The program is now 32 bit, for Windows
95/NT (NT service pack 2), with all that implies: long file names, popup
menus, tool tips, etc.
The file format is Access 95/97.
The interface is totally new, with a
split screen interface of single items on the left and contextual
listings on the right. The windows all resize to make best use of
desktop space and everything reopens to the position where you last left
it (windows, column widths, sort order, etc.).
A new Tree view shows the structure of
The Cost Summary is now a tree view with
item costs/each at the specified build quantity; expand/hide to show as
much detail as you want to see.
Many fields have been expanded in size, and
there are new fields to hold additional information. The Help has
technical information (tables, fields).
Items can have as many vendor price breaks
as desired, and the program will choose the qualified cost, based on
Vendors, Manufacturers and Line Card links
can be added on-the-fly.
Manufacturer P/Nís are collected under
each manufacturer, and not duplicated (unless you wish) in the database.
The SE edition now includes manufacturers.
New "Add Item" dialog (replaces
List Builder) - permits selection of multiple items to be added to a
list all at once. Filter by any related field and sort by any column.
Selected-Items has been replaced with a
Filter-By dialog: Apply filters to any kind of listing, and save the
filters for re-use.
The new Filter-By feature permits
comparisons between fields as well as user-entered data. Also filters by
Greater Than, Less Than, Is Blank, Is Not Blank.
Saved Views make it simple to return to any
Files listing now works for disk files or
web pages, and has a Comment column.
File utilities are now on the main program
menu, including Backup (copy) Data File.
Most of the data displays (single records
or listings) are now in "unbound" mode, so record locking (by
another user editing the same item) in multi-user installations is much
less likely. (Data is saved quickly in transactions after the edit is
complete, instead of locking the record during typing).
New Data Manipulations
Made-From feature calculates materials
requirements for fabricated and/or modified items.
Copy selected items from one parts list to
Count Reference Designators on parts lists
(one at a time or all), and optionally set item quantities to match.
Copy P/N families to a new Parent number,
while preserving Detail suffixes.
Details under a Parent P/N can now have
independent Revisions (or not).
Manufacturers and Mfr P/Nís can be in the
database independent of vendors.
New Parts List fields: Assy Spec (50 char
text) and Assy Order (decimal-numeric)
Suggest-Next P/N has new option for Begins
With and/or Ends With.
RFQ and PO Numbers are now text so you can
format them as you wish. Suggest-Next RFQ and PO number work similar to
P/N and have independent suggest-next criteria.
Expanded field sizes for item and vendor
data, i.e: P/N: 50; Title/Detail: 255; User1-5: 50.
Multiple viewer programs - choose from list
when viewing or editing.
Multiple shipping addresses - choose from
list when RFQís or shipments are to be sent elsewhere.
When adding items to a PO (EX Edition
only), can now choose from Linked Items or All Items.
Enter vendorís quoted prices (for
multiple price-breaks) directly from RFQ to update the main database.
Over-Kitting automatically adds extras to
compensate for production floor loss or spoilage.
Minimum Stock Qty - program can increase
order quantity to maintain minimums.
New Shipping method dropdown for orders.
Choose from list or add new ones on-the-fly.
Automatically generated POís will use
Contact1 as the Attn To: name. Choose from either Contact name on each
Buyer and Engineering Contact are saved as
Items can be added multiple times to a P.O.
Items on POís can be marked as taxable or
Date entries (except on Item Master) can be
adjusted with the + and - keys.
Changes in Terminology
Stock replaces Inventory Count
Job# replaces Engineering Account - to reduce
confusion with a vendorís customer acct number for you.
Parent P/N replaces Tabulated - family still
consists of Detail items.
DataList is replaced by all of the various
grids on the List Pane
At Level replaces @Qty or AtQty, and is
numeric. Identifies quantities for vendorsí price breaks (in Buy-As
Preferences file has alternate line colors
set for most grids - color selections work with ĎHi-color/True-colorí
and should look smooth. If your computer does not support this color depth
and grids are Ďditheredí (look terrible) contact us and weíll tell
you how to set them to white all at once.
We will be putting updates on the web site as
they are available.