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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Digital Rockhound's Companion 3.0 Update

I finally have some DRC 3.0 news to share. I have finally solved the problems I found running DRC 3.0 on 64 bit version of Windows 7.

From a Software Developer's perspective whats new:

  • The entire application rewritten in C# .net 3.5 framework.  - No more VB6
  • Replaced GIS control with open source SharpMap control.
  • Using all standard Windows controls from Microsoft Visual Studio - No third party controls.
  • Using Iconic.ZIP library for file compression tasks.
  • Switched reports to crystal reports.  (Boo! I know I know but I could not find a better alternative and it came with  Microsoft Visual Studio.

For a User perspective:

  • Same data
  • Similar User Interface (UI).
  • Better stability.
  • Better Windows OS support for Vista and Windows 7.
  • You can actually add new mines!  
  • Added Google Books to Book Search
  • Enhanced Show mine on map feature with thematic mapping for minerals and commodities.

DRC 3.0 Specs:
  • Pentium 4 or faster CPU
  • Supports single and multiple core CPUs
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 2 GB of free hard drive space 
  • DVD drive
  • Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  •  Supports: 32/64bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Supports storing photos to Google+ (former PicasaWeb)
Supports posting blog entries to Google's Blogger  

Why upgrade from DRC 2.0 to DRC 3.0?  Its free!
  • It will be a free upgrade from DRC 2.0
  • It can be applied automatcially using DRC 2.0 check for Updates feature.
  • DRC 2.0 will be retired after DRC 3.0 has been released.
  • All new enhancements and bug fixes will go to DRC 3.0.
  • Its just better!

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