What's New in Version 5.9.6 (5/21/2011) 

What's New in Version 5.9.5 (1/1/2011) 

What's New in Version 5.9.2 (1/23/2010) 

What's New in Version 5.9.1 (1/8/2010) 

What's New in Version 5.9.0 (1/2/2010) 

What's New in Version 5.8.6 (3/31/2009)

What's New in Version 5.8.5 (6/24/2008)

What's New in Version 5.8.3 (4/4/2007)

What's New in Version 5.8.2 (4/2/2007)

What's New in Version 5.8.1 (3/23/2007)

Thanks very much for any help reviewing the version!!!

What's New in Version 5.7.8 (12/18/2005)

What's New in Version 5.7.7 (12/06/2005)

What's New in Version 5.7.6 (4/16/2005)

What's New in Version 5.7.5 (2/06/2005)

It now backs up 4 files:

Realms50.mdb (your data)
Realms50.ini (your settings)
Crossref32.mdb (your FWIW title match file, assuming it exists)
Collections.mdb (your collection info, especially helpful if you have multiple collections)

The zip process backs them up including their directory structure.  I think that makes sense as that will show you where they were on your machine.

You can have ROW backup your data based on how many issues you've added (same as it used to be) or by date (number of days since last backup).

You can automate the above process so ROW backs up your data, either way, by date or number of issues, without confirming it.  It just backs up the data without the confirmation window popping up.  It always writes the backup to a new file.  So, if ROWDATA.ZIP exists, it will change the name to ROWDATA_001.ZIP, ROWDATA_002.ZIP, etc.

You can view the Backup History (when the backups occurred and where they are) by selecting Backup History from the File Menu, or Show Backup History from the Backup window

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It also includes totals that list the total number of titles that have at least 1 Owned issue

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What's New in Version 5.7.2 (8/02/2004)

What's New in Version 5.7.1 (7/26/2004)

What's New in Version 5.7.0 (4/30/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.9 (4/16/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.8 (4/5/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.6 (3/16/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.4 (3/10/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.3 (3/01/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.2 (2/24/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.1 (2/18/2004)

What's New in Version 5.6.0 (12/19/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.92 (11/06/2003)

Sorry for the quick update on this, but there were a couple of errors that needed fixing

What's New in Version 5.5.9 (11/04/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.8 (10/28/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.7 (10/24/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.6 (10/15/2003)

The Issue Detail changes are only on the Issue Detail window at this point, not the Explorer View version.  I'll add it there once all the bugs are worked out.

What's New in Version 5.5.5 (10/01/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.4 (09/24/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.31 and 5.5.3 (09/10/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.2 (08/22/2003)

What's New in Version 5.5.1 (08/15/2003)

Version 5.5.0 is now the official release.  There's not a lot new from 5.4.7, but I wanted a nice, round version number <g>.  There is A LOT that is new from the previous, official version (5.3.1).

For those of you moving up to 5.5.0, please review all the What's New entries, all the way back to your current version (5.3.1, or whatever).  That will give you a pretty complete overview of everything that's been added.

What's New in Version 5.5.0 (08/06/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.7 (07/29/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.6 (07/22/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.5 (07/11/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.4 (07/01/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.3 (06/13/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.2 (05/30/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.1 (05/16/2003)

What's New in Version 5.4.0 (05/07/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.97 (04/11/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.96 (04/04/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.95 (04/03/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.91 (03/24/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.9 (03/21/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.8 and 5.3.7 beta (02/25/2003)

Important: The download process, at this point, only gets info for the first story from GCD. It will not get all the other story data for anthologies yet. I will do that next, but it's fairly complex, and I want to get this working as close to perfectly first.

So, DO NOT OVERWRITE your Creative Team and Appearances data for anthology issues you entered, if you entered all the story info. At this point, you'll lose the Creative Teams and Appearances for all the stories other than the first.  Of course, if you didn't enter the anthology info, go ahead and overwrite.

In general, I would not overwrite anything I entered for Creative Teams. I only overwrite previous downloads, but it's up to you.  I will let everyone know when ROW can handle the anthologies also.

What's New in Version 5.3.6 beta (02/14/2003)

What's New in Version 5.3.5 beta (02/13/2003)

I've fixed all the bugs of which I am aware.  In addition, I've greatly enhanced the Creative Team download to handle a number of variations in the GCD data.  Please keep an eye on the error messages and let me know anything that still looks incorrect.

Here's the Download Overview

Here are some tips for creative team entry

What's New in Version 5.3.4 beta (02/09/2003)

This fixes a lot of the initial bugs, especially around creative teams and appearances.   I haven't updated the help, but it's fairly obvious.  Please let me know if anything still looks incorrect.

What's New in Version 5.3.3 beta (02/06/2003)

This beta features the ability to pull Title and Issue data from the web - (GCD database).  Click here for details.

I changed the GCD export to use the Series Title, not the Display Title.

What's New in Version 5.3.1 (10/17/2002)

Fixed a bug on the Issue Detail window where if you mistakenly entered something in the CGC field and then cleared the field, when you save the record, you get a type mismatch error.

On the Explorer View window, you can now delete a collection from the list by right clicking and choosing Delete Collection from the pop-up window.  There were some invalid collection names accidentally included in an earlier version of ROW.  You'll get an error 3044 first, and then you can delete the invalid collection from the list.

What's New in Version 5.2.9 & 5.3.0 (10/02/2002)

Added optional version checking to ROW so that it will check for the latest version, if you wish, and notify you if there is a newer version available.  If you keep this turned off (Misc Tab of the Preferences window), or have no internet connection, ROW will behave as it always did and you'll notice no difference.  This version also includes the version checker utility that will automatically download and install the latest version for you.  Click here if you want more info on how the version checker works.  BTW, since this is the latest version, you won't see any notification until the next version is available.

Fixed a bug in the Net Paid calculation that resulted from a previous change to the Net Paid calculation.  Important:  to be sure that your Net Paids are accurate, go into the Contacts window and run the Batch Net Paid update for each of the sources that have a discount and/or tax amount filled in.  Click here for details.

Made some minor changes to the Missing Issues report to fix some fairly obscure bugs.

What's New in Version 5.2.8 (08/28/2002)

Changed (somewhat) the way the Exclude from Missing Issues Report indicator works - click here for details

What's New in Version 5.2.5 (08/01/2002)

Added a Notepad / Reminders window - click here for details

Added a window to more easily correct Creative Team Members accidentally assigned to the incorrect story on Anthology Issues - click here for details

When duplicating issues, you now have the option to duplicate the Creative Team, Anthology and/or Appearance data.  These are set on the Miscellaneous tab of the Preferences window, which can be selected from the Options menu.  Note:  if you Copy an issue, all of this information is copied, regardless of these settings.  The settings apply only to Duped records.  Copied records are exactly what they sound like, an exact copy.

Fixed a bug so that if you clear the Purchase Price, the Tax, Discount and Net Paid fields are cleared.

I changed the Tax, Discount and Net Price fields so they only automatically re-calculate if the fields are blank.  In the past, if you filled in these fields yourself, or if TAO did it, and then you tabbed through the Purchase Price field, ROW would re-calculate them based on what was set up for the Source for this issue.   Now, it will only do that if these fields are blank.

I've tried to standardize the way the Delete key works in tables where you can also edit data.  Basically, if there is any data selected in a specific cell, ROW assumes you want to clear the data, not delete the record.  If no data is selected, ROW assumes you want to delete the record.

Because there are so many columns on the Summary window now, it was possible to get an error saying that the data being saved was too big, when exiting the Summary window.  It actually refers to the column settings that are saved as a view.   I've fixed that so you don't get the error.

If you ran a Collection List report, and then ran a Title List report, you'd get an error, and the Title List report wouldn't run unless you closed ROW and came back in and ran it without first running the Collection List report.  That should be fixed now.

A number of the fields on the Profiles window did not allow long enough entries.   These have all been changed to unlimited length.  Here is a list of all the Profile fields that have unlimited length:

There is now a Zoom (expand) button on the Profile window (just like on the Issue Detail window).  If you move to any of these fields, the button will be enabled.  If you click the button, it will display the contents of the field in its own window.  This makes reading / editing much easier.

What's New in Version 5.2.3 (06/06/2002)

    Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.2.2 (04/17/2002)

    Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.2.1 (04/10/2002)

    Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.2.0 (03/20/2002)

Trade Paperback Detail data entry - click here for details

Related to this, there are now two sets of TPB reports, those that print the TPB contents for the Summary entry, and those that print the TPB contents for the Detail entry.

New Fields:

Some of the fields have been moved around a bit, and two new tabs have been added to the Issue Detail window.  Look in the help file for details.

Miscellaneous fixes:


What's New in Version 5.1.23 (10/04/2001)

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.1.20 - 5.1.22 (07/23/2001)

In a never ending effort to get the most evil of all reports to work properly, I have made changes to the Missing Issues Report.  Please click here for details and let me know if this still does not work as hoped.

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.1.18 - 5.1.19 (06/28/2001)

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.1.17 (06/02/2001)

Added the ability to assign image defaults, and update image locations a title at a time.  This is actually pretty handy (IMHO), so click here for details.

Added several fields to the Contact Maintenance window, as well as the Issue Detail window that links your Sources more directly, and also allows you to enter a tax and discount percent, which Realms will use to calculate a Net Paid Amount - click here for details.

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.1.15 (03/30/2001)

Added the ability to include multiple owner statuses in the Collection and Missing Issue Reports - click here for details.

Added a Batch Dup feature accessed from the Subscription window - click here for an explanation.

Added a Lookup Creative Team member option (the button says Find) to the Creative Team window for those of you that turn Prefill off - click here for details.

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.1.12 (03/03/2001)

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.1.1 (02/25/2001)

Added two TPB reports that give you information about the TPBs issues in your collection, and what they contain.

Added a utility that searches your machine for all the images linked to your issues, and updates any incorrect ones it finds - click here for details

Added a Image Viewer Window that allows you to see all the images associated with an issue

Added a Full Collection List by Publisher report.  Formerly, if you sorted by publisher, you only got the issue numbers.  Now, you get the same format as the Sort by Title Full report  - just select the appropriate options on the Print Collection window.

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.0.99j (11/18/2000)

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.0.99i (10/16/2000)

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.0.99f - 5.0.99h (8/21/2000)

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.0.99c - 5.0.99e (7/17/2000)

Multiple fixes to the Missing Issues report - please read this overview

User Defined options for Default Cover Price logic

Miscellaneous fixes:

What's New in Version 5.0.99a (6/24/2000)

What's New in Version 5.0.99 (6/21/2000)

Enhanced Support for entering Multi-Title Trade Paperbacks - now linked to the Missing Issues report

Slight difference in selecting fonts on the Preferences window

What's New in Version 5.0.98 (5/25/2000)

Batch update of Genre, Group By and Cover Price field from the Title Maintenance window

Cue Cards and the Status Bar / Floating Tips are now two separate options

Support for entering Multi-Title Trade Paperbacks

What's New in Version 5.0.97a (5/10/2000)

What's New in Version 5.0.97 (5/7/2000)

Realms now writes an error log when errors occur - you only need to send me that if you get an error

What's New in Version 5.0.96a (4/21/2000)   

Character Appearance conversion process fixed to pick up Cameos, First Appearances and Supporting Characters

Export to Grand Comics Database (GCD) format - IMPORTANT:  You must read this first if you plant to use it!!


What's New in Version 5.0.95 (4/3/2000)

Character Appearance section changed to behave like the Creative Team

Entering Data Directly Into the Character Appearances Field

Entering Data Directly Into the Creative Team Field

Batch Title Change from the Title Maintenance window

Miscellaneous Fixes:

What's New in Version 5.0

Well, first and foremost, version 5.0 is 32 bit

Option to use an Explorer Like Interface

New Windows

More data fields

The Date Fields work a little differently

Grids (tables) work a little differently - sorting / setting the appearance

Version 5.0 is 32 bit

Ok, so, what's that mean to you as a user.

Well, the look and feel of the application should be more consistent with other 32 bit Windows applications

Support for long names comes along automatically

Out of Memory errors are less common (though still possible)

Integration with the internet is much easier

Option to use an Explorer Like Interface

This is something I think may turn out to be a big hit.  On the Toolbar, click the Explorer button and you can access your collection through "treeview" windows, the way Windows Explorer does.  This interface actually is a pretty good match for way titles and issues are related.  Click here for details on how this interface works

New Windows

Issue Images window

Comic Cons / Conventions

Multi-Title Crossovers

Super Team Entry

Filter Titles

Value History Maintenance

New Data Fields

Turn on the Cue Cards in Realms, and move the mouse over the label for any of these fields to get additional information

Title Maintenance:

Issue Details: