SimplyPats and Windows 8
Over the past few months we have been working to make SimplyPats compatible with Windows 8.
SimplyPats 6 will not work with Windows 8 in it's current form due specifically to changes where files are stored in the operating system although there are several other changes to the way windows 8 works that causes issues.
It is likely that we will have to release a new revision of SimplyPats, i.e. SimplyPats 7 which will install on Windows 8. This will be backwardly compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, however it will definitely not run on any earlier Microsoft Operating Systems e.g. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows NT.
One of the main changes in SimplyPats 7 is where the SimplyPats data files, custom reports, photos, invoices, price schemes, backups, raw data are stored, along with the settings files for abbreviations, dictionary, price lists, pat tester settings, Default Fail Reasons, Print Sequences, Colour schemes etc.
Currently these files are stored in the Program Files folders, c:\Program Files (x86)\SimplyPats 6
All user data associated with SimplyPats 7 will be stored in the Application Data folder specific to the user.
For example in XP
C:\Documents and Settings\MyUser\Application Data
When will SimplyPats 7 be Released?
We are currently waiting for the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition) due in November 2012 to see if there are any recomendations that need to be included in the release of SimplyPats 7. Currently we have no definitive knowledge as to what the revisions may be.
We would hope to release SimplyPats 7 in early 2013 however this may be affected by the complexity of any changes in the 4th Edition of the IET Code Of Practice.
How Much Will an upgrade to SimplyPats 7 cost?
It is too early to say, however as you may be aware, we have not charged support fee's for SimplyPats in the past 10 years. When SimplyPats 6 was released at the beginning of 2010 we charged a nominal fee to upgrade from the previous version SimplyPats 5 for almost a year. We are likely to repeat this model, so that anyone recently purchasing a copy of SimplyPats 6 is not faced with any costs upgrading.
Users of older SimplyPats versions from 7 to 12 years old will still receive a discount when upgrading, although this discount will get progressively larger if they have upgraded to a newer version.
I have bought a Windows 8 PC and need software now!
If you buy a Windows 8 pc before we have officially released SimplyPats 7, we will get you up and running although it may be a beta version of the software.