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MTCU LBS

Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Oracle
ADO
ACCESS
Source Safe
Crystal Reports
Resource files for language support
Formal Unit & SIT Tests
Use Cases
VBA (Excel Automation)

The Ministry of Training colleges and Universities has a Literacy and Basic Skills program that involves management of approximately 300 hundred diverse sites through out the Province of Ontario. While working on this project one of our senior developers worked with a participating project partner in the development and enhancement of applications that ran both at remote client sites and at the central management office. The system manages and tracks funding dollars and the associated learners for the agencies in Ontario in multiple languages and on multiple platforms. The central site consolidates the remote sites data by downloading portions of the local databases from the remote sites and processes and consolidates that data for program management into a central database.

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NEW YORK FAIR HEARINGS

Tools & Technologies Project Description
ASP
Interdev
Visual Basic
DHTML\HTML
VBScript
ADO
ActiveX Controls
Word Automation
Package & Deployment Tool

The State of New York needed to replace a legacy system that was used to create and administer legal decision documents that resulted from various hearings. The new system would need to support hundreds of distributed users and allow the administrators to reconfigure the application as the legal and other requirements changed. We designed and built a functional prototype to meet their challenging RFI requirements. Our prototype was highly praised by the client and has provided them a proof of concept for an entirely new way of solving their business needs as well as support the integration needs of the many diverse systems that make up the decision document creation process.

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GPS PLOTTING TOOL

Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
MapPoint Automation
ADO
GPS & GIS

Hand held GPS (Global Positioning System) units are becoming a more common tool for navigation and location applications of many varieties. This set of tools was created to allow the tracking and waypoint data captured by a GPS device to be downloaded, parsed and stored in a database. The GPS data can then be plotted on screen or integrated into a Microsoft MapPoint GIS map.

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NINE MEN'S MORRIS

Tools & Technologies Project Description Product Description
EMbedded Visual Basic (eVB)
Visual Basic
Winsock
IrDA
eVC++

Nine Men’s Morris is a classic two player strategy board game that goes by a number of different names and dates back to perhaps 1400 BC. This particular implementation of the game runs on the Pocket PC under the Win CE operating system as well as on a regular Windows desktop OS. The application works in single or two-player mode and a version is in development that is playable over the internet or IrDA (infrared) ports. A variety of computer opponents of various skill levels are provided to challenge the single player’s strategic ability.

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FITCITY SQUASH WEB

Tools & Technologies Project Description

ASP
Interdev
CSS(Stylesheets)
DHTML\HTML
Jscript
VBScript
ADO
CDONTS Email

A fitness and squash center with over one hundred squash members had a need to present house league scheduling information and member contact information in an easy, convenient and timely way. We designed and created a small web sited powered by ASP that addresses the mentioned issues. Privacy of member’s phone numbers is protected as numbers are accessible only to other registered members via an automated email-back system that does not require logon or the use of passwords.

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SAPPHIRE

Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Active X
Rational Rose
Objectory
RDO
Oracle
PVCS
M3 & CORBA

With over 300 participants, this Unisys led project qualifies in the top few percent for large scale n-tier development projects of its time. Object-oriented design and project methodologies were used together with parallel iterative efforts when creating this consumer lending application of considerable size. The client, a leader in the US financial and consumer lending systems industry, needed the system to support clients in multiple languages and in a number of different countries. A number of senior consultants from our firm were contracted by Unisys Corporation to assist with the large scale effort.

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COUNTERFORCE WEB SITE

Tools & Technologies Project Description
Frontpage
HTML

Counterforce is a leader in the electronic security systems providing high quality alarm monitoring. With over 800 alarm dealers and over 40,000 monitored customers, Counterforce wanted to create a web presence that would provide quality information to both groups. The original web site was created in 1996 and completely re-designed in 1998 by one of our principal consultants.

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TOWN OF EAST GWILLIMBURY

Tools & Technologies Project Description
Frontpage
Stylesheets
DHTML\HTML
Jscript

In an effort to support our local community, members of our company have devoted a great deal of time and expertise as volunteers on the Web Committee of the local township. The committee is responsible for the entire town's web site from concept and design to the actual entering of the web page data.  Our consultants have played a significant role and have been honored by the Government of Ontario with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their work.

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CALL OUT

Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
OLE Automation
Outlook Objects
MSCOM
Caller Id
> Win 95 Common Controls
VB Application Setup Program

A companion product for Microsoft's Outlook, this application captures incoming call-id information and searches your Outlook contact files to see if you have this caller on file. Incoming calls and related contacts are listed in a call window. Incoming names and numbers can also be easily added to your Outlook contact files by a simple click or a drag of the mouse. Visual Byte created this tool as a useful productivity enhancement for Microsoft's Outlook.

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ELEVATOR MONITOR

Tools & Technologies Project Description Product Description
Visual Basic
Access
Jet
DAO
SQL
MSCOM
Caller Id
Crystal Reports
Win 95 Common Controls
VB Application Setup Program

Used in the alarm monitoring and security industry, this product monitors a telephone line for incoming calls from emergency phones in elevators. The caller-id of the incoming call is compared against a customer database and the customer file is displayed along with the particular instructions for the operator to follow for this customer. Visual Byte designed this application to allow for several levels of operator security and support incident archiving, as well as include customer history, report printing and automated backup features. The client required a needs analysis, system specification, design and development for this project.

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MUNICOM PUBLISHER
Tools & Technologies Project Description Front Door to Municom Intranet
Visual Basic
Frontpage SDK
HTTP
OLEISAPI
HTML
DSSOCKETS
IIS
Wizards
VB RIG
Win 95 Common Controls
VB Application Setup Program

Intranet publishing & maintenance over the Internet was made extremely simple for the client's end users with this product. The people responsible for the creation of the documents that made up the various municipality web sites in the Municom site could update their web spaces with little or no knowledge of Internet workings. Visual Byte implemented powerful wizards to prompt the user for document details. Behind the scenes these wizards would connect to the web site, transfer the documents, modify the link or menu pages and maintain the sites integrity and common design elements without the user thinking about FTP, HTTP or HTML. The initial specification had been laid out for this project and Visual Byte was responsible for design and implementation of the application.

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COMMENCE DATA CONVERSION UTILITIES
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Commence
DDE

These were a series of data manipulation utilities that took mainframe data and updated a Commence database application. Some of the utilities Visual Byte developed needed to process batches of 12 million or more records at a time. Payroll, leasing and equipment allocation logic was applied to the insurance companies data.

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VARIOUS STOCK ANALYSIS TOOLS
Tools & Technologies Project Description

Active X Ctrl. ver. or ROI Calc
Active X Doc. ver. or ROI Calc

Visual Basic
Access
Jet
DAO
SQL
PC Quote OCX
Graph
ActiveX Documents

This series of utilities is an on-going project to develop a set of equity investment tools. The three main areas that these tools address are analysis of historic data stored on CD, real time condition-based stock monitor and situation-based profit calculator. We have designed and developed the tools in house from their initial concept stages.

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CALL MONITOR SYSTEM
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Access
Jet
DAO
SQL
MSCOM
Telephone PBX data feed

By analyzing the serial data feed from a telephone PBX system, we created this package to report a wide variety of call response data. Management uses the dynamic on screen reports to monitor operator response times in a busy call centre. Visual Byte developed this application design based on the specific needs described by the client.

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PRESAGE BUSINESS RECOVERY PLANNER
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Access
Access ADT
Access Report Generator
SQL
Total Access Spell Checker
Multimedia Viewer
RTF
Windows Help System

Used by many large businesses to plan for the event of a business interruption, this commercial disaster recovery management tool is a comprehensive all-in-one tool that greatly simplifies the creation of a disaster plan. The package includes sample plans and models, as well as a large database of information to allow the user to create, manage and maintain the necessary tasks, contacts, resources and assets required to make and execute a workable plan. The product produces a complete Business Recovery Manual and/or can be used interactively in case of plan testing or execution. The many complex relationships of data are easily manageable with the many flexible reporting options and the intuitive interface. As the software developer for this system, Visual Byte was required to carry on and complete this large project after the original software developer had begun and abandoned the initial layout and design early in the development phase. We worked closely with the client to integrate their disaster consulting skills into this time saving application.

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Visual Basic User Group Site

Tools & Technologies Project Description

ASP
Interdev
DHTML\HTML
Jscript
VBScript
ADO

As the main sponsors and organizers of the longest running Toronto Visual Basic user group we also design, develop and maintain the group's web presence. The VBDOGs web site supports traffic and inquires from Visual Basic programmers from many countries all around the world.

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ALARM PANELS
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Multimedia Viewer
RTF

In the security business, monitoring companies need to support a wide variety of different models of alarms from different manufacturers. This interactive multimedia reference tool allows monitoring operators to quickly and accurately locate and find operating instructions on over 20 different alarm systems. Visual Byte designed this product to present the user with actual photographs of the alarm panels that have embedded hot links to the appropriate information on the many different buttons and LED’s that are found on each alarm panel. The operator could easily visualize and communicate how to operate any of the many different alarm panels that the caller might be confronted with in a particular alarm call situation.

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DAX MAPI COMPONENTS
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
MAPI

The DAX project was an EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) application that collected customer information from a network of dealers via an email transport. The MAPI components Visual Byte designed and developed polled the MS Mail server for incoming messages. Once received, the incoming message attachments were processed to allow connectivity to legacy data collection and handling routines.

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CALL-ME
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Access
Jet
DAO
SQL
MSCOM
Caller Id

Call identification and phone directory maintenance are the two main focuses of this application. Incoming calls are quickly identified by the CID (caller-id ) information sent by the telephone company. This information is then used to search a personal phone directory for further caller information. With a simple confirmation the user can update the personal phone directory with the new caller information. The call database also allowed for analysis of things like call frequency and the system can also auto dial to call back the incoming call or anyone listed in the personal phone directory. Visual Byte designed and developed this project from concept to completion.

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TIME
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Access
Jet
DAO
SQL
Sheridan VB Assist
Sheridan Data Widgets
Truegrid Pro

This application is a complex contact management package for outbound pharmaceutical sales people. Visual Byte was involved with the development team in some of the early module and form design for this project. Time is focused around a complex and rich relational database that required regular synchronization to manage and maintain the large volumes of doctors, hospitals and drugs that the salespeople are responsible for.

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SHO-ME PRO
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Flat file data system
Fractal image compression tools
Graphic file conversion tools
Windows Palette
TTF Fonts
Extensive use of Win API's
Midi and Wave sound
Autodesk Animation Player
Cresent Tools

Through the use of a number of very advanced technologies, our people created and designed this multimedia authoring tool. Unlike anything available at the time right through until present, this package allows users to create and distribute an image rich presentation that included photographs, line art, text and sounds on a single 3.5 inch diskette. Fractal image compression allowed the user to include 50 to 100 true colour images in each presentation.

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VARIOUS MULTIMEDIA TOOLS
Tools & Technologies Project Description
Visual Basic
Fractal image compression
Video Capture
Image file formats
Sheridan Widgets

Our people created, out of need, a wide variety of multimedia tools and utilities to do everything from batch image compression to image analysis. One application actually grabbed photographs of Comdex attendees and within seconds inserted their image into a working Sho-Me presentation which they took with them as a promotional item at the show.

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