GraphPad – Debugging a Library

When creating library objects, GraphPad uses a lot of settings that determine how objects will be displayed in a drawing and how they will interact with any tables that have been added.  The following video shows how I go through a library to make sure everything is setup correctly as well as demonstrate how different settings work.

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Library Demo – Double Doors

This is a quick video showing how to create 3′ doors and store them in the library for re-use.

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GraphPad Integration

I created this video for larger companies that would like to integrate their systems with GraphPad and to describe in technical terms how that might be done.  Integration is currently beyond the scope of any of my existing customers and is probably only of interest to other software companies that would like to extend the capabilities of their own products to include a drawing capability by integrating with GraphPad.  Ideally, this would be a win everyone involved for a minimal investment.  Integration with GraphPad might also be of interest to larger companies that have developed their own applications but do not have the resources to create a completely bespoke drawing application.

This video describes what types of data GraphPad can capture, how that data is structured and how GraphPad can call a web service to upload and download data.

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Tutorial – Lines Mode

Here is a new tutorial on Lines Mode and creating / modifying lines.

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The Business Case for choosing GraphPad

I’ve been working on GraphPad for about eight years now, taking input from thousands of users and developing features based upon an dozens of use cases.  All told, I’ve probably put in 6 – 10,000 hours working on it and if sales of GraphPad through the App Store was the end goal, GraphPad would be a complete financial failure.  But that isn’t, and for that matter, never really was.  My goal for GraphPad was to create a frame work to address a particular user problem, cases where simply completing a form or even taking pictures was simply not enough.  Business problems that require an accurate detail drawing as a necessary part of a document – whether it be an inspection, estimate, proposal – what ever.  And the truth of it, that applies to a Lot of industries – from general contractors and realtors, to city inspectors, termite inspectors, and roofers – and those are just examples of customers currently using GraphPad.  But in order for GraphPad to really be successful, I really need it to be adopted by larger organizations; companies that have 100’s if not 1000’s of user that need my product.  So given that companies that size could probably develop their own software, why should they chose GraphPad?  I have 3 simple reasons:

1). Cost:  Anyone who’s tried to develop software knows that the costs of development are astronomical.  I know of several major companies that have attempted to create their own drawing programs with mixed results.  How do I know?  Because employees from those companies have been the ones who were promoting GraphPad to their management.  In several cases, the reason I was contacted was because they compared the drawing ability of GraphPad to their in-house product and were able to complete their work in a fraction of the time.

2). Quality:  GraphPad is being used by 1000’s of users, so a lot of the issues companies might encounter with a new product have already been addressed, whether it’s bugs, missed requirements, usability or features.  GraphPad is a known quantity, so companies can actually test most of their use cases without ever spending a dime.

3). Time:  Choosing GraphPad reduces the development time to almost nothing.  Depending on the number of forms, symbols and calculations; there’s a strong possibility the App itself can be used as is, and companies can just update the library and start user testing.

Oh, and did I mention cost?  I almost need to put that in again, because not only will companies save on development, they’ll save on requirements gathering, maintenance, and ultimately (which is the whole reason for implementing GraphPad in the first place) the cost of the business completing their forms.  Some of the metrics I’m getting back are savings of 3 hours per day per user and reducing the turn around time from hours or days to minutes.  What kind of savings will that generate for Your business?

GraphPad – Engineering drawing made easy!

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GraphPad R7 – Free to use

I updated the base / free version of GraphPad, removing the 30 day time out as well as the limitation on the number of drawings that can be created and saved.  Users can now create as many drawings as they like, however, a number of features have been disabled such as the library system, the calculation of lengths and areas, etc.  In order to get access to those features, users will need to purchase either GraphPad R7 Pro or lease the Configurable version of GraphPad.

My goal is to increase awareness of my product and get additional feedback on GraphPad; how it draws and other suggestions on how I can improve it.  I encourage users to contact me if they come across and bugs or have any ideas they’d like to share with me.



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Quick Note on GraphPad Crashing

I recently had a new user who was distressed because after doing a lot of work, GraphPad crashed and he thought that his drawing was lost.  I’ve made an earnest attempt to fix all the crashing issues in GraphPad, however, it will still crash in certain circumstances.  The App does save your current drawing every time user switches mode, however, i.e. change from “Points” to “Lines”, or “Arcs”, etc.  When you re-open the App it doesn’t automatically go to the last drawing but simply opens a new blank page.  To open up your previous drawing, just go to the “File” button and select “Open”.  A list of drawings is displayed and you simply need to select the name of your drawing or the latest “DrawingX”.  A best practice would be to save a new drawing under a meaningful name immediately after you start it.  Companies that use Graphpad as part of their business typically use either an address, customer name of work order number for the file name.  I encourage users to follow this practice as well when using GraphPad.

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