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Mistral Associates - News April 2022

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Back in 1984, thirty eight years ago, when the urgent need for intelligent, logical and intuitive 'Expert System' software for our industry became blindingly apparent, Mistral was formed by a small group of industry peers to meet that need.

Mistral's 'Mission Statement' at that time, now described as 'Mistral's Commitment', to use a much hackneyed expression but nonetheless still as relevant today as it was then, is:-

"Bringing the benefits of computerisation to our industry - without the historically associated problems."

What was not immediately apparent then, not even to the founding partners, was just how vast that objective would turn out to be. Saying "Heat load calculation." Takes but a second. However it took another five years intensive research, input and effort, more often than not totally unpaid, before the founders were satisfied they had a viable, safe and marketable software product. No one can deny it was an instant success. The fact that more engineering professionals across the entire globe rely upon Mistral's RAC Application Engineering systems than all other systems since offered (and disappeared!) than any other, even when all others are added together, is testament to that!

However, complacency is not a state of mind that exists amongst Mistral's highly qualified and experienced team members. Many of whom have been part of that team from the very beginning. All past our 'use by date' as is gleefully bandied around our offices.

As founding Director I cannot recall one single day, 365 days of the year, vacations or not (usually not!), when someone, somewhere in Mistral's team hasn't been working around the clock improving something or adding something so as to make our friends in our industry's lives that little bit better. Not one, single, day!

If you've got this far then maybe you are wondering what it is we are about to say. Thank you for waiting patiently!

Mistral's programs are so vast they often practically run themselves. Frequently doing so in seconds, completing tasks with razor sharp accuracy that used to take seasoned RAC engineers hours, or even days, of repetitively boring but essential number crunching work. Many features, functions and capabilities though are missed or go unnoticed. Particularly those features that are rarely needed. Mistral are therefore addressing that situation. Simply by enhancing the existing focused, multi-thousand page Help system, the automated cue card advice system and last but not least the essential 'dynamic, Error Trapping' systems.

Just because an experienced engineer can do it manually, with tables and a calculator, does not mean they wish to spend hundreds of times more of that amount of time doing it!

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From April users will see simple, plain language automatic hints which relate to whatever or wherever they are in a Mistral program at that time. In whatever language the user has chosen for their current session. Not in the form of drop down forms that annoyingly require closing just so as to continue, as happens in so much appallingly badly produced software, and particularly in web pages, today.

Even 38 years later, sadly still so few software developers can even scratch the surface of Mistral's achievement in producing easy to use, intuitive, fast and totally reliable software!

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Cost to Mistral of creating 120 new, multi-lingual, program cue cards. Coding, compiling, proving, incorporating and uploading to servers: 620 Euros.

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