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DfM-Creator released
« on: 08. July 2012, 07:31:07 »
This is to announce the release of DfM-Creator, a user friendly and powerful tool for setting up (creating) dictionaries for DictionaryForMIDs.

DfM-Creator was developed by Karim (see http://dictionarymid.sourceforge.net/contact.html).

For a description of DfM-Creator see here: http://dictionarymid.sourceforge.net/DfM-Creator/index.html.

DfM-Creator does incorporate the former command line tools DictionaryGeneration, JarCreator, BitmapFontGenerator and DictdToDictionaryForMIDs. Instead of using those command line tools, now a user can use DfM-Creator with its user interface.

I am enthusiastic about DfM-Creator and the features that it does provide ! Now the DictionaryForMIDs project will attract all those people who before were turned away by the old command line interface ... and there were quite a few people who did write me they'd like to set up their dictionary for DictionaryForMIDs but did not know how to handle a command line.

So in my opinion DfM-Creator is a major milestone for the DictionaryForMIDs project and DfM-Creator will pave DictionaryForMIDs' the way in the future !

After these lauding words I also would like to add that in order to provide the full potential of DfM-Creator there should be some improvements on this initial version of DfM-Creator. Hope that Karim can implement them all ;)  Thanks to Karim !

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #1 on: 15. July 2012, 07:22:46 »
The DfM-Creator looks really great.  The website explains how to use it.  But I couldn't find a download link.  Can users download DfM-Creator?  Or do they need to build DfM-Creator from the sourcefiles themselves?

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #2 on: 15. July 2012, 18:43:21 »
Hallo Jeff,

The download link is on that page: http://dictionarymid.sourceforge.net/DfM-Creator/newdict.html (search for "latest build"; guess we should add a more prominent place for a download link).

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #3 on: 17. July 2012, 07:20:09 »
Gottcha.  The download link is on this page:
http://dictionarymid.sourceforge.net/DfM-Creator/newdict.html

I think that page may be dead.  It links to the old instructions.

When people click on "Setting up a New Dictionary", they go to this page:
http://dictionarymid.sourceforge.net/DfM-Creator/index.html

I'll try to add a download link in the "index.html" page when I get a chance.

update: I added a link on the index.html page
« Last Edit: 22. July 2012, 08:42:35 by dreamingsky »

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #4 on: 17. July 2012, 09:07:26 »
I get this error when I run DfM-Creator:

Could not find the main class:
de.kugihan.DfMCreator.DfMCreatorMain. Program will exit.

I can run FontGenerator.jar version 3.1.1 and run any dictionary.jar/jad with no trouble.

I am running:
- DfM-Creator dated 02Jul12 (maybe call it version 4.0.0 ?)
- Windows 7 x64
- Java SE Runtime version 1.6.0.33 32 bit
- Java SE Development Kit version 1.6.0.33 32 bit
- Java ME SDK version 3.0.5


It also doesn't run on my Windows XP machine.  When I double click on DfM-Creator.jar nothing happens.  There is no error message.  It just doesn't do anything.

That machine will also run FontGenerator.jar and any dictionary.jar/jad with no trouble.

That machine is running:
- DfM-Creator dated 02Jul12 (maybe call it version 4.0.0 ?)
- Windows XP x86
- Java SE Runtime version 1.6.0.33 32 bit
- Java SE Development Kit version 1.6.0.33 32 bit
- Java Wireless Toolkit version 2.5.2

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #5 on: 27. July 2012, 06:09:55 »
I'm excited to release DfM-Creator.  But maybe we should do some beta testing before releasing it to the public.  Maybe we should revert the website to the old tools until we do some testing.

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #6 on: 27. July 2012, 17:47:23 »
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Maybe we should revert the website to the old tools until we do some testing.

Actually ... that was the plan to release it only after testing - hmmmm, testing may not have been very thorough from other users until now, I admit that.

I myself made a few short tests and after a rework finally it my short testing was successful; but it was really only short tests.

Besides, the version that is available for download runs on my PC, but I have Java 1.7 installed, maybe that is the reason for the problem ?

Karim is already working on an updated version. Unfortunately he is not yet actively participating on this forum; I will check on this.

Stay tuned ... ;)

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Gert
« Last Edit: 29. July 2012, 06:57:36 by Gert »

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #7 on: 29. July 2012, 06:56:32 »
Jeff,

Karim told me that Java Runtime Environment 1.7 needs to be installed to run DfM-Creator.

Hope that solves all of the problems ;)

Karim prefers to be contacted by email: dfmcreator (a) gmail.com; I will put a note here in the forums too.

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #8 on: 30. July 2012, 01:02:01 »
I updated to Java 1.7 and DfM-Creator works now.  I haven't built a dictionary with DfM-Creator yet.  I just loaded DfM-Creator and looked at the screens.

Unfortunately I cannot use Java 1.7.  One of the software I use for work isn't compatible with version 1.7 yet.
http://oracleformsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/frm-92095-oracle-jinitiator-version-too-low-disable-jre-1-7-auto-update-for-all-e-business-suite-and-oracle-forms-end-users/

So I'll have to downgrade back to version 1.6.  So DfM-Creator won't work for me again.  I'll e-mail Karim and see if he can add compatibility for DfM-Creator with Java 1.6.

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #9 on: 30. July 2012, 03:00:08 »
Jeff,

thanks for testing ! Ok, I see it is more complicated with 1.7 than I would have thought.

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Re: DfM-Creator released
« Reply #10 on: 31. July 2012, 07:00:47 »
I e-mailed Karim about adding support for Java 1.6.  He said it wouldn't be possible.

I asked him if he could add some code in DfM-Creator to check the user's Java version.  If the user's software is too old, then DfM-Creator could ask the user to upgrade Java.  That might be nicer than the "Could not find the main class" error.