A Qt mini-application project illustrating a Bezier curve as an important feature to the software program Miramo.

Datazone – Qt mini-application illustrating a Bezier curve
This started out as a small external development job at the beginning of 2017 but has developed into a long-term partnership. This project is a classic example of our customer’s satisfaction with the quality of our work and shows how one development job often leads to a well-working partnership.
Datazone has developed the program Miramo, a world-leading document composition software package, designed for automatic formatting of information extracted from databases and other data sources, including XML and PDF. Miramo dynamic publishing solution is successful because it improves quality, reduces cost, and ensures compliance and information accuracy. It is outstanding in the market because of its flexibility, speed, and scalability.

Our job – project development
Datazone Ltd, a developer of automated document production software, needed extra resources to advance the capabilities of a Qt-based GUI component. The company devised a mini-test project as a basis for evaluating potential suppliers.
Viking Software was the outstanding winner in Datazone’s evaluation. The price quoted by Viking Software was not the lowest. But the quality and efficiency of its solution meant that it was far ahead of its competitors, in terms of overall ‘best value’.

Datazone was looking for help to developing their product. Viking Software’s job was to expand the possibilities within the program Miramo®, through the development of a stand-alone Qt mini-application showcasing additional features. The application was an addition to the existing document composition software package. Viking Software also delivered a clean-up of the existing code in the process. During this project, multiple change requests arose, and Viking Software’s extensive experience was required.

“Viking Software came with valuable resources and know-how from other projects from other industries and hereby added things we didn’t think of. (…) Viking software makes it manageable for the customers.. they are very productive and successful.” (Rick Davies, CEO at Datazone)

A great match
Parts of the project development were put out to tender and amongst the responses, five were selected and given more detailed project description. The response was mainly quotations which left Viking Software’s solution the most ideal one because this solution contained a Qt mini-application illustrating a Bezier curve. This provided Datazone with a fully developed solution, with only a few corrections to be made.

“Viking Software’s solution was a 98% match of our need for technique combined with a sense of humor. That was an unbeatable sales technique compared to simple quotations we received from the other developers.”
(Rick Davies, CEO at Datazone)

Expanding the possibilities
The project description was well-defined: develop a stand-alone Qt mini-application for drawing Bezier-curves.
Several small improvements were carried out. Many bug fixes and making the application a lot more stable, heavily applied to the undo and redo functionality. UI/UX improvements were implemented. For example, a custom color picker (adapted combo box), a small spinner indicating that a job is running in the background and a new nicer picker. At the same time the code was cleaned up and unit tests were added. During this process, multiple inherent change requests arose both from the project as well as the project owner. Handling these changes require extensive experience leading to bigger insight.

A strong beginning helps create a long-term partnership
Since the beginning of this project, Viking Software and Datazone have developed a strong foundation for a long-term partnership. After the Bezier curve application, Viking Software has continued to solve many different tasks important to Datazone and our partnership has grown from established to familiar and well-known.

Beneficial results
➢ The Qt mini-annotation makes it easier for the users to communicate with each other in the same document
➢ Simplifying the document processing
➢ Expanding the possibilities within the program
➢ A more simple and user-friendly program, taken to the next level
➢ A flexible product for a variety of different companies
➢ Features with multiple purposes
➢ Timesaving and cost-efficient for the customer
➢ An interesting and more vivid program
➢ Easy to install and a possibility for customization
➢ Improved stability of the application