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Issue: August 8, 2006

Feature Story
- Razor 5.1.03 Released

Visible Promotions
- Sales Special

Razor Training
- Web based Training
- Next set of hands-on classes

Razor Tech Tip
- using external files with Attributes


Feature Story

RAZOR v5.1.03 Released

Razor v5.1.03 was recently released to the user community. This release includes a new integration to the iLogix ( Rhapsody IDE, an update to the Razor Threads tool which now prevents the rollback of a file version, an update to the guiffy diff/merge engine for non-standard windows desktops, and added capability to always clear the checkin title.

Just like the previous v5.1 release, this release includes an upgrade to Windows POSIX 3.5 on the Windows Server platform. The incorporation of POSIX 3.5 will allow users to take advantage of the latest security patches on the Windows 2000, XP, and 2003 platforms.

This means that Razor now runs on PCs loaded with Windows XP and Service Pack 2. It also means that Razor's IssueWeaver Product may now be used with the latest release of Apache on Windows and Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) web server.

It is important to note that with the use of POSIX 3.5, Razor is NO LONGER SUPPORTED on the Windows NT 4.0 platform.

The addition of the latest version of POSIX also includes a change to the underlying filesystem name. Within the POSIX shells (ksh and csh) All directories now have the "/dev/fs" prefix. For example:


now becomes


POSIX 3.5, if not present, is automatically loaded when you upgrade to Razor v5.1.03 and requires an additional restart of your server during the install process.

The Razor difference/merge engine also received an overhaul. We are proud to announce that v5.1.03 of Razor now uses the award winning Guiffy diff/merge engine ( You do not need to purchase a copy of Guiffy. Razor v5.1.03 ships with a fully functional OEM license which allows the full use of Guiffy.

The Guiffy merge engine is automatically installed on all Windows platforms (server and clients).

The UNIX/Linux users will need to download a copy from the Guiffy download site which may be found at:

You do not need to fill in any user information, register, or request a license, Simply click the correct UNIX/Linux operating system and click the SUBMIT button in the middle of the page.

You should install the Guiffy software in the default location, which is normally $HOME on UNIX/Linux systems of the Razor Administrator account.

The final step is to define the GUIFFY_HOME environment variable to point to the Guiffy installation directory. This environment variable should also be added to the rz_prep and files for all of your databases or placed in a system wide login script.

Please review the RELEASE_NOTES for Razor v5.1.03 for additional information. The release notes may be found at the following Location on the Visible web site:

NOTE: Users upgrading from 4.3c and using the Razor Password file, must first upgrade to Razor v5.0 and then Razor v5.1.03
NOTE: Users of Windows 2003 SP1 must first install Microsoft Hotfix 899522 before installing Razor.

As always, contact if you have any questions.

Visible Promotions

Sales Special

Visible Systems is very proud of this latest release (our best yet) and we want to encourage all of our existing customers to upgrade.

We are pleased to announce a special "welcome back" program to our existing Razor customers whose maintenance contract has expired. This program will allow you to update your liceses, no matter how old they are, for just a fraction of the actual cost. This offer is available until August 31st, 2006.

To calculate the cost of the update, simply take the actual cost ($150/license) for a 1 year subscription and divide by 2.

For further questions or to renew, please contact Jennifer Stone at (315) 363-8000 or email at

Razor Training


In order to meet your busy schedules, we are now offering web-training.
convenient, cost effective, and smart!

Train right from your workstation at a time that is convenient for you.
There is no need to travel or clear out busy schedules. Visible's new web-based training program is based on the same technology through which we deliver interactive Webinars. In order to maintain the highest level of quality and personal attention, e-training sessions are limited to a maximum of 4 students per session so personal attention is guaranteed.

In addition to our Razor user and Administrator e-training classes, we have now expanded our e-training offerings to include: Product Life Cycle Management and Model Driven Architecture...

Please contact us at razor_training for more details our visit our website at

Razor Classroom based Training:

We are offering the following public classes in the Maryland, Virginia area.

Razor Implementing a Process Class: 09/19/06 - 09/22/06

Please contact Jennifer Stone at (315) 363-8000 to sign up for the above classes.

Razor Tech Tip

In the Issues Attributes file, have you ever had the need to define a long list of values?

You can always place this list inside of another text file with one value per line and left-justified. This will work with ONE_OF_MANY and X_OF_MANY attributes.

Here is an example:

ONE_OF_MANY Submitted_by file:list_of_users.txt
ONE_OF_MANY Assigned_to ---,

file list_of_users.txt is ascii text and contains...

NOTE: If placed outside the Tables directory, the relative path must be added to the entry in the Attributes file.



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