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Visual Interface Design
Lastic GUI Builder is the visual interface design facility for Lastic GUI, providing complete form construction from a single, primary window.

A rich array of standard and specialised Windows controls are supported, allowing for the development of application interfaces both familiar and intuitive to the user. Click here for further details...

Context-Sensitive Help
Lastic GUI Builder also contains help file authoring facilities, enabling your applications to be supported by context-sensitive online help information.

Help may be provided at the form and individual control level. Hyperlinks allow users to navigate easily through your help files.

All help information is held centrally within the Caché / M database.

Access To PC Network
Lastic GUI provides a gateway to resources on your PC network through simple Caché / M API function calls.

Printers, files and desktop applications (e.g. Word, Excel) are easily accessed from within your Caché / M routines.

Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)
Lastic GUI provides DDE conversation capability between Caché / M applications and PC software using a single, simple function call.

Using the function, the Caché / M application can start up a PC application, open DDE conversations, send and receive data, issue a series of commands and terminate the conversation.

Conversations can remain open for repeated data and command actions - such as generating a series of customised letters or invoking and populating spreadsheets. DDE conversations are automatically terminated when the originating window is closed.

Graphics Generation
Lastic GUI contains rich graphics capabilities. A simple Caché / M function call will allow the dynamic generation of upto 99 concurrent graphs.

Options include pie charts, histograms, and line graphs - multiple plots and 2D or 3D presentation.

Each graph is created in a separate form and can be re-sized, rotated, re-styled and re-coloured by the user. It is possible to repeatedly re-draw such graphs producing analyses in various forms from datafeeds or from your database.

Lastic GUI includes an initialisation file and set-up routine enabling PC presentation parameters and host database connections to be fully configured.

PC presentation configuration allows a consistent 'look and feel' to be applied throughout all windows of an application or system, manageable from a single location. Options include fonts, colours, control sizing and function key usage.

Connectivity between client PCs and the Caché / M system is established through TCP/IP with a choice of Telnet (with or without an emulator) or raw TCP (utilising Lastic GUI server).

Mixed Environments
Multiple GUI and character terminal users may communicate directly with a single host Caché / M application server - and run the same application!

ANSI Emulator
Lastic GUI includes an ANSI emulator, enabling legacy character terminal software to be operated from the same logon as GUI applications.

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