OPS introduction

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14Oct2014
Last Updated on 14 October 2014 | Written by CodeAsm

The following project is about a christian religious software program, the "hacks" and tricks are not religious intended and I strongly suggest you refrain yourself for letting any comments of such topic that involve religion, believe or "facts" in the comments section. Ive not had any problems so far and not so much comments in general, lets keep it professional and on the topic. Thank you.

A few years go I used a program to present song-text to a screen using a beamer in a local church. This software is not unique, many options are available even freeware. When we (church, my dad and a good friend of mine) searched for other, free options or software to use at home we discovered that the Dutch organisation responsible for legal distribution only offers a software package digitally containing the lyrics and no other digital resource was "legaly" availeble.

Tobedone: the legal reasons of song-texts and internet. Basically, for personal use  you pay a fee when you buy a lyrics book from the official retailer. Opwekking is selling all kinds of books and songbooks. basically its legally impossible to obtain the text for free, or visit a church, where the church pays Opwekking to present and play the music. Im no lawyer, I dont want to be one and you should educate yourself before plaming me for whatever reasons.

Back to the software, OPS stands for OpwekkingsPresentatieSoftware and all versions appear to be called Pro (professional) but no other versions appear to be existing.
Also it apeared to be made availeble on CD in as early as 2004. wich could be version 1. Early contact with the programmer appear the software was done in Delphi and later versions done in a small team in C# with WPF and .net 3.0 at least. For this reason the software can not easily ported to Mac or Linux. Wine and mono seem unable to run the software, but legal free software is available and copies of the lyrics can be obtained, legal use is allowed after paying the right organisations.

 

2004 - 1.0?
2005 - 2.0?
2006 - 3.0, "OPS Pro 2006" CD and demo download
2007 - 4.0 "OPS Pro 2007" CD, update downloads (Updates V410 V411)
2008 - 5.0 "OPS Pro 2008" CD, update downloads (U510)
2009 - 5.1 "OPS Pro 2009" CD, update downloads (U5)
2010 - 6.0 "OPS Pro 2010" CD, update downloads (U6)
2011 - 7.0.1 "OPS Pro 2011" CD, update downloads (Update 7.0.3)
2012 - 7.0.3 "OPS Pro 2012" CD, update downloads (including new songs)
2013 - 7.1.? "OPS Pro 2013" CD, update downloads (update 7.1.4)
2014 - 7 "OPS Pro 2014" CD, no updates
2015 - 7  probably "OPS Pro 2015" and updates could be available

 

Not all information is complete, and sadly some updates are unavailable. No CD's where in our research available.

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Screenshot of the 2006 version, DEMO wich you cannot official download anymore (Still works in Windows 8.1 :P ) on the Demo-version and its "protection".