Although development is moving at an alarming pace, (similar to that of the original d7 development cycle!) it is too early to predict a full final release date, so please stay tuned to our blog (d7II/d7x only) directly or via RSS (d7II/d7x only RSS) for the d7x release announcement!
Currently a private “d7IIx Alpha” hybrid version has been released (late Jan 2017) to select product testers, which is intended as a near-future update for d7II subscribers. You can learn more on the d7IIx Alpha – General Information page, but there is no ETA for general availability to all d7II subscribers.
You can always contribute your ideas to us 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!
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 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 ever Foolish IT LLC employees!
One year after its release, d7II (just like d7 before it) grew too rapidly in features and capability for the foundation it was built upon, and a massive retrofit of code began for the release of d7II v4.0 in Q2 2015 (for which plans were scrapped entirely.)
Instead of a v4.x release, we decided it would be best to truly discontinue the current code base entirely and start with a blank page. 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!
Q: Will I need to purchase a new or upgraded license? A: NO! New name, new logo, same subscription! All existing d7II subscriptions will automatically update to d7x at release and incur no additional charges of any type, at any time. The d7x upgrade is naturally part of your d7II subscription, which will remain at the originally agreed upon rate at the time of your original purchase, as long as the subscription is maintained without a lapse in payment or service, at which time you would be required to re-subscribe at the current rate for d7x, which will likely undergo a pricing adjustment of some measure from the existing rates for d7II.
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 the new settings which may be necessary.
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!
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