September 2017 Oak Brook, IL

Today, software tool developer michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) announces an overhaul to m-Painter, the WYSIWYG editor built into m-Power. m-Power is a web application development platform that businesses use across their organizations to create web applications such as report-writing, Business Intelligence, executive dashboards, e-commerce, customer portals, and mobile applications to name a few.

m-Painter overview

An integral part of m-Power, m-Painter is an open-source WYSIWYG text editor that lets users customize the look and feel of their web applications without any knowledge of HTML, CSS, or javascript. m-Painter lets users improve their applications in a number of ways, such as:

  • Easily add maps, graphs, charts, images, hover boxes, etc...
  • Embed other applications within an application to create CRM apps, order entry apps, dashboards, or other complex applications.
  • Add AJAX helpers, like calendar popups, lookup windows, or dynamic dropdown lists.
  • Easily create drill-downs to other applications
  • Much more...

m-Painter's new features

In an effort to further simplify the application development process, mrc recently overhauled m-Painter. The newly rebuilt m-Painter brings many notable improvements, such as:

  • Improved interface simplifies development
    m-Painter’s redesigned interface improves usability with a more intuitive layout and a modern look and feel (See screenshot below).

  • m-Painter
    Screenshot of m-Painter's new look

  • New features speed up development
    m-Painter now includes some new features that improve layout control, form building, and development speed, such as:
    • Quick Lists: This new feature lets users create option lists, ajax lookups, return data lookups, and key/value lookups using database tables or static data.
    • Integrated source mode: While m-Painter lets users enhance their applications without any coding, it also lets the more technical users access and edit the underlying source code. The new version of m-Painter simplifies this task, with a new, integrated source code editor.
    • Font Awesome Integration: m-Painter now includes a new dialog that lets developers search through the Font Awesome Icon pack and insert them into applications.

  • Option List Window
    Screenshot of m-Painter’s new "Quick List" feature

  • New "Grid Mode" offers more control
    A new layout option, users can toggle "grid mode" to see page structure and have more control over application layout. This editing mode lets users easily add rows, content, and buttons into their applications.

"This enhancement is a major improvement on several levels," says Tyler Wassell, mrc's Director of Software Development. "Not only does it simplify application development, it also brings some powerful new features that m-Power users of all skill levels are sure to love."


For additional information contact mrc via phone at 630.916.0662; via fax at 630.916.0663; via e-mail at

About mrc

mrc's development tool suite, m-Power, is used to create business applications and can run on any database or platform that supports Java (e.g. OS/400, Linux, Unix, and Windows). m-Power is used to create an endless variety of business web applications such as: Mobile apps, Web reports, dashboards, eCommerce apps, business intelligence, and more.

mrc was a recipient of the Apex Award for application development, is a long-time IBM Business Partner, and has been producing award-winning development software since 1981.

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