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Omnis 7 | Omnis Studio 10.22
We have worked with thousands of developers on converting their applications, allowing them to achieve even greater success in their business (our case studies demonstrate this, and are available on request). We have a deep knowledge of how to manage the required conversion process and what is the best approach, and we have built up a comprehensive set of conversion tools for different aspects.
We understand that such a conversion may be your first project of this kind. We have a team of consultants who have vast experience of working on many different conversion projects and can also recommend a group of Omnis developers in different regions who are specialised in conversion consultancy.
We help you with:
- Omnis 7 to Studio conversion
- Omnis DML to SQL conversion
- Omnis V2 DAMs to V3 DAMs conversion
- Omnis Studio 4 or earlier to latest version (incl. Non-Unicode to Unicode)
A typical conversion project
Well to be honest, there is no ‘typical’ conversion project as each application and each set of code is different. However, these are the recommended steps for migrating your application:
We know conversion can be a daunting prospect, but together we can migrate and greatly optimize your application, leading to further business success well into the future.
- If you have an Omnis 7 application and would like to discuss your conversion options, please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss your requirements.
- If you’re thinking about converting your Omnis 7 app, but would like to know more about Omnis Studio first, please register for one of our free, online Webinars.
- Or if you still have further technical questions, you might like to read our Conversion FAQ.
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Omnis 7 Conversion FAQs
So what are the main differences between Omnis 7 and Omnis Studio?
Can I convert my Omnis 7 version 3 applications to Omnis Studio?
Yes you can, but the conversion has to go in two or three steps: Omnis Studio (v3 or 4 only) converts Omnis 7.3 applications automatically, you need to open your old Omnis 7.3 library in Omnis Studio v3 or v4 and the converter is launched automatically. For this conversion step we will provide you with a free (time-limited) Studio 3 or 4 Trial version.
The majority of simple applications will convert, and they will function in the same way as before. However some large or more complex applications will require some attention following conversion. The effort involved in the conversion process must be weighed against the longer term benefits of upgrading to Omnis Studio and taking advantage of its new features.
You can even convert applications created with Omnis 7 version 2 or earlier to Omnis Studio by first converting them to Omnis 7.3. A similar case applies to converting Omnis data files: Omnis Studio v3 or v4 will attempt to convert Omnis 7.3 data files automatically, while you must convert data files created with Omnis 7 version 2 or earlier to Omnis Studio by first converting them to Omnis 7.3. For very old Omnis data files, such as those created with Omnis 3, Omnis 5, or in some cases Omnis 7 version 1 or 2, it may be worth exporting the data from your old data file and importing it into a new Omnis Studio data file.
Once your application is converted and running on Studio 3 or 4, it can be converted easily to the latest Omnis Studio 10.21 release. However, at this stage you also have to take care of the conversion to Unicode as Studio 5 and higher releases are Unicode-only.
What type of things can I convert?
You can convert your old code that accesses Omnis Datafiles (called the Omnis Data Manipulation or DML) to generic code that can access any type Relational Database using SQL. If you are already using SQL code in your app, but what we called the old “V2 DAMs”, then we will help you convert to the new DAM technology, what we call the “V3 DAMs”, which use special object based methods which are more efficient, secure and suited to modern databases. And your old app might be accessing old Non-Unicode data, but again we can help you move your application to Unicode, so you can support a larger range of languages, character sets and symbols.
Can I convert really old Omnis applications to Omnis Studio?
Yes you can but the fewer conversion processes an application has been through the more successfully it will convert to Omnis Studio. For very old Omnis applications, such as those created with Omnis 3, Omnis 5, or even Omnis 7 version 1 or 2, it might be worth converting a library containing your file formats only (called file classes in Studio), then in Omnis 7.3 creating basic windows and reports based on those file formats (file classes), and then converting the new library to Omnis Studio, or alternatively doing all the GUI design work in Omnis Studio.
Will Omnis Studio break my old code?
The majority of code in your Omnis 7.3 application will continue to work in Omnis Studio (v3 or 4 only), and the converter will convert some pieces of code as necessary and highlight any potential problem areas. We recommend that you convert your old application and, when time permits, rewrite parts of it to take advantage of the new objects and OO features in Omnis Studio.
Do I need to use OO programming in my converted Omnis 7.3 application?
No. All the OO features added in Omnis Studio are there to be used if you want. The majority of code in your old library will continue to work in Omnis Studio v3 or v4. For example, Omnis Studio has a new event handling mechanism, but your old event handling code (If #CLICK..End If) will continue to work. Of course we recommend you use the new OO way of doing things in Omnis Studio when adding new functionality, or if you’re starting from scratch, then you and your customers get the benefits from the new OO and component technologies in Studio.
Do you provide help for conversion projects?
Yes, we do. Both Omnis Software and several Omnis partners provide professional services to help you get a reliable estimate and project plan for the conversion, project management and direct development for your conversion step. We have worked on hundreds of conversion projects successfully, so we will be able to give you valuable advice about the required resources and the best approach and to support your project directly.
For more details on converting from Omnis 7 to Omnis Studio, please Contact us to arrange a free consultation to discuss your conversion options.