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Greetings from Aillio

First of all... Happy Holidays everyone!

Next, we have an important update for all of our current users. As you (should) know by now, RoasTime 3 has been released, and the new Roast.World that was designed to work with RoasTime 3 has been in beta for a couple of months now. Hundreds of people are already using the new system, and everything has been working smoothly, with RoasTime 3 and the beta Roast.World proving to be both more functional and more stable than previous versions.

Now the time has come to migrate over to the new platforms. This week we will send emails all users in our Roast.World database to let you know that we will be moving https://roast.world to the new server, and that you will need to upgrade to RoasTime 3 in order to continue to use Roast.World.
 

What you need to know


Here are some things you need to know before making the move:
  1. If you don't use Roast Recipes, getting started is as easy as Downloading RoasTime 3 and heading to https://beta.roast.world, which will automatically switch over to https://roast.world when the server move is complete!

  2. There are some extra steps involved in upgrading to RoasTime 3 if you make use of Roast Recipes. A new feature of RoasTime 3 is that it can sync recipes as well as roast profiles, but in order to sync your old recipes, you will first need to download the latest version of RoasTime 2 (2.5.7) to create a backup of your recipes before you move them over to RoasTime 3, otherwise you may lose those recipes forever. (Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy, and we provide detailed instructions in the "Important Links" below.)

  3. After the update, the old Roast.World will be moved to https://legacy.roast.world, before we take it down completely early next year. But your old roasts will still be there when you log in to the new Roast.World (you can use your old log-in info), so there will be no need to use legacy.roast.world after the move.

  4. Even after the move, RoasTime 2 should continue to sync with the old Roast.World @ legacy.roast.world. This will give users an additional few weeks buffer time between the server moves, but this situation will not be permanent,because we will not maintain the old servers. So we strongly recommend you begin using RoasTime 3 as soon as possible.

  5. The new RoasTime 3 will not sync with previous versions of Roast.World, which means any roasts you do using RoasTime 3 will only appear on the new Roast.World

Important Links for Upgrading:

How to Upgrade from RoasTime 2 to RoasTime 3 (Only for users who wish to move their RoasTime 2 recipes to RoasTime 3)

Getting Ready to Use RoasTime 3 and Roast.World (For those who aren't so familiar with the software, this includes information about how to install RT3, and how to create your first bean in Roast.World)

Your First Roast, Step-by-Step (Guides users through their first real roast using RT3 with Roast.World)



*** If you have any questions or concerns please contact your local distributor, or if you purchased direct from us, please contact our support team @ support@aillio.com

So What's Different?

Roast.World looks very different now, but the menu sidebar should be very familiar. And at first glance, RoasTime 3 looks almost identical to RoasTime 2. But there have been some  substantial changes made to both for greater flexibility, stability, and speed.

In the case of Roast.World, this meant ditching the old architecture for one that is more modern, building it again from the ground-up, resulting in a snappier and more aesthetically pleasing website all around.

As for RoasTime 3, it has been winning rave reviews from our users. Here is a geeky breakdown of the major changes written by our main coder, Matthew:
 

USB Library

This is the piece of code that actually communicates with the Aillio roasters. In previous versions, this was dependent on the main thread. We now open a completely new thread that is independent and decoupled from the renderer and main background processes. This means that any issue from each process will not interfere with one another.

While doing this, we also took the time to re-write the underlying library. We hope that these changes will help solve some of the USB issues we have had in the past.

Graphing Library

Along with the USB library, RoasTime ships with a new graphing library. We had a few customers that would face intermittent issues with freezing graphs or misalignment, our new library should solve many of this issues and perform better.

New Datastore and Sync Service

In line with the RoastWorld update, we also had to migrate our data store. The syncing service is completely re-hauled to support our new backend and connection with RW. There are a lot of stability improvements made here.

UI and Renderer Improvements

The UI improvements are subtle, but they are backed by a LARGE re-write of our renderer. Due to our new framework, we are able to release new features more quickly.

New Features


In addition to the above "under the hood" improvements, some new functionality has also been added.


New Settings:
After you sign on to RoasTime 3 for the first time, click on the settings icon in the lower left. There you will find two new options:

Primary Measure (IBTS vs Bean Probe): For now, this setting only relates to the marking of milestones within your profiles. For example, whether first crack is marked on the IBTS or bean probe curve.

Bean Predict: When enabled, RT3 will help you predict your curve based off RoR data from the bean probe. Some roasters find this feature very useful.


New Bean Manager: On the left sidebar you'll see a new Bean Icon. Click it and you will be taken to the new bean management screen. Although this remains a work in progress, it is now possible to quickly search a known vendor for a specific bean, or to force a sync with the Roast.World servers.
 

Some things need a little more work!


We've been manually consolidating the duplicate vendor entries from our users and are nearly done, but Sweet Maria's has so many (surprise!) that we will need a bit more time to finish. We hope to have this done before the new year.

The same can be said for the Roast Analyzer, the first incarnation of which is very nearly done. And even after it goes live on the site, we will continue to add new functionality to it.

Next steps? New stuff! Matthew is particularly interested in beginning work on ML (machine learning).
 

Merry Christmas!

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Pssssst. This may seem a bit non-sequitur, buried as it is at the end of this very important newsletter. But I need your help here. Every year, we have small office afternoon Christmas party, which includes a little competition for best mulled wine. Last year, the damn shipping guy won by spiking his with Madeira wine -- clever guy, this one -- and I can't let him repeat as champion. I reckon some of you coffee people have a thing or two to say about mulled wine. So, in order to restore balance to the force, please email your favorite tips to outreach@aillio.com

Thanks! And keep drinking great coffee!
 
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