HireTrack Eclipse 2.4

INTRODUCTION

Navigator Systems are pleased to announce the release of HireTrack Eclipse version 2.4. What follows is a brief listing of what's new, what's changed, and what's fixed. The documents that explain how to perform the upgrade and how to get the upgrade files can be viewed at the following addresses:

CONTENTS

A.  WINDOWS VISTA & 64-bit. COMPATIBILITY
B. GENERAL NEW FEATURES & ENHANCEMENTS
C. BARCODE SCANNING - MC50/70 SUPPORT
D. REPORTING

E. MULTI-SITE CHANGES

F. DATABASE CHANGES
G. CHANGES TO ANCILLARY APPLICATIONS
H. MINOR ENHANCEMENTS & BUG FIXES

A.  WINDOWS VISTA & 64-bit. COMPATIBILITY [top]

Getting HireTrack Eclipse to run under Vista and 64 bit incarnations of Windows (including the XP edition) has has been a major part of the development cycle for version 2.4. In this respect we are very much ahead of the game compared to many other software products in the market place at the time of release (June 2007). By ensuring that Eclipse is fully Vista and 64 bit Windows compatible we have secured the future for product for many years to come.*

  1. Aero graphics, including Glass effects. Eclipse is now able to adopt all the new Vista themes and looks wherever Microsoft permit this. One limitation is with MDI child forms which Microsoft do not allow display Aero Glass effect's.
  2. Task Dialogs - these replace the old fashioned message dialogs. Task Dialogs in Vista can incorporate greater functionality and set new standards in providing users with intuitive feedback in applications.
  3. Token - users of the new generation 64-bit machines and operating systems can now upgrade to a new style (Copy Minder) token for Eclipse that does away with any dependency on 16-bit processes that are no longer supported on 64 bit Windows. Contact support@navigator.co.uk if you need a 64-bit compatible token.

    NOTE: Eclipse 2.4 does not require you to upgrade to a Copy Minder token.
  4. Windows Shell / File control - In accordance with new standards for writing files to local drives, Eclipse now outputs all initialisation files, log files etc to the following path:   %PUBLIC_SHARED%\NAVIGATOR SYSTEMS\HIRETRACK ECLIPSE\WORKSTATION
  5. Installation - the new Copy Minder token relies on a standalone application/service running on the server to manage the concurrent licensing in Eclipse. As such, the installation of the server part of the Eclipse installation must take place on the server itself. Also, in order to assist with the management of data files and the configuration of the BDE Administrator on workstations, the installer automatically creates the following folder structure for you:

    [DRIVE\:ROOT FOLDER]\HireTrack Eclipse Shared
    [DRIVE\:ROOT FOLDER]\HireTrack Eclipse Shared\Company1
    [DRIVE\:ROOT FOLDER]\HireTrack Eclipse Shared\Token
    [DRIVE\:ROOT FOLDER]\HireTrack Eclipse Shared\NETDIR
    [DRIVE\:ROOT FOLDER]\HireTrack Eclipse Shared\License Control

    NOTE: the new installation requirements will only affect new customer or existing users upgrading to a 64-bit Windows environment.
  6. Vista Security model. Vista introduces many more restrictions on what non-administrator users can do on workstations. If Eclipse needs to perform a task that now needs administrative privileges to run, the user will be informed of the situation. Furthermore, we have tried to address most of these functions in the actual installation of Eclipse itself when an Administrator will be logged into the workstation. As such, we expect minimal interference and downtime for regular users when setting up Eclipse on their Vista workstations.

B. GENERAL NEW FEATURES & ENHANCEMENTS [top]

  1. Scanning barcodes - when prompted that an item is reserved you are now given the Eqlist ref and Job ref  it is reserved on.
  2. The equipment list now has additional colour coding for lines: composites and aliases appear with the same background colour you see in the equipment book; consumable types appear in purple text.
  3. Purchase Orders. The mechanism for recording the part number and description of items purchased from suppliers has been improved. Specifically, you are no longer forced to pick from the list of existent items if the new description you are typing has similar text. The previous design could result in the misalignment of part numbers and descriptions in your suppliers database. In addition, the search criterion used to determine whether new items are added to the database now takes the current supplier into account.
  4. Equipment Book - the number of Types you can have defined is now raised to 20,000 from previous limit of 10,000;
  5. Equipment List - the alternative views on your equipment now users friendly colouring for Terminal Services users who only have access to 256 colours
  6. Equipment Book - multi-edit of barcodes where you are transferring site ownership now writes this to the audit trail and adjusts stock levels.
  7. Accounts Book - you can now 'smart search' a Job Title filter.
  8. Job Book - the contacts viewer/editor button now has dynamically added hints to reflect the meaning of its different colour states.
  9. Equipment Book - You can now only delete Equipment Types if you have access to the Stock Edit page.
  10. Equipment Book - multi-edit options now ask you to confirm that you really do want to go ahead and make bulk edits.
  11. Equipment Book -  The Hidden flag now has 3 states: unchecked, checked  and greyed/marked. If greyed/marked equipment completed invisible in Popstock, even if the 'Show Hidden' option is on. The label for this option now refers to "Visibility"
  12. Equipment Book - "Visibility" has been added to the Multi-Edit options
  13. Subhires - the allocation window now displays the equipment list Title and Date Out/ Date Back fields
  14. Transport and Equipment Lists -  you can now link a transport request with one or more equipment lists. You can do this directly in an Equipment List or on the Transport page of the Job Book by double-clicking the grid that displays all the equipment lists that are linked to a transport request. The data is stored in a table called TransEqlNew.db
  15. Crystal Reports: report files are automatically verified before they are run which will significantly reduce the chance of users having to manually upgrade reports as a result database change to Eclipse.
  16. Outlook integration: the mobile phone number for companies is now copies to and from Outlook when synchronising contacts.
  17. Invoices now have a "Created By" and "Paid" field
  18. Crew Headers now have a Title field that can hold up to 30 characters
  19. Accounts Book - Invoices and Purchase Orders. Data from Sales Book no longer appears if users have no access to these modules. Filtering for Paid status has been extended to rental invoices and orders. Filtering for Printed status has been extended to Sales Book invoices and the filtering from Completed status has been extended to Sales Book purchase orders. The controls for managing the filters have been streamlined into drop down options.
  20. Accounts Book -  An Edit menu now has a number of Rental and Sales options for setting the Paid, Posted, Completed, Printed etc flags for Invoices and Orders. It will set to either True or False and will only set what is currently available in the grid (filter sensitive). One of the reasons for this is that after the upgrade users could have thousands of invoices set to UnPaid (new field) and only they can say which ones they want to set to be Paid (e.g. use a date filter)
  21. Serial Nos. - Length has been raised to 50.
  22. HireBook - There is now a button on the toolbar that allows you to toggle in the Equipment List View whether you see the Client Name or the Job Title displayed
  23. HireBook - There is now a button on the toolbar that allows you pop up a key/legend that explains the colour coding in the Equipment List View .
  24. Accounts Book - Opening the Accounts Book now opens in less than half the time taken in previous releases of Eclipse.
  25. Accounts Book - Applying filters on the Invoices and Orders pages is now up to 50 times faster.
  26. Accounts Book - Footers on the  Invoices and Orders pages now display totals for all the currencies that documents have been raised in.
  27. Accounts Book - You can now define default equipment hire Price Schemes per customer, per currency, per site.
  28. Purchase Orders - Main Contract can now lookup contracts linked to the supplier.
  29. Equipment List - Return Select function - you are now prompted if you want to return selected consumables.
  30. Job Book - you can now view / edit (subject to access rights) accounts setup details for the customer on a job.
  31. Equipment Book - Barcoded composites are now colour coded.
  32. Equipment Book - barcoded composites. You can now double click the lists of barcoded to select and de-select them.
  33. Job Navigator - selecting a filter option now automatically sets its paired checkbox as checked.
  34. Email - emails sent from Job Book have the option to paste Job Title, Job Ref or Job Dates into the Subject
  35. Invoices - New rule called "Strict Invoicing" introduced. This disables the invoice for manual edits to Qty, Description and Price, so Quick Invoice or the Invoice Wizard have to be used. New records cannot be added but records can be deleted. Invoices raised with this option use a grey font for their lines.
  36. Crew Orders- You can now raise unbound purchase orders against crew allocations, i.e. without any reference to Crew Pay.
  37. Crew Orders - New rule added to allowing users to specify what dates Eclipse should paste into the text of the PO line:

        Use Scheduled Dates in Description
        Use Pricing Dates in Description
        Use No Dates in Description
  38. Crew Orders - You can now edit crew orders because we have introduced a link between the line on an order and the crew allocation line on the crew page. Editing or deleting lines on an order will feedback to the purchasing costs on the crew allocation line
  39. Crew Orders - You now have the option of raising a single order to a Company supplier for any number of selected crew
  40. Crew Orders - There is now an option to re-use existing orders raised to specific people that are already on the job
  41. Transport Costs & Purchasing. You can now assign costs and a supplier to each line of requested transport. Then you are able to raise purchase orders for selected transport lines. The purchase order lines are bound to transport lines so you can edit these as required and the data will feedback.
  42. Job Book - Contacts viewer (launched from green button)- when selecting a contact this is now pasted into the main contact field for the job header.
  43. Subhires - the equipment grid is now coloured coded along the lines of the Equipment list grid.
  44. Warehouse Book - subhires now indicated by being highlighted in green
  45. Reporting - Email Address and Web URL fields added to your address details (see Configuration Book)
  46. Accounts Book -  selecting a filter option now automatically sets its paired checkbox as checked.
  47. Accounts Book - 'smart search' dialog now used for people searches in the filtering options.
  48. Emailing - Improved feedback loops and error trapping for SMTP are now included. This should assist uses who have had problems sending email via SMTP narrow down the causes of any errors.
  49. Emailing - Sending by SMTP is much faster due to changing in the way the logging system works..
  50. Planner Book - Crew Page. Searching for crew now uses the more powerful 'Smart Search' popup.
  51. Equipment List - the availability checking routine that fires when changing the quantity of a composite items is now MUCH faster.
  52. Main Window -Users menu now has scrolling facilities for long lists of users. This replaces the "More.." submenu technique previously used.
  53. Currency - The Euro is now supported for the Greek and Slovenian locales.
  54. Warehouse Book - Maintenance page now has Serial # and Purchase Date fields (read only)
  55. Job Book - Cloning Crew and Transport. The 'clone plus (+)' tool-buttons now prompt for the number of days you want to add to the cloned records (default 1)
  56. Job Book - adding a contact: you are now prompted to confirm you wish to proceed.
  57. New Address Book entries - you can now assign default Payment and Purchase Terms as a Rule in the Configuration Book
  58. Equipment Book - Stock In/Out/Edit Pages. Notes field now support 75 characters, Reference fields support 25 characters

C. BARCODE SCANNING - MC50/70 SUPPORT [top]

Following the withdrawal (in Europe) of the Symbol SPT units, customers have been demanding a replacement portable barcode scanner that will integrate with Eclipse. The Symbol MC50 and MC70 Windows Mobile devices and have proved to be ideal alternatives and we have written software for them that will work with Eclipse 2.4. For full details on the MC50/70s see http://www.navigator.co.uk/Eclipse_MC50_Help/

Contact sales@navigator.co.uk for more details on obtaining the devices pre-loaded with our software, or, if you already own some MC50/70s, to purchase our custom software for them.

The MC50/70 units also offer scope for developing real time wireless scanning solution in Eclipse, with instant feedback on problems and issues to be dealt with. The next stage of our development schedule will introduce a standalone interface for scanning wirelessly with the Eclipse database, introducing even more efficiency and flexibility into your warehouse operations (projected release Autumn 2007).

D. REPORTING [top]

  1. Taxation functions. Increasingly users have been asking to display the amount of tax due in quotations, confirmations etc; unfortunately replicating the way Eclipse implements taxation in a report is not a simple task, particularly if you need to break it down into the 4 billing categories: rental, sales, crew and transport. So we have written a plug-in set of functions for Crystal Reports in the form of an ActiveX component that can be installed on all your Eclipse workstations. An installation of the CRUFL_EclipseFunc.dll is available from www.clubnavigator.co.uk or from HERE  The instructions for use appear in the installation screens but are also installed as a file called "CRYSTAL EXTRA FUNCTIONS README.rtf". A sample report called "E8_QuoteTaxesExample.rpt" is also installed with the installation.
  2. All report files are automatically verified before they are run, which will significantly reduce the chance of users having to manually upgrade reports as a result database change to Eclipse.

E. MULTI-SITE CHANGES [top]

1. Introduction

Revisions to multi-site operations have focused on three key areas:

Key to fulfilling the above are the additional statuses that have been added for inter-site loans. Below are two tables that help explain how they work:

Status ID Job Transfer Function Inter-Site Loan Function
Denied 0 None Donor site cannot supply requested equipment
Request 1 Synchronised to equipment list Quote status. Borrowing site initiates a request for equipment
Provisional 2 Synchronised to equipment list Provisional status Donor site provisionally agrees to loan
Confirmed 3 Synchronised to equipment list Confirmed status Donor site confirms agrees to loan
Dispatched 4 Filter for Dispatch Notes & notification for borrowing site. Changing equipment list status no longer has an impact Donor Site sends equipment. Kit not available for either site at this stage
Received 5 Notification to donor site Borrowing site receives the kit and availability for that site increases accordingly
Returned 6 Filter for Returns Notes & notification for donor site Borrowing site sends kit back to donor site and availability for that borrowing decreases accordingly
Completed 7 Notification for borrowing site the equipment is back at donor site Equipment Received by donor site and availability for that site increases accordingly

First we notice Job Transfers now have a status associated with them, that are linked to, but independent of, the equipment list status of the borrowing site. These status do NOT have an impact of the availability of equipment since the all job based inter-site loans are still assumed to be be going ahead if the job is going ahead. However these statuses will offer warehouse managers a lot of assistance in tracking the process of dispatching and returning kit in the Job Transfers Book (more details below).

Next we see that the Accepted status that has been used by Eclipse until now has been changed to Confirmed in order to be consistent with the way both equipment lists statuses and Inter-site Job Transfers work. The additional statuses  (Dispatched/Received/Returned/Completed) allow Eclipse to record where equipment is. In addition, for Inter-Site Loan, the availability of equipment at donor and borrowing sites now takes into account what stage in the movements process the equipment  is, such that only when equipment is Received by the borrowing site does have an impact on availability. Similarly, when equipment is returned to its donor site it only becomes available again when the transfer is set to Completed.  During the 2.4 upgrade Eclipse sets all lines with status Accepted to Received .

Inter-Site statuses are dynamically filtered according to whether you are a donor site or borrowing in order to control what the user is allowed to do. This makes the processing of inter-site transfers more streamlined and reliable. The rules are as follows:

Status Job Transfers Inter-Site Loans
Donor Borrower Donor Borrower
Denied n/a n/a read/write read only
Request read only set by eqlist read/write read only
Provisional read only set by eqlist read/write read only
Confirmed read only set by eqlist read/write read only
Dispatched read/write read only read/write read only
Received read only read/write read only read/write
Returned read only read/write read only read/write
Completed read/write read only read/write read only

So, only a donor site can set a status to dispatched, only a borrowing site can set a status to received & returned, only a donor site can set the status to Completed.

2. Inter-site Loan Books

i. Stock Transfer

You can now transfer selected stock ownership to the borrowing site (either site can do it). You currently need two permissions: Stock Edit access and a new permission called Multi-site Transfer. All stock transfers are logged to a new table called MS_Audit.db which has the following structure:

AuditID: integer
TransferType:integer
EqLineRef: integer (for eqlist transfers only)
ReceivingSite :integer
DonorSite: integer


The transferType field can be looked up in another new table: MS_AuditTypes.db. Field values for ID and TransferDescription are:

0    ReceiveFromLoan
1    DonoteFromLoan
2    ReceiveFromStock
3    DonoteFromStock
4    ReceiveFromJob
5    DonoteFromJob
6    UndoJobDonation

Reports can easily be written for inter-site stock transfers that allow you to see what went were, when and why.

ii. Barcode scanning.

You can now scan items (including barcoded composites) onto and off Inter-site loans. A radio group specifies what scanning action you are undertaking and this radio group
is captioned according to whether you are the donor or receiving site. The process works like this:

Donor site:

"Send Out" mode - Scan item. If request found then it processed and
added to the TxfCode.db table. The status for the line is set to 'Dispatched'

"Receive Back" mode - Scan item. If request found then it processed and
removed from the TxfCode.db table. The status for the line is set to 'Completed'

Receiving Site:

"Receive In" mode - Scan item. If request found then the status for the line is set to 'Received'

"Return" mode - Scan item. If request found then the status for the line is set to 'Returned'

When the list of barcodes dispatched is view by the donor site this dialog is now READ ONLY to prevent users removing them accidentally.

iii. Deleting lines

The delete button now has a drop down menu to allow you to:

a) Delete Selected loans
b) Delete Denied loans
c) Delete Completed loans

iv. Shipping Details

You can enter a 30 character air bill or courier ref for selected lines in the grid. Just click the icon 'make-a-note' icon on the toolbar.

v. Status filter

You can now filter by status.

vi. Global Status dropdown combo

You can now globally change the status of selected lines (subject to permissions)

vii. Needed by date

You can now specify when you need a loan by.

 

3. Job Transfers Book

The Job Transfers form has under gone several significant changes that should make it far easier to work with.

i. Statuses

You can now set the status of  each line in the grid. If you want to change the status of all the lines in an equipment list you can click in the cell for the equipment list header (blue border). You are able to filter by status as well.

ii. Shipping Details

You can enter a 30 character air bill or courier ref for selected lines in the grid by click in the cell you are interested in to invoke the editor. If you want to enter shipping details for all the lines in an equipment list you can click in the cell for the equipment list header (blue border).

iii. Printing

Two printing facilities are offered:

a) a global print of everything in the grid, using the print icon on the toolbar. This option replaces the simple 'grid dump' in earlier version of Eclipse with a high quality report.
b) each equipment list header has a print icon associated with it that builds a menu from the report entries in the Configuration Book. The upgrade to 2.4 ships and installs Dispatch and Returns notes for these menus so that donor and borrowing sites can print out documentation to go with the items they are shipping

iv. Opening Equipment Lists

You can now open the equipment list that is requesting equipment from the Job Transfers window. This is subject to permissions, so you would need to either be looking at your Needs tab or have access to all sites.

4. Equipment Book

i. Barcoded stock

There are now Global and Local Barcoded fields

ii. Stock Transfers

On the Types page there's a stock transfer icon next to the Local Own field. If you have Stock Edit access and a new permission called Multi-site Transfer the icon is enabled. Clicking the icon popups up a form that allows you to transfer "local own minus local barcoded " amount of stock to a site of your choice. Any barcoded items need to have their owner changed as we currently do it.

iii. Stock Edit Filters

In addition to the current filters you can now:

Show All Stock Edit Entries
Show InterSite Transfers Only
Hide InterSite Transfers

Remember: details of all intersite transfers are written to the MS_Audit.db table

iv. Item Filter

You can now filter by a barcode's Location


5. Equipment List Changes

i) All changes here relate to the "Keep" function. The Config Book now has a new RULE: "MS Keep as Stock Transfer". If this is set and the user has "Multi-site Stock Transfer" permissions then all that doesn't originate from the Return site will be transferred to the Return site. All barcodes will be transferred accordingly and stock edit entries will indicate donor and receiving sites as well as the Transfer Type being recorded. You are only allows to Keep if everything is back from the job. Un-keeping reverses the stock transfer. If the "MS Keep as Stock Transfer" rule is not set then Keeping works as it always did.

ii) When scanning equipment out the location of the barcode in question is taken into account and Eclipse attempts to match it to a site specified on the line .

iii) Reserving Barcodes - you can now only see items that are owned by the site specified on the line .

iv) Barcode search popup form now displays the owner site of the item

6. Hire Book Changes

i) There is now an ALL checkbox next to the Site filter dropdown. If checked then the Equipment Lists, Subhires and Overdue pages include data from all sites. The Shortfall Page however must continue to be site specific.
ii) Double clicking on the Owned column on the Shortfall page pops up that amount of stock globally owned by the company
iii) The equipment list page now displays rentals that are returning to your site on a grey background..

7. Planner Book Changes

There is now an ALL checkbox next to the Site filter dropdown. If checked then the Jobs, Crew and Transport pages include data from all sites.

8. Popstock Changes

The "Own" column now always shows data for the same site the the "Avail"  column is displaying. Previously, "Own" displayed stock levels for the logged in site.

F. DATABASE CHANGES [top]

  1. Autotext.db - unique index added to Counter field. This should prevent duplicate entries in table.

  2. Audit.db -
      Reference field lengthened to 25 chars,
      Notes field lengthened to 75 chars.

  3. Cal.db - unique index added to EventRef field. This should prevent duplicate entries in table.

  4. Config1.db - your email address and web site address fields added.

  5. Crew_header.db - Title field added (30 chars)

  6. Crew.db - index added to eqlno field to make linking to this field possible in reports

  7. CrewOrders.db - index added on PORef field. This allows you to link the table into reports. Fields added: POLineRef, Amount

  8. Eqlists.db -
      Defcon field changed from ShortInt to LongInt. This allows links to Defcon.db table to work correctly in reports.
      DirtyFlag field added for future use
      Eqlists.db - MainSite field changed from shortInt to Integer - this allows you to link the Location.db table to this field with Crystal Reports

  9. Ext_Company - Default Price scheme field added for each currency. These allows site specific customer based pricing to be configured.

  10. Invoice.db - CreatedBy and Paid fields added

  11. Items.db - Serialno field extended to 50 characters

  12. Ms_audit.db - new table to manage multi-site stock edits.

  13. Ms_auditTypes - new lookup table for multi-site stock edits types.

  14. POrder.db - Paid field added

  15. Purcihed.db - Completed field added (Sales Book table only)

  16. Rules.db - numerous 'spare' fields added to allow more rules to be added in the future

  17. Saleihed.db - Printed field added (Sales Book table only)

  18. Sort.db -
      DirtyFlag field added for future use
      InterSiteStatus field added to store the status of intersite loans.

  19. TransEqlNew.db - new table to managed linking transport to equipment lists

  20. TransCosts.dfb - new table to manage linking transport costs to purchase orders

  21. TxCarrierRefs - new table to store Shipping details for inter-site transfers and loans

  22. TxCode - gains a TimeStamp field

G. CHANGES TO ANCILLARY APPLICATIONS [top]

All the applications listed below have been made Vista compatible, plus:

  1. Accounts Export Utility -
        i) Maximum length of export path raised from 80 chars to 255.
        ii) Checks now for exclusive access to export tables before exporting; this will be useful for Terminal Server users who unwittingly have more than one instance of the programme running.
        iii) Date driven export filenames are now generated before each export, rather than when the export form is opened.
        iv) Reports have databases verified before export is run.

  2. Archive Utility -
        i) now keeps track of links between invoice lines and archived equipment list lines.
        ii) now has a column for selecting rows.
        iii) defaults to filtering out Archived jobs.
        iv) now provides feedback on the causes for jobs not being archived.

  3. Configuration Book -
        i) fix to filtering reports on Usage and Consignment forms.
        ii) Email Address and Web URL fields added to your address details.
        iii) Rules: you can now specify default Payment and Purchase Terms for new Address Book entries
        iv) Rules: you can now specify 'Strict Invoicing' (see New Features #34)
        v) Rules: you can now specify how dates appear on 'Crew Orders' (see New Features #36)

  4. Toolbox applications -
        i) The Report Master now supports Authenticated email;
       
    ii) Job Schedule now has a Daily Schedule Report;
       
    iii) Crystal Reports Set Locations now scans the Templates folder.

  5. Multi-company Utility. -No longer writes path changes to the BDE configuration files and registry (unless explicitly requested). The overcomes the requirement to give users full control over some files and registry keys.

  6. Eclipse Database Repair. - now checks if any users are running BDE applications before it proceeds to check the database. Active users are displayed.

H. MINOR ENHANCEMENTS & BUG FIXES [top]

  1. Scanning a barcode when an eqlist is grouped by category or road case could result in an error 'Type code not found on this list'.
  2. Adjusting the quantity of composite component would result in the components having a price calculated against it.
  3. Popstock  - in Multi-select mode, if you were not on the main tab when closing Eclipse would generate an error.
  4. Barcode scanning - user customisable sounds have been added for

    - Item code scanned in
    - Type code scanned out
    - Type code scanned in

  5. HireBook - Multi-site availability. Early returns to the same site as the dispatching site were not being taken into account.
  6. Sales Book - setting the Qty ordered to be lower than the Qty Invoiced would generate an error instead of a warning.
  7. Global Purchase Orders - allocated jobs can now refer to archived jobs.
  8. Leaving modal dialogs unanswered for too long (about 10 minutes) after starting Eclipse would result in an error regarding finding the token.
  9. Creating a New Job while on the Notes page of the Job Book would generate an SQL error.
  10. Eqlist - Copying shortages to a hire extension no ignores consumable items
  11. Eqlist - It was possible to set the Back Date of a hire to be before the Start Date under some circumstances.
  12. Crew Pricing (Script). The max() and min() functions always returned an integer rather than a real number.
  13. HireBook. The Availability View on the Shortfall pages was showing an extra day which in itself could display incorrect availability figures. Both the Hire List View and the Availability View display 14 days now.
  14. Job Locking. In rare circumstances all jobs could behave as if they were locked. This was caused be the first record in the table Orderno.db having its locked status set.
  15. Job Book - Scrolling to locked jobs while on the Crew page could result in a error message regarding read only datasets.
  16. Navigator Window - now functions correctly when working in dual monitor mode. It was possible for the window to open without any controls appearing on it.
  17. Crew Header Frames - a number of screen drawing issues have been corrected, mainly related to dragging and dropping requests between frames and deleting the last line of the last visible frame.
  18. Job Book - Quick Search drop down now respects multi-site rules for the visibility of jobs.
  19. Component Info. form now tells you the underlying field name for lookup fields that are commonly used in drop down boxes.
  20. MulitSite - HireBook, Late Returns. Entries appearing that have been booked by another site now appear in red. You are only able to open these lists if you have MS access rights to all sites.
  21. Priced Aliases - If a consumable is put into a priced alias its category was changed to that of the master rental item, and so it shows up in the Late returns.
  22. Equipment Book - changes to barcoded composites could in rare circumstances result in the table that stores the definitions of all barcoded composites to be emptied.
  23. Equipment List - if Venue field has the focus the Alt key no longer pops up the smart search window.
  24. MultiSite - switching sites would result in the wrong print menu (printer group) for the current user being created for each  Eclipse form.
  25. MultiSite - subhires could show the incorrect availability by taking into account the subhires raised by other sites.
  26. Job Book - Transport page. Switching jobs using the "Last 5" dropdown before updating a new transport record would result in the new record attaching itself to the job you were switching to.
  27. Invoice Wizard - The rule for how to charge for Consumables was only being applied if the invoice was invoiced using item prices.
  28. Sales and Orders Books - changing the tax code in the headers didn't update the taxcode on the lines.
  29. Order Book - never went to last Order when book first opened.
  30. Eqlists - if the job header's Start and End dates were both TODAY then when creating a new list the back date was being set to TOMORROW.
  31. Main Form - minimizing then restoring the main application form would result in full screen book forms re-sizing to smaller window frames.
  32. Accounts Book - filtering invoices and orders on people. When changing person, the filter was not reset.
  33. Accounts Book - filtering invoices and orders on amount. Could result in filter errors if  '=','>','<' signs were used.
  34. Scrap Book - Multi-Site availability. This book wasn't taking inter-site loans into account if an equipment list hadn't been opened already in Eclipse.
  35. Equipment Book - actions that involve stock edit appends (e.g. un-deleting a barcode) now clear any active filters on the Stock Edit page. If filters are active not all the data (e.g. username) gets written to the new record.
  36. Job Book - in built Word Processor. Inserting a report would result is the print engine in Eclipse being closed down and subsequent Print Preview reports would fail with Error 512.
  37. Emailing Reports - reports that contained their own record selection formula but with no Filters setup in their Configuration Book entry would have their record selection formula ignored when the export was run.
  38. Equipment List - editing fields like Price, Reserved and Case no longer fires the availability checking code so making changes is quicker.
  39. Equipment List - Total Value of equipment field now displays correctly if value > 999,999.00
  40. Equipment List - Popstock no longer generates an error when equipment is selected while the Picture form is open.
  41. Invoice and Purchase Order notes: if after typing directly into the Notes field on these forms you minimize them and then visited another job, your edits to the notes were not saved.
  42. Equipment Book - when setting an existing type to be an Alias, weights and measures are set back to zero (user prompted with option to cancel action)
  43. Equipment Book - you can no longer post a stock IN or OUT with a Quantity that is null, 0 or less than 0.
  44. Equipment List - Deleting a composite type is no longer allowed if any of its components have been dispatched.
  45. Equipment List - you can no longer edit the line discount field on "Price Locked" lists
  46. Email - attachments sent as a .dat file. This was caused by the file name picking up illegal characters from a Job Title or Ref, for example, a colon (:)
  47. Equipment List - We've have finally nailed down the bug with scanning barcodes out that can result in barcode data errors that i)  give the appearance of barcodes never being sent out, and ii) result in Out / Back inconsistencies that have require direct data editing to resolve.

 

* Note on Vista compatibility.

Over the years many customers have commissioned custom utilities from us that have augmented  their everyday use of the Eclipse. We have no reason to believe that these will not continue to work under Windows Vista, but in the event of an incompatibility we regret that we will not be able to remedy the problems free of charge. Contact us directly for upgrade costs.