What's New - March 2016

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March 31, 2016

CHT Build 20B.00.00 Just Posted

CHT Build 20B.00.00 is now available for download/installation via Webupdater C10.

To update properly, please exit Clarion 10 and navigate to your windows START area in the lower left corner of your screen. There under "ALL APPS" you'll find a folder called "The Clarion Handy Tools C10".

When you open this folder and see the listed items, you'll find at the bottom of the list an entry entitled: CHT WEBUPDATER C10 (UPDATE-INSTALL).

RIGHT CLICK this, select "More" -> "Run As Administrator", and you're on your way.

The latest CHT WebupdaterC10 is labelled: MAR.31.2016.C0416. Older C10 Webupdaters will update themselves to this version automatically.

Before you start your upate, please pull down the "Config" menu and check the item called "Auto Continue" if it isn't already checked. This ensures that "Continue" is pushed all the way through to the end of both the download installation phase and the decontainerization installation phase.

We'll inform you on the CHT Support Forum, as well as via our monthly What's New Pages, of all relevant changes and additions in this build.

For a full synopsis of What's New and Notworthy in Build 20B.00.00, click this link: New And NoteWorth.

 

Gus Creces
The Clarion Handy Tools Page
www.cwhandy.ca
gcreces@gmail.com
March 31, 2016


March 17, 2016

Run As Administrator (Windows 10)

There are security behaviours in Windows 10 that can get to be a drag if you don't configure for them.

One such configuration that can save you a lot of hassle is the "Run As Administrator" setting. Here's an example of Windows 10 getting in your face and what to do about it.

We like to configure Clarion's "Tools" menu to run some CHT utilities from inside the IDE, particularly "CHT Auto-Backup Configurator". (See next image)


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In Windows 10, running Clarion 10, even if you're logged in using an ADMIN account, Windows will object to allowing HNDBACKUPCONFIG.EXE to run from inside the Clarion IDE, unless the Clarion IDE is set to "Run As Administrator".

We set all of our programming tools started from the windows Task Bar to automatically "Run as Administrator" without us having to think about doing this when the link is clicked. You probably already know how this works, but here's a quick review, in case you don't. (see next two images)


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These programming tools and other tools - like CHT WebupdaterC10 - which just HAVE to be "Run As Administrator", we keep on the Windows Task Bar. Once their startup link is located there you can, configure them to always "Run As Administrator" by, one time only, right-clicking the link icon, choosing "Properties" and configuring as in the images above.

You should be aware that to avoid installation problems due to drive-write authority, you should install Clarion 10 and CHT by ALWAYS starting them with "Run As Administrator" authority. With Visual Studio also, this is absolutely imperative, since it won't even code-sign my executables if we don't INSTALL and RUN the product with "Run As Administrator" authority.

If you're code-signing your apps either from inside the IDE using our templates and/or creating code-signing certificates using HNDCODESIGN.EXE, you need to start the Clarion 10 IDE to "Run As Administrator" and to configure CHT Code Signing Utility similarly. (see next image).


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Speaking of startup-links, Windows 10's version of the "Start Button" provides kind of a cool way to group startup icons for easy, fast access. You have, of course, the "All Apps" item that presents apps in an alphabetic list, as with older versions of windows, but you also now have an expandable display panel where you can place your favorites and most-used items. Here's how we have the start button panel (whatever it's called) configured at present.


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Unfortunately, items placed here cannot, at least from here, be pre-configured to "Run As Administrator", you still have to right-click them each time and select that option. If the executable is critical to be "Run As Administrator", like one of the above, just ask it to "Pin to Taskbar" and from there, as already illustrated, you can pre-configure for "Run As Administrator".

 

Gus Creces
The Clarion Handy Tools Page
www.cwhandy.ca
gcreces@gmail.com
March 17, 2016


March 2, 2016

New Video (2016 UTILITY OVERVIEW)

There's a new video in your CHT Video Education Player menu.

It's # 2 in the popup menu:
* 02. ** (2016 UTILITY OVERVIEW) Introduction To CHT Utility Applications (8.5 Minutes)

This provides an overview of CHT demo apps marked specifically "CHT Utility Applications" in their splash screens so that they can be broken out of the general demo applications set, to produce a separate set of docs for utilities.

All of these apps, of course, are provided in source .APP format but many are provided also in pre-compiled format because they are incorporated in the CHT Toolkit as utilities. The one we're sure you're all most familiar with by now is HNDBRWCL.EXE (CHT Support Forum Client) with which you're accustomed to viewing our developer support forum.

This OVERVIEW video reviews the entire set of CHT Utility Applications as an introduction to future videos in this series which specifically explain what each of these applications is meant to do.

In ALL cases, they're there to TEACH the use of CHT concepts in the context of your Clarion IDE. You can open the .APP files and look at how they're constructed, change them and even re-purpose them without any license restrictions from us. In most cases, these utility applications are ALSO provided to you, pre-compiled, because they act as part of the toolkit support system.

Watch this video and you will get the idea.

The videos in this series will be entitled: ** (2016 UTILITY XXXX.APP) to tie them back into this first overview video.

 

Gus Creces
The Clarion Handy Tools Page
www.cwhandy.ca
gcreces@gmail.com
March 2, 2016


The Latest Docs

The latest template docs are here: CHT Template Docs

The latest demo application docs are here: CHT Application Docs

The latest utility application docs are here: CHT "Utility" App Docs

The latest "Batch Bot" application docs are here: CHT "Batch Bot" App Docs

The latest classes docs are here: CHT Classes Docs

 

Gus Creces
The Clarion Handy Tools Page
www.cwhandy.ca
gcreces@gmail.com
March 1, 2016

 


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