Greetings Beta Testers!
First, I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while waiting for us to launch Beta. It’s been a long time coming, and there’s still a long road ahead. So, we are officially announcing via this message that GooeyPC pre-beta is live! Over the next few weeks, all we ask is that you remain honest, patient and a little open minded as you fiddle around with this awesome tool.
Before you get started, there are afew things to keep in mind.
This is actually a pre-beta and not the full beta launch. Why “pre-beta”? Well, one reason is that we’ve become impatient and we want to show you how cool this site is; even ifit is not quite beta material. The other is that we are much farther along than the alpha version which we released backin July. Back then, all anyone could do was give GooeyPC a few model numbers or a URL and it would spit back some compatibility results. In pre-beta, you will finally be able to build your rig on the site using GooeyPC’s graphical user interface,or GUI, to select and connect your compatible parts. However, our initial filtering of part searches has not yet been implemented
So, for now, when you select a newpart category to search, you get all the parts in that category; and you will need to flip through the pages until you find the part you are looking for. Please don’t dwell on this too much, as it will be improved over the next few weeks. We have something in mind that will be as robust and as innovative as the GUI itself; which will be introduced during full beta – hence its pre-beta status.
Another reason we are still in pre-beta is due to aesthetics. GooeyPC’s functionality has taken front seat during the life of its development. In fact, the only real artwork or graphics we’ve done so far is GooeyPC’s gooey “PC” logo; which is pretty gooey I might add. So, we have a few other things to focus on before addressing the ugly duckling. Like providing online vendors the ability to upload their computer parts information. That will be completed in relatively short order as they only need to provide simple info like product number and images, etc. while we take care of the functional spec data.
The process by which all the spec data is loaded is pretty much a secret. However, you will notice that some parts have incorrect, missing or data that is just plain wierd. That's normal, and is expected. Don't worry, we have a plan for that as well. We will introduce Item Flagging in the full Beta.
As you join us in this next phase of development, we are open to your opinions, suggestions and criticisms. Build as many rigs on as many projects you like. Test the engine’s ability to detect parts that should not connect. Please share as much with us as possible.
We highly encourage you to join our GooeyPC Community to share your experiences and knowledge with us and other custom home computer enthusiasts. It’s our goal at GooeyPC to bring custom home PC building to just about anyone. Every phase of development brings us just alittle closer. As a Beta Tester joining us in this goal, we appreciate your participation and look forward to your contribution!
-Dev Team, www.GooeyPC.com