SoftDist Customer Documentation

Ivo Eersels


Table of contents

General remarks
Site navigation guide
Logout button
Change password button
Download page
Accounts page

Abstract

SoftDist is a software distribution system which allows customers to download all kinds of files called 'assets' in order to improve customer relations. The idea is to provide a website where designers can put the libraries, development software and other stuff related to Melexis products. Customers can be registered on this site and granted access only to certain assets as desired. If new releases are made available to the customers, they will be notified of this by email if they enable this feature.

General remarks

Although these help pages should be sufficient to guide you through the website, please contact your Melexis sales contact in case of questions. Be sure to mention your problem as specific as you can, your customer details like username, email, etc... (so we can contact you). Please allow 1 business day to respond to your email.

Site navigation guide

Logout button

By clicking on the 'logout' button on the top of the page you can logout. If you login again you can start browsing from the download page.

Change password button

You can find this at the top of the page next to the 'logout' button. By clicking this button you are redirected to a webpage where you can change your password. This is explained in the Accounts page documentation.

Download page

At this page you can download the assets to which you have been granted access. Right after logging in you will be directed to this download page and it will look similar to this.

The page is divided into two parts. On the left there is a collapsable treeview which contains all the assets accesible by you. The right part starts out showing a welcome message, but it is also used for displaying asset specific information and will contain the actual downloads. The treeview functions as a hierarchical overview which shows the relations that exist between assets. You can expand the items within by clicking on the +-sign in front or on the item itself. Clicking on the +-sign will only expand the item in the treeview, clicking on the item itself however will also update the right section of the download page and display asset specific information, the requirements it might have and any available downloads.

There are two kinds of assets. Pure assets which are linked to a file and containing only releases of this file and assetfolders which are a collection of pure assets or other assetfolders. To make this distinction clear assets will appear in two colours in the right section of the page. Asset folders will be displayed in dark red and pure assets are displayed in a dark blue font. In the treeview folders will obviously be recognized by the folder icon. If an asset or a release of an asset requires something else to work properly there will be a section 'Requires' underneath listing all its requirements. This can be other assets, specfic releases of another asset or in the case of an assetfolder all things contained inside the folder.

There 4 possible ways that a requirement can exist:

  • An asset requires another asset without any release demands. First all releases of the selected asset are listed and afterwards follows a listing of all the releases of the required asset.

  • An asset requires a specific release. First all releases of the asset are listed and afterwards follows the required release only.

  • A release of an asset requires another asset without any release demands. Directly underneath the release which has the requirement, is the required asset listed with all its releases.

  • A release of an asset requires another specific release. Directly underneath the release which has the requirement is the required release listed.

You can download an asset by clicking on the 'Download' link displayed after the release information and filetype icon. If you've never downloaded the latest release of an asset which you can access a red tag -[NEW!]- is put between the release information and the 'Download' link.

Accounts page

Customer details

This page is divided into three seperate sections. In the first section you can change your full name in case it is misspelled. You can also change the email address whereto all SoftDist mails will be sent and the frequency at which these notifications should happen.

Full name and email address can be changed by just editing the text already present in the text boxes and pushing the 'Update' button beside them. The frequency of sending update notification emails can be changed by selecting the appropriate value from the select box and pressing the Update Button. Possible values are 'Weekly' (default), 'Daily', 'Immediate' (when a new release becomes available to you you are notified instantly) and Never (no update mails will be sent to you). At the bottom there is a link to a page where you can change your password.

To be able to change your password, you need to fill in your current password in the appropriate textbox. You can then enter your new password in the text box below and confirm the password in the box at the bottom to avoid any typing errors. By clicking the 'change password' button the data is entered into the user database. If you make a mistake somewhere a red error message will appear behind the offending line to alert you of the problem.

Customer assets

The second section shows a list of assets to which you have access.

For each asset the asset name, the display name and the expiration date of the user's access to the asset is shown.

Customer activity

The third section offers a log of your activities on the SoftDist website. It consists of four columns: Action (what kind of action the user performed), Status (only applicable to login actions; states whether a login attempt was successful or failed because of a username or password problem. This could be used to detect hacking attempts.), Time (when the user did it, displayed in a YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS+millisecs format), and in case the action involved an asset the short assetname and release.