Is v2.xxx of SmartSDR still being released this month???

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SmartSDR V2.xxx
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David Livingston

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Richard Clafton W4/G7EIX, Elmer

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Now you know Tim and co are not going to divulge any details - just in case.

I suspect we will find out in the next 10 days.... :-)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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At this exact time, to the best of my knowledge, we are still targeting to release SmartSDR v2.0 by the end of the month.  Our engineering team is working on finishing the licensing process and putting the final touches on SmartLink.  But, it should be noted that we do not release based on a calendar date; we release when we feel the software has achieved a certain quality level.  So stay tuned.  It shouldn't be too much longer.
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Ken Hansen

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"We will sell no upgrade, before it's time"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSs6D...
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Very good Tim. Another way of doing software development is to always hold the date for release. Have a cut-off date for requirements, development and test etc. that supports the release date. Also, more often releases with smaller fixes\functionality is better. The downside of this is the increased costs associated with each release. However I found this to be very satisfying to the customers. As important, I would always have the customer involved along the way to manage expectations.

I'm sure all of you don't need more "help".:)

Just a thought...

Jim

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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:-)
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Jim Gilliam

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How is the licensing system going to work? Will the software be "smart enough" to know what radio its being installed or will the owner need to submit some kind of information like radio serial number?

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Jim - this is a very high-level description of it.  The software license will be encrypted and installed in the radio hardware via our software management server that resides in the same cloud as the SmartLink server.  Once the license is installed, the radio will not have to contact or interface with the licensing server again unless you are upgrading to a new major version of SmartSDR.

The software license resides with the radio and not the user.

Once the radio is licensed for 2.0, then you download and run a 2.0 "client" (SmartSDR for Windows, Maestro, etc..).  When it connects to the radio, access using a 2.0 client is validated by the radio (where the license resides), the connection is allowed and you start using the radio as you have done previous, but with the new 2.0 features.

If you try to connect with a 2.0 client to a radio that is licensed for 1.x, then the radio will query the license server for a valid 2.0 license.  If one is there, the license gets installed in your radio.  If there is no license for that particular radio, you will be prompted to purchase a license for that radio or you have to exit the client application and run a 1.x client.  If you chose to purchase a 2.0 license, you will be redirected to our Online Store where you can purchase SmartSDR v2.0.  Once your transaction is completed, then your radio license is activated on the license server and now when you try to connect to your radio with a 2.0 client, your radio will have the new license installed and the connection is allow to complete.

I do not want to get into the specifics of the actual licensing process until we have the customer facing documentation ready for distribution.
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Quote "we release when we feel the software has achieved a quality certain quality level."  I need to get an interpreter for this sentence. Hmm?
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Steve W6SDM

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Here's my translation:  It means Flex doesn't put out software that hasn't been thoroughly tested just to meet some arbitrary, market driven, calendar date.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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been up too long and too many tasks left in the thread pool ;-)
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Steve - DING DING DING DING DING.  We have a winner.
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Danny K5CG

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Go easy on the bell there Hector, or you'll break it.
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Jim Gilliam

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Can the user use Pay Pal or a valid credit card at the time of purchase?


Jim, K6QE

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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All of the valid payment methods we currently support with the OnLine Store.  PayPal and Credit cards.
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Paul

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I have been told by a uk dealer that if I were to buy a new 6500 which is already in stock it would come with v1 but that a free upgrade will be provided once v2 is released. Could you verify this please Tim? Also, by what mechanism would the upgrade be downloaded & installed without payment? Thanks.
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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True. FLex announced that all new sales include V2

V2 software reads the serial number inside the radio. If the radio's serial no has been registered then it will run V2
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Paul

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Thanks Howard. Do you by any chance have a link to that announcement? No offence but I wouldn't part with any cash without some verification from Flex themselves.
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Paul - all radios sold after May 18, 2017 regardless if they are sold direct or by one of our dealers will be eligible for a free 2.0 upgrade.
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Norm - W7CK

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Is there any chance of getting a list of features that will be in 2.0?
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Ken Hansen

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I don't have my radio ID or I'd try it, but honestly the webpage looks incomplete - how did you come across that page?
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Heck - the web page even says its in stock !  : smirk :

I still think it will take a few pints before we see this baby.

Cheers!
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This is a test item in our cart.  It was not supposed to be visible or accessible.  It has been temporarily disabled.
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Walt

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LOL  They are clamoring at the gates !

Which is a good sign.

Cheers


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Clamouring :)  I'm prematurely draining the battery in my mouse with all the screen refreshing I'm doing to see it link to download v2 is up. If Flex got paid for every screen click I've done, that could fund another project.