Saturday, January 30, 2010

Literature Update available - New Items added

Howdy all!

There is a Literature Update available for download.  To receive it, you must have an internet connection on the computer you are using LRO on.  Go to the "Literature Items List" screen and click on the "Download Literature Updates" button.

For English, the following items were added:

  • 8397 (km insert) - How Do I View Blood Fractions and Medical Procedures Involving My Own Blood?
  • 8020 (form) - Volunteer Letter

For Spanish, the following items were added:

  • 6652 (Folletos grandes) - La Biblia y su mensaje
  • 9261 (DVDs) - Las maravillas de la creación revelan la Gloria de Dios
  • 5416 (Libros) - Testimonio Cabal del Reino de Dios

Also, I was informed (and confirmed) there is a bug with the Backup system.  You may receive a "failure" message, even when the backup really was successful.  This is happening because I added a condition to check for: ensure the date & time of the both files match (which would catch RARE failures where you can read your backup, but not write to the location).  This error will show up if the backup copy is off even by 1 second, which could happen on a slower computer or if using a flash drive as a backup.  I will adjust the condition so it still checks the date & time, but won't be so strict, that way I can still catch this rare situation.  ;-)

I should have this bug fixed, as well as some more enhancements, this Sunday evening. Provided all goes well of course.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Version 1.2.2 Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • New Feature: Show Notes on Reports...turn it on from the Settings screen. Any notes you have attached to an Order will now appear on your detailed reports.  Note: Current users will need to turn this ON under Settings.  New users will have it ON by default.
  • Added: Ability to edit orders on the Pending Items screen.
  • Fixed: Text that was not translated is now being translated.
  • Fixed: LRO backup system was not displaying custom error message if an error occurred.  It was a very vague & generic message.
  • BUG FIX: Marking an item as "Delivered" when inventory management automation is turned on caused an application error.
  • BUG FIX: "Mark all as Received" & "Mark all as Delivered" didn't work if inventory management automation was turned on.

Spanish users...I believe I have gotten every text in LRO translated into Spanish, with the exception of the S-28 items and the "Sept-Feb" & "Mar-Aug" text on the S-28 report.  If you notice any more text that hasn't been translated, please let me know.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Poll - Change behavior of Publisher Search?

Howdy all!

Quick question...should I change the behavior of the combo box for "Search for Publisher's Orders" on the Order Form screen?

Currently, it only shows the names of publisher's who have orders.  I was thinking it might be better to just show everyone...that way you can easily check someone's previous (delivered) orders if needed from this screen.

What do you think?  (Please use the new poll on the right to vote!)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Version 1.2.1b Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • Fixed: Inventory Items will be updated to the Spanish language if you download the Spanish version of LRO.
  • Fixed: Weird "boxes" in certain messages & help info on Access 2003.
  • Fixed: Some misspellings.
  • Updated: Help info on Settings.
  • BUG FIX: Download S-28 Updates did not work with the Spanish version of LRO.
  • BUG FIX: Restoring a backup would fail, and would leave LRO empty.

Howdy all!

The issue with the S-28 download has been fixed for the Spanish download.  However...English users must download this new version for theirs to continue working.

Also, you will notice one of the bug fixes is with regards to restoring a backup of LRO.  I'm not sure which version this bug was introduced in, but I would imagine it was one of the past 3.  Please update your version so this bug will be fixed for you, otherwise if you have one of the affected versions, you will not be able to restore a backup successfully.

The following literature items have been added:

  • Bearing Thorough Witness About God's Kingdom
  • The Bible - What is its Message?
  • The Wonders of Creation Reveal God's Glory

Please run a Literature Update from the Literature Items List screen, because apparently I misspelled "Witness".  And as soon as I get the Spanish version of these items, I will announce it and the Spanish users will be able to download them.  Spanish users should also run the Literature Update, because ''Isaías'' was mispelled on Item #5429.  New users will not need to do this.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Poll - Notes on Reports!

Greetings all!

I started a new poll.  You will find it here on this blog on the right.

You know the notes you can attach to orders?  I want to include them on the detailed reports of Unordered Items, Pending Items, and Deliverable Items.  The question is how should I do it...always show them, let you turn them on/off, or do you think this is unnecessary?

Remember, only ONE vote per user please.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Version 1.2.1a Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • Grouping of Publisher report was improved to group by language after grouping by status.
  • Fixed mispelling on message
  • Help messages now open in a form instead of a message box.  This will allow for longer Help messages if needed.
  • Spanish translation has been added!  You can change back and forth between languages using the new field on the Settings screen.

Good evening everyone!  The much anticipated release of the Spanish version of LRO has arrived!  It can be downloaded from the Other Languages link.

Anyone downloading the Spanish version, PLEASE READ THESE DIRECTION CAREFULLY!!

If you are a CURRENT user of LRO, you will need to follow these directions BEFORE YOU UPGRADE in order to successfully get the Spanish Literature Items List: 

  1. Log into your congregation.
  2. Go to the Literature Items List screen.
  3. Click on "Edit Item Types"
  4. DELETE everything there.  When you go back to the Literature Items List screen, you will notice it is empty.  This will allow you to successfully get the Spanish list of items.
  5. Now you can download the Spanish version.

New LRO users will not have to do this.

Also very important!!

Anyone using the Spanish version please do NOT use the S-28 form's download update feature.  I NOT use the button "Descargar Actualizaciones al S-28".  It will empty out your S-28 form.  I will work on getting the mock S-28 form translated, as well as fix this for the 1.2.1b release.

You may also notice a few things that weren't translated, such as "Link Items", "Notes", and the statuses on the Reports screen.  These need to be handled differently, and I shall take care of them for 1.2.1b.  If you notice anything else, or find any mispellings or phrases that are not understandable, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Much thanks to the 3 brothers who assisted with this translation project!  :-)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Progress Report and Poll

Greetings everyone!

Unfortunately, I did not meet my deadline for deploying a Spanish version of LRO last Sunday.  I still am working on it along with 3 other brothers, and we are making GREAT progress!  We have completed the translation of all the interface (buttons & labels), as you can see in the sample image below:

You may notice one of the buttons has its text being cut off.  There are a couple tweaks still needed for the interface text, but for the most part it is done.

Next up is the Message Boxes, which I'm about halfway through checking.  After I've done my own checking, I submit it to one or more of the brothers who have volunteered, and they check into any concerns or questions I might have, as well as do their own proofreading.  So it is a rather lengthy process, but in the end, it should be VERY accurate and consistent.  :-)

Last but not least will be the Tool Tips to translate, but they should be the quickest to do.  I have a tentative deadline for this Sunday.  I'm confident I will make it this time.  ;-)

In the meantime, I had a little uncertainty on how to implement the new language.  Should I...

  • Have different versions of LRO dedicated to a single language?
  • Allow you to change the language dynamically?  If so, should it be done under the current Default Language setting (which is currently used to pre-select the language for orders and Inventory Items)
  • Or, if dynamically, should I make a completely separate setting?  Because you may be the one who handles the orders for multiple congregations, and they may be in other languages, but you don't want to have LRO's text switch languages on you when you change the Default Language setting for orders and Inventory Items.

You will notice a small poll on this blog to the right directly under "Other Resources".  I put it here so everyone could vote.  If I would have put it in the forums, only those who registered could vote.  Please participate and vote, and PLEASE...only vote once.  Thanks!

And also much thanks to all those who are helping with this translation! :-)