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My-T-Soft for Linux 2.20 Release 8 now available!
written June 15, 2020 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft; Linux; Raspberry Pi    #93
 

IMG is pleased to announce that a maintenance update for Linux is now available as My-T-Soft for Linux 2.20 R8 for the following platforms: i386 (32-bit), AMD64 (64-bit), and armv7l (Raspberry Pi 4). This is an ongoing process to bring improvements, new features, and new platforms to the Build-A-Board run-time targets. There are several notes regarding this update that we will cover here. First, in testing on the Raspberry Pi build, a specific sequence issue was discovered with the communication between the My-T-Soft process and the MacroBat process (the keyboard user interface is handled by My-T-Soft (mytsoft), and the Macro Batch processor (macrobat) handles system events/keystrokes/etc.) The ultimate issue was due to the 2 processes, its cross communication, and a code sequence that put a communication event a few lines ahead of a required preparation step to receive acknowledgement. As it turned out, on faster systems with good multiple CPU process handling, the issue never appeared, but on the Raspberry Pi, there were some cases where this sequence issue created an error. This has been addressed in this update, and it also shows why supporting many different platforms helps ensure the best code.

Additional updates include better minimize handling for some specific desktop environments (GNOME/Cinnamon), support for PNG image libraries (1.2 and 1.6), and some new capabilities to be rolled into other platforms. One important aspect of the My-T-Soft family has been the ongoing customizable capabilities to address specific customer needs and the flexibility this brings to the software - the ongoing evolution of the user interface...

Now that the libpng 1.6 is more common than libpng 1.2, updates to allow either version have been added. Linux and its various distros are going through a "backwards compatibility" reality, and this is being addressed in various ways by different groups. Things like Snap, Flatpak, and Appimage include required libraries packaged with the app vs. relying on the underlying system, but then these pre-packaged software sets then require an environment able to handle these packaged versions of code. Along those lines, My-T-Soft for Linux has always been built at a "lowest common denominator" level, and dynamically links to the PNG image library, so even though the 1.6 was on a system, earlier versions of My-T-Soft simply reported the issue, but ran normally (without image support). With this update, it will handle image display whether the 1.2 or 1.6 version is available.

One interesting aspect of Linux is the ability to have different desktop environments and window managers, X servers, etc., etc. These are identified by names like GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, LXQt, Budgie, and others. It would be awesome if there was a standard way to create a program that relies on the graphical environment and have it work flawlessly in all of these disparate environments, but that is becoming increasingly difficult. My-T-Soft, by relying on the XLib interface (which goes back to the beginning of graphical environments for Unix/Linux), runs properly on all of these, with some exceptions based on specific environments. Now with the 2.20 R8 update, a system inquiry is used to determine which environment is in use, and if needed, code to accommodate these differences will be used. One notable exception is the GNOME 3 interface, where in their default environment, My-T-Soft will not type. This is due to the decision not to support the X Lib based interface for allowing virtual keystrokes due to design implementations made by the GNOME 3 development team. As one option, they provide GNOME 3 on the XOrg server, where My-T-Soft then operates properly. So this backwards compatibility issue means that My-T-Soft would have to accommodate GNOME 3 vs. GNOME 3 handling an interface that has worked for decades, and works on every other environment we have tested on. This compatibility issue seems to be becoming more prevalent, which is unfortunate, because it either means writing exception code, redoing code to accommodate problematic environments, or living with incompatible systems. None are truly acceptable to the world view as seen by My-T-Soft, but it is the reality which seems to be upon us. To the average user, having to deal with something like this is confusing and certainly not conducive to "ease of use" concerns.

To see some sample layouts and the run-time for Linux that allows layouts built by Build-A-Board to run in Linux and Raspberry Pi systems, see the My-T-Soft for Linux Downloads page.

About IMG

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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.

25 Years!
written May 12, 2020 by Kermit Komm
Category: Tags: IMG; Innovation Management Group, Inc.; Anniversary; Silver    #92
 
Today Innovation Management Group, Inc. celebrates 25 years in business. Our "first dollar" on the wall is a Funds Transfer Advice from a now defunct company from a bank that is no longer around. Accepting that change is the only constant is reflected in IMG's name. The company name was chosen to reflect what a technology business is all about - innovation, managing a business around innovation, and building a group of customers finding value in the business and its products and services. Now that we find the world in a unique and unprecedented situation, we are confident innovation will continue, and IMG will continue its mission: IMG is dedicated to innovative ideas and turning those ideas into real-world solutions that provide value, increase productivity, and enhance technology. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the journey so far, and we look forward to the future!

My-T-Soft released for Raspberry Pi
written March 20, 2020 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft; Linux; Raspberry Pi    #91
 

One of the key things that went into the design of the My-T-Soft run-time 2.x software was to support cross platform deployment, and due to the nature of Linux, the operating system has been ported to all types of architectures and systems. So when we were asked to be involved and incorporate My-T-Soft into a Raspberry Pi project, it made sense to compile and target the raspbian version (a modified version of Debian Linux that is optimized and runs on the Raspberry Pi). As we typically do with any new release, it is now available for Download at the My-T-Soft for Linux Downloads page.

One thing of note - for images, the current default PNG library on the latest raspbian is version 16, while the current build targets the older version 12. The PNG lib 12 is available on the Pi, so if using images with My-T-Soft, you will want to redo the symbolic link libpng.so to the 12 version vs. the default 16. For further information on image support and the PNG libraries in Linux, see the Help page here.

As is typical with the My-T-Soft family, development moves forward in various steps, and some of the new features required for this project will roll into the main released software for all currently supported platforms. Stay tuned for exciting and interesting features in My-T-Soft!

About IMG

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems rolls out custom My-T-Soft on hundreds of forklifts
written October 25, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Roadrunner Transporation Systems;rrts.com;Emkat;emkat.com;Build-A-Board;My-T-Soft;vehicle-mount;forklift;    #90
 

Roadrunner became familiar with the capabilities of My-T-Soft®, and when rolling out a new system across their operation, they chose to use a custom board integrated with their new systems. Operators use various technologies, including bar codes, but still may need to enter numbers or notes. With the new vehicle-mounted touchscreen system, an on-screen keyboard provides a simple and effective solution. By optimizing the keyboard for these dedicated systems using My-T-Soft Build-A-Board, the ideal result was achieved.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Emkat

Emkat is a hardware integration company focused on delivering innovative solutions for mobile computing and barcode devices. Their goal is to provide the right technology to help organizations improve processes and become more efficient so they can more effectively run their operations. Emkat takes care of all the complexities and challenges so their customers can can focus on their business. The Emkat team gets a thorough understanding of processes, structure, and goals, then their experts find the technology that will be the perfect match. The most cost-effective solution is deployed and backed by best-in-class service.

About Roadrunner Transportation Systems

Roadrunner Transportation Systems is a leading asset-light transportation and supply chain solutions provider offering a full suite of services, including less-than-truckload, truckload, temperature-controlled, intermodal, expedited, and domestic and international air. They deliver the best transportation and logistics solutions, supply chain technology and friendly customer service to transport your goods from origin to destination seamlessly and efficiently.

VR Systems updates EViD Systems to Windows 10 and My-T-Soft 1.90
written October 4, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: My-T-Soft; Developer's Kit; Integration;    #89
 
VR Systems has integrated My-T-Soft with their EViD systems for more than a decade and recently moved to Windows 10, which required updates to the My-T-Soft software integrated into their systems. Working with their developers, IMG assisted with updated Developer's Kit tools, guidance, and program level support to make the transition smooth and fast. They also were able to make use of some new features in My-T-Soft, such as the fixed area region display, which can customize the view area of the keyboard (which allowed a custom view of My-T-Soft when integrated with their software). They also were able to create a coordinated install with support for older versions of Windows and My-T-Soft for machines in the field. This cross-platform capability is unique to My-T-Soft, and addresses real-world situations when customers want consistent interfaces across different operating systems. People are people and operate best when things just work in a consistent and stable fashion.

About IMG

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 VR Systems

At VR Systems, our vision is an elections community that conducts successful elections, every time. To bring that vision into reality, we strive to provide the best products, services and support to enable election officials to secure the public’s trust in democracy.

Innovation Management Group and Aveva re-affirm long-term partnership
written August 14, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board; IMG Partnerships; Aveva    #88
 
Life is change, and some exciting things are happening with Aveva. My-T-Soft has been included with WonderWare offerings since 2005, and IMG has seen Invensys transition to Schneider Electric and now to Aveva. With this transition, IMG was asked to update its partnership. Also, in coordination with Aveva's new partner exchange, My-T-Soft and Build-A-Board are now featured on the exchange as a way to educate and reach Aveva customers in other industries and expand awareness of the unique and useful capabilities of IMG's interface software.

About IMG

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Aveva

AVEVA creates industrial software that inspires people to shape the future. They believe industry advancement should enhance the human experience. They harness the power of our ecosystem by working together to bring bold ideas to life. They build leading solutions across the asset and operations lifecycles that turn opportunity into business value, evolving the industries that power our world. They discover new ways to empower people and industries, enabling the success of our customers and the prosperity of communities.

The My-T-Soft Build-A-Board How To Video Series
written June 7, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: Tags: My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board; How To Videos;    #87
 
In response to new customers wanting to get custom boards made and deployed as quickly as possible, we have launched the IMG My-T-Soft Build-A-Board How To Video Series! Here is a quick overview of what is currently available:

Also watch for additional How To videos! If you need something explained, please let us know.

Lubrizol tests custom keyboard, then expands licenses with orders from Insight
written March 25, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Lubrizol; Insight; Build-A-Board.com licensing; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;    #86
 

Lubrizol started by exploring Build-A-Board and doing custom layouts, and then ordered 1 license through their technology provider, Insight. After testing for 60 days, they rolled out to multiple devices. This is a common approach, and provides an easy and low impact way for working with My-T-Soft Keyboard software. IMG provides various software license options to allow individuals, small businesses, and both small and large enterprises to do prototyping, small scale tests, large scale roll-outs, and enterprise-wide deployments. Working with custom layouts optimizes application integration and operational processes. The My-T-Soft Build-A-Board system ensures consistent operator interfaces, reduces or removes training costs, eases deployment, saves time, and improves productivity.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Insight

Insight Enterprises Inc. is an Arizona-based publicly traded global technology company that focuses on business-to-business and information technology (IT) capabilities for enterprises. The company is listed on the Fortune 500 and has offices in 20 countries with operations in 200 countries and territories.

About Lubrizol

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company. They combine complex specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value for their customers' products while reducing environmental impact. Lubrizol isn't a common household name to most people, so it might surprise you that their products and technologies are in things you use every day - quite likely on surfaces and in fluids in the vehicles you drive, in the shampoos and soaps you use, in a medicine you take, in the clothes you wear and in electronic devices and plumbing systems in your home. Lubrizol has over 8,700 employees worldwide, sells in over 100 countries, and was founded in 1928.

Porto Itapoa in Brazil purchases Build-A-Board Platform License
written March 19, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Porto Itapoa Brazil; IMG Platform License; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;    #85
 

Porto Itapoa has purchased a Platform License to deploy My-T-Soft Keyboard software on Windows 10 tablets. Working with custom layouts to optimize the tablets for their needs, using a Platform license for Build-A-Board enables a simplified approach to deploying custom layouts. The My-T-Soft Build-A-Board system ensures consistent operator interfaces, reduces or removes training costs, eases deployment, saves time, and improves productivity.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Porto Itapoá

Porto Itapoá began operations in June 2011 – one of the fastest and most efficient in Latin America and one of the largest and most important in the country for moving containerized cargo. Privately run, the Terminal boasts infrastructure able to handle 1.2 million TEUs per year and is nearing the final phase of its expansion project, which will increase its capacity to 2 million TEUs per year. Porto Itapoá is positioned among the most productive regions in Brazil, with importers and exporters from the most diverse business segments. With its calm and deep waters, the bay is ideal for receiving large-scale vessels – an increasingly adopted trend in global shipping. It is one of the most modern terminals in the world.

Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. moves to Build-A-Board Platform License
written January 24, 2019 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Rolf C. Hagen, Inc.; IMG Platform License; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;    #84
 

Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. has purchased a Platform License to update existing systems and older software. Hagen has been using My-T-Soft Keyboard software for over 12 years, and to incorporate the latest software and provide a path for existing deployments, moving to a Platform license was the easiest and most cost-effective option. Using a Platform license for Build-A-Board enables a simplified approach to deploying custom layouts, and provides a straightforward path to move their existing custom layouts into an easily deployable approach for numerous standalone systems. This seamless method is a natural extension of IMG's technology and Build-A-Boards's support for many different platforms and systems. The My-T-Soft Build-A-Board system ensures consistent operator interfaces, reduces or removes training costs, eases deployment, saves time, and improves productivity.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Hagen

Founded by Rolf C. Hagen in 1955, Hagen has grown to become the world's largest privately-owned, multi-national pet products manufacturer and distributor. They are driven by a common bond of love and compassion for animals. Underlying their entire philosophy is one simple and immutable fact: Pets are not only the heart of their business, they are the reason they are in business.

Hagen is dedicated to creating practical and innovative products that enhance the health and welfare of pets worldwide. Their extensive animal and consumer research networks ensure that they provide relevant and useful pet care products. Their manufacturing processes guarantee that only the highest quality ingredients and stringent production standards are maintained for all their products.

Pet owners want new products that provide a range of benefits, such as safety, dependability, value, practicality, convenience, and durability. For over 55 years, they’ve earned the loyalty and trust of consumers worldwide by dedicating theirselves to producing high-quality, innovative products for the health, happiness and satisfaction of you and your pets.

Sargento Foods Inc. moves to Build-A-Board Platform License
written November 30, 2018 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Sargento Foods Inc.; IMG Platform License; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;    #83
 

Sargento Foods has purchased a Platform License to enable a move from the My-T-Soft TS server solution to a standalone system approach for their shipping needs. Sargento has been using My-T-Soft Onscreen Keyboard software for over 11 years, and their current technology landscape changes required a compatible option for their new configuration. Using a Platform license for Build-A-Board enables a simplified approach to deploying custom layouts, and provides a straightforward path to move their existing custom layouts into an easily deployable approach for numerous standalone systems. This seamless method is a natural extension of IMG's technology and Build-A-Boards's support for many different platforms and systems. The My-T-Soft Build-A-Board system ensures consistent operator interfaces, reduces or removes training costs, eases deployment, saves time, and improves productivity.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Sargento Foods Inc.

Sargento Foods Inc. is a family-owned company with two business divisions: Consumer Products and Food Service and Ingredients. The company employs more than 1,800 people at four Wisconsin facilities: Plymouth, Kiel, Hilbert and Elkhart Lake.

The Consumer Products Division is a leading national packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced, snack and specialty cheeses sold under the Sargento® brand.

The Food Service Channel produces custom cheese products that are tailor-made to the specifications of many national restaurant chains. These products include natural sliced and shredded natural cheeses and breaded appetizers.

The Food Ingredients Channel is known for innovation and leadership in cheese-based products, sauces, frozen extruded products, premium-quality home meal solutions and custom cheese ingredients, delivering value-added products, and formulation and packaging solutions. It has manufacturing capabilities in three facilities in Wisconsin. The plants have a variety of certifications including kosher and USDA meat.

Updates to Build-A-Board.com Accounts for better managing boards, licenses, and devices
written November 15, 2018 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board; Build-A-Board.com    #82
 

IMG has always been customer driven and to address the growing usage of My-T-Soft and Build-A-Board, some updates and some overhauls were required at the "back-end" within the Build-A-Board.com accounts.

The My Boards tab has been addressed to allow Default boards to be assigned to individual platforms (so, for example, Windows can have a different default board vs. Android). Because of the inherent differences in platforms, this provides needed flexibility in customizing boards specific to a platform. In order to make My-T-Soft for Android work seamlessly with this change, a minor update to 2.20.32 was required, and this allows the automatic selection of the current keyboard to be the default, when "Get My Boards" is selected via the option in My-T-Soft Settings.

For those not familiar with the 2 categories in My Boards, the Favorite Keyboards section are boards that will be retrieved when Get My Boards is selected on a run-time platform, and Default Keyboards are boards that will retrieved and made the current selected and default keyboard (e.g. KEYBOARD.KBF) after the download process is completed. At the moment, there hasn't been a need or request to separate out favorite boards to specific platforms, and this is not currently on any to-do list. Since the cost of carrying a few extra boards is negligible, and you never know what situation may throw itself at you, always having your favorites, no matter the platform, seems to be the correct approach.

There are also some updates in My Projects, adding Windows, Android, and Linux as options to quickly select Default boards for these platforms, and also a similar change in the Board Browser tab for the publicly available boards. When you upload a Board Project from Build-A-Board to your account, it will appear in the My Projects tab. There are 3 scope options for each project - Private, Public, and Marketplace. Whenever a new project is uploaded to your account, it is Private. Only if you select Public will it be available in the Public browseable boards (i.e. Board Browser). Currently the Marketplace is not engaged, and a warning will be shown if you select this option (e.g. Board is public, but the Marketplace is not currently available). So for practical purposes, there is private and public, with most customers focusing on their own custom boards. Not yet available in the current release of Build-A-Board is "Get My Projects", and this is on the to-do list... However, there is a Download Project icon (black folder/green down arrow) that can be used to manually obtain the Project zip file, which can be dropped into the SOURCE folder / Project folder for use within Build-A-Board (i.e. you find yourself at a different system and want an uploaded project).

The License Manager tab has 2 new buttons - Manage Licenses and Manage Device Settings. The Manage Licenses allows you to update or name licenses so keeping track of deployed licenses can be easily managed. Note that IMG has many types of customers, with some being individuals, some being companies with a small number of deployments, and some are resellers using My-T-Soft on per project basis. For customers using Live, Enterprise, or OEM type licenses, this section does not apply. Also this option allows customers to update license status if a device is missing, damaged, or destroyed.

The Manage Device settings provides tools to manage device settings (currently only for the Android platform). Since certain settings are relevant across a large number of similar devices, but don't make sense as part of the actual board, My-T-Soft for Android has the ability to upload/download settings to your account. You also have the ability to set Account defaults. The logic is setup so that if a device requests settings, and that device has a set of saved settings, it will retrieve the current set of saved settings. If the device does not have settings, but the account has defaults, then the device (and any other device) will retrieve the account default settings. This provides a mechanism to standardize on custom settings for a family of devices by using the same Build-A-Board.com account for licensing.

As customers let us know their needs and requirements, updates and changes are rolled into the appropriate area. The vision of having a cloud based store for your favorite boards, with the ability to get a new device, install My-T-Soft, license, retrieve your boards (and settings), and be off and running is complete for major platforms. As time marches on, more & more refinements will be rolled into the system, and we welcome everyone along for the ride. Keyboards have been in use for over 160 years, and will continue to have important roles in all types of situations. Now, with the complete flexibility of customization, your own set of optimized boards are quickly & easily available on whatever device you are using today!

Build-A-Board 2.20 Release 6 & My-T-Soft for Android 2.20.30
written September 18, 2018 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft; Android; Build-A-Board    #81
 

IMG is pleased to announce that new updates to IMG's My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board and My-T-Soft® for Android are now available for download and use.

The Build-A-Board 2.20 Release 6 includes updates to run-times, including My-T-Soft for Android and Linux, updated help, and many minor user interface fixes. For product information, current download, and online help just go to the Build-A-Board product page.

Now that My-T-Soft for Android has been rolled out in major installs, and we have customer feedback and requests, there have been updates to address these requirements. The current version includes support for Honeywell devices / bar code scanners, import/export options, automatic account and settings import options, and numerous other updates and new features. Details are available at the Features tab at the My-T-Soft for Android product page.

For users running earlier releases of Build-A-Board, you just need to go to Help | Check for Updates... and walk through the automatic update option. For Android users, simply download and install the current release.

VisionID deploys My-T-Soft for Android
written August 28, 2018 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: My-T-Soft; Android; Build-A-Board    #80
 

VisionID has customized layouts within the new My-T-Soft® for Android to optimize the user interface for their major pharmaceutical customer in Ireland, deployed with Zebra Technologies' wearable terminals. In order to present the best user experience, and address specific usage needs, using My-T-Soft on the Android device provided layouts with needed keys, positioning, and options, including larger keys and optimizing screen real-estate well beyond what is possible with built-in keyboard layouts.

The My-T-Soft® Family (including My-T-Soft for Android) along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 VisionID

VisionID Ltd. was formed to provide Barcode and Data Capture solutions in today's "real time" society. Whatever the industry sector, data capture technology can facilitate improved performance and efficiency, delivering a realistic ROI in a very short timeframe. VisionID's philosophy is to be the leading independent supplier of Mobile Computing, Identification and Barcoding solutions to all industry sectors throughout Ireland.

My-T-Soft for Android 2.20.18 Release
written July 31, 2018 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: My-T-Soft; Android; Build-A-Board    #79
 

The latest update of My-T-Soft for Android is now available. Many features and capabilities have been added to address real-world customer needs, and this release also provides support for the latest Android release (Oreo 8.0/8.1).

New features include the ability to use the [CMD:KEYCODE=nnn] for the Key Action so any Android key code can be used. This can be helpful or important for various specific uses, and allows even more flexibility with building boards to do various tasks or provide the user/operator with the tools they need to optimize the user interface. One of the capabilities of My-T-Soft is to separate the Key Label from the Key Action, and being able to put any Android virtual key event(s) behind a key press opens up a wealth of possibilities.

There is also a Force Visibility option that can be used to create a fixed user interface. Although this is non-standard operation, if a device is used for a single purpose/single-app, being able to tie My-T-Soft into the whole system as a constant presence adds another unique capability. There is also a [CMD:TOGGLEFORCESHOW] key action command that enables/disables this feature, providing a way for the user to dismiss the keyboard if there is a need to exit this special mode.

Another new feature is the ability to import/export My-T-Soft for Android settings. This can be done locally via a file, or can be tied to the device in a user's Build-A-Board.com account. This can be used for backup, so desired settings can be retrieved, or for deployment purposes.

For those not yet familiar with My-T-Soft for Android, key features include the ability to customize layouts with IMG's Build-A-Board, tie layouts together into sets, position layouts anywhere on the screen, and customize key actions with keystroke macros and internal commands (Launch Apps, Open New Keyboard File, etc.). The software installs as another input method, and can be swapped in & out with other methods. My-T-Soft for Android can tie into accounts at Build-A-Board.com, so favorite boards can be quickly brought onto any device, and provides access to the ever growing online database of onscreen keyboard layouts. Because layouts are customizable, key sizes are flexible, and both text and images can be used on keys, the possibilities for optimizing the user input interface are endless.

Domtar Corporation enters into IMG Technology License Agreement
written March 21, 2018 by Tracy Chang
Category: PR Tags: Domtar Corporation; IMG Technology License; My-T-Soft    #78
 
Domtar Corporation has entered into an IMG Technology License site license that provides access to all products and versions of IMG software. Domtar has been using My-T-Soft Onscreen Keyboard software for over 15 years, and in moving to Windows 10, it was realized that the enterprise license they had inherited from their merger with Weyerhauser was no longer maintained. Domtar reached out to their technology provider, Peak-Ryzex and established a path forward to preserve existing licenses and a path to 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.

About Innovation Management Group

Since 1995, Innovation Management Group has been the primary supplier of onscreen keyboard user interfaces and designer utilities to major corporations, 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.

The My-T-Soft® Family along with IMG's Build-A-Board Keyboard 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 Peak-Ryzex

Peak-Ryzex is an End-to-End Provider of Supply Chain, Mobility and Retail Solutions. For over 35 years, Peak-Ryzex has been at the forefront of providing end-to-end enterprise mobility, managed services, printing and mobile data capture solutions for performance-driven organizations focused on the optimization of supply chain and field-based business processes. Peak-Ryzex serves as a trusted business partner for some of the world's largest companies, while also supporting local and regional customers with an extensive coverage footprint throughout North America and Europe.

About Domtar Corporation

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion (USD) and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Build-A-Board 2.20 Release 5 is now available!
written January 23, 2018 by Kermit Komm
Category: Development Tags: Build-A-Board; My-T-Soft;    #77
 

IMG is pleased to announce that a comprehensive update to IMG's My-T-Soft® Build-A-Board is now available for download and use. This release includes support for the recently released My-T-Soft for Android, along with updates to run-time targets, new features and capabilities, and tighter integration with the online database of layouts at Build-A-Board.com and with individual Build-A-Board.com accounts.

For those not familiar with Build-A-Board, here is a quick overview/history. Back in the last century, the success of IMG's My-T-Soft/My-T-Touch/My-T-Pen/My-T-Mouse on-screen keyboard software led customers to ask for custom layouts, different capabilities, and different platforms. So starting in the late 90's, a review of the industry and a long wish-list of what on-screen keyboard software could be was laid out, all while structuring things so that the market could define the path forward (vs. taking a best-guess and risk being way off the mark). So the first Build-A-Board builder was released in the early 2000's providing a tool to create custom layouts, and integrating with the existing Windows software. As time marched on, new platforms were added - Windows CE (EXE and DLL), Linux (32-bit/64-bit), Mac OS X, Windows 64-bit, and most recently Android. Each iteration of Build-A-Board refined the user interface, added capabilities, and slowly began to realize the original goals - complete flexibility of the user interface for text input software and able to operate on any platform (i.e. computing device with a pointing device interface - touch, stylus, mouse, etc.) Along the way, the online database at Build-A-Board.com was created and filled out, user accounts were added, and a complete eco-system was also created to truly realize the vision - a way for your layouts to be available on whatever device you were using today. Also note, in case you don't know or realize, My-T-Soft is a just a contraction of My Typing Software. Having your own customized and optimized layouts on any device you use seems like a much better future than having to deal with whatever the system decides to give you. Finally, because of various constraints and the nature of IMG's business, some of the features and capabilities have been only available to existing customers prior to this public release.

The following outlines some of the technical aspects of the release that are new since the last public release. It is assumed that everyone already knows that you can create, design, customize, and deploy on-screen keyboards pretty easily with the previous releases, so highlighting the new features is most important here. It is also worthwhile to note the market is becoming increasingly aware of the need for customization, because if you are providing the same dang thing as everyone else, you really aren't providing any value...

Conversion between 2.10 and 2.20 compatible sources: In previous versions, you could only convert one way to the 2.20 Unicode formats, and there was no way to convert back to the ANSI 2.10. Because there are enough legacy installs in use, and some customers started off in 2.20 not realizing they couldn't target 2.10 installs, the ability to convert projects back & forth between the 2 targets was added. As an important item to note, when converting from 2.20 to 2.10, information in the projects (especially key data) will be lost and not be recoverable. Projects should only be converted to legacy 2.10 when there is a specific need for that target. As a helpful reminder, doing a Save As step first can save a lot of grief if considering doing a 2.20 to 2.10 conversion.

Open KMF and Open KBF options: With this release, the only real support is for 1.xx software, and provides a limited way to modify keys and labels on the older software. Because the trend is to use the newer/more capable 2.xx targets, these options are for special cases with the older, legacy software. If you feel there is a need for these options, it is recommended you contact IMG Technical Support to discuss what you are trying to accomplish.

Builder Properties, Project and Project Details tabs: There are 2 new tabs on the Properties dialog which show internal settings regarding the current project, and a Project Details page to establish a category and sorting options for use within the public database. If you plan to make a project public or place on the marketplace, updating these details is recommended and may be required for certain situations.

View Key Images: This opens a sub-window that shows the current available key images that can be used on keys with the HiRes Key Type and Frame Type set to Key Images. Select or Double-Click on a Key Image to make it the current image used for the Board (all keys with the correct Type/Frame Type will be updated for the entire board).

View Keyboard Layouts: This opens a sub-windows that shows all available language maps (KMF files) that can be embedded in a layout. With the correct Key Label and Key Action configuration, layouts can be easily toggled between 2 language maps, or scrolled through all included layouts within a Board. Layouts can be selected from the available list, or removed from the already included layouts, so a final set of layouts to be included with the target KBF file. Note this is currently only fully supported on the Windows targets.

Grid + layout: When the grid is enabled (F4), and the Add tool is in use (F3), a click and drag will enable a multiple key grid layout. The keys are based on the current default width/height, and the current grid size. Note that if the default key size is not a multiple of the current grid size, the top/left of keys added in this way will not be on grid points - if this is the case, you may wish to disable the grid once you have your field of keys.

Spacing logic/pixels: When aligning a row or a column of keys, the spacing logic allows for fixed end points, or an approximate end point with guaranteed even spacing. There is now also a way to select a specific number of pixels to be inserted between adjacent keys.

Keystroke Macro Recorder: A utility to record formatted macros is included, so more complex keystroke sequences can be monitored and recorded for use within Key Action keystroke macros.

Integration with Build-A-Board.com: When licensed, you can go directly to Build-A-Board.com (in your browser), projects can be uploaded to your account, and favorite and default boards can be managed for use with run-time targets

Flexible licensing: With this release, a new IMG License Manager is integrated, allowing for more flexible options, and ties platform licenses to your Build-A-Board.com account. Most importantly, the ability to get a Build-A-Board license for Free is now available, and once licensed, non-evaluation boards can be created. Because licenses can be embedded in the .KBF files (layouts), device and platform licensing can be managed from a Build-A-Board.com account, so the Build-A-Board builder can be used by anyone to create layouts. Note that to deploy licensed layouts (e.g. Platform licensing), a Serial # is required, only available when an appropriate license has been purchased.

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My-T-Soft for Linux 2.20 Release 8 now available!
June 15, 2020
Kermit Komm
Category: Development
Tags: My-T-Soft; Linux; Raspberry Pi
 

25 Years!
May 12, 2020
Kermit Komm
Category:
Tags: IMG; Innovation Management Group, Inc.; Anniversary; Silver
 

My-T-Soft released for Raspberry Pi
March 20, 2020
Kermit Komm
Category: Development
Tags: My-T-Soft; Linux; Raspberry Pi
 

Roadrunner Transportation Systems rolls out custom My-T-Soft on hundreds of forklifts
October 25, 2019
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: Roadrunner Transporation Systems;rrts.com;Emkat;emkat.com;Build-A-Board;My-T-Soft;vehicle-mount;forklift;
 

VR Systems updates EViD Systems to Windows 10 and My-T-Soft 1.90
October 4, 2019
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: My-T-Soft; Developer's Kit; Integration;
 

Innovation Management Group and Aveva re-affirm long-term partnership
August 14, 2019
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board; IMG Partnerships; Aveva
 

The My-T-Soft Build-A-Board How To Video Series
June 7, 2019
Tracy Chang
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Lubrizol tests custom keyboard, then expands licenses with orders from Insight
March 25, 2019
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: Lubrizol; Insight; Build-A-Board.com licensing; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;
 

Porto Itapoa in Brazil purchases Build-A-Board Platform License
March 19, 2019
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: Porto Itapoa Brazil; IMG Platform License; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;
 

Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. moves to Build-A-Board Platform License
January 24, 2019
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: Rolf C. Hagen, Inc.; IMG Platform License; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;
 

Sargento Foods Inc. moves to Build-A-Board Platform License
November 30, 2018
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: Sargento Foods Inc.; IMG Platform License; My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board;
 

Updates to Build-A-Board.com Accounts for better managing boards, licenses, and devices
November 15, 2018
Kermit Komm
Category: Development
Tags: My-T-Soft; Build-A-Board; Build-A-Board.com
 

Build-A-Board 2.20 Release 6 & My-T-Soft for Android 2.20.30
September 18, 2018
Kermit Komm
Category: Development
Tags: My-T-Soft; Android; Build-A-Board
 

VisionID deploys My-T-Soft for Android
August 28, 2018
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: My-T-Soft; Android; Build-A-Board
 

My-T-Soft for Android 2.20.18 Release
July 31, 2018
Kermit Komm
Category: Development
Tags: My-T-Soft; Android; Build-A-Board
 

Domtar Corporation enters into IMG Technology License Agreement
March 21, 2018
Tracy Chang
Category: PR
Tags: Domtar Corporation; IMG Technology License; My-T-Soft
 

Build-A-Board 2.20 Release 5 is now available!
January 23, 2018
Kermit Komm
Category: Development
Tags: Build-A-Board; My-T-Soft;
 


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