Paul Usher is a Microsoft MVP and the Australian Technical Evangelist for Developer Express (www.devexpress.com), sharing with developers the powerful toolsets allowing rapid development across all mainstream technologies.

In his spare time, Paul also authors videos for WintellectNOW.


From humble beginnings at the ripe old age of 8, Paul discovered that by interrupting the loading of games on his ZX Spectrum 48k computer you could actually get in to the source and make a myriad of changes 🙂 (read, unlimited lives, names, high score tables)

Next came the Commodore Amiga, this opened up a whole new world. Video titling, programming with AMOS, coupled with the Datel Electronics Action Replay, nothing was safe.

Ironically, the next move was to programming the Psion range of organisers, (series II and series 3) which was designed and developed by Psion who started out writing software that was used on the Spectrum – this included games such as Scrabble (side note: UXB was a great scoring word that was allowed back then!).

Showing a keen passion for mobile devices, Paul (aged 17) was taken to Australia to head up the service centre for Psitech, the distributor of Psion in Australasia. One of the distributors introduced Paul to Visual Basic 1.0 and he started writing code for the early adopters of Microsoft Windows. The first error message encountered was “unable to find vbrun100.dll” when trying to show the boss at the time a cool new app.

Over the years, many operating systems have come and gone. In fact a number of development environments have too. One thing that remained a constant was Paul’s ability to identify the problem, and then design a solution. The adage states; a problem well stated is a problem half solved.

Paul was also a feature author in “Wake Up, Live the life you love: Living in the Now” (view here)

To date a wide variety of solutions have been developed for different markets, these include;
– (1990) Storage Calc – custom storage calculation system for British Telecom
– (1991) Psion Series II to Series III conversion of custom software for Real Time Developments
– (1992) EquiVet – a mobile billing and drugs tracking system for an Equine Vet
– (1993) GolfPOS – touch screen point of sale for golf shop and green fee tracking
– (1994) PlantPOS – touch screen point of sale, stock control and accounts system for Plant Nursery
– (1994) PPS – Simple PPS for builder to track wages for his contractors
– (1994) PMS – CRM style system for marketing company
– (1995) Cruzin’ Bugz – conversion of board game to Windows forms game
– (1996) Accounts tracking system for builder
– (1995) RATS (Random Alcohol Test Selection) Gordonstone Mining Corporation
– (1996) PeachPay
– (1996) PeachPOS
– (1996) PeachPay PNG – Papua New Guinea payroll
– (1996) NGE Crm – CRM custom add on for New Guinea Electrical
– (1996) Bozzo Quote – Modular based CRM and quoting system for Morse Computers / Bozzo Brown
– (1997) Gantt Master/Quick Project/Buildsoft Schedule
– (1997) Tight Reign (now Tight Rein)
– (1997) PayTime
– (1997) Buildsoft Utilities
– (1998) Manufacturing add-on for Facet Manufacturing Jewellery
– (1998) Serial Tracker
– (1998) CRS – Custom Reporting System for Sage 50
– (1999) Naskam Security Windows Mobile Tracking System
– (2000) Isaac – CRM system
– (2000) Exonet add on applications for Vision Information Systems
– (2002-2009) Integra – CRM, Estimating, Scheduling, Accounting, Web Reporting for Building Industry
– (2001) Keep It Real : time tracking and planning tool
– (2001) GrowMe – personal growth accountability tool
– (2010) Tight Rein 12 – MYOB integration
– (2011) Adept Serial Tracker SQL (Sage 50)
– (2011) AdeptPOS (Sage 50)
– (2011) Custom Sage 50 app : PJ Meats
– (2012) Custom Sage 50 app : SOP (ARZ)

:: iOS
– TechLife CIS 1.0
– TechLife CIS 1.4
– TechLife CIS Matrix
– Colour Story – 77 Strategies Collection (4+ apps)
– Coochie Hydrogreen Franchise Management System
– eVi – Buildsoft Estimate Viewer
– Food Counter – Weight Watchers points calculator
– iDeliver : delivery driver integration for Sage 50
– iMovePAD : custom photo viewer and ordering system
– insQuote : quoting, photo capture and floor plan designer
– inCheck : quality assurance photo application
– Set Professional / Key Elements
– jTrac
– ManadPlus (framework only)
– Serials
– Stenhouse Lifting Audit System
– In The Field : iPad add-on for Business Craft

Current OS/Technologies Supported:
– Mac OS X
– Windows 10
– iOS 10
– Windows Mobile
– Android
– SQL Server
– SQLite
– Sharepoint
– Project, Project Server

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