Additional features for DMP Guru instances

DMP Guru has one fundamental promise. No lock-in. Customers can download their database backups, install Django Music Publisher themselves, restore the database from the backup. And continue using Django Music Publisher with no significant differences.

Differences between classic installations of Django Music Publisher and those on DMP Guru are unavoidable, as the deployment method is quite different, but also because I chose to include some additional features that I do offer as free online services, but am not willing to make the code open source.

Settings in the control panel

DMP Guru’s control panel is used for registration, setting and changing application settings, payments and invoices, etc. All configuration settings are set based on society affiliations. For example, if PRS/MCPS combination is chosen, then the society-assigned agreement numbers are required, if SIAE is chosen, they are not.

With vanilla instances of Django Music Publisher, one has to create the local_settings.py with settings that have the same result.

Single “normal” user

Django Music Publisher is a typical Django project and/or app. Usually, one creates a superuser in the console, who then manages users in the app. To simplify this, two permission groups are available through a fixture.

DMP Guru creates a single user for every DMP instance, who is not a superuser, but assigned to one of the two permission groups. Also, this user has no password set, as the password is stored in the control panel. If the support option is chosen, then another user with read-only permission is created for the staff of DMP Guru. This tightens the security, as the database backup holds no passwords, even hashed ones.

If a customer is moving away, they basically have to, as the last step, either set a password for this user or create a superuser. The only difference will be that passwords are now changed in the app itself.

CWR Syntax Highlighting

CWR Syntax Highlighting is one of the free online tools I provide. The web version is free, the API version is not. It comes bundled with other tools or as a bonus feature with some custom code. It is available to DMP Guru customers, but not in a vanilla Django Music Publisher.

Without it, one can still create, download and preview created CWR files. But with no syntax highlighting. One can work normally without it, and if this feature required, it is still available for free, but it is not integrated.

Please note that CWR syntax highlighting is not available for the acknowledgement files. In this case, having it in DMP Guru and not in the vanilla versions, would make a large difference when moving away. So, I chose not to include it.

Additional Export Formats

Additional export formats may be available to DMP Guru subscribers, unavailable in the open source version. These formats are custom formats requested by subscribers, not the generally used ones.