility and service

Global leader enters OEM Distribution Agreement with IMG for My-T-Soft 1.90
written August 1, 2015 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: OEM Distribution License; My-T-Soft    #62
 

IMG in coordination with a major global technology leader has targeted the next major release of the My-T-Soft software to meet their requirements. Working with specific technical needs, and addressing the next steps on the technology roadmap for My-T-Soft (native 64-bit operation, integration with online database of keyboard layouts, targeting multiple versions of Windows, etc., etc.) IMG has privately released My-T-Soft 1.90 for the OEM for use on a full-featured super-rugged system for indoor and outdoor environments. Due to limitations imposed by the agreement, IMG cannot disclose more details regarding this customer.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

Innovation Management Group is the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worlwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

Understanding User Interface Privilege Isolation (UIPI) with My-T-Soft
written March 31, 2015 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft, User Interface, UIPI, Privilege, Security    #60
 

Luckily there have not been too many issues that pop up regarding the UIPI approach used in Windows since the release of Windows Vista. Many issues can be resolved in a satisfactory way by turning off User Account Control (UAC). In cases where the security or policy requires UAC to remain on, the next simplest solution is to run My-T-Soft as an Administrator. Since version 1.79, all possible executable options are included with the release software - executables built with the manifest set with asInvoker, highestAvailable, and requireAdministrator. My-T-Soft ships with the asInvoker setting, which is the most secure and the recommended option. However, in a secure environment, any elevated process will not be able to receive input when UIPI prevents My-T-Soft from sending input (i.e. keystrokes) due to privilege isolation. The following explains what is going on in the context of running My-T-Soft when a UIPI situation arises preventing normal / expected operation of My-T-Soft.

Typically, a user runs applications/programs and My-T-Soft in the security context of themselves as a logged on user, and everything works as expected. However, executables can include a manifest to tell the operating system how to treat the security and access privileges when running the program. For example, Setup/installation programs typically raise the privilege level to Administrator so that the operations required will run without further warnings. When User Account Control is on, the user will be presented with a dialog requiring the user to acknowledge or enter a password to continue. If a security application or other tool is run in the context of an Administrator, the privilege isolation prevents processes running in a different security context (i.e. the limited, logged on user) from accessing or interacting with the raised privileged Administrator application. What this means in practice, is that My-T-Soft will not be able to type into an Admin privileged executable when My-T-Soft is being run in the context of the limited user. And this can cause confusion, because Windows does not make any distinction once the application is run & the dialog/password acknowledged. To the average Windows user, who may get used to the occassional security dialog, there will be no connection between the fact that they raised the privilege level of an application and the fact that they cannot interact with it using My-T-Soft like other normal privileged applications.

In some cases, users may wish to run the highestAvailable or requireAdministrator tagged My-T-Soft executables, so the privilege level will be raised when My-T-Soft is run, and operation during the logged on session will be as the user desires. This can be done by modifying the startup shortcut, or simply creating a new shortcut, or renaming the executable, e.g. rename MYTSOFT.highestAvailable.exe to MYTSOFT.exe. In cases where My-T-Soft is running in an elevated privilege state, there can be issues with Developer's Kit utilities - typically when these are run, they are run in the context of the logged on user, and have that privilege level. However, if My-T-Soft is elevated, then it may not be visible/accessible by the Developer's Kit utilities. As a real world example, an OEM uses the elevated executable, and their customer was moving from a workstation to a remote session with a limited user, and then could not get the utilities to operate. After outlining the UIPI issues (which seemed foreign and made no sense to the customer at the beginning of the process), explaining that the limited user was running the Developer's Kit utilities and could not interact with the elevated My-T-Soft executable helped, but it took a detailed walk through from the point of view of security, privileges, and emphasizing that a lower level process could not interact with the Administrator process (simply not allowed) to connect the dots. Luckily in this case, running My-T-Soft as the lower level/logged on user resolved the problem.

As detailed, current releases provide all options to help resolve different situations that can arise using My-T-Soft, but understanding the User Interface Privilege Isolation is important due to the fact that My-T-Soft is a user interface tool.

Reservoir Environmental standarizes on IMG's My-T-Touch Touchscreen User Interface
written March 12, 2015 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Reservoir Environmental, My-T-Touch Site License    #59
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that it has delivered a Site License of it's My-T-Touch software to Reservoir Environmental Inc. for use in its laboratory analytical services. Reservoir Environmental provides services to the Industrial Hygiene, Environmental and Food Industries. It becomes the latest laboratory to incorporate IMG's My-T-Touch® software into its touch screen based testing systems.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including Embedded and Terminal Services), Linux and Mac, with other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. Custom keypad and panel layouts can be created with the Build-A-Board Designer or imported and edited from IMG's new online layout database. An SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

QBS Software Ltd, U.K., adds IMG's My-T-Soft family to its product line
written February 15, 2015 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: QBS Software Ltd, My-T-Touch    #58
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on- screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that it is pleased to welcome QBS Software Ltd to its European Reseller Channel. QBS Software Ltd is an ADC / Barcode / Mobile reseller in the U.K. and the latest addition to IMG's growing presence in the EMEA European market.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including Embedded and Terminal Services), Linux and Mac, with other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. Custom keypad and panel layouts can be created with the Build-A-Board Designer or imported and edited from IMG's new online layout database. An SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

Key Recorder records and formats keystroke macros
written February 11, 2015 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft, Build-A-Board, Utility, macros, recorder    #57
 

As more and more end-users work with My-T-Soft vs. commercial developers, different needs arise and some good suggestions are being made. In order to provide a simple way to record keystroke macros for My-T-Soft 1.xx Macro Panels or Build-A-Board Key Actions, a new Keystroke macro Recorder is now available and will roll into updates as things move forward.

You can download KeyRecorder here. This is a simple utility that uses either the Pause key or the Scroll Lock key to toggle recording keystroke macros with correct syntax markup to drop directly into any place a macro can be saved. My-T-Soft or the physical keyboard can be used during the recording, so the appropriate sequence/steps can be performed, and then by stopping the recording, the formatted keystroke macro is placed on the clipboard! Then it can be pasted into the appropriate place, or Notepad can be used to collect a whole sequence of keystroke macros (Be sure to paste/save the macro before recording another one - a new recording overwrites the clipboard)

There are 2 executables - the regular KeyRecord with runs at the same privilege level as the current user, and an Administrator executable that runs at the highest privilege level. For further details, there are additional notes at the tech item QU1115120805 (link above).

Anadarko Petroleum licenses My-T-Touch for their process control Industrial PCs
written January 5, 2015 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Anadarko Petroleum, My-T-Touch    #56
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on- screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that it has delivered it's My-T-Touch software to Anadarko Petroleum for use in its petro processing facility systems. Anadarko becomes the latest in the petroleum industry to incorporate IMG's My-T-Touch® software at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including Embedded and Terminal Services), Linux and Mac, with other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. Custom keypad and panel layouts can be created with the Build-A-Board Designer or imported and edited from IMG's new online layout database. An SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

Mobis North America purchases My-T-Touch Enterprise License for use in factory Industrial PCs
written December 10, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Mobis North America, My-T-Touch    #55
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on- screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that it has delivered an Enterprise License of its My-T-Touch user interface to Mobis North America for use in its automated factory systems. Mobis the latest in the automotive industry to incorporate IMG's My-T-Touch® software at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including Embedded and Terminal Services), Linux and Mac, with other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. Custom keypad and panel layouts can be created with the Build-A-Board Designer or imported and edited from IMG's new online layout database. An SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

Group Limagrain, France purchases Enterprise License for My-T-Soft custom keypad user interface
written December 5, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Group LimaGrain, My-T-Soft, Build-A-Board    #54
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on- screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that it has delivered an Enterprise License of its My-T-Soft Build-A-Board with custom keypads designed by IMG for Group Limagrain, France to use in its seed producction facility systems. Group Limagrain becomes the latest in the agricultural industry to incorporate IMG's My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board System at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Key panel Designer offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input in any field or any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any commercial, industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including Embedded and Terminal Services), Linux and Mac, with other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. Custom keypad and panel layouts can be created with the Build-A-Board Designer or imported and edited from IMG's new online layout database. An SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

THAAD Missile Systems delivers new systems integrating IMG's My-T-Soft Linux User Interface
written December 5, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: THAAD Missile, Lockheed Martin, My-T-Soft    #53
 
PASO ROBLES, CA. December 5th, 2014 -- IMG, the primary supplier of My-T-Soft onscreen keyboard user interfaces and Build-A-Board designer tools worldwide, announced today that Lockheed Martin has started delivery of its Linux version next generation THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) Missile System. Lockheed Martin has used IMG's Build-A-Board Designer Tool to create and deliver other user interfaces for various Windows based projects in the past. This is its first use of a Linux version of My-T-Soft for a project.

The My-T-Soft® (My-Typing-Soft Keyboard) Family offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen keyboard and user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware software platforms. It allows customers to control user input at any point of any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

Various elements of the US and German Military and NATO armed forces are also licensee's of IMG's products, although the majority of IMG's installations are in automation, food, healthcare, HVAC, instrumentation, in-vehicle, medical, mobile field service, pharmaceutical, process control, SCADA, utilities, and voting systems.

The product family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Services, and My-T-Touch) is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft Family provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 including XP/7 Embedded), Linux, and Mac, with other O/S platforms such as Android in development. A thin client server version for Citrix / MS Terminal Server / Remote Desktop is available as My-T-Soft TS. Custom onscreen user layouts can be designed with the Build-A-Board Designer Tool. An SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world. Visit www.imgpresents.com

About Lockheed Martin Space Systems
LMSS is one of the four major business divisions of Lockheed Martin. The division currently employs about 16,000 people, and its most notable products are commercial and military satellites, space probes, missile defense systems, NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (formerly Orion), and the Space Shuttle External Tank. Visit www.lmco.com

My-T-Soft Basic 2.30 is now available!
written November 6, 2014 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft Basic;Build-A-Board;Board Browser    #52
 

My-T-Soft Basic has now been released - both as a Free Edition and as part of the IMG Personal License (along with IMG's Build-A-Board system). As a way for an individual user to access boards from the online database of boards at Build-A-Board.com, the stand-alone product named My-T-Soft Basic (also known as the Windows target run-time software from Build-A-Board) has been created. It may be licensed via the IMG Personal License for non-commercial use, and will be rolled into Build-A-Board 2.20 Release 4 for Build-A-Board customers. It includes many updates and capabilities not yet seen in the run-time software.

First and foremost it can access boards from a Build-A-Board.com account, so favorite layouts can be carried across multiple systems. By having a set of favorites (or required layouts) tied to an account, it becomes trivial to install and deploy these layouts onto any system. As the Free Edition, it allows any individual access to boards for various helpful tasks - check out the Edit panel, Windows panel, or even the SMS board for texting, in addition to various keyboards. The Free Edition, while an advertising / marketing tool, still provides value for any Windows user even with its limitations. For those wishing to get the full capabilities of My-T-Soft Basic, the IMG Personal License provides complete access (along with access to the additional titles already part of the license). With the customization capabilities of Build-A-Board, the online database of boards provides the starting point for experiencing what a real interface can do for you - no more dealing with a system provided keyboard, you now have access to what you want, when you want it!

For the technically inclined, here are some of the features available in this release:

  • Key Action/Label abstraction allows operation with version 1.xx Keyboard Macro Files - allows for quick change of language/layout/operation
  • Key image selection - layout appearance can be changed at will within Build-A-Board
  • Region (display) support - arbitrary shapes possible, along with rounded edges or split layouts
  • License options - platform support from Build-A-Board, system licenses via IMG Personal License, image ready deployments, and evaluation licenses
  • Integrated board selection tool
  • May be tied to Build-A-Board.com account
  • Get My Boards command and selection option
  • Embedded Macro support
  • Special Password/Username option
  • KBF Editor (KeyBoard File) included for field editable options
  • TypeFile tool included for external macro support
  • Arbitrary Startup / Shutdown executable support
  • Cursor / Move / Menu options (per board)
  • Key Zoom (Key Echo feedback window) options
  • Parallax settings
  • Key Block timeout settings
  • Support for external DLL display
  • Plus even More!

This also is the first release to utilize what we call the Product Manifest Update. In simple terms, during the "Check for Updates..." option using the IMG Download Manager, the current file manifest is checked against the product release from our download server, and if necessary, individual files (or the complete package of files) will be download and cross-checked to match the current release. This ensures timely updates and a more granular approach to accessing needed updates. Note this is a user requested update process, aimed mainly at accessing new capabilities when they are made available.

National Beverage chooses IMG's My-T-Soft Build-A-Board User Interface for new mobile tablets
written September 1, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: National Beverage, My-T-Soft, Build-A-Board, Motion Computing    #51
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that National Beverage has chosen IMG's My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board System to create a custom user interface for its new Windows 7 Motion Mobile Tablets. National Beverage becomes the latest in the food and beverage industry to incorporate IMG's My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board System at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard Designer Tool offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen keyboard user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input at any point of any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food and beverage, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including embedded), Linux and Mac, and other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. A thin client version for Citrix / MS Terminal Server / Remote Desktop is available as My-T-Soft TS. Custom keyboard layouts can be designed with the Build-A-Board Keyboard Designer Tool, and an SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

Sargento Cheese upgrades to My-T-Soft TS User Interface for Windows Terminal Servers
written August 21, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Sargento Cheese, My-T-Soft TS Terminal Services    #50
 
Innovation Management Group, the primary supplier of on screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that Sargento Cheese has upgraded its My-T-Soft TS® onscreen keyboard user interface in its production facilities. Sargento Cheese becomes the latest in the food industry to incorporate IMG's Soft® at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® Family (My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, My-T-Soft Terminal Server, and My-T-Touch) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard Designer Tool offers a consistent cross-platform onscreen keyboard user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input at any point of any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft product family is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistic, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8 (including embedded), Linux and Mac, and other O/S platforms such as Android and iOS in development. A thin client version for Citrix / MS Terminal Server / Remote Desktop is available as My-T-Soft TS. Custom keyboard layouts can be designed with the Build-A-Board Keyboard Designer Tool, and an SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

About Innovation Management Group
Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worldwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

US Navy chooses IMG's My-T-Soft user interface for next generation Ship Control Systems
written August 1, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: US Navy, My-T-Soft    #49
 
The US Navy has chosen IMG's My-T-Soft Onscreen Keyboard User Interface for its next generation Ship Control Systems.

My-T-Soft onscreen keyboard user interfaces are used on handheld, medical, mobile, military, pen, rugged, tablet, and touch based systems in extremely clean, hazardous, intrinsic, or rugged environments.

Various elements of the US & German military along with NATO are also licensee's of IMG's onscreen keyboard user interfaces, although the majority of IMG's installations are in automation, food, healthcare, HMI, HVAC, instrumentation, invehicle, medical, mobile field service, pharmaceutical, process control, SCADA, utilities, and voting systems.

Innovation Management Group is the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities for major automation, handheld, instrumentation, invehicle, kiosk, pen, rugged, tablet, touchscreen, ultra mobile, vehicle mount, voting, wearable, and whiteboard systems manufacturers, integrators, and users worlwide. IMG's products run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on some of the most secure, advanced, and critical systems in the world.

Goodwill of Arizona continues its rollout of IMG's My-T-Soft user interface in its thrift stores
written July 1, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Goodwill of Arizona, My-T-Soft    #48
 
IMG, the primary supplier of on-screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced that Goodwill of Arizona continues its rollout of IMG's My-T-Soft user interface in its thrift stores. Goodwill integrated IMG's My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board software into its store registers. Goodwill becomes the latest store chain to integrate IMG's software at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® (My-Typing-Soft Keyboard) Build-A-Board System offers a consistent cross-platform on-screen keyboard user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input at any point of any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board System is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistics, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, voting, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including XP / 7 Embedded), Linux, and Mac, with Android and other O/S platforms in development. A thin client version for Citrix / MS Terminal Server / Remote Desktop is also available. Custom layouts can be designed with the Build-A-Board Designer Tool, and an SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

Caps Lock - who decides?
written June 6, 2014 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: Caps Lock; My-T-Soft; IgnoreSystemCapsLock    #47
 

When using the Caps Lock on the My-T-Soft virtual keyboard, way back it was deemed sensible to sync with the physical keyboard so users could go back & forth and not run into a mismatched input state. Then came the users. Then came the programmers doing things in applications. And mixed-case password issues. And special situations with remote interfaces or systems without physical keyboards. To solve a specific problem, the IgnoreSystemCapsLock option was added as an Initialization option. It wasn't too long after that when another situation arose. Finally, it was deemed sensible to resolve all the possibilities that were imaginable, and there were 6 distinct options as to how to treat the Caps Lock key in My-T-Soft. Synchronize to the system or ignore the system; Show Caps state based on Internal Setting or System Setting; and Switch key action. For those interested, this is the entry for IgnoreSystemCapsLock documentation in MYTSOFT.INI.

This is one of those issues where only by doing and working with users and systems in the real world will the actual needs of software be discovered. It also illustrates that there can be situations where software expects to solve problems that are not sensible - i.e. the system with no keyboard that acts as though Caps Lock is always on (as reported by the operating system). So who decides which is the correct action? The person actually using it (to match their expectations). This is only possible with supported, field tested, configurable, and maintained software. Which is why our customers rely on My-T-Soft - it can solve problems they didn't even know they had!

Berings Bridal Registry stores integrate My-T-SoftCE user interface on mobile store scanner systems
written June 1, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Berings, My-T-Soft, Build-A-Board    #46
 
IMG, the primary supplier of on-screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that Berings Bridal Registry stores has integrated its My-T-Soft®CE software into its bridal registry mobile store scanners. Berings becomes the latest retail store chain to integrate IMG's software at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® (My-Typing-Soft Keyboard) Build-A-Board System offers a consistent cross-platform on-screen keyboard user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input at any point of any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board System is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistics, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, voting, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including XP / 7 Embedded), Linux, and Mac, with Android and other O/S platforms in development. A thin client version for Citrix / MS Terminal Server / Remote Desktop is also available. Custom layouts can be designed with the Build-A-Board Designer Tool, and an SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

Fresh Direct expands its My-T-Soft investment for new Windows 7 systems
written February 26, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: Fresh Direct, My-T-Soft, Windows 7    #45
 
IMG, the primary supplier of on-screen keyboard user interfaces worldwide, announced today that Fresh Direct has expanded its My-T-Soft® software licensing for new Windows 7 systems. Fresh Direct becomes the latest corporation in the food industry to upgrade to IMG's Windows 7 software at its facilities.

The My-T-Soft® (My-Typing-Soft Keyboard) Build-A-Board System offers a consistent cross-platform on-screen keyboard user interface that is fully customizable and programmable for various hardware / software platforms. It allows customers to control user input at any point of any application and maintain a higher level of security than with a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel.

The main focus of the product is to provide a controlled user interface, integrated at the lowest level of the operating system for best performance, reliability, and security, on any industrial, kiosk, mobile, pen, rugged, tablet, or touch screen based system or application supporting those devices.

The My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board System is ideal for use in environments such as automation, field service, food, instrumentation, in-vehicle, kiosk, laboratory, logistics, medical, military, mobile, pharmaceutical, ruggedized, utility, voting, warehousing, whiteboard, or other extremely clean, dirty, or hazardous interactive user environment.

The latest release of the My-T-Soft / Build-A-Board System provides support for Windows CE thru 8.1 (including XP / 7 Embedded), Linux, and Mac, with Android and other O/S platforms in development. A thin client version for Citrix / MS Terminal Server / Remote Desktop is also available. Custom layouts can be designed with the Build-A-Board Designer Tool, and an SDK Developers Integration Kit is included.

IMG announces new Individual Personal License option
written February 21, 2014 by Jerry Hussong
Category: PR Tags: IMG's Individual Personal License    #44
 
Innovation Management Group, Inc. Announces the IMG Individual Personal License

Individuals often want the features, functions, and reliability of IMG Software, but cannot justify the expense of a Professional License. In response to customer demand, IMG has created the IMG Personal License as a simple, affordable, and straightforward way for individuals to access various IMG software products.

The IMG Personal License is a system-based individual/personal license that provides access to certain IMG Software Products with all their features and capabilities, but at an affordable price. The License and software is managed through an individual's personal online web account at Build-A-Board.com. It provides account history, product information, and keeps track of the users products and licenses.

The initial offering is a starting point, and over time, additional products along with expanded platform support will be added to the IMG Personal License. Support is included, but limited to IMG's online support knowledge base, FAQ's, help, web account, available updates, and other published resources. History has shown this is more than adequate for most personal users.

The IMG Personal License is for individual / non-commercial use only. IMG Product Services or upgrade to a Professional license are available for additional cost.

System Design Considerations: The on-screen keyboard - User Control, Application Control, or System Control
written January 9, 2014 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: system design; on-screen keyboard; user; application    #43
 
System Design Considerations: The on-screen keyboard - User Control, Application Control, or System Control

User, Application, or System - these 3 different approaches for using an on-screen keyboard are major design choices by anyone building a complete computer system.

The first question is: Will the system be general purpose, or will it perform specific tasks? From the point of view of the onscreen keyboard in a touch driven system, which approach the system designer selects becomes a critical choice as to how to implement the way the user can access the onscreen keyboard for text input.

There are various ways an onscreen keyboard can appear on a system - it is always there, it is there on demand, it shows up when needed by the application, it shows up when needed as determined by the system. Additionally, what exactly do you mean by "an onscreen keyboard"?

A good system designer would typically want the flexibility of bringing up a number pad when only numbers are needed, or only the alphabet for password entry, or a full keyboard when doing system level tasks. Aesthetics can also be important, and flexible layouts, colors, keys, sizes, operating logic all are things a "forced by the system" onscreen keyboard can not accommodate.

As computer systems have become more sophisticated, system designers have to be involved in the choice of the operating system, which is a major aspect of what capabilities the finished result will have, along with the cost of the entire device & its software. Since each design choice can affect the options available for the onscreen keyboard, it makes sense for some systems to have components as flexible as possible, so more possibilities are available as choices are made that affect other components of the system.

Even when you look at the history and family of Microsoft Windows, the system level onscreen keyboard has been implemented more ways than anyone would want to think about. A system choice that defines the user interface creates another aspect to face when making decisions on various systems.

IMG's onscreen keyboards have always focused on user control or application control. The fact that we are not involved or put much effort into system control is because this is a poor design choice. A system level approach imposes too many constraints on the infinite flexibility allowed by letting the user or application control the user interface.

There can be security concerns, training concerns, and ease of use concerns. Additionally, it blurs the role of the operating system when the system defines the user interface. While there are benefits that a system controlled onscreen keyboard can offer, these same benefits can be available when used in conjunction with a user or application controlled approach, but a system controlled approach can limit what the user, application designer, or system designer can do - limits which should not be imposed by operating system software.

Having a consistent, flexible onscreen keyboard option that can operate across many versions of Windows (and now multiple platforms) has been a very good thing for many of IMG's customers. Our design choice has always been to let the user or application designer control the onscreen keyboard. When the system forces an onscreen keyboard onto the scene, our software must defer to that design choice.

To have the keyboard software do any design or user interface actions has always seemed counter to what the software was designed and built for. Historically, a keyboard has been a user interface tool, and not much more. So what, then, is an keyboard that shares the screen with the system? Is it more like an input device, or a user interface component? If it is a user interface component, should it be handled by the user, the application, or the system? Since on some systems, the operating system controls the keyboard, these systems can greatly limit what the system can and cannot do.

So when we get asked about having the keyboard do things on its own (such as show up when needed), we point to our Developer's Kit, and discuss the best approaches to handle & manipulate the various keyboard products we offer. Our design approach is to make the keyboard as flexible as our customers need it.

So by definition, the software can't act like an operating system component on its own - that would be up to the system designer, not the keyboard software. For that same reason, if the application will be in control, then the application should be in control - the keyboard portion should be flexible, and easy to manipulate, but the onscreen keyboard should not define when it does whatever it might do. If the user will be in control, then having the keyboard readily accessible is paramount - for example, the classic software has 4 different user selectable minimize options (without even mentioning programmatic options).

So the focus has always been either on the user and what the user might want to do with the keyboard software, or with the application developer, and how to manipulate the keyboard software. So when we get asked to make our keyboard act more like a system keyboard, we remember all the systems that have come & gone, and try to think why it would be a good idea to invest time in something so fleeting - we can point you in the right direction, but with dozens and dozens of systems left behind in the trash can of computer history, we must focus our resources on our customer's current and future needs.

Typically the operating system will provide the bare minimum and force their design choices onto the user - this approach is a poor compromise that typically makes for a less than ideal user interface. When you compare that to what IMG's keyboard software can do, you should be able to see why customers with specific usage scenarios want complete flexibility in their onscreen keyboard software.

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