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Beta testing new versions

We have new minor versions of all our software programs ready for beta testing. I had originally planned to start the beta program earlier this month, and finish the week or so before Christmas. Unfortunately our drama with Google stopped that from happening. I am now aiming towards letting the beta program run until around the 10th of January.

The new versions contain multiple bug fixes, and a couple of minor new features. There are no major changes in these versions, unlike the release we did at this time last year, however we still want to have a beta testing period to make sure no bugs have been introduced.

Being a beta tester is not for everyone. This post will give you an idea of whether it is something you would like to do, and provide instructions if you choose to do so.

Should you try the beta version?

If you are a bit adventurous, in a position where you don’t need to print a report for your doctor in a couple of days, and make backups as described below, you would make a good tester.

If you do run into problems with the beta, we will work with you to get around the problem, or restore your computer back to using the previous version of the software. This may take a couple of days, and may not be good for your blood pressure, but we will get you back up and running.

Installing a beta – Preparation

If you are installing a beta version of an existing version, it is recommended that you first take a backup of your data/reading files. These files are stored in a subfolder of your “[My] Documents” folder. The table below lists each program, and the name of its folder:

  • My Blood Pressure … “My BP”
  • My Weight Software … “My Weight”
  • My Blood Glucose… “My Blood Glucose”
  • My Peak Flow… “My PF”
  • My Body Temperature … “My Body Temperature”
  • My Cholesterol … “My Cholesterol”
  • My INR … “My INR”
  • My Blood Oxygen … “My Blood Oxygen”

In addition, having a hard copy backup by printing out a report containing all your readings can also be a good idea.

If you do not have a standard method of backing up your documents, please see: http://www.my-health-software.com/view/items/install-backup.html for a quick backup method (Just substitute the name of the folder in the list above for “My BP”).

Lastly, it is not recommended that you try to install and run both the beta of version and the existing version of the same program at the same time, as the versions will interfere with each other. If you choose the defaults when installing software, this will not happen.

Installing a beta

If you have installed, or are using a current version of the program, you firstly need to shutdown any running instances of it. The easiest way to do this is to right-click on its icon in your System Tray, and then click on “Shutdown …”. Alternatively, open the program as you normally would, then click on the “File” menu, and then click on “Shutdown”.

Click on one of the following links to start downloading the program you want to install:

If you are using Internet Explorer you are asked whether to Save, Run or Open the files. Click on Open or Run.

If you are running Windows XP or Vista you may see security warnings from Internet Explorer. Please click on Run or Allow.

Once the download completes (approximately 10 minutes at dial up speeds, and a few seconds for Broadband), the Installation wizard appears. Follow the installation wizards prompts, choosing the default options.

Reporting problems

Please feel free to report problems, or make suggestions, by making a comment below, or posting a new topic on the forum, or by emailing us at support@my-health-software.com (if you email us, please include the word “Beta” somewhere in the subject).

Suggestions are very welcome, but at this stage in the development cycle, anything that doesn’t fix bugs or usability issues will be saved up for a later version.

As mentioned above, this release is only a minor version release, and does not contain any new major features. I would like to thank people who have sent us suggestions/ideas for new major features for our programs. Your suggestions have not been forgotten.

Thank you for any and all help you can give us in getting these new versions ready!

Steve

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9 Responses to “Beta testing new versions”

  1. The Google Adwords problen was a big diversion last week. It’s great to be moving forward and releasing the beta versions of our software.

    Steve has made some small improvements, so thank you to those who take the time to write to us. It’s always appreciated!

  2. Jonessie says:

    Always happy to help out with any beta program I use MyINR the software is great and happy to help out and report bugs. The Google Adwords was a joke… this software is not only a life saver but for technical people like myself who use a computer every day and want to monitor their progresses as well as the Hospital is great for me.

    Keep up the good work Steve.

  3. KHogen says:

    Thanks Steve and Kellie!

    Just installed the My BP beta. No problems to report. All went smoothly.

  4. Steve says:

    Thanks Jonessie and KHogen for the kind words and for helping to test the new versions. Appreciate it!

  5. Ray says:

    I upgrade to this beta this weekend. All went smoothly. I will watch out for problems and report what i find. Ray

  6. Dallas Hinton says:

    Just installed BP and weight beta – no problems, in fact I can’t see any differences! :-) Of course, I’ll report any problems!

    Cheers, Dallas

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Dallas!

      > in fact I can’t see any differences!

      The differences are minor. Mostly just noncritical bug fixes. Just wanted to make sure I didn’t introduce any new bugs while fixing the old ones :-)

  7. Dennis Dee says:

    What are the advantages of beta testing?

    • Steve says:

      Hi Dennis,

      Beta testing helps us to find any bugs or problems in the software before it is released to the general public. Usually any lurking problems can be found and fixed before impacting the user.

      It is a very common practice in software development.

      Steve

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