For detailed information about each version, please see the Release Notes.
For download instructions, please contact us.

26th January 2018

ESL 17.20 for Windows is now available for release.

6th July 2017

ESL 17.10 for Windows is now available for release.
  1. EslFonts.fon has been superseded by new true-type fonts.
  2. The table control can now be monitored by automated testing tools.
  3. Other enhancements and bug fixes.

16th June 2017

We've increased the scope of ESL 17.10 for Windows which means that the release has slipped to June. It is in the final stages of regression testing and will be available for release soon.

5th April 2017

ESL 17.10 for Windows is currently being regression tested and will be available for release in May. We'll publish the Release Notes soon.

13th October 2016

ESL 16.20 for Windows is now available for release.
  1. Performance improvements for the ODBC version of the SQL Local App.
  2. Enhancements to EslEdit
  3. Addition of a new sample: "EslArt"
  4. Other bug fixes.

21st June 2016

ESL 16.10 for Windows is now available for release.
  1. An ODBC version of the SQL Local Application Executable allows any ODBC compliant DBMS to be accessed from ESL.
  2. Enhancements to EslEdit

12th May 2016

ESL 16.10 for Windows is currently being regression tested and will be available for release in June.

1st March 2016

We have started work on ESL 16.10 and this should be available for release later in the spring.

The main enhancement will be a new ODBC local application that will work across multiple versions of our major databases.

If you have an urgent need for this and might be interested in beta testing, please contact the help desk.

30th November 2015

ESL 15.20 for Windows is now available for release.
  1. EslEdit has been enhanced and helps you write ESL programs even more quickly.
  2. A new remote communication library "socket" has been added. This can be used instead of "serial", which removes the need for additional hardware or a third-party virtual serial port package.

15th October 2015

We have updated our web documentation and made it available for tablets and iPhones.
Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

30th June 2015

ESL 15.10 for Windows is now available for release.

12th November 2014

ESL 14.20 for Windows is now available for release.

We have added some more tracing/logging options and have revised the calling conventions to optimise the support for COBOL libraries.

4th June 2014

ESL 14.10 for Windows is now available for release.

2nd October 2013

ESL 13.20 for Windows is now available for release.

28th August 2013

ESL 13.20 for Windows is currently being regression tested and will be available for release in September.

15th April 2013

ESL 13.10 for Windows is now available for release.

As Microsoft is dropping support for Visual Studio 6 (VS6) we have introduced a version of ESL built using VS10 and by default we will supply the version built using this. If your ESL Application uses any of your own dynamic link libraries (.dlls) that access any ESL functions in ESLLIB, then these libraries must be re-linked to ensure that the correct calling conventions are used.

We will continue to support ESL built using VS6 as long as we have a demand for it and both versions will be kept in step wherever possible. Where there are platform differences, such as later versions of system calls, we will use the newer versions in VS10 and the older version in VS6.

25th October 2012

ESL 12.20 for Windows VS6 & VS8 is now available for release and has been tested against a pre-release version of Windows 8.

If you intend to use the full-screen mode offered by ESL then you will appreciate that this is also the first release of ESL that fully supports “Popup Menus”. This is significant as the dropdown menus are unavailable when using full-screen mode.

26th June 2012

ESL 12.10 for Windows VS6 & VS8 is now available for release.

In addition to a number of fixes and improvements, we've added some documentation in the release notes for OSUTIL under the "General Information" section and we now have an ESL language Quick Reference Guide.

15th March 2012

We've upgraded our ftp server and increased password complexity to improve security. If you need to access our site, please contact us for your new credentials.

10th March 2012

We've refreshed all of our documentation and made it available directly from our web page.

11th October 2011

ESL 11.20 for Windows VS6 & VS8 is now available for release.

We've made a number of significant improvements to Esl Edit. We'd like to think that this would be your preferred development tool for ESL programs so please do let us know if you think it is missing functionality in any way.

22nd June 2011

ESL 11.10 for Windows VS6 & VS8 is now available for release.

15th February 2011

ESL 10.20 for Windows VS8 is now available for release.

2nd February 2011

ESL 10.20 for Windows VS6 is now available and VS8 is now undergoing final testing and will soon be available for release.
Please see below for further information.

4th January 2011

ESL 10.20 for Windows is now undergoing final testing and will soon be available for release.
It is being tested on the following versions of Windows;
  1. Windows 7 (32bit)
  2. Windows 7 (64bit)
  3. Windows Server 2008 (32bit)
  4. Windows Server 2008 (64bit)
  5. Windows Server 2003 (32bit)
  6. Windows Vista Business SP2 (32bit)
  7. Windows XP professional SP3 (32bit)
The simple text editor that was previous released has been considerably enhanced to create a multi-window development environment.
Esl Edit parses your source code, providing direct access to:
  1. Action routines
  2. Subroutines
  3. Included files and
  4. Functions
Esl Edit also parses error logs, and locate the reported error by loading the associated application source code.
Together with the enhanced editing facilities, the Programmer can invoke the common Esl Development tools:
  1. Compiler
  2. Layout Editor
  3. QuikStep Debugger and
  4. The Esl Runtime
Esl Edit has been written in the Esl Language using only the libraries and modules that are available to all Developers. We encourage you to contact the Help Desk, to suggest possible enhancements and to obtain the latest pre-release versions of ESL Edit to trial.

29th June 2010

ESL 10.10 for Windows is now available and has been tested with the following versions of Windows;
  1. Windows 7 (32bit)
  2. Windows 7 (64bit)
  3. Windows Server 2008 (32bit)
  4. Windows Server 2008 (64bit)
  5. Windows Server 2003 (32bit)
  6. Windows Vista Business SP2 (32bit)
  7. Windows XP professional SP3 (32bit)
We have included some bug fixes and "ESL Edit" an alternative to Windows Notepad. Please do let us know if you would like any additional features.

30th March 2010

ESL 10.10 for Windows is undergoing final testing with the following versions of Windows;
  1. Windows 7 (32bit)
  2. Windows 7 (64bit)
  3. Windows Server 2008 (32bit)
  4. Windows Server 2008 (64bit)
  5. Windows Server 2003 (32bit)
  6. Windows Vista Business SP2 (32bit)
  7. Windows XP professional SP3 (32bit)
and will be available for download soon.

24th November 2009

ESL 9.20 for Windows is currently available and has been tested with the following versions of Windows;
  1. Windows 7 (32bit)
  2. Windows 7 (64bit)
  3. Windows Server 2008 (32bit)
  4. Windows Server 2008 (64bit)
  5. Windows Server 2003 (32bit)
  6. Windows Vista Business SP2 (32bit)
  7. Windows XP professional SP3 (32bit)
We have included some new development tools and have extended the OSUtil and FileIO functions. Please do let us know if you would like any additional features.

1st September 2009

ESL 9.11 for Windows XP & Vista & Server 2003 & 2008 is now available.

Following a question from a Client regarding support for the 64bit Operating Systems, we are pleased to announce that ESL has been fully regression tested on Windows Server 2008 64bit. We are pleased to confirm that there are no problems and we will provide full support for this platform.

We are currently testing on XP 64bit and the pre-release version of Windows 7 64bit.

Please contact the ESL Help Desk if your company is planning to migrate your ESL applications to any of the other Windows 64bit platforms.

11th March 2009

ESL 9.10 for Windows XP & Vista & Server 2003 & 2008 is now available.

In response to a request from some of our users, we have performed a full regression test of ESL on Windows Server 2003.
We are pleased to confirm there are no problems and we will provide full support for this platform.

8th December 2008

Calling .NET from ESL
Following a successful customer trial, we are pleased to announce that ESL can communicate with .NET functions.
Since the introduction of Microsoft’s .NET a number of Customers have asked whether an interface could be provided to access the features of this managed code environment.
With the introduction of the COM Interoperation facility within the C# language, this interface is possible. The “COM Interop” assembly directive tells the assembler to create a Runtime Callable Wrapper (RCW), this is essential to marshal data between to unmanaged native machine code, generated from a compiler, and managed code of .NET. Using a C++ wrapper to convert string parameters and locate the entry points, ESL can access any interface routine defined within the C# application. As the .NET-managed environment is language neutral, it is possible to access any routine regardless to the language used to create the function.

28th July 2008

ESL 8.20 for Windows Vista & Server 2008 is available now.
In addition to fixing a few errors we have upgraded the DB2 support to 9.5.
Server 2008 seems to perform quite well so we anticpate a number of our customers switching to this before long.
Please let us know how you get on.
As usual, please notify the help desk if you would like a copy and we'll make it available on your ESL ftp site.

3rd December 2007

ESL 8.00 for Windows Vista is now available. This is functionally equivalent to 7.02 - but in addition to the version built using Visual Studio 6 is now available as a version built using Visual Studio 8. We will continue to support ESL using Visual Studio 6 as long as we have a demand for it. Wherever possible, both versions will be kept in step. As usual, please notify the help desk if you would like a copy and we'll make it available on your ESL ftp site.

14th August 2007

We have finished testing ESL 7.02 for Windows Vista. We had to make a few changes to parameter files and registry entries, but we think that it is now working pretty well. As usual, please notify the help desk if you would like a copy and we'll make it available on your ESL ftp site.

12th March 2007

ESL 7.01 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract.  It can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

9th October 2006

ESL 5.60 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract.  It can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

28th September 2006

We have revised and updated all of our documentation. This will be included in the next release and is also accessible and available for download from this web site.

2nd June 2006

ESL 5.52 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract.  It can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

30th November 2005

We are updating our site layout and security. Please contact us if you have problems accessing the online documentation or FAQs.

23rd October 2005

ESL 5.51 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract and can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

We have modified the installation procedure and now request a product key to be entered the first time that the compiler is used, rather than during the installation - and the installation files are now in a single ".exe".

14th February 2005

ESL 5.50 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract and can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

The features of this release include a number of fixes and enhancements to ESLPR and ESLWeb.

The local application ESLPR now supports:
  1. Fixed and variable pitched fonts
  2. Multiple copies through select printer dialog
  3. Embedded spaces in file and printer names without need for quotes
  4. Top and left margins
  5. Optional form feed at end of passthrough printing
  6. Line feed without carriage return to support OS/2 style print file

Please see Readme.txt in .../Samples/ESLPR for more details.

Enhancement to ESLWEB

Following discussions with interested ESL developers, we have continued to develop the ESLWEB facilities, which allows ESL applications to communicate with WEB Servers using the IP protocol. The new features are:
  1. Support for secure socket layer via the HTTPS protocol.
  2. New function, "HTTPPostWithHdr" to allow customize headers to be sent.

4th January 2005

Error in Date Module

We would like to draw your attention to an error found in the “DATE” module which effects dates from the 1st January 2005.

If your ESL applications use either routine, "Date_AddDays" or “Date_Julian_Out”, you will find the results are 1 day less than expected.

All customers with a current support agreement can download a new version of the “DATE” module from here. Once downloaded the “DATE.PRI” file must be extracted to the “modules” directory of the ESL development installation and all affected applications re-compiled.

4th October 2004

ESL 5.46 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract and can be downloaded or delivered on CD. The features of this release include native ESL support for;
  1. Mouse wheel support
  2. Access to EBCDIC files
Please see the readme for more details.

5th April 2004

ESL 5.45 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract and can be downloaded or delivered on CD. The features of this release include native ESL support for;
  1. Enhanced graphics handling including jpegs & gifs
  2. FTP uploads & downloads
  3. MAPI support to provide email with attachments

14th October 2003

ESL 5.44 for Windows XP is now available to our customers with a support contract and can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

15th September 2003

Thanks very much to everyone who took time to participate in our questionnaire.

5th July 2003

A New release of ESL 5.43 is now available.

6th March 2003

ESL 5.43 for Windows XP is available to our customers with a support contract and can be downloaded or delivered on CD.

This release contains some bug fixes and includes support for UDB DB2 version 8.1 and Sybase version 12.5.

21st October 2002

ESL 5.42 for Windows XP is released.

18th October 2002

ESL Syndetic acquired the rights to the ESL software from TC Group with effect from 1st October 2002. ESL Syndetic has been formed by the team that have supported ESL since 1999.

We are now completely focused on supporting and developing ESL and we will endeavour to further improve both the product and the support that we provide to our customers.

1999

TC Group acquired ESL from Ardent Software and created an ESL business within the group.

1998

TC Group took over the role of supporting ESL following the acquisition of VMark’s product range by Ardent Software.

1994

The extensive range of product offerings was united under the family name: the ESL Technology Family. In 1994 ‘Easel Corporation’ was acquired by VMark software, which continued to improve and develop ESL, culminating in the release of ESL 5, a 32 bit version of the Windows product.

1993

The re-named ‘Easel Corporation’ launched the Windows and Presentation Manager versions of their EASEL package.

Interactive Images introduced a major breakthrough in Graphical User Interface (GUI) technology: the event-driven EASEL application development language.