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    Fusion Control Centre & Fusion Brain v6

    Should we expect to see Fusion Control Centre support with Fusion Brain v6?
    When approximately?

    It looks like there has been a lot of software interface changes with Fusion Brain 6 and most all of the activity so far looks to be related to inserting various C# code routines in a file that gets executed by the new software interface.
    Within that, I would like to be able to visualize where the Fusion Brain software interface is headed in it's evolutionary development.

    A related tangent question is: will Fusion Control Center and Fusion Brain 6's software interface work with Windows 8? Or if we don't know for certain, should we expect that it will likely work with Windows 8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltersaegir View Post
    Should we expect to see Fusion Control Centre support with Fusion Brain v6?
    When approximately?

    It looks like there has been a lot of software interface changes with Fusion Brain 6 and most all of the activity so far looks to be related to inserting various C# code routines in a file that gets executed by the new software interface.
    Within that, I would like to be able to visualize where the Fusion Brain software interface is headed in it's evolutionary development.

    A related tangent question is: will Fusion Control Center and Fusion Brain 6's software interface work with Windows 8? Or if we don't know for certain, should we expect that it will likely work with Windows 8?
    Rudimentary support is already available with FuseGL. It is not near as full featured as MDX yet.
    The changes are a complete re-write. One of the major changes is that it is based on OpenGL and not DirectX. Another major change is .NET 4.0 instead of .NET 2.0 which allows a lot of dynamic compilation features that are heavily used. The other major change which is where a lot of work is currently being focused on is the inbuilt configuration utility.

    The software is headed towards FuseGL. MDX will be completely dropped and unsupported in the near term. Long term, you never know. But Microsoft has a good track record of backwards compatibility and as long as they continue to support .NET (which I see no immediate chance of it being dropped) and video chip vendors continue to support OpenGL (again, another big one) everything should be ok. Windows 8 supports .NET and OpenGL so we are good to go there. Since Windows 8 is still in development nobody can no for certain anything will be compatible. The most we can do is guess based on past events, and the last time an OS change caused things to not work was the 98 to ME transition where they dropped support of the old driver style. So again, I think it is safe to say I am ready for the future.
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    Semantics - Fusion Control Centre, MDX, FusGL

    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Rudimentary support is already available with FuseGL. It is not near as full featured as MDX yet.
    The changes are a complete re-write. One of the major changes is that it is based on OpenGL and not DirectX. Another major change is .NET 4.0 instead of .NET 2.0 which allows a lot of dynamic compilation features that are heavily used. The other major change which is where a lot of work is currently being focused on is the inbuilt configuration utility.

    The software is headed towards FuseGL. MDX will be completely dropped and unsupported in the near term. Long term, you never know. But Microsoft has a good track record of backwards compatibility and as long as they continue to support .NET (which I see no immediate chance of it being dropped) and video chip vendors continue to support OpenGL (again, another big one) everything should be ok. Windows 8 supports .NET and OpenGL so we are good to go there. Since Windows 8 is still in development nobody can no for certain anything will be compatible. The most we can do is guess based on past events, and the last time an OS change caused things to not work was the 98 to ME transition where they dropped support of the old driver style. So again, I think it is safe to say I am ready for the future.
    When you say "MDX will be completely dropped and unsupported" are you referring to the tons of software and functionality at /www.fusioncontrolcentre.com?
    What is the difference in that and where the "software is headed towards FuseGL"?
    Are there any descriptions related to the functional evolution and approximations of likely milestones for FuseGL?
    Originally I had thought Fusion Brain 6 would facilitate a convenient way to see sensor outputs on a web page, but now I'm really foggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltersaegir View Post
    When you say "MDX will be completely dropped and unsupported" are you referring to the tons of software and functionality at /www.fusioncontrolcentre.com?
    Yes and no. MDX will be dropped, but FuseGL will have all the same feautres in a better package.

    Quote Originally Posted by waltersaegir View Post
    What is the difference in that and where the "software is headed towards FuseGL"?
    MDX will be dropped in favour of FuseGL. FuseGL is not mature enough yet, but once it is then the switchover will begin. FuseGL is public beta now, and I don't see any backwards compatibility issues in terms of the FuseGL of now and later. So if you are just starting out, then I would push you gently towards FuseGL.

    Quote Originally Posted by waltersaegir View Post
    Are there any descriptions related to the functional evolution and approximations of likely milestones for FuseGL?
    All inbuilt functionality is there. There will be minor tweaks to the substrate to facilitate ease of use of features in the future perhaps, but for now the core isn't being touched. That took a couple years to make what it is and I am happy with it.

    The evolution that still has to happen is with the built in configuration, supplied external code, and documentation. Because I am so swamped, I hired a company to help progress the software along. They failed miserably and gave up. I am currently looking for another company to offload some of the easier work to as I chug through the hard coding in my "spare" time.

    Quote Originally Posted by waltersaegir View Post
    Originally I had thought Fusion Brain 6 would facilitate a convenient way to see sensor outputs on a web page, but now I'm really foggy.
    Sort of. MDX does web access to variables but it only supported V3 and V4. FuseGL will support that with distributed external code, but currently none exists. It technically does support it in the sense that all the API functionality is there for anyone to make such a "module" and for anyone to use.
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