Apr 152011

Embarcadero just announced a new free version of TMS Software’s Smooth Controls Pack special edition is being released to registered users of RAD Studio XE, Delphi XE and C++Builder XE.

TMS Smooth Controls Pack allow you to build cool user interfaces with a smooth look and have additional types of controls not included in the base VCL components. While source code is not included, the expanded version with source code is available from TMS Software.

Apr 142011

Elevate Software recently released Version 2.05 Build 6 of their ElevateDB database tool. For those not familiar with ElevateDB, it is a prepackaged database solution that can be directly compiled into Delphi, c++ Builder and Lazarus applications.

ElevateDB also run in a client-server mode using a small, but powerful server executable that can be connected by clients using Delphi, c++ Builder, Lazarus as well as though Visual Studio .NET languages via the ElevateDB .NET Data Provider or through additional development platforms using the Elevate ODBC Connector. A newer addition to the ElevateDB family is a PHP extension for Windows based PHP servers.

ElevateDB supports a large subset of the SQL-2003 standard, making the transition to integrate this database easy, while still following standards.

Support for Elevate Software products is primarily via forum / newsgroup or email. Aside from being a great product, the support provided by the owner/developer Tim Young is outstanding. There is a Team Elevate group that also assists other fellow users.

I’d strongly recommend, if you’re in need of a database tool, to check out this product.  The pricing is designed to be very fair and reasonable when compared to other commercial products. In fact, I think it is a GREAT value when all is said and done. If you require source code, there is options to purchase the source code editions for a reasonable surcharge.

Disclaimer: While I’m not being paid by Elevate Software for this mention or an employee of Elevate Software, I am a member of Team Elevate.