Dynamic Applications – User Documentation.
Dynamic Applications is a Software Platform for creating Small Business Planners, or any other calculation model in x/ y / t.
Here you can define a bunch of formula in x and y, and then you can see the outcome (the statistical median expectation) if some Input Variables are growing, or lowering over time.
This Documentation should help you to understand not only the software’s calculations, but also the method behind – Balanced Scorecards (creating a plan of a system’s Input and Target interconnections) and System Dynamics (the Theory of projections over time).
- Chapter 1: Product Overview.
- Chapter 2: System Requirements and Installation.
- Chapter 3: Main PD User Interface Elements.
- Chapter 4: PD Input and Target Values.
- Chapter 5: PD Inline Formula Editor.
- Chapter 6: Balanced Scorecards.
- Chapter 7: The Desire Formula Language.
- Chapter 8: User Feedback and Voting Competitions.
- Chapter 9: System Dynamics – General Information.
- Chapter 10: Your free do-it-yourself Business Model Developer Tutorial.
It’s a work in Progress.
So the documentation may always be trailing a little behind the software itself.
Chapter 1: Product Overview.
Predicted Desire (PD) was our piloting Business Plan Simulation. It is now a historic product, that is still available from the Startup Product Manager download page.
Startup Product Manager is the name of our Startup Business Planner, from 2017.
Small Business Developments is our professional Business Model development client.
In relation to the original Platform name, we also have Perfect Desire, our all inclusive product. In comparision to Small Business Developments, Perfect Desire also includes the fully working and compile-able C# Sourcecode of PD v1.0. Here you can start your own product development.
All other Products are spin-offs of the general simulation model platform, so they contain a variety of Simulations for Dynamic Applications that were designed for a specific purpose.
The name is program, here we say. So every Dynamic Applications product is a collection of Simulation Models around the program’s name, e.g. Photovoltaic System is for calculating the Photovoltaic System on your own house roof.
Our Product and Feature Matrix features an easy overview of the Simulations included with each product.
Modify any existing model, rename values, delete values, and create new Input Values, Targets, and Formula. With nothing else than the basic Rule of Three, you’ll be able to customize, define your own, and invent new interactive Business Model simulations.
Apart from that, all Dynamic Applications are very similar to each other, where it comes to general operation, User Interface, and basic functionality. While calculating a huge variety of financial, physical, and nature simulations in Time, common features are the uniform User Interface, the self-explanating Formula System with automated ToolTips, Inline Formula editing, Load and Save, Result Graph, and Detail Value Table.
In the standard version, all our Standard Products are traditional Desktop Clients that will not gather any data, at all. We concentrate on the key paramters for operating, for planning a company, a scenario, or any other business case. We can enter these by hand, and as long as we don’t save anything, no hint of whatever we’ve planned can ever be found. So that every Founder, every Foundress can be rest assured and plan secretly. Switch off your WiFi and check that out. Full operation of all your calculations, except for calling the Docs from the Application’s menu, where you’ll see an error indicating that there was no Internet Connection.
So now you understand why there’s only one documentation for the whole bunch of products. The other reason is that in operating this very company on my own, in being the Founder, i’m always looking for ways to handle even more customers with a single person, next year.
So keeping my effort as low as possible is one of our main, internal optimization targets.
Each product download page contains an introduction to the product as well as additional references and Weblinks. Should you like a product or find it any useful, we’re thankful if you’d express your gratitude by placing a 5-star feedback at the bottom of each page, or
Pay with a Tweet.
Chapter 2: System Requirements and Installation.
Dynamic Applications support traditional Windows Installer Setup, and Windows 10 Store Apps.
- Windows 7 / 8 / 10.
- a 32 or 64 bit processor.
- 10 MByte of HD or SSD space.
- a 1280×768 (+) display recommended.
Dynamic Applications are based on .NET 4 Framework, as included from Windows 7 (SP1).
Windows 8 and Windows 10 are supported, out of the box. Support for Vista/XP: it should work, but these are not officially supported anymore, as they are out of Service by Microsoft.
Free. no Ads. no Spyware. no WebServer behind. For your eyes only. Just the basic thing. Your free, 1-year Creative Commons cc-by-sa style license is included, as shown during Setup Installer.
To answer all your questions at this point, here’s a few additional information pages:
- System Requirements and Installation.
- Product and Feature Matrix.
- Release Notes.
- dna License.
- Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.).
- Customer and IT Service Conditions.
As for good Freeware Download Locations, you’ll find Dynamic Applications in more than 250 Freeware and Shareware archives all over the world. We’re using Robosoft to publish our software, and we’re following an agile development strategy, releasing in a 2-4 week cycle.
Chapter 3: Main User Interface Elements.
Start up the product, selecting the first simulation model, click ok.
In case you find documentation generally too long, boring and unneccessary, here’s a small intro with all you need to get started. You can come back here and learn more on-the-fly.
An important thing to note about Dynamic Applications is that this is a one-window product. While it may seem a lot on first glance, there’s not much more to note.
Here’s the list of elements as you see them in the main user interface. We explain these in detail on the Main User Interface Documentation.
This is a short jump list:
- Main Menu.
- Time Ruler Panel.
- Settings and Options.
- Dynamic Idea – User Voting.
- Dynamic Roadmap – User Voting.
Chapter 4: PD Input and Target Value Panels.
In the PD Input and Target Value Panel documentation, we’ll give you a more detailed insight:
- Input Value Panel.
- Detail Input Panel.
- Target Values and Formula.
- A short excurse in Prediction Theory.
- Result Graph Panel.
- Detail Value Table.
In case you find this too much information, an alternative approach we recommend is learning by doing. There’s small (?) icons included at the top left position of many panels.
Click any of these, and it will open the documentation for your panel in question.
Chapter 5: PD Inline Formula Editor.
The Dynamic Applications Platform is not only capable of loading and running Simulation Models, there’s also an Inline Formula Editor System included.
It consists basically of 2 visually independent parts:
- Title, Unit, Value and Up/Down Positions.
- Inline Formula Editor System.
- Creating and Editing Stock Values.
- Short Overview of Math Formula.
So you can rename, add, remove and replace any existing formula, live in calculation.
In case you’ve done anything wrong, you’ll find out that automated Error Symbols will appear, each indicating the source of the problem within their own ToolTip.
Everything else will remain functional. as long as possible. That’s what we call Persistence.
Chapter 6: Balanced Scorecards.
A Balanced Scorecard describes a simple method to start from a simple sketch on a Din A4 page, add a few numbers to it, and derive a first bunch of Target Formula from there.
In official System Dynamics literature, what we call Balanced Scorecards are also referred to as Causal-Loop-diagrams, or Stock-and-Flow diagrams. At Dynamic Applications, we prefer simple terms, so we call them Balanced Scorecards.
You’ll find these explained in the Introduction to Balanced Scorecards Documentation.
It’s much like we start from a simple mind map, and the name is pretty self-explanatory.
- Input Values
- Target Values and Formula
- Stock Values
- Balanced Scorecards
- Typical System Archetypes
The typical System Dynamics Archetypes is a small collection of standard scorecards, as listed on Wikipedia. We’ve included them in our article about System Dynamics, see below.
Chapter 7: The Desire Formula Language.
Perfect Desire includes a small formula language that mainly consists of pure Math.
This way, you can change or define new Target Formula on-the-fly, as well create new Input Parameters and add them to the calculation, or rename existing ones according to your needs. As there are always details to consider, we have included screenshots of the current formula system in source code.
You’ll find these explained in The Desire Language Specification Guide.
Nobody reads technical documentation, you know. So we packed an inventor story around.
Still, the technical backgrounds of developing an Integrated Formula System are as well explained, in there.
Chapter 8: User Feedback and Voting Competitions
This Documentation is under continous, step-by-step development. If you feel that anything is missing or should be changed, please let us know.
You can also file in a bug or feature request for user voting on @dynamic_qs, or suggest and vote for new simulation ideas on @dynamic_idea.
Apart from that, most people vote simply by retweeting or favorizing any Tweet they like. So you have 2 Votes per Tweet: Fav and Retweet. We work from Top Votes.
That’s what we call Pay with a Tweet. Feel free to recommend everything, and whatever the most people want us to build, we’ll build that over time. So that’s the plan at least.
We are following a System Dynamics-related approach, called Critical Chain PM. It is much about priorizing your work over time.
Read more about our interpretation of Critical Chain Project Managerment in our article about the Dynamic Idea and Roadmap competition.
Two Excel sheets are included with each Dynamic Application, one for Personal Task Priorities, and one for Team Priority Management.
See this article for detail explanations. You can also download these Excel Table from there.
Chapter 9: System Dynamics – General Information.
The concept behind our approach is called System Dynamics (SD), invented at MIT.
Characteristically for any complex environment is that there are a lot of interacting parameters. While single parameters and formula may be well-known, the behaviour of the system as a whole can get too complicated to overlook. This effect is called Emergence.
SD, as we understand it, is always a Top-down approach. No matter how complex a thing or machine to simulate, if you can draw its most important aspects on a sheet of Din A4 paper, connect those aspects, write numbers on it, and dig up a few sample formulas, you can start simulating it. This way, you’re pretty fast in getting an overview.
System Dynamics became famous in the 1970s, when some people from a Switzerland think-tank called The Club of Rome wrote a pretty amazing story about it.
And that story was called The Limits to Growth. Above article on System Dynamics has more info about our method’s famous history.
The Perfect Overview.
Later on, once you’ve discovered what’s missing and where you need more precision, you can always refine your simulation in detail. So SD is indeed an overview, and consequently, a Management approach.
Find out what you need to do next, and concentrate on what matters, first, no matter how complex your company. Company Management, in Learning by doing.
Chapter 10: Your free Business Model Developer Tutorial.
It contains detailed explanations of quite a collection of famous the Business Model development patterns. From our perspective, being successful is much about defining a set of values, a company culture that defines who you are, what you can do best, and where you want to go. And then, the best motivation to work is to start work.
In case you’re looking for help, feel free to contact us here, or right from Support Menu.
Now you know everything about Balanced Scorecards, System Dynamics, Business Dynamics, Dynamic Applications, and Perfect Desire.
We’re pretty sure that from here, you’ll learn a lot of useful things on the fly.
So now you’re all ready to go. enjoy.
about Dynamic Applications.
Dynamic Applications is a small business consultancy focused on customers, product cost, efficiency, sales, and net profit. We support Startups in developing 21st century Business Models. We’re driven by thousands of independent voters. Altogether, we develop Perfect Desire, an evolving platform of free and simple business plan calculators for everyone.
We vote in online democracy, we deliver for free. we work for you, and we call them Dynamic Applications.
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