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Team Logo

posted Nov 4, 2013, 2:57 PM by Michael Coyle   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 2:57 PM ]

I got some feedback a while back from a user who answer the question here so everyone can read
  1. Suggestion: Add team logo to poster.
    This is easy, it's a feature in the software that just isn't documented

    Choose the configuration button on the far right of the toolbar, and this window pops up
    Fill in your details, and this information becomes the default for every poster.


    Once added this logo and the information will be added to the footer of the Missing Person poster

New Release 1.13.1030

posted Oct 30, 2013, 3:57 PM by Michael Coyle

We've created a new release of Missing Poster to deal with some issues reported by one of our users, Comox Valley Ground SAR.

Updates:
  • Legal report template
  • Larger font for poster title
  • fixed a bug in the selection of the missing person's sex
  • small layout tweaks
  • Incrementing revision
  • Revision printed on reports
  • Document tracks software version
  • New document history section displays
    • revision
    • created date, modified date
    • created by, modified by
Missing person is now available for download!

Used on a live search

posted Apr 24, 2013, 10:19 AM by Michael Coyle

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue (GVGSAR) reported that they used the Missing Poster tool on a live search the other day. 

They reported 
We used Missing Poster during a recent search effort. Received a emailed picture of our subject from the family, put it into the software, entered the relevant information and hit print. Copies were handed out to RCMP and the media in 5 minutes. Our subject was eventually located alive and well. Thanks to Mike and Blue Toque for an excellent tool.

We're very pleased to see the tool being useful on a search, that's exactly what it was originally designed for!

New Release

posted Feb 13, 2013, 9:29 PM by Michael Coyle

A bug in version 1.0.1 has been fixed and a new release is available for download,

The bug was improperly centred images in the wanted posters.
Images should now be centred in the poster regardless of image size or poster size.

Portable version

posted Feb 13, 2013, 3:33 PM by Michael Coyle

In conjunction with the creation of this web site we created the portable version of Missing Poster.

The portable version can be downloaded and unzipped to a portable hard drive, or USB "thumb" drive and run from there.
This gives you the ability to take MissingPoster with you and run it from any PC that has .NET installed, and most will.

Welcome to the site

posted Feb 13, 2013, 1:27 PM by Michael Coyle   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 1:27 PM ]

I developed the missing poster tool in August 2012 as the direct result of a large search for two missing people. As a veteran Search and Rescue volunteer, I've been intimately involved with missing persons cases for many years, often in the early hours of when the subject disappeared. As a member of a SAR team I've created these posters based on photographs that family and friends have given us, and sometimes just a quick snapshot of the driver's license.

In these stressful and busy hours of the initial search it is critically important to get the information on a missing person out to the public, and in urban searches the public are the best chance of finding the subject.

Watching SAR volunteers and other professionals struggle through editing an image and printing a poster made me think that there should be a better way. There are Microsoft Word templates designed for this, as there are enterprise systems, but these two solutions are often beyond the access and ability of a front line SAR worker.

The MissingPoster tool fills in the gap and provides a simple way to gather the information, prompting the user for the pertinent details, and allowing them to generate the poster in a variety of formats suitable for distribution by Social Media, email and in print.

MissingPerson is free to use, modify and distribute under the terms of it's license, and no money can be charged for it. 

I've created this web site to support the tool, document it and provide information on its further development.

I really do hope you find it useful, and if you do please contact me and let me know

If you have suggestions on how to improve it, or want to assist me in developing new features, do not hesitate to get in touch.

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