I'd like to develop an Open source instrument database.
There would be three points:
1. Function better than INTOOLS.
2. Open source, free
3. Netware,Based on browser/server. No client software required. Just
I'm not that familiar with 'INTOOLS' but I'm somewhat familiar
with National INstruments suite of tools and SCADA software, in
case INTOOLS is similar. Right now a group of professionals
and university types are discussing building Open Source tools
that provide a feature rich SCADA system and advanced laboratory
controls and analysis tools, similar to NI. Take a look at:
and you can download the source or a windows 32 installer on
To see what is going on. It will be linux centric, but the
desire is to have the tools portable to windoze OSes too.
If you are interested, send me a brief synopsis of your coding
skills and areas of interest. At this point we are looking for
coders with some working knowledge of controls, systems and such.
From what I have seen Intergraph have the lions share of the market
with a product that is well known and integrates easily with other CAD
packages. I am not sure of how many users you might end up with for any
package you develop.
What don't you like about InTools apart from the price ?
You are correct. Intergraph dominates this market. I have used
INtools for a long time. INtools is excellent,
The shortcomings of INtools are also clear besides its price.
1. Close code. No chance to be improved by user.
2. Boring client software and configuration. Not suitable for
cooperation through Internet.
You know, we use citrix or VPN to co-work on a INtools database.
It was not a pleasant experience.
3. Bad response of service request.
4. Complicated function with lots of bugs(similar as Windows).