Friday, December 25, 2015

Offers for the Month updated & new literature items for Portuguese

Howdy all!

I've put out the update for Upcoming Offers.  It is now current up to June 2016.

Also, for Portuguese users, the following items have been added:
  • 5425 - Jesus – O Caminho, a Verdade, e a Vida
  • 6671 - Volte para Jeová
I hope all are doing well!  :-)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Literature Item updates

Howdy all!

The following literature items have been changed for English:

  • Added: 5340 - What Can the Bible Teach Us?
  • Renamed: 8789 To: Our Christian Life and Ministry Meeting Assignment
For all other languages, I'll get them as soon as I can.

As far as the next version of LRO goes, I have not touched LRO since the last release.  No worries...I do have some to-dos to work on.  But things with LRO are good, and it's a low priority.  If you are having any issues or concerns with LRO, let me know.  Because right now, I don't have a sense of urgency for the next release.  I've been giving a good bit of my weekend time to Bible studies & return visits.  That doesn't mean I can't make time for LRO, but I've been using the free time I do have to relax and unwind.  ;-)

I hope all are doing well!

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Literature Items & Offers for the month

Howdy all!

The following literature items have been added for English:

  • 2555 - Watchtower Library--2015 Edition (DVD)
  • 5425 - Jesus--The Way, the Truth, the Life
  • 6671 - Return to Jehovah
  • 9298 - What Is True Love?--On DVD
  • 4125 - Jesus--The Way, the Truth, the Life--On Compact Disc

Brothers, please note that the Watchtower Library DVD is a completely different number than usual. Under normal circumstances, it would be 2515.  In fact, you will see there is already an item #2515 in LRO.

So...what to do?  Just delete #2515.  But please note if you haven't submitted your Annual Items using the special annual items tool, you will have to adjust the configuration to use the new 2555 number (if you plan on using the annual items tool).  If you already placed the order for Watchtower Library can either go and adjust all the orders to 2555, or just make a mental note to use the new number.  Please email me if there is any questions!

Also, upcoming offers through to February are now available.

Finally, other language literature updates will be released when I get the translations.

I hope all are doing well!  :-)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Version 2.0.1 Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • Added: Tablet mode setting!  LRO should now be easier to use on tablets.  Activate this feature by clicking on the button that looks like a tablet on the very first screen (login screen).  Keep in mind that LRO is only supported on Windows tablets.
  • Added: Message box with friendly reminder when Request Month does not match the actual month that we are in (unless it is the NEXT month). Displayed on Order Form screen on load.
  • Added: On Inventory Management screen, highlight negative movement numbers in orange.
  • Added: Warning for when the S-28 form has not been updated in over a year, and therefore may be inaccurate.
  • Removed: On Inventory Suggestions, do not do the duplicate orders check.  Due to the nature of these orders, this feature was more annoying than useful.
  • Fixed: some translations in French.
  • Bug Fix: On Inventory Suggestions, the quantity for items that are unordered or pending did not change if another quick order was placed.
  • Bug Fix: Ribbon is hidden better on newer versions of Access (2010 & 2013).

Howdy all!

Good stuff with this latest update.  Probably the most significant piece is the tablet mode setting.  Considering I don't have 20 different tablets to test with, I will rely heavily on feedback from you guys.  If you consider using LRO on a tablet, please give me feedback on how it looks and if it works good for you.

Quick Tip: Enable your on-screen keyboard BEFORE enabling tablet mode.  And also, set the keyboard to where the keyboard shrinks the screen, rather than just hovering over the window.  I believe it is one of the buttons in the upper-right corner.  This will enable the tablet mode feature to work better.  ;-)

Any questions, let me know!

Monday, August 24, 2015

New Literature Items

Howdy all!  The following literature items have been added:

For French users:

  • 9232 - Qu’enseigne réellement la Bible ? (sur DVD) (Langue des signes)
For Spanish users:
  • 7305 - Invitaciones para la reunión de congregación
  • 4119 - Ejemplos de Fe -- En CD
  • 6219 - Ejemplos de Fe – Letra Grande
  • 3520 - Carrito Exhibidor de Literatura--- Tres Piezas de Exhibidor de Acrílico Limpio
  • 3522 - Carrito Exhibidor de Literatura---Juego de Reparación para todo el Ensamblaje del Carrito (tuercas, pernos, etc.)
  • 3521 - Carrito Exhibidor de Literatura--- Reemplazo para la Cubierta para la Lluvia
  • 3523 - Carrito Exhibidor de Literatura---Ruedas, rodamientos y chavetas
For Portuguese users:
  • 7305 - Convite para reuniões congregacionais
  • 2415 - Cantemos a Jeová -- Orquestra e Coral, CD 5

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Literature Items & Offers

Howdy all!

The following literature items are now available for download:

  • 4264 - Teach Your Children—On Compact Disc
  • 6219 - Imitate Their Faith—Large Print
  • 4265 - Your Family Can Be Happy—On Compact Disc
  • 3520 - Literature Display Cart—Three Clear Acrylic Display Pieces
  • 3521 - Literature Display Cart—Replacement Rain Cover
  • 3522 - Literature Display Cart—Repair Kit with all hardware for cart assembly (nuts, bolts, etc.)
  • 3523 - Literature Display Cart—Wheels, bearings, and cotter pins
  • 9267ASL - Sing to Jehovah--On DVD, Disc 2

  • 5140 - Tradução do Novo Mundo da Bíblia Sagrada (this one will appear as a "Spelling Fix" & "Symbol Added")
  • 5141 - Tradução do Novo Mundo da Bíblia Sagrada (grande)
  • 5142 - Tradução do Novo Mundo da Bíblia Sagrada (bolso)

  • 6668 - Guía para el Estudio de la Palabra de Dios (Tamaño Grande)
  • 4264 - De Padres a Hijos--En Disco Compacto
  • 4265 - Su Familia Puede ser Feliz--En Disco Compacto

For Portuguese users, please note that you will need to activate item #5140.  I have no way of making it active for you, since it is already an existing item...

For the literature display cart items, they will appear under the "Miscellaneous" item type.

I apologize for the delay in making some of the items available.  Between my secular job, vacation, congregation responsibilities (including elders' meetings), meeting parts, public talk, Bible studies, medical stuffs, upgrading LRO to Access 2013, bug squashing, etc, etc etc...I've let it slip.  With this main upgrade & more importantly, the bug fix out of the way, things should be back to normal and I should be able to keep up with things.

In any case, please feel free to contact me if I miss (or am late with making available) a new literature item for your language.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Version 2.0.0 Released!!!!!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • LRO has been upgraded to Access 2013!  Due to this fact, I've moved ahead to verison 2.0.0
  • Added: On Inventory Management, check if there are any "Received" quantities other than 0 before opening the inventory suggestions.  Message shown if only 0 quantities are found, since user may have forgotten to mark down received, and suggestions will be affected.
  • Added: Filled out Annual Items report, via the Annual Items order screen.  ONLY available if you are in the process of filling out the annual item orders.
  • Fixed: Literature Items List may have lost its default sort order for some users.
  • Fixed: Download link for Upcoming Offers was broken.
  • Updated: Check for updates now checks THREE different mirrors to ensure user will receive updates from somewhere.
  • Updated: User Guide for English.
  • Removed: Support for importing old TLA (The Literature Assistant) data.

Howdy all!  Exciting stuff here!

This is a BIG update here.  So big, I think it is time to call it 2.0.0.  LRO is has been upgraded to work on Access 2013 as the main version.  However, it should still work for those who are on Access 2007, but you have to AT LEAST have that.  XP users should be able to function on 2007 just fine.

Please, if you don't have it already, and are capable of doing so, upgrade to Access 2013.  Remember, it must be the x86 version.  If anyone has any difficulty with this, please contact me.

Also note that the User Guide has been updated (for English users only).  Even if you have been using LRO for a while, it may be beneficial for you to look at the guide and see what I added regarding the Inventory Management system & the Annual Items.

Last but not least, please...since this is a major upgrade...make a BACKUP before upgrading, and let me know ASAP if you have any issues, so I can fix them quickly.

Warm Christian greetings to all!  :-)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Reminder: Upcoming Offers update is broken

Howdy all!

Just a friendly reminder...if it's about time for you to place the latest literature order, remember you will need to check your Kingdom Ministry to see what the upcoming offers are, and manually order them as you see fit.

I'm working hard to enhance the update system to prevent this from happening again, as well as get LRO upgraded to Access 2007 and above (though primarily tested for 2013).  Should have the update in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned!  :-)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Annual Items are now available for download!

Howdy all!

The annual items are now available for ALL languages.

REMINDER:  Support for Microsoft Access versions prior to 2007 will be ending with the next LRO update.  You must have at least Microsoft Access 2007 or greater to use the next version of LRO.  Windows XP users can use 2007.  However, users with newer versions of Windows are encouraged to upgrade to 2013 AFTER you get the LRO update.  The current version of LRO seems to be buggy with 2013 please wait until then before upgrading.  I hope I didn't confuse me if so.

And trust do want to upgrade to the next version....I broke the Upcoming Offers update system.  So you have to manually check your Kingdom Ministry and plan accordingly until then.  :-/

There are some other new items for various languages that I'm working on making available.  Will have them in the next few days.

Also, got a much more detailed User Guide on the way!  Stay tuned for more details!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

News of importance...

Howdy all!

Working on the next update to LRO here.  Got some rather important news...

The next version of LRO will be dropping support for all versions of Access before 2007.  With the release of 1.4.8, LRO will only support Access 2007 and beyond.  Though I will be developing it natively in 2013, so if you are able to use 2013, I highly recommend upgrading to 2013.

There is a free run-time version of Access 2013 available for those that don't meet the new requirements.  You can download it from here.  (choose the one with x86)

For those with Windows XP still, you will need Access 2007, you can get it from here.

NOTE:  Please REMOVE the previous version of Access before installing a new one.  Having 2 versions of Access can lead to chaos...

Also, I've accidentally broken the download link for the latest Offers of the month.  Unfortunately, the backup host is not being reached either.  I will have to fix this up for 1.4.8, and try to enhance my update system even further.

Last but not least, support for TLA (The Literature Assistant) users will be dropped.  The TLA import feature has been in LRO for nearly 4 years now.  I think sufficient time has been allowed for TLA users to hop on over.  If someone happens to still need or be using this feature, please let me know.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New S-28 form is available! And new Russian items!

Howdy all!

I've updated the S-28 form for LRO for English users.  Please download it so you are up to date.  LRO should automatically prompt you the next time (or two) when you open LRO.

For Russian users, the following items have been added:

  • 6547 - Первое знакомство со Словом Бога
  • 6548 - Слово Бога в картах и схемах
  • 5422 - Царство Бога правит
  • 6664 - Обучайте своих детей
  • 9291 - Эти слова должны быть в твоем сердце (на DVD)
  • 7136 - Царство
  • 6665 - Счастливая семья
Hope all are doing well! :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Poll: Is the Quick-start Guide for LRO easy to understand?

Howdy all!

Now that LRO is at the point of maturity, where it pretty much has everything it needs, it's time to re-visit the User Guide and enhance it.  I plan on adding a lot more details about how to do your common literature room tasks, such as preparing your order to place on, doing the monthly inventory, and the special annual items.

Before I add all these new items to the guide, I want to make sure that my style of writing is understandable to everyone.  As far as I can remember, I have had NO feedback on my User Guide.  So...I'm conducting a poll to see just what y'all think.  :-)

Please look to the right, and you will find the poll under the 3rd box entitled "Is the Quick-start guide for LRO easy to understand?" This poll is now closed.

Only vote once, and please be COMPLETELY HONEST with your answers.  I can take criticism.  ;-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Version 1.4.7 Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • Italian translation as been added!!
  • Added: Quick Order screen prompts if the user adds a quantity and simply clicks "Close".
  • Bug Fix: When selecting your language on a fresh install, it now picks the correct "Default Language" for literature items.  Before, it always picked "English"
  • Bug Fix: "Stock" publisher doesn't change immediately when swapping between languages. Had to go back to Login screen to take effect.  Now changes immediately.
  • Bug Fix: When restoring from a backup, LRO did not transfer the new MASTER table for "tblS28Fields".  So the S-28 form for other languages would have been lost when restoring.
  • Bug Fix: The table "LROUpdateCheck" did not get cleared after restoring.  This may have caused minor issues if someone re-installed LRO or restored from backup.
  • Bug Fix: When Restoring LRO using Other Tools, the script that adds the backup path to the trusted zone (which prevent alerts that, if handled incorrectly, could cause data loss) was not working.
  • Bug Fix: The updated Statistics collector script re-collected statistics, even when collecting was not necessary. read that right!  After much hard work and collaboration with a translation brother, LRO is now available in Italian!  That makes 6 different languages.  :-D

To my Italian brothers who are already using LRO, the upgrade should be rather easy for you (thanks to the changes I made in 1.4.6).  All you must do is go into "Settings" and switch "Set LRO's Language" and "Default Language for Publications" to "Italian".  That's it!  No fancy re-configuring other than that.  :-)

For everyone else, please upgrade to 1.4.7 as soon as possible.  There's quite a few bug fixes, as you can see up there.  Nothing too major, but we don't like bugs, nonetheless.  ;-)

What can y'all expect in 1.4.8?  Well, there's one cool idea someone came up with...collect publisher's emails and then allow you to email all publishers that have items ready to be Delivered.  I am going to look into that and see if I can add that feature.  No promises, but I think it would be cool to have.  :-)

After 1.4.8....we're looking at jumping to 2.0.0.  When we get to that point....that will mean no more support for Access versions below 2013.  It's hard to keep up with compatibility, so very soon, I'm making the push to upgrade everyone to Access 2013.  Stay tuned for more details!!

Keep ideas coming!!  I love to hear from my users.  :-D

Hope all are doing well!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Literature Items & Offers

Howdy all!

I got quite a HUGE update for literature items.  Here's what's been added:

For English users:

  • 8416 - Contact card for [sign language] - Picture of open Bible
  • 8423 - Contact card for [sign language] - Picture of sister conducting a Bible study
  • 8424 - Contact card for [sign language] - Picture of brother conducting a Bible study
  • 4262 - How Can You Have a Happy Life?--On Compact Disc
  • 5422 - God's Kingdom Rules!
  • 6664 - Teach Your Children
  • 9291 - 'These Words...Must Be on Your Heart'--On DVD
  • 7136 - What Is the Kingdom of God? (Tract No. 36)
  • 6665 - Your Family Can Be Happy
  • 3494ASL - The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom—On DVD (2014) (Set of 12 DVDs in an album)
  • 3456ASL - Album for The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom—On DVD (2015) (Album for storage of The Watchtower—On DVD for 2015)
  • 7305 - Invitation to Congregation Meetings
  • 7306ASL - Invitation to Congregation Meetings [Sign Language]
For Portuguese users:
  • 7136 - O Que É o Reino de Deus? (folheto  T-36)
  • 6664 - Ensine Seus Filhos
  • 6665 - Você Pode Ter uma Família Feliz
  • 9291 - 'Estas Palavras Têm de Estar Sobre o Seu Coração' — em DVD
  • 5422 - O Reino de Deus Já Governa!
For Spanish users:
  • 8421 - Tarjeta de Contacto. Hermana conduciendo un estudio Bíblico
  • 8422 - Tarjeta de Contacto. Hermano conduciendo un estudio Bíblico
  • 6547 - Introducción a la Palabra de Dios
  • 6548 - Guía para el estudio de la Palabra de Dios
  • 5422 - El reino de Dios ya está gobernando
  • 6664 - Enseñe a sus hijos
  • 9291 - 'Estas palabras tienen que resular en tu corazón' -- En DVD
  • 7136 - ¿Qué es el Reino de Dios? Tratado número 36
  • 6665 - El secreto de las familias felices
  • 4262 - ¿Cómo tener una vida feliz? -- En CD
For French users:
  • 6547 - Introduction à la Parole de Dieu
  • 6548 - Guide d’étude de la Parole de Dieu
  • 5422 - Le Royaume de Dieu en action !
  • 6664 - Enseignez vos enfants
  • 9291 - « Ces paroles devront être sur ton cœur » (sur DVD)
  • 7136 - Qu’est-ce que le Royaume de Dieu ? (tract n° 36)
  • 6665 - Le secret des familles heureuses

I have not forgotten about my Russian users.  Unfortunately, my primary translator (who is in Ukraine) has not responded to me.  With all the troubles in Ukraine right now, it doesn't surprise me.  And my backup Russian translator is in the hospital.  If anyone has access to the Russian items (in their native language), I could probably use your help.  If not, he should be out of the hospital within a week.

The offers for the months of May & June are also now available.

Also...stay tuned!  LRO 1.4.7 will be available in about 2 weeks, and it will have the Italian translation!!  :-D