Longer Life?No, we don't claim to help you live longer. We strive to bring you software that will serve you for years to come, software that takes advantage of today's technology standards -- software with a long life expectancy.
Microsoft's ".Net" PlatformYou might not know or care what ".Net" is all about, but for us it means that we can deliver software today that is guaranteed to run and run well on not only the current generation of computers, but for generations to come.
32-bit Computing32-bit Windows software has been the standard since 1995. Our software is fully 32-bit.
Surprisingly, most other jewelry store software packages are 16-bit Windows programs (WIN16), or even MS-DOS programs. Only a few are 32-bit Windows (WIN32) programs.
Modern computers running Windows XP can execute WIN16 and MS-DOS programs, but users will notice that performance can be slower, and access to some modern peripherals (such as USB printers) can be limited, as compared to WIN32 programs.
64-bit ComputingYou might have noticed that most PC manufacturers are now aggressively promoting their new 64-bit models. Intel and AMD are now shipping many more 64-bit processors than 32-bit processors. Intel has stated that it will soon ship only 64-bit processors.
Microsoft has recently released 64-bit versions of Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003 Server. These can collectively be referred to as "WIN64". We have tested The Edge on these operating systems and have ensured that it runs flawlessly as-is.
In addition, we have developed a native 64-bit version of The Edge that we will release in conjunction with support for SQL Server (as there is no 64-bit support for Access databases). To our knowledge, we are the only vendor of jewelry store software currently doing so.
Goodbye, MS-DOS and WIN16
It is important to understand that MS-DOS and WIN16 programs simply will not run on WIN64. There will come a time when you will not be able to buy a new system that can run MS-DOS or WIN16 programs. If one of your current systems fails, you will probably be replacing it with a 64-bit system.
Don't Panic... Yet
If you are running MS-DOS or WIN16 programs, they will continue to run on your current computers, and on new computers as long as you can buy 32-bit systems. But be prepared -- you probably have a year or so to ensure that your technology choices will continue to serve your needs.