Beaverlog Tips: Volume 57 - June 29, 2012
What's Happening with The THERAPIST Pro 3.0?
A lot of those who pre-purchased The THERAPIST Pro 3.0 are rightfully wondering why they haven't yet received it and you probably want to know why we haven't been keeping you notified about the progress.
Several things have contributed to the delay. First was that Peter Gysegem, our president and the developer of The THERAPIST had some serious health issues in the latter part of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. Once he was back, there was a lot of catching up to do and not only with working on Pro 3.0. We've also been dealing with some staffing problems (i.e. not enough people to get everything done). And, finally, Pro 3.0 is extremely complex and is just taking a lot more time to write than we anticipated.
So those are our excuses, I mean reasons, why we are so late. We know we're late, we're embarrassed by it, and we're working on it, hard. Peter is here until late in the evening (and sometimes into the early morning), almost every night and he is also pounding away every weekend. Right now, Pro 3.0 is consuming him almost totally. If that makes you wonder why another developer or two was not brought in to help, read "The Mythical Man Month" by Fred Brooks and you will know why doing so would only make it worse and push us even further behind.
As far as keeping folks informed, we haven't exactly been silent about the progress but we've been relying mostly on posting to our Facebook page. Yeah, we know, a lot of you don't use Facebook so we also added a progress report page on our web site. You can find it at www.beaverlog.com/therapist/pro3 and it will be updated from time to time so you can get an idea of where we are with the development.
These updates will be mostly screen images with annotations and some descriptions. If they don't come out too often, it's because doing then is time consuming and every minute we take to put together an update means a minute taken away from making progress on Pro 3.0. So check back our web site from time to time for the latest information.
Appointment Reminder Services
Due to a need expressed by our customers, we've added a new feature to both The THERAPIST Pro and The THERAPIST EZ. These programs take information from appointments in the scheduler and the patient demographics to export appointment information along with patient names, email addresses, phone numbers, and whether the phone number can receive (or the patient wants to receive) SMS text message. The exported files are designed to be sent to an appointment reminder service that can save you both time and money by making your reminder calls (or some combination of phone calls, emails, and text messages). Two such services are currently supported. Click one of the links below or give them a call for more information.
We have arranged special prices for Beaver Creek Software customers so just let them know that you use The THERAPIST from Beaver Creek Software.
By the way, in case you were wondering, adding this new feature to Pro and EZ didn't take significant time away from Pro 3.0 because it is also a feature in Pro 3.0 and most of the programming was already done.
Network Attached Storage Devices
If you are running The THERAPIST or Aeris Basic on a network, a cheap alternative to a full-blown file server is a device known as a NAS or Network Attached Storage. These are basically a small box (typically about the size of a hardback book that attaches directly to your network. There are plenty of manufacturers of these devices and smaller sizes can be had for about $125 to $250 for 1 to 2 TB (one terabyte is approximately equal to 1000 gigabytes or a million megabytes). You just plug it in, attach an Ethernet cable for your network and you are ready to start using it. Some of them will even work as a print server so you can attach your printer and make it available across the network. Just search for on Amazon or Google.
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