Jfw, it looks really we’re really tuned: this feature is the next big thing we’re gonna develop. You’re input makes A LOT OF SENSE – anything else you have in mind, please don’t hesitate! 🙂
"Jfw" wrote: Hello,
Here is my vision of Multi-User support… this vision is typically in business environment where a lot of persons put a lot of information on network drive but nobody knows what info is where 🙂
You could install tables on the PC. The database is located in a central place (server) All tables programs points to that database When placing something on the server you are supposed to tag it correctly.
This will allow everybody to find back the info based on the tags…but….this brings a few issues as well: -the filelocation must be more robust (as the share does not necessary have the same network-drive name) -there might be issues on security: –I can imagine that all info should not be available for everybody) –I can imagine that the management of table should be centralized to avoid everybody adding tables –I can imagine that it might be necessary to have a read only access (just to find documents back but not to add files in tables)
Again, we’ll make a better announcement soon but anyway: everything you write is in our plan, except for one thing: the network version of Tabbles (this is how we call it) won’t have a client-server architecture but a P2P one. We’ve been thinking of a network version since day 0, and until 3 weeks ago we were thinking of developing a client-serve app, and to start developing it next year. But then Maurizio thought "who said it has to be client-server?" and a friend of mine also suggested using a P2P architecture. Making Tabbles P2P will not only take 1/3 of the development/testing/debugging time, but it will be much easier to deploy and to maintain (therefore to sell) as it won’t require any server.
To make it more clear: the files will still be on a shared drive (i.e.: fileserverpublicdocs) and you will be able to see your (shared) colleagues’ tabbles in your Tabbles’ window, and browse them and combine them as your own tabbles today.
I know it sounds like sci-fi, but it’s not that complicated to implement. Plus, but our file system watcher (the piece of software that understands when a file is being moved) will help a lot as well. We should really start seriously blogging about technology, as everyday more we realize we are working something pretty advanced.
Any more thought you’ll have about this, you’re very welcome to share them with us.
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