Projects

Mindfire has deep experience developing Visual Basic business applications and enterprise database systems. We describe some of these enterprise VisualBasic/VB project experiences below, and will be glad to share our expertise in detail with you.

  • Vehicle Trail Tracking System
  • Transmedic
  • AutoPricing Tool
  • Vehicle Data Export Tool
  • Product  Locator
  • Imaging Client
  • Word AddIn
  • Web Crawler For Advertising Company
  • Golf Tournament Management System
  • Financial Management Software
  • Vehicle Rental System
  • RMS Addon
  • Spooling Manager Application
  • Image Watermarking System
  • VB Code Validation


Vehicle Trail Tracking System

Client:
GPS Solution Provider
Industry:
Logistic Software
Technologies:
VB 6.0, MS- Access , MS-SQL server 2000, Map Objects LT 2.0


This was VB 6.0 application that was using ESRI Shapefile to represet the a map by using geographical reference data and creating different layers on the map. Allows the Users to create, view, delete and upload trails to facilitate the tracking of vehicular data related to movement. It also shows the GPS time delay over the current time. We were assigned the job of enhancing the application by fixing the existing bugs that were present and also added some more additional functionality/ features as requested. Externally this application was using ESRI Shapefile to display the map data.


Transmedic

Client:
Software Development Company
Industry:
Transport  & Logistics
Technologies:
VB 6.0 , Crystal Reports Developer Edition ver 8.0 & MS Access


The existing application was used in the Transport sector to keep track of Vehicles and as well route the vehicles as per the requirements and need.
Mindfire was involved in bug fixation and implementation of additional features to improve the functionality of the existing application. The vehicles were automatically scheduled on the routes that they need to follow based on the requirements on hands. Various reports were also implemented to share and display data as per the need.


AutoPricing Tool

Client:
Software Service Company
Industry:
Automobile
Technologies:
VB 6.0 & SQL server 2005


This application is executed on daily basis to update the the price for all the vehicle across all dealers in the database.The Vehicle price is calculated according to the no. of days present in the stock.Apart from that it also
takes some other paramaters like Price lock staus,Active Dealer status to determine the priciing. The application can be configured to be executed for individual dealers as well a set of dealers.After calculation, the price gets updated in to the database and the updated price is populated on the website.
Mindfire was involved in the development and maintenance of the application.


Vehicle Data Export Tool

Client:
Software Service Company
Industry:
Automobile
Technologies:
VB 6.0 & SQL Server 2005


This Application is used to do some uniform vehicle data massaging and field separation of database string fields and finally export that data to another table.
The exported data are then sent as data feed to other sites which help is promoting vehicle sales.The Exported data that the data feeds utilize are separate and distinct fields (so as not to have to parse a string each time on the creation of an outbound data field), and the data itself is in a common format the customers have become accustomed to.
Even the application provides a very user friendly interface to change the data format of the generated files based on the data feed sites requirement.
Log files are being maintained to track the export status.Mindfire was involved in the design , development and maintenence of the application.


Product  Locator

Client:
Software Development Company
Industry:
Product  Marketing
Technologies:
VB 6.0 ,MS Access & WISE Installer


This project involved the development of a windows desktop application that would allow users to locate various products and their information's based on the different search criteria's. The WISE installer software was used to build the installation CD of this product that could be used to distribute the Final product.


Imaging Client

Client:
Software Company
Industry:
Document Management Solutions
Technologies:
VB 6.0, Pixtran & PostGreSQL


This application is built around Pixtran controls and primarily used for displaying TIFF images. Scanner application is used for single or multiple page batch scanning of documents. A separate application is used for posting images to document server.It creates an XML file (envelope ".env") to store and transfer information about the posting image. Mindfire was involved in fixing the bugs / issues and adding new features to the tool.


Word AddIn

Client:
Software Company
Industry:
Document Management Solutions
Technologies:
VB 6.0 & PostGreSQL


This project involved the development of a VB 6.0 Addin for the MS Word. The Word AddIn creates a menu in Word application and is used to post ".doc" files to the document server. The application offers to select a document type and fill up the required profile data to be posted along with the word document. The word document can be emailed and/or faxed if required. No copy of the word document is saved on the local machine.


Web Crawler For Advertising Company

Client:
Classified Advertising Company
Industry:
Online Advertising
Technologies:
VB 6.0, MS SQL SERVER 2000

The product is a web crawler that crawls for classified data. Works with any web site address inputted, crawls the pages and parse it to collect the contact information and advertisement text of the advertisers on the pages. The information picked up includes Name, City, State , Country, Phone numbers, Email address , Advertisement text etc. This information is kept in database and is used to print postcards either daily, weekly or monthly basis. The browsed pages information and postback data are also kept in Database so that every time the user do not have to browse the same set of pages. The crawler also has Browser Assistant by which one can crawler the links present in the page without going through the links manually.

The application uses Internet Explorer object and regular expression to parse each of the page and collect the information.


Golf Tournament Management System

Client:
Software/Product Development,Consulting Services
Industry:
Sports & Leisure
Technologies:
VB6, Ms-Access 2003 & SQL server 2005

We got an opportunity to work on this existing software application which is the flagship product of the customer.

Golf Tournament Manager provides a complete and comprehensive golf tournament management software package for a course .This include tournament operations whether for managing group tournament, single events or daily presentation. Viper is easy to use with help wizards throughout the program and provides easy and fast solutions for golf scoring regardless of the format.The program includes Custom Report Designer tools to build your own reports for any printers any way you want.  Some of the features that this program include are  Group Outing Contract administration for large or small events, Unlimited format capabilities for any event, Multiple events, skins games and side games within events, Prints hundreds of 'standard' reports. Create and print an unlimited number of custom reports of your own design with extensive logo and graphics management, the ability to print on your own course's scorecards, importing data from multiple handicap associations.


Financial Management Software

Client:
Software/Product Development, Consulting Services
Industry:
Financial Services Industry
Technologies:
VB 6.0 and MS Access

This application is used by financial advisors to handle their customer information in a much easier and efficient manner.The project has different modules such as Resource library, Summary section, To-Do sections, Albridge Interface etc.

Resource library is used to store, display and modify an extensive collection of letters, service letters, agendas, articles, and notes as Word\PDF
documents.

Summary section involves storing the activities generated by the system for each client. It has also the functionality to create and display new files and
folders in the client directory.

ToDo section includes calendar, tasks and appointments and has the functionality to create recurring appointments, show reminders for future appointments and also assign tasks or appointments in a multi user environment.

Albridge Interface provides a quick access to Albridge web services so that the user need not enter the user name and password every time to access the
website and after logging into the website the actions done are independent of the PRB application. For this the user has to set the albridge account
information in the Manage user security section and then access the albridge services with this information also can search for a particular client using the specific albridge id.

We worked on fixing bugs & issues in the existing system and adding new features.


Vehicle Rental System

Client:
Software Service Provider
Industry:
Travel
Technologies:
VB 6, MS Access 2007

This is a windows based project designed in VB 6.0 with MS Access in the back end. It deals with the Vehicle Rental System. Keeping track of the vehicle information, customer records, customer rental agreements, reservations, embedded Credit Card Swipe, document scanning and payment transactions etc. Customer can reserve a vehicle for the future date and while taking the vehicle on rent (against the reservation or on a direct appearance basis), he/she has to sign a Rental Agreement with the rental company and submit the Driving license and/or insurance documents copy as proof of identity. The embedded document scanning functionality invokes the scanner and scan a photo copy of the documents. Customer can avail a number of payment options like Cash, Credit Card, Bill etc. The embedded credit card swipe machine functionality accepts the payment from the credit card swipe machine while paying against the reservation, batch entry, rental agreement opening/closing process etc. Manually credit card data entry is also an add-on facility in this system to pay the amount. Including this, vehicle maintenance also available to keep the vehicle and maintain the status. RentWare also having a Management Module to have a deeper look into the reports like, Daily Business Reports, Vehicle Utillisation Reports, Daily Reservation Reports, Active and Closed Rental Agreeement Reports etc and managing all the administrative functionalities like Customer Management, using database maintenance tools etc. The database maintenance module helps in maintaining the database like maintening old records, compact and repair database etc. Along with all the above functionality RentWare supports the utillities like Sticky Notes through out the Rental Agreement cycle (begines with Open RA and ends with the Deletion of Closed RA), SnapShot (enables a quick view of the whole day business summary including sales, vehicle utilisation, vehicle availability, reservations to cover etc.), News Letter Alert (automatic screen alert when a new news letter gets published by Argo), Promotion Alert (automatic screen alert when a promotion gets published by Argo).



RentWare can be used in a client server environment. It identifies the other terminals as stations and register them with specific station IDs. It automatically commited the DB changes to the server while gets started for the first time after the changes made to it.



RWW-WTS module enables the RentWare to run on a Windows Terminal Server. RWW-WTS is also a part of RentWare but runs as an independent module in the Server only. It allows multiple users to get logged in to the server and work on the single installed instance with different databases. The RWW-WTS module actually runs in the background to sense the currently logged in windows user and decide the relevant database for that user. So when user gets logged into the RentWare s/he can only be able to see her/his data.


RMS Addon

Client:
Retail Store Owner
Industry:
FMCG
Technologies:
VB.NET (VS 2008) , SQL 2005 Express , MS RMS 2.0

This is a desktop application responsible for scanning ItemLookupcode using a bar code reader. The scanned item's details are then populated in the form. For new item scanned, the form will clear all fields. So user can add new item or edit existing item and save the details to Database. The transaction history for last week, last month, last year etc are also displayed in the form for reference. User can also add the items to a given purchase order with quantity and reorder information.



The add-in involves the use of a bar code reader and provides easy steps for adding and updating items to RMS database without using the Store manager or POS.


Spooling Manager Application

Client:
IT Services
Industry:
Accounting/Financials
Technologies:
VB. Net, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Terminal Server

Spooling Manager is a windows based application producer for Continuously Transposed Conductors (CTC) used in windings for transformers and other electrical equipment manufacturing company to provide spooling management solutions. In this application user can scan for Employees and Work order and then he/she can setup and start production.


Image Watermarking System

Client:
Media Monitoring Services
Industry:
Media Advertising Monitoring
Technologies:
VS 2008, VB.Net, MS-Access, CVS 

Designed and implemented a desktop application from wireframes provided by the client. The application is used to watermark images that can then be previewed and sold on a website that the client hosts.

It allows for users to process a folder containing a set of images for press ads and press news along with an excel (xls or xlsx) file containing related meta data for each image. The users of the application can then browse and select the folder and specify a destination folder to drop the processed or watermarked images into.

The metadata for each image contains data to be presented on the watermark. This includes info about the ad source, creator and other relevant info. The features implemented by the app allow the user to specify location of the watermark, Company Logos and Secret Copyrights info on the images.

One of the salient features of this application is the Image preview form where the user can view the final output before submitting for processing. Here user can modify the settings like colors, alignments, positions of the image components as per their requirements. The user can also rotate the image and has the ability to bulk process all images with a common setting.

It also injects hidden data into the image to allow for the client to claim and prove that the images originated from his company. The application uses MS Access as the database and can be extended for use with any type of image.


VB Code Validation

Client:
Media Monitoring Services Provider
Industry:
Media Advertising Monitoring
Technologies:
VB, Access, Excel, MySQL, framesots, gogexif, sftp, SVN

Validated code functionality against production application to ensure that the code matches the production app and is the latest version. Setup code locally after investigating production application and environment over GTM sessions. Implemented missing features in the code that was given to us by the client. The application allows for data export of media and metadata to the live server from inhouse FM legacy system that logs all ads. Once the ads are approved in the legacy system they need to be put on the website for subscribers to search and order. The application also creates thumbnails for video and high resolution ad images. We setup code in SVN for versioning for the client to avoid such issues in the future.


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