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Why create a new MultiValue Rapid Application Development Tool?

None of the currently available RAD tools allow creation of Visual Basic forms, with total Windows application integration, and none provide the openness of an OSMOSiS and MultiValue system. 

The design principle of the OSMOSiS-SB Converter is to create a tool set, which is capable of taking other MultiValue RAD applications and translating them into the OSMOSiS product’s parameters and conventions.  System Builder, SB+ and Magician applications are the first target systems.

The aim is to be as closely compatible as possible, and to allow existing developers of these products to continue using a familiar syntax, which will then be converted to OSMOSiS format.  OSMOSiS removes the isolated environment, which has limited MultiValue database developers for a long time. They now have the tools to achieve this transformation quickly and effectively.

Why move to OSMOSiS from another RAD Tool?

The OSMOSiS approach allows developers, who have invested their training in an existing 4GL, to retain much of that investment. An existing application is moved completely to OSMOSiS, with little redevelopment required.

Retraining of staff is limited to the use of new OSMOSiS functionality not available in the user’s current environment. 

The developer does not lose anything, but gains the flexibility of Visual Basic forms.  In addition to the GUI tools there is a complete set of character-based tools enabling both GUI and character applications on one system.  Character-based routines can also be used in the GUI environment.  With OSMOSiS and a MultiValue environment, the longevity of an existing product is enhanced, and new avenues of business open up.

It is possible to take an existing product into the mainstream of Windows applications, whilst retaining all its character-based options and functions!

What are the major benefits of OSMOSiS?



OSMOSiS RAD tools enable a fast development cycle. The same tools are also available to the Windows’ client providing a growth path for users and developers of older 4GL’s.


A fax-server is incorporated in the OSMOSiS Client allowing faxing of any document that would normally print. There is also a link in the OSMOSiS Client for any telephone-type field to send a fax.


There is a built-in SMS Message server that allows SMS messages to be sent from any telephone-type field on any screen.


OSMOSiS will integrate your default Windows email client to be called-up from any email-type field on the screen, upon request.


The default Internet Browser can be called from any WWW-type field on the screen.


OSMOSiS enables MultiValue applications to be integrated into the current mainstream of the computing world, away from proprietary environments and into Windows and the Internet.


Integration to any other Windows application is made automatically from various routines within OSMOSiS such as reports, document printing and forms.


There is an option to make other applications available from the OSMOSiS menu structure.


Substantial business logic has been built into the OSMOSiS graphical mode, including the ability to manipulate data displayed from reports or enquiries in grids.  This allows the grid to be sorted, filtered and grouped on the client system, without recourse to the server.  The data in the grid can be print-previewd, exported to Excel, Word, HTML or XML or a CSV file for importing to most other Windows' products.


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