To create our management system we will use, as already mentioned, the version of Nios4 for Windows as it is currently the most complete.
However, while I'm writing this guide, programmers are busy implementing customization commands for Web and OSX versions, so depending on when you read these lines, the following examples may already apply to other operating systems.
What we create together can also be exported through the cloud or by installing packages on all your devices.
First go to www.nios4.com and download the latest setup of the program, launch it and follow the installation wizard.
At this point the first initialization procedure will be presented, which is necessary to set up the user and create the first database.
D-One account creation
During the initialization phase, the screen for entering your D-One account will appear. You can also use the program anonymously; this will ensure that it must not connect to the cloud network but work locally only.
To access your cloud databases, you need to enter your credentials. Once validated, if the program finds valid clouds it will switch to the login screen. If you do not have a cloud database, or you have just created your account, the system will switch to the selection of the database to be created. Nios4 cannot work without at least one starting database.
Database model selection
Even if, in the following chapters, we will create a database from scratch, to access Nios4 you still need a starting one. We will create it just to be able to access it. Once we have created our database, we won't use it anymore.
The online templates are a collection of preconfigured databases offered directly by D-One. They allow to be already operational and can be used as a starting point to be modified and adapted to your needs. The template range from small data management to the administration of an entire company.
The selectable database templates are already filtered by language and, if necessary, by currency.
After selecting the template, the program will create the new database. Depending on the type chosen, additional configuration screens may appear, such as the window to enter company data or set the number of counters in the database and any calculation constants.
These screens can be skipped via the appropriate link and the data can always be edited in the Options menu.
Once everything has been correctly configured, the program will display the login and database access screen.
In the upper left part under the logo, there are links to download or access other versions of the program. Just below is the database selection, username and password.
If anonymous access is chosen at the first installation, the program will automatically create an administrator user to log in. The access data are username: admin and password: admin.
In case the database is cloud type you will need to enter the D-One access credentials created previously. Remember that the database access user does not necessarily match the D-One account data. Since during the first installation the D-One account and the database were created simultaneously, the access data will be practically always the same, but special cases may arise that would differentiate the two accounts.
Each time you open the program, it will always offer you the last database you had access to. Normally the program uses the access files as a database and when you log in it will check that they are accessible. However, if one of the files is not accessible, it will not be displayed in the drop-down list and the first accessible file will be selected.
As previously stated, Nios4 must always have at least one database connected in order to work properly.
In case the selected database is cloud type and has never been opened, the program will automatically launch synchronization to recover the data and save it in the local copy.
Now we are ready to access the program and proceed to create our database.