sl23 wrote:I realise it's early stages, but do you plan on making this function automated in the future? Updating apps one by one is far superior than doing it the traditional way, but if you have many apps in the list it's becomes laborious. Would it be difficult to implement auto-update procedure? As soon as it becomes automated I can ditch the PA.c platform.
Currently I'm working on the SPS Manager (SPS Manager is on the SyMenu side and not on the SPS Builder side) to create a feature that allows the multiple updates.
You'll have a checkbox for every available SPS. Through the checkboxes you can create the updating plan and when you launch it SyMenu will manage every selected program in batch. Every processed program will be installed, updated or deleted according with its current status.
When this batch procedure will be effective, well tested, and integrated in SyMenu I can think a way to launch it automatically.
Difficult? Not at all but it is a really complex feature so I have to work on it for several weeks.
sl23 wrote:Also, I have had regular issues when updating regarding connection. There is no problem with my internet connection and I only get this issue when using SyMenu's SPS app update feature. On occasion, it just gives an error about connecting to download an app. Next time it happens I'll take note of the message and post it here.
Please take note of the program causing this issue too.
Anyway it is quite normal that some programs are slower to download through SyMenu than in your browser because SyMenu is an application and qualifies itself as an application to the web site it visits. For this reason some web sites could be reluctant to download the file or it is necessary to wait a bit more to convince them (well... I'm not joking here... it's a sort psychiatric drama to ask some web sites to download their files).
In any case if you have any problem, download the file manually, using the special button available on the SPS Manager and install or update the program with the local package (it's the alternative mode available for the buttons Install and Update).
sl23 wrote:Just a thought, as this is sort of tied in with TPFC, couldn't the person placing updates to apps in the Latest section of the site add new SPS files for that app? So, when, for example, foobar2000 gets an update and is entered on TPFC, the SPS file gets updated too and is then available in SyMenu? Maybe you've already had this plan?
This was my first proposal to the TPFC admin and he told me that the users would have decided. I'm happy to see that someone starts to see that the SPS format could be an opportunity for TPFC too.
I proposed a better idea anyway, maybe too much disruptive but challenging too: to ground the release of a new/updated program in the TPFC web site on the SPS.
SPS is a documenting format that could be extended in any way. So a user can fill an SPS to deploy it on a web site or to instruct a program like SyMenu to install the program. All with the same source.
...ok that's my usual mess with the explanations...
let's try with an example.
How do you think I built this web page (http://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuSuiteSPS.aspx
With the same SPS files SyMenu uses for its SPS Manager.