New Features in ViewPoint 3D - version 2.501 released Q1 2015

ViewPoint 3D version 2.501 released with a range of new features, including support for complex models over 1GB in size. Screenshot. Video.

New Features in ViewPoint 3D - version 2.104 released Q3 2013

ViewPoint 3D version 2.104 released with a range of new features, including support for new weather system and scrolling textures. Screenshot. Video.

New Features in ViewPoint 3D - version 1.105 released Q1 2013

ViewPoint 3D now includes real-time alpha fading of 3D object, and automatic scene resizing depending on available database data, ideal for dynamic 3D forms/tables display.

New Features in ViewPoint 3D - version 1.071 released Q2 2012

ViewPoint 3D is the next generation of presentation software, adding a third dimension to your presentations whether using 2D or 3D glasses/no glasses screensViewPoint 3D is fully compatible with 2D content and screens, offering a true 3D environment with stunning features, includingsupport up to FQHD (4K) resolution, support for the latest 3D screens from leading providers such as Alioscopy and Dimenco, and all with real-time 3D creation and playback in one application, with live "in scene" data content.  3D objects can be edited, sized, textured, positioned and animated in real-time through a WYSIWIG user interface that can be learned within the hour - if you can use Word or PowerPoint, you can use ViewPoint 3D!  Text, images, video and even Flash can be mapped onto 3D object surfaces, cube sides, billboards, etc., and linked to database content, making ViewPoint 3D the first database controlled animated 3D visualization software suitable for almost any type of advanced information presentation!  More details on request.

New Features in ViewPoint HD 3.60 - Q4, 2010

ViewPoint HD Version 3.60 has been upgraded to offer enhanced facilities to support the latest HD LCD screens, with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 32 BBP color depth.  ViewPoint now provides the capability to create screens with several hundred lines of text and animated status fields, ideal for large airport FID displays, and other applications using vertical format HD LCDs to present large amounts of data.  Using the WYSIWYG screen editor, screen layouts with hundreds of lines can be created in just a few minutes using the line replication tool.  In addition, ViewPoint HD now provides advanced code-sharing and airline logo support for both IATA and ICAO formats, with a range of animation features on flight numbers and logos.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 3.50 - Q2, 2009

Version 3.50 has many updated and improved features, not to mention a complete update to the latest development platforms and operating systems.  3.50 now provides animated flight-paths for objects, including color-keying and alphablend, enabling animated presentations or TV channel content to be created directly in ViewPoint, at high-quality, and that can be modified in real-time as you watch.  Back-back video playlists are now automatically imported from referenced text files, sequencing control of objects has been improved to give better control of any number of flight-path animated objects, amongst a host of other new and improved features.  The next major release, 4.00, will be ViewPoint 3D, offering all the current functionality, but also a full 3D world for the creation of next-generation presentations and information TV.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 3.10 - Q3, 2007

Version 3.10 now provides a complete and simple-to-use out-of-the-box solution for display system, be it within local areas, or distributed globally with Internet connection.  A number of enhancements, principally including extended automation of setup using the Maxum Relay Server application, result in simplified installation and set-up, allowing large numbers of screens to be installed and configured from any network (LAN or Internet) connected computer.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 3.04c - Q2, 2007

Tested for use on Windows Vista, release 3.04 also provides improvements to coding and thread handling giving significant performance enhancements to advanced applications, including greater reliability.  Enhanced OpenOffice, Microsoft Office and PowerPoint playback within individual on-screen objects enables scheduled presentations to be seamlessly displayed. 

A new feature required for large-scale roll-out of systems is the automatic uplink to a fixed IP Internet server after boot, which passes the assigned dynamic IP of each ePC to a server application, Maxum(tm) Relay, to allow remote monitoring and control by Midas Control clients and other services.

Finally, DFM form templates now support objects that use static links to external media/content files to allow simplified template design of presentations/info TV channels for smaller business clients with low budgets and basic requirements. Objects can now reference static-named files stored in same directory as DFM forms, or other assigned directory.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 3.01 - Q4, 2005

Finally, reliable OpenOffice, Microsoft Office and PowerPoint playback enables scheduled presentations to be seamlessly displayed remotely using ViewPoint at any number of display points.  You can also add ViewPoint's studio-style 3D full-screen effects, and mix in mpeg1-4 video and other content. More than this, using Midas ViewPoint as the host application, you have full remote control via  your network connection, greater flexibility,  reliability and automatic recovery if any problems occur during the show.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.30.14 - August 12, 2004

For the first time, Midas ViewPoint version 2.30.14 provides a complete all-in-one solution for distributed Point-of-Information systems.  Within one software application, you now have the display controller and presenter, display page layout editor, playback script editor, dial-up manager, and finally, the FTP file management system. Install this version of Midas ViewPoint on any modern PC or ePC and you can configure, install and control an unlimited number of displays connected to the Internet via any modem (DSL, GPRS, etc) or IP network within a matter of minutes.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.28j - August 12, 2002

A number of enhancements to this version, including back-back mpeg video playback in-form, utilising object-oriented scheduling.

 New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.25e - February 20, 2001

A number of enhancements to this version, including multi-data-link object support, dfm form selection for multi-view mode within MVP, allowing Midas to control up to four screens attached to one PC with different content, and high-reliability support features for distributed systems.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.22 - December 19, 2000

Support for multiple USB cameras, external alarm monitoring via com ports (changes display object content/colors, and sends reports to the log file), advanced conditional filtering for data, new dynamic linked list facilities for information display, and an extended content log file make this the most complete version of MVP ever released.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.21e - September 30, 2000

Improved mpeg1 and 2 video overlay support now allows Macromedia Flash to be displayed keyed into live video and mpeg1/2 playback using MVP Window Objects.  Several internal code enhancements also improve performance and reliability.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.21c - August 25, 2000

This release is supplied as part of a professional install package for Windows 2000, NT and 98.

The main addition to Midas ViewPoint are Window Objects, which can be used to overlay text and graphics onto any type of media content, from Flash to DVD, MPEG1 and 2, using hardware overlay facilities when supported by the grahics hardware.  On ePCs, this provides high performance animated overlays, allowing video to be played back within custom-shaped borders, and with custom outline graphics and text.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.21 - July 9, 2000

This release includes new code needed to handle several Microsoft bugs that caused occasional recoverable malfunctions.  Improved handling of Windows Kernel, DirectX and COM failure conditions has also been added.  These improvements relate to all supported operating systems.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.20 - Updated July 3, 2000

This updated release includes support for up to 4 simultaneous display channels.  The four channels can be distributed across 1 to 4 monitors, with high-end ePCs capable of multi-channel MPEG2 video and video wall playback.  Each video channel is generated by a standard MVP display form, which has attributes relating to a particular monitor position.  Animated sequences are now fully supported using the full range of effects, allowing sequenced images and video.   Additional features for developers include a text and color search and replace facility, allowing text strings, sub-strings and even colors to be replaced.

*** Database support has been made more generic, with enhanced data entry dialogs, supporting customized field names. Note: The default database table format has been changed. Do not install this version if you need legacy database applications to work unmodified.

*** The File format has been changed  to support future extensions while maintaining backward compatibility.  Note: Do not update files on machines that do not have this version of MVP.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.18 - June 5, 2000

This release provides support for freeform video capture objects, enabling real-time full frame-rate capture from  analog and digital input devices, connecting to CCTV and USB cameras and UHF, Cable and Satellite TV inputs.  All video input cards with WDM drivers are supported, with additional features such as digital video archiving and playback provided within MVP.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.17a beta - May  30, 2000

This updated version supports freeform object naming, allowing object references to be strings instead of index numbers.   There are also several improvements in playback sequencing and remote control, scripting and system failure protection.

freeform objects now include comprehensive support for web content, allowing fullscreen or picture in picture web content viewing, interaction and control.  MVP now hosts web sites with the benefits of MVP's features such as remote control, monitoring, and programme scripting.

Video sequencing is now fully supported within a single display form, allowing video clips to be added to forms using drag and drop.  Dual channel MPEG2 playback with inter-mixed graphics and text is now supported from a single ePC.  Further details are available on request.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.16 - March 28, 2000

This version has been developed for operation with Windows 2000.  It allows use of the latest graphics features and improved security features, offering for the first time, a truly fault-tolerant solution based on the Windows operating system without reduced graphics capability.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.08g - Dec 7, 1999

Increased complexity of database tables now supported.   Database datagram broadcasting code efficiency improved.  Alphablend slider-control with auto-preview eases translucency level selection.  Several other minor improvements.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.08f - Dec 1, 1999

Additional button object commands to support remote control of MVP clients across TCP/IP networks.  The new commands enable the design of customised system-control forms, ideal for allowing user-access to selected displays and selected text messages.

The text message button command allows users to enter a text message and then send (publish) it to any number of MVP clients.  You set the nodes or groups, and the target object's ID to be updated within the button command string.  The new text is then sent using TCP/IP multicast to the selected displays.

With the remote capture command, you can now click a button to obtain a live-view of a remote screen which is captured and displayed in any freeform object (now uses off-screen objects to support multiple remote views).  This feature means that you can create custom control interfaces in a matter of minutes, including full visual feedback.

All of these features can be used over any network - LAN, WAN, Internet, Satellite, ISDN, Cable, ADSL.

Download mvp.zip and preview the new dfm forms to see how to use these new features.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.08e

Release 2.08e of MVP features:

Enhanced TCP/IP sub-protocol and command set architecture.  These improvements provide the foundation for sophiticated large-scale distributed systems utilising LAN, WAN, Internet and Satellite delivery systems.  In addition, MVP now uses a full duplex multicast protocol, increasing system bandwidth and improving network efficiency.

New object commands include object numerical support.   This feature is used to create displays showing numerical references to events.   This can range from industrial systems to queue management at public facilities, such as Medical Receptions and Information Points; open the "count.dfm" file in the MVP download for an example.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.08d

Release 2.08d of MVP features:

MVP's control centre now fully supports remote control of networked MVP systems using TCP/IP command packets.

Improved reliability with a soft-watchdog utility, which will restart MVP or the system should an unrecoverable error occur.

MVP now uses the system registry to store system configuration information rather than storing such data in each document file, although this mode is still supported.

Release 2.08c of MVP features:

Automatic display form re-scaling on document loading, including animation parameters.   Fonts are also scaled to match display resolution.  Instant conversion between display resolutions and formats, including 4:3 to 16:9 widescreen, resolves the problem of editing display layouts for different display modes.

Object deletion has been improved with automated object re-linking (scrolling and animation objects use links extensively).

Password activationl is now controlled by the use of the ~ character in the command line embedded in desktop shortcuts.  Use the ~ instead of the -, e.g. ~bc:\midas\myform.dfm and the user will be prompted for a password.

Additional data filtering features, including time and date comparisons using multiple fields.

Hover activated buttons and popups.  New interface possibilities with automated popup activation on cursor over hover-button.

Improved visual design interface.  When popup objects are active, you can drag and resize them using the mouse controls - right button down to drag, ctrl+left to size.  This makes designing menu-based interfaces much easier.

Object tracker - click the new cross-hair icon and object outlines appear when you move the cursor over them - even hidden objects.  You also get a list of all objects under the cursor.

Transparent bitmaps and alphablended translucent objects support advanced graphics layout and design in real-time.  These features provide real-time graphics layout capability - ideal for background image watermarks.

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.08

Release 2.08 of MVP features an improved user-interface with more editing controls, developer-enabled security features and sophisticated database record filtering, allowing complex rule-based decisions to be developed with point and click speed.

MVP is rapidly becomming a general purpose application development system.  Like many systems today, MVP is built on an object-oriented software foundation, using C++.  Unlike many systems, MVP is an object-oriented system in itself.  Why use object oriented technology to build non-object oriented script-based systems like XML?

Download the latest version with the ViewPoint application and get started designing object oriented applications today!

New Features in Midas ViewPoint 2.06

Release 2.06 of MVP features sophisticated 2 and 3D object and page animation effects previously only available on high-end workstations with specialised video processing cards.

These new 2 and 3D effects provide TV studio effects, such as page and object fly-away, alpha-blending wipes, curling (page curls away showing reverse of page (or object) with light source highlights on the curling edge, pixelate, radial wipes, lens and water effects, such as ripple, where the image seems to ripples as if projected onto the surface of a pond - plus many other effects - around 40 in total.

MVP is an object-based system, in many ways like the real-world.  Each freeform object is based on a standard object model, and each object has a given role.  This approach seems unique to MVP.  There's no scripting language, no compiler, just objects - active freeform objects.  This makes it easier to expand the compexity of systems based on MVP, and easy for avc to develop the system further.

MVP provides full support for MPEG1, 2, 3 and 4 audio and video playback with pitch and fade control.  In addition, voice-over audio can be played with reduced-level background music.  MVP includes an automated Public address system which can be triggered by a range of events, including database field changes.

End-users and IT professionals are discovering that MVP provides an appealing alternative to other well-known information display, media delivery and presentation systems.  MVP's latest release is available for download.


ePC - the enhanced PCTM - many new effects supported by avc's ePC systems