d7x: The [unreleased] next generation of d7II!
d7x is the name given to a new successor planned for d7II, our current generation PC technician productivity software. Currently this exists as the entirely new “d7x Platform” code, that to date has been developed separately from d7II (due to incompatibilities between the most basic code in which d7II functionality is built upon, and the newer designs required for the amazing innovations we have planned for the d7x product line!)
The d7x Platform code isn’t designed only for innovation, but also to provide a more flexible platform to be used for rapid development (and updating) of multiple application projects going forward (including our other existing technician oriented apps such as KillEmAll, dUninstaller, and dSupportSuite to name a few, as well as other new apps on the horizon.)
Many suggestions from our tech subscribers have made the d7 and d7II line of products great from day one, so we’re always excited to receive your ideas for d7x! Contribute your ideas anytime by contacting us directly or via our official support portal where you will also find message forums capable of housing your discussions on feature requests and updates for all of our software!
This month our test release of “d7IIx Alpha” was made available to all d7II subscribers, which is intended as a near-future update for subscribers of our existing d7II product. d7IIx replaces the core (or “backend” code powering the special functionality of d7II) with the entirely new “d7x Platform” code, which will enable exciting new features and functionality planned for future updates. Please be aware that development/inclusion of new features are still on hold until d7IIx can be deemed ready for release to all subscribers through the standard d7II in-app automatic update system. Learn more or assist us with testing d7IIx today!
Q: Will I need to purchase a new or upgraded license? A: NO! New name, new logo, same license/subscription! ALL existing licensed copies of d7II will automatically update to d7IIx/d7x at their respective release dates, while incurring no additional charges of any type, at any time. The d7IIx and d7x upgrades are naturally a part of your existing d7II license, so if you have a licensed and working copy of d7II, you are included!
Q: Will I need to reconfigure it? A: Only a little, but we’re aiming to deliver a ‘painless’ experience! Some configuration may be necessary for new or updated functionality, however d7x will upgrade anything relevant from an existing d7II configuration to the new d7x format automatically. You will be prompted during conversion with a central interface to aggregate the changes and assist you in making any decisions about any new settings which may be necessary.
Q: Will there be a price increase? A: NO for active d7II accounts, YES for new and reactivated d7II accounts! As d7x becomes available there will be pricing adjustment of some measure. Customer loyalty deserves reward, so ALL existing d7II accounts which remain active during that time are eligible for d7x based upgrades with NO change in your existing pricing terms. Actively billed subscription plans will continue to be charged at the previously agreed upon rate (as determined when you committed to that payment plan through our 3rd party payment processor) provided that your subscription is maintained without a lapse in payment or service. * Please note that d7II is licensed at per-technician rates (single tech, 2-5, 6-10, etc.) therefore to increase technician usage at any time would require a new/upgraded license, which does constitute a new subscription plan that may be charged at the current rates. Additionally, any d7II account cancellation (prompted either by customer request, or due to a lapse in payment/subscription without a timely customer response to rectify the missed payment and reinstate service) will require a new subscription to be charged at the current rate for the product during that time.
Q: If I don’t have a d7II license or subscription, will there be a trial period, a non-subscription/one-time purchase option, or a free edition (similar to the original d7) with reduced functionality? A: … We do plan for a one-time purchase option to enable various modular components of the d7x functionality, such as functionality we have planned for the newer combined KillEmAll/dUninstaller and other components of d7x. We are also considering a more limited free edition as well as trial capabilities, although these are dependent on the separation of features between the ever-evolving full edition and the modular one-time purchase licenses.
Q: What does the ‘x’ stand for, 10 or something? A: NO! To be honest, some of us believe the usage of the letter ‘X’ in pop culture is a bit annoying, so our ‘x’ actually gets its inspiration from the common convention of programming (and math formulas) to use ‘x’ as the primary variable name. From a programming standpoint a variable is most often replaced with a real value in repetitious code blocks, and ‘x’ is typically used for a numerical value in For…loop statements e.g. For x = 0 to Ubound(SomeArray)… ‘x’ is also the most recognized way to refer to multiple or unknown specific software versions, like referring to a range of revisions at once, e.g. v4.x instead of v4.0 and v4.1 and v4.2, etc.
Either way you look at it, d7x represents a variable: it is ever-evolving and improving to suit the expanding needs of PC repair technicians everywhere!
A brief history of d7 and d7II:
d7: The original d7 (or “D7” at the time) was born in a small company (just me, actually not yet a ‘company’) and became hugely popular as a free PC repair tool, working its way into the virtual tool bags of techs across the globe. It wasn’t long before the idea came to me to sell a ‘branded’ version of d7, where a company could purchase it to replace my logo and name with their own!
d7 Premium: As d7 was rapidly growing in both lines of code as well as global popularity, techs were flocking to request new features and report minor issues, a trend that continues to this day! The influx of requests and resulting development sparked the formation of Foolish IT LLC, and the fully featured version of d7 was sold as a ‘Premium’ edition, with the ‘Free’ edition split many newer features added were reserved for Premium users.
d7 Integrations with other software: Some time after Foolish IT LLC was formed, d7 started to catch the eye of other vendors in the industry and integrations were sought out with ticket system software specifically for repair shops such as RepairShopr and PC Repair Tracker (PCRT) which have some integrations for d7’s reporting features. Later, v6.7 of the d7 source code was contracted to RepairTech, Inc. to bundle in their “TechUSB” product, a linux boot environment designed to use free tools such as HDD/memory testers and virus scanners on offline systems, where it quickly became the center piece of their software suite! It was later dubbed “TechSuite” with the d7 component renamed to “TechWARU” and given a UI makeover to differentiate it from Foolish IT’s original d7. Later d7 received yet another full integration with the remote support software “Instant Housecall” which still carries the final version v10.4.35 minus a few key features, where it may now be referred to as “Auto PC Repair” or similar.
The Last d7: The original d7 came to an end of life cycle by it’s v10.4.35 release, when it was determined that it could no longer be maintained without a rewrite of most of the core functionality of the software, as the existing functionality was too limited for the ever-evolving PC repair industry. It was such a large project, and the original d7 being a one-time purchase from a small company (just me) wearing all the hats, the next generation of d7 was born in d7II, which debuted for a subscription fee instead of as a one-time purchase, in order to support continued development and upgrades. (The original d7 actually went to a subscription fee basis about a month or two before it was discontinued; those who subscribed received their d7II subscription as a complementary upgrade.)
d7II: PC Tech Productivity Software: The first d7II debuted as a full rewrite of the original d7 Premium’s core functionality, to address some crippling issues that couldn’t be fixed reliably with simple patching/updating. Designed with speed and reliability in mind, d7II was far superior in these areas as the original d7, and operational results were far more consistent, thorough, and accurate. The subscription platform of d7II also paved the way for the first Foolish IT LLC employees, actual PC techs with over a decade of experience each, available to assist our subscribers while the next generation d7x Platform code has been in development! d7II’s unparalleled features and functionality support a strong and ever-growing following in tech shops across the globe, which is why d7II remains the flagship product of Foolish IT, even through the success of our wildly popular CryptoPrevent Malware Prevention and Anti-Virus Supplement!
Ultimately, our plans for d7II grew so wildly based on the great ideas and contributions from our expert technician customers, that just like the original d7, we had to face the idea that even the d7II code “base” (the core code routines for which the special features and functionality of d7II were built upon) was not enough to support all of the innovations we had planned. Instead of a d7II v4.x release, we decided it would be best to discontinue the current code base in d7II, and start with a blank page – a project that would take much time and require halting development of new features in the current generation d7II, until the project could be completed.
Now armed with some great new supporting talent on our team, we’ve planned a whole new d7(x), chock full of new functionality and worthy of a new name! d7’s newest incarnation dubbed “d7x” will feature a redesigned graphical interface and simplified workflow, new configuration and customization options with new default templates to get you started quickly, capabilities for server side support of client side copies, new cloud and config storage features, new multiple user features, new management features, a new focus on internal tools for repair and malware fighting functionality, and of course I can’t leave out the obligatory “MUCH MORE!” Under the hood d7x is lean, mean, efficient, and more effective than ever!
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