What's New in Version 1.2.0 (01/06/2005)
- I fixed the sort order on the Order Form Report so the report sorted by Item Number always appears in the correct order.
What's New in Version 1.1.9 (03/31/2004)
- I've added Release Date to the Order Form Report, as well as the ability to sort by the Release Date
What's New in Version 1.1.8 (12/01/2003)
- I've tried to fix the XP issues in TAO, similar to ROW and FWIW. Now, if you have XP, the background colors should all be the same. Also, you can now set the XP Offset from the Options menu. Set this to something between 60 and 120 so the windows are sized properly.
What's New in Version 1.1.7 (09/30/2003)
- When TAO creates records in your ROW database, if no ROW title had been linked, TAO was creating a new title record regardless. Now, TAO checks to see if the title already exists (based on a match on the display title). You'll then have the option to use that title, or change the ordered title so there is no longer a duplicate.
What's New in Version 1.1.6 (06/03/2003)
- TAO has been enhanced to allow you to enter the Net paid yourself.
- TAO now gives you the option of adding the item description to either the Comments or the Synopsis in ROW.
What's New in Version 1.1.4 (10/15/2002)
- As a result of an excellent suggestion, I've enhanced the Quick Search window so the focus always returns to the text box and highlights the current text. I've also made the Goto button the default so that pressing the Enter key is the same as clicking the button. This may not seem like a big deal, but since the default sort in TAO (by Item Number) lists the titles in no real order, you probably use the Quick Search a lot more than in the other apps. This should make it a lot easier to move from title to title with very few or no mouse clicks.
- The Quick Search window and Find window weren't always staying on top for some Operating Systems (Win2000, for example). That is now fixed.
What's New in Version 1.1.3 (10/03/2002)
- I've enhanced the process of adding records to ROW so that TAO looks for the most recent record for that title, and more or less performs the dup process, copying the creative team, as well as appearances and anthology data if you have ROW set up to do that (they're all optional in ROW). Please check the records TAO creates and let me know if anything looks incorrect.
- After TAO writes the ROW record, it now automatically runs the build lookup process behind the scenes so the new status should appear in the drop downs.
What's New in Version 1.1.2 (7/30/2002)
- There was a strange bug that prevented the order history from being viewed properly. It always came up blank. The data was being saved properly. You just couldn't see it. That should now be OK. In addition, if you sort the order history, that will work properly as well. That previously had a bug.
Work Around Suggestions
There are a couple of fixes I need to make that I didn't finish this month. Here are some workarounds to try in the meantime.
If you use the feature that has TAO create your order records for you in ROW, after you do that, please run the Build Lookup Files option from the File menu in ROW, when you start up ROW. If TAO uses a new Ownership Status, it won't display until you run that option. I haven't yet had a chance to enhance TAO to do this automatically behind the scenes.
When TAO updates ROW with a new title, it decides to do that based entirely upon whether the ROW Title field is filled in. It doesn't do any checking on it's own. This creates a problem when two issues from the same new title appear in the same month. TAO will create two title records. I'll fix that, but in the meantime, when reviewing your order, prior to running the ROW update, if you have that situation, go into ROW first, enter the title, and then select that title in TAO, so it doesn't create any new title records. You'll have to close and re-open TAO so it picks up the new title.
A related problem occurs when TAO writes a new title, and the publisher in TAO is different (even if it's just case) than what's in ROW for that title. For example, if all your publishers are upper case ("MARVEL" for example), and TAO writes a new Marvel title, it will put "Marvel" in as the publisher. Until I fix this, change the publisher in TAO, right in the list, to match yours. Then it should be OK.
Let me know if you have questions on any of this.
What's New in Version 1.1.1 (6/04/2002)
- The only fix in this version is a correction to the Net Paid calculation (Thanks to Joe Kaufman for pointing this out). I was incorrectly calculating the tax before subtracting out the discount, so the tax was coming out a bit too high. The calculation should now be correct.
What's New in Version 1.1.0 (4/30/2002)
- The "always on top" up windows (Cue cards, Title Details, Find, Quick Search, etc.), weren't always staying on top for Win 2000, XP users. That should be OK now.
- The help file is not complete, but it's fairly far along. I will continue to add to that over the next few months. Use the Cue Cards (or ask me) for help on topics that you can't find in the help file.
- Right mouse click on the Master List to bring up a popup menu with most of the standard "list" functionality like Sorting, Hiding and unhiding columns, etc.
What's New in Version 1.0.6/1.0.7 (10/29/2001)
- On the Order Summary window, under the Options menu, you can select to use the Previews item number (NOV010001 format) or the M&M Comics item number (0201-0001 format) on the Order Form report. Set this option prior to running the report.
- If you create more than one order, you can now switch back and forth between the different orders by selecting Open Order from the File Menu
- If you add or change the Tax or discount per cent on the Order Summary window, click the Calculate button to recalculate the tax and discount on the items in the order. This should also happen automatically when you save the record
- If you create more than one order, the currently active order will be highlighted in the highlight color (the default is red), and any other orders will be highlighted in cyan (blue-green).
What's New in Version 1.0.5 (10/2/2001)
- You can now sort by item number without generating an error
- When you start up the new month's data, TAO should tell you to create a new order. If by some chance, it doesn't, let me know, and create one yourself.
- The pop-up window that displays information about the ROW title you've selected should work properly now.
What's New in Version 1.0.3 (9/4/2001)
- If you are an M&M Comics subscriber, you can export your order to a text file in the format required by them for submission. This is found on the Import/Export tab of the Order Properties window.
- On the Item Properties window, you can set the the ROW location of the associated image, so that when you create records in ROW for this order, it will copy the image file to the correct location, as well as fill in the primary image field with the correct location. TAO will look at the image information on the ROW title record (if it exists) to try to build the default path, but you can change that to anything you wish.
- When you create ROW records for a title that already exists in ROW, TAO will look up the Publisher, Genre and grouping fields, and use that data if it exists.
- On the Order Properties window, you can manually write your order to the history file by clicking the Update History button, or, you can automatically update the history file anytime you save the record by selecting the Auto-Update History File option from the Options menu.
- Behind the scenes, TAO is keeping track of the link from the Previews Title to the ROW title. Although that doesn't do anything for you this month, it sets us up to do some automated links beginning next month.
What's New in Version 1.0.2 (07/30/2001)
- The Item Detail window will automatically save your changes if you switch to another record uses the First, Previous, Next or Last buttons, or if you close the window.
- The Order Ind field on the Previews List window is read only (as it should be). Add and remove items from your order by using the quantity field. The order ind field is simply for easy sorting. If you sort by that field, your ordered items will appear at the top.
- The Item Detail window was not writing some behind the scenes info properly. This caused an error when trying to update ROW. That should now be fixed.
- The "#" has been removed from the issue number field. This will make the Find window work properly when searching by issue number.
- If you sort by issue number, it will sort properly, by the numeric value of the issue number. If you sort in ascending order, blanks will show first, then non-numerics (value of 0), then the numeric issues.
- The Order Form report file is now included in the downloadable exe file.
- If you update ROW with an item that has no issue number, TAO will put "None" in the issue number field, and the sequence number will be set to 0. You might want to go into ROW and adjust the sequence number appropriately.
- In a related note, any fully alpha issue number will get a sequence number of 0 in row (the numeric value of an alpha character is 0), so you may want to adjust those as well.
- If you point TAO at a ROW database in a different directory, it should create an orderhistory file for you. If you run into any errors in this case, please let me know.
- When running the order form report, you may get an error saying CRPAIGE(32).DLL cannot be found. Just click OK. The reports runs anyway. I'll try to find out why that's happening. I don't have that file on my machine and I don't get the message.