Will try it tomorrow very good for the update season. Why RM could not have done this I wonder. The market seem to be solving the problems what about a open source CC4 now that would be good.
First it is part of cc4 as in cc4 the rmmc has gone through major redesign includes this and more...
As for 'opensource cc3' you not first person to think of it heck there was even a project on sourceforge. But problem like lot of these projects unless you got some near fulltime developer aka people developing this as part of there day job they die a death.
What you have got to remember is everyone including RM went through major learning curve as it was change from nt to windows 2000 when they released cc3.
One of the issues RM had was lack of updates to RMMC interface and think in hindsight they would say the same.
But this came in time when RM was going through major upheaval and for some very good reasons projects like that had to be put on back burner.
By time RM had got some on internal stuff sorted. People like Kevin and various others had come along with projects to address the need.
So common sense approach was to say ok we can't play catchup with cc3 so lets log everything people have said about rmmc and other areas and implement it in CC4.
However i think the real reason people do not carry on developing applications like this one is a financial one. The one i posted up here was basically a days worth of work and it did what i needed to help me with my package roll out. I could obviously go on and develop this into a management console replacement by adding some AD front end stuff which is all the Management console really is but what would be the incentive.
I think a lot of these apps develop to fix a specific problem and that is the incetive however once that has been fulfilled there is nothing to drive further development.
To be honest i'm late to the party and if i had written this 3 years ago it might have been worth while doing a complete management console replacement but now i think most people will move across to CC4
I got on the bandwagen early and released PackMan around July 2006. The only thing i'd liked to have added was AD capabilities, but as was mentioned in a previous post, developing these kind of tools to fully-blown software solutions isn't really worthwhile with CC4 just around the corner, although the one I worked on has come along way since last year.