Information on new FASTbook releases.

Announcing FASTbook 5.6

FASTbook 5.6 is here. This is the largest update we’ve had in years, and for good reason.

We have added much of the necessary work to prepare for the new database version and bring FASTbook up to par with more of the leading edge technologies. The database is now running on dialect 3 which means improved versatility. Also, all the financial fields have been changed from floating point to binary-coded decimals. This is a more accurate method of saving decimal numbers. In the past there were some issues with rounding that could occur. This eliminates those. There were some other changes at the database level to improve performance.

We have added a new calendar report that should work much faster and allow printing of multiple months at a time. There is also a simple report-building feature that turns SQL statements into nice looking reports (For Advanced Users who understand SQL).

There is a slight change to the look and feel of FASTbook. We have changed the desktop icon from the old blue ‘F’ to a new purple background with a lightning bolt. This was in response to a lot of confusion with our original logo and the popularity of Facebook which had adopted a similar logo. There is a new splash screen on start-up and some of the icons along the main toolbar have been updated to be more visible and represent their purpose a bit more.

To assist with FASTbook Online processing events can now be canceled from the calendar screen. You can right click on the event below the calendar and select ‘Cancel’. Also, when you get in program messages about new FASTbook Online events, the subject line should show the event name if applicable.

Here is a list of other features and changes in FASTbook 5.6.1.1505

  • Added fbclient.dll location to the about screen
  • Added invoice fields to event auditing
  • Added error handling for corrupt calendar filters
  • Removed some corrupt calendar filters from the demo data
  • Updated default calendar color from tan to light blue which drastically improves the aesthetic
  • Updated version check to background threading to avoid stoppage when websites are down
  • Updated Reporting components and print drivers for stability and better support for Windows 7/8/10
  • Fixed mouse wheel support on report previews
  • Fixed an issues in Event Detail where clearing show times might generate an error
  • Fixed copyright year in executable information
  • Fixed an issue where one could not book labor once it had been booked for that day
  • Fixed custom user field editing error when dates are used and then information deleted
  • Fixed room booking schedule to allow for entire email to be exported

Please Note:

This update contains a substantial update to your database. It is recommended that you make a backup of your fbdata.fdb file prior to running this update. This is a precaution in case anything out of the ordinary should occur.

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com

FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.21.1449

Here is a list of NEW features and changes in FASTbook 5.5.21.1449

  • Upgraded Reporting components for stability and better support for Windows 7 and 8
  • Improved Excel (XLS) exports
  • Fixed issue where invoicing and reports would not show a preview but would still print.
  • Fixed issue preventing the deletion of fees and tickets
  • Fixed issue where a daily resource report was not calculating overtime labor properly.
  • Moved Attachments tab to the top portion of Event Details screen to make the layout more consistent with event level items
  • Ctrl-A will now make a screenshot and create an email to send to our support staff
  • Changed database connection error so it was more user friendly
  • Fixed payment totals on invoice
  • Removed outdated accounting integration in favor of new exporting modules
  • Fixed a number of windows integration bugs, including text not always appearing on tabs
  • Total attendance label on Room Booking Schedule was overlapping data, this was corrected
  • updated internal XML processing components
  • updated internal HTML viewing components used in social screen
  • updated development environment and OS to increase better compatibility with Win 7/8
  • upgraded compiler for stability and performance enhancements
  • updated toolbar and menu’s for better integration into windows 7/8
  • Added notification for installations that are using an incorrect version of Firebird**
  • Improved FASTbook update notification so it no longer warns for versions older than what is currently installed
  • New room’s were forced to be created with an initial capital letter. This restriction was removed.
  • Updated color drop downs on some screens

Please Note:

This version checks to make sure you have the proper version of Firebird both client and server. If you do not you need to update those components immediately as running the wrong version may cause database instabilities.

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com

FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.21.1395

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.21.1395

Here is a list of NEW features and changes in FASTbook

  • Upgraded to a faster memory manager should increase application speed and reduce memory issues
  • Fixed some memory leaks that occurred sporadically in the application
  • Improved error message when attachments fail to open. It now lists the text of the message not just the error number.
  • Added next/prev buttons to sub resources this will allow you to scroll to the next room while within each resource.
  • Added subevent attendance total to ticketing tab
  • Added subroutines to help prevent overloading SQL engine.
  • Fixed copyright dates on executable (internal does not effect user)
  • Fixed bug that would sometimes cause Room Event Monthly Timeline to draw incorectly
  • Fixed rate calculations on rooms that were scheduled past midnight and/or had more than 12 hours per day.
  • Updated some queries to better use indexes (speed enhancement)
  • Fixed bug preventing Equipment report from running.
  • Added routines to help FASTbook work with new installer.
  • Added option to Event Information report allowing for a solid line instead of double dashed line.
  • Fixed Event Information Report to correctly show which labor rate is being used.
  • Added routines to Invoicing screen and Event Information report to help prevent redrawing issues and sql overload
  • Fixed rate multi assign so it correctly assigned square foot rates

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.21.1336

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.21.1363

Here is a list of NEW features and changes in FASTbook

  • Fixed bug in Copy Subevents that caused the show times to get the wrong embedded date.
  • Extended new add client pop-up to allow for address and communication information entry.
  • Fixed menu pointing to old fbsetup.exe file
  • Fixed a TChart error message that occured randomly.

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.20.1359

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.20.1359

Here is a list of NEW features and changes in FASTbook

  • Introducing the new Client Detail screen – this new screen is similar to Event Detail but is centered around a single client not a single event. This new functionality makes FASTbook useable as a contact management system as well as an event scheduling system. Also, more fields to store internet related items such as emails and URLs were added.

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For each client you will be able to access:
  • Contacts
  • Tasks
  • Notes / History
  • Events
  • Attachments
  • Invoices

 

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  • Adding new clients and contacts in either Event Detail or FASTbooking should now be much faster. You will only need to add the bare minimum of information at the time. This will allow you to book as quickly as possible and let you go back later to fill in more detailed information about new clients/contacts.
  • Added ability to set FASTbook Online passwords in contact editing.
  • Added a new labor overview in the calendar screen. A third tab ‘Labor’, behind ‘Month’ and ‘Week’, allows you to see a labor overview for any given day.

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  • Employees can now be added at the location level on the new Labor view. This will allow someone to be scheduled as a booth operator, house manager, etc.
  • Fixed bug in event labor scheduling.
  • Added a field in room setup that designates a room for use in net square footage calculations.

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  • Added two buttons to Event Detail to automatically calculate square footage, gross and net, for events. Each room’s square footage added together will compute the gross square footage. Each room that is marked as ‘use for net’ will be added to achieve net square footage. When not using the new buttons, the fields are free form entry as they always have been.

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  • Fixed the copy rate to other client categories function when copying square footage rates. Previously no rate amounts were being copied.
  • Altered both labor reports to show house labor if present.
  • Added ability to set custom font in personal preferences. This custom override font is currently NOT used on any reports. This is just a provision to allow new reports and updated older reports to have a specified user defined font. At this time no reports use this, but in future updates they will start appearing.
  • Fixed bug in edit task that caused the grid not to update after new tasks were added.
  • Added button on menu bar ‘List Panel’ that will hide or show the right side list bar.

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  • Community page now shows up once per week instead of oncer per log in.
  • Rearranged a few fields on Event Detail to better utilize screen space.

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  • Reworked email authentication. It should now work with most email systems.
  • Changed icons for showing and hiding panels.
  • Added functionality to prevent users from being deleted while they are still in use.
  • All new versions of FASTbook should be designed to better utilize larger monitors. Previously screens were designed to fit 800×600.
  • Fixed screen cursor getting stuck on hourglass in labor.
  • Fixed Ticklers checkmark so that it more accurately denotes when an event has ticklers.
  • Fixed a bug in event labor where it was not refreshing after saves.
  • Fixed bug that left the database connected, though not accessible, after a bad login attempt.
  • Updated internet components internally.
  • Updated database drivers internally.

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.19.1335

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.19.1335

Here is a list of NEW features and changes in FASTbook

  • Reworked balanced due/refund due logic in invoice. (7/2011)
  • Fixed charge checkboxes in edit charge/tax/discount screen.
  • Added global filters
  • Updated all printer subroutines, assuring support for windows 7 and 64bit machines. This should fix sporadic reporting issues sometimes associated with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems.
  • Added NEW Avails & Bookings calendar report. This new report can show either bookings or avails on a landscape or portrait calendar. It can also print out multiple months at the same time.
  • Removed “New Style” monthly calendar report. This report was made obselete by the new Avails & Bookings calendar report.
  • Fixed preview screen for calendar reports, should correctly be ablle to be emailed now and added a Print to PDF button.
  • Fixed PDF creation routines for all reports.

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.19.1327

Here is a list of NEW features and changes in FASTbook

  • Fixed some old links in the Help menu.
  • Added Social Media information for Event Software in Help menu. This should make being part of the FASTbook community much easier.
  • Renamed ‘FASTbook Direct’ to ‘FASTbook Community’ in the Help menu.
  • Added links for our Facebook page into the Help > About screen.
  • The ‘What’s New in the Community’ screen will now display when you log into FASTbook. This will inform of you any changes or additions in the lastest update, new product releases, community conversations, etc. This screen includes:
    • Latest blog entries
    • Facebook posts
    • Twitter updates
    • Contact information for Event Software
  • Added an option in a new tab in Personal Settings to disable the ‘What’s New in the Community’ from displaying on start up.

For more information on this release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

NEW FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.19.1326

FASTbook Release Notes – Version 5.5.19.1326

Here is a list of NEW features in FASTbook

  • Moved email field in contact screen so it was just after the phone number and not at the end of the grid. Also, resized the Client screen in setup.
  • Resized Facility Information screen.
  • Corrected an issue in FASTbook where FASTbook was not always using the correct database password when the password had been changed from the default.
  • Corrected an issue in invoicing where “Refund Due” was not always showing on the invoice when a refund was due.
  • Added a button for PDF print out next to the print button on the print preview screen.
  • Fixed an issue in Event Detail where a record locked message might appear when deleting ticklers.

For more information on the release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

New FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.19.1323

FASTbook Release Notes – Version 5.5.19.1323

Here is a list of NEW features in FASTbook

  • Updated the error reporting components. This should help trap more information about obscure errors that may occur in the program. It also provides a mechanism to send those reports to us, and to automatically enter them in a databse for us to use to permanently solve them. (1321)
  • Fixed an issue on the calendar where users would sometimes get an ‘invalid argument to date encode’ message when navigating on the last few days of the month.
  • Added report in Labor setup that would print out a list of all labor positions that have been entered.

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  • Added report on payment screen that will produce a payment history of the current event.

 

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  • Added a feature to swap two rooms. This feature is to be used by advanced persons, as it skips double book checking. The purpose of this is to shuffle events around in a facility where a certain room is trying to be made available.

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  • Fixed a spelling error in the Employee Schedule report.

For more information on the release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

New FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.19.1320

FASTbook Release Notes – Version 5.5.19.1320

Here is a list of NEW features in FASTbook

  • Added account code fields in both Client Category, and Event Type. These together with the existing account code fields should help to assist in organizing FASTbook resources to point toward the correct accounts.
  • Added the ability to disable the text portion of the facility name on the invoice. This allows for a greater area to allot for logo images. Also, a user can now specify a different image to use on the invoice printouts.
    If the following information is placed in a text file named “override.ini” in the folder fbwin50\custom\reports\, both the facility name (hideCenterName) and the mailing address (hideMailingAddress) can be disabled. A “1” indicates a true value while a “0” indicates a false. So to hide the Mailing Address one would include “hideMailingAddress=1” in the file. The useLogo option allows the user to specify a different image file to be used on the invoice header.
    Example of override.ini file:

[Invoice]
hideCenterName=1
hideMailingAddress=1
useLogo=

  • Changed some database field subtypes to a more correct category then they previously were. This change should be transparent to the end user and is only noticed in the database backend.

For more information on the release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.