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OnTime Software Release Notes

This page documents many of the additions and changes included in recent updates made to the OnTime software and services.

March 23, 2017

  • Search in the Billing view. Use the common search bar located in the upper right corner of OnTime Management Suite to search items within the Billing view. Within the billing cycles list, search by customer company name and customer contact name. Within the unbilled shipments list, search by tracking number, customer company name, and customer contact name. Within the invoice list, search by invoice number, customer company name, and customer contact name. Within the payments list, search by payment reference number and customer company name.
  • The current customer adjustment percentage is now automatically stored on new orders. New orders will retain the original adjustment percentage even if the customer adjustment percentage is changed at a later date.
  • Improvements to the performance and accuracy of the QuickBooks Online Extension.
  • Improvements to the Invoice window interface, including the ability to double click an order and open it from the list. Icons have also been updated and improved for 4k displays.
  • Added alert to notify when an order’s price may have changed due to the modification of the customer’s adjustment percentage.
  • Improvements to upgrade process for OnTime Extensions.
  • Improved icons and UI for order entry screen when using high DPI displays.
  • Issue that could result in an error PS-Z4 when generating zone based prices.
  • Issue with QuickBooks Online Extension that could cause orders previously associated with an invoice to be transferred.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

March 10, 2017

  • You can now restore customers that have been deleted. Right click in the Customers list and choose Show Deleted Items. The list will change to show any deleted customers with a strikethrough. Simply right click on a deleted customer and choose Restore.
  • Update channels. Now choose the pace at which your PC receives updates to OnTime Management Suite and OnTime Dispatch. Three channels are available: Preview, Current, and Deferred. You can choose which update channel by visiting the general options. By default, your copy of OnTime will continue on the Current Release channel. For more information, see http://www.ontime360.com/update-channel.aspx.
  • Add and remove sample data. This is designed to help new users experiment with OnTime features quickly, without having to first enter data. Sample data can be added and removed at any time.
  • A new welcome screen appears the first time new accounts are accessed offering tips on getting started and the option to add sample data.
  • Restore price sets that have been deleted. Right click in the Price Sets list and choose Show Deleted Items. The list will change to show any deleted price sets with a strikethrough. Simply right click on a deleted price sets and choose Restore.
  • Autosize columns feature is now available for the Customers and Price Sets list. Just right click within the list and choose Autosize Columns to resize every column to fit its contents.
  • Added ability to authenticate users through API and secured with dedicated permissions.
  • Added ability to authenticate customers through API and secured with dedicated permissions.
  • Added ability to authenticate customer contacts through API and secured with dedicated permissions.
  • History list for collection and delivery is now available in the order entry page of the OnTime Customer Web Portal. This will provide easy access to the 10 most recent collection or delivery locations used by the customer.
  • New address book searching on the order entry page of the OnTime Customer Web Portal. Quickly search by company, contact, and address.
  • Significant improvement to the speed of order processing within OnTime Extensions. See an 8x performance increase with extensions that retrieve order information.
  • When posting transactions from OnTime to QuickBooks Pro, additional information about data formatting failures will appear.
  • Performance improvements to address book searching in the order entry page of the OnTime Customer Web Portal. Even if there are thousands of locations in a customer’s address book, searching will remain responsive.
  • Improvements to the database connection verification test within the SQL Server Replication feature.
  • The database connection verification test within the SQL Server Replication feature can now be performed without first saving connection settings.
  • Improved speed and efficiency of the data push within the SQL Server Replication feature.
  • The Automatic Push option for the SQL Server Replication feature has been moved from the main ribbon to the Configure Replication window.
  • Improvements to the way companywide settings are stored and synchronized.
  • Improved error handling when multiple applications are using the OnTime data file.
  • Changed dimension terminology from depth to length.
  • Issue that could result in delays when testing an external database server when configuring SQL Server replication.
  • Addressed an issue that could cause the synchronization status to incorrectly report attempts to reconnect to the service.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

2/17/2017

  • Improvements to the White program color theme resulting in a more consistent rendering across different display types.
  • Improvements to various user interface elements when viewed on displays using custom display scaling, such as 175% display scaling.
  • Server infrastructure improvements to improve security, reliability, and performance.
  • Issue that could cause the General Options or Program Options dialogs to not appear centered over the program.
  • Issue that could result in the application version, available features, and current company ID from showing properly when clicking on the main File tab.
  • Issue with authentication expiration within the QuickBooks Online Extension.
  • Issue with new service items not being created by the QuickBooks Online Extension.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

2/14/2017

  • Support for OnTime Extensions. A directory of available extensions can be accessed at www.ontime360.com/extensions. Search and browse for extensions developed by Vesigo Studios and the community. Download an extension file and run it to install it within OnTime Management Suite or OnTime Dispatch. Once installed, extensions are easy to keep up to date as OnTime will automatically check for and alert you when updates become available. Updating is just a couple clicks.
  • Synchronize a SQL Server database with local OnTime data. This creates a duplicate copy of the local data in OnTime within a SQL Server database of your choice. This works with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – 2016, including the Express editions.
  • Automatically synchronize data to a configured SQL Server database. In addition to manually synchronizing the data each time changes are made, this setting makes it possible to automatically initiate a synchronization each time data changes from the OnTime service.
  • New ribbon based window wrapping the report designer. This will make it easier to author and modify reports.
  • Abandoned route stops now appear in a system generated entry under the Routes list. Route stops can become abandoned if they were not moved or deleted before the route containing them was deleted. Access to these abandoned route stops makes it possible to move them under a different route or delete them.
  • Support for the new OnTime API, allowing security keys to be assigned granular permissions for each area of the API. By default, the new API is secure with no permissions allowed unless they are expressly set.
  • All reports have been redesigned to ensure that no overlapping elements exist in the default templates. This will improve the consistency of report output to file formats that do not handle overlapping or composited elements well, such as HTML and Excel.
  • Improvements to the route scheduling log viewer, including a new copy feature that makes it possible to copy selected row entries to the clipboard.
  • Now view transfer details with an option to view the SQL Server data push log.
  • Improved transfer time when transferring OnTime data to an independent SQL Server instance.
  • User interface improvements to various windows and ribbon tabs, including new icons.
  • Improvements for high-DPI (4k) displays.
  • Improvements to the Routes list’s icons, especially on high-DPI displays.
  • Orders without assigned customers now appear in the Unbilled Shipments list.
  • Orders entered through the Customer Web Portal will now have their Earliest Collection Time and Earliest Delivery Time set to the same value as the “Ready for collection by” and “Deliver by” fields. Previously those fields were left blank.
  • Improvements to the security, reliability, and performance of user interface components.
  • Route scheduling queuing to improve reliability when entering a large number of route stops.
  • Improvements to the OnTime SDK with enhanced reliability, performance, and security.
  • Issue that may cause a button images to not appear in the ribbon toolbar. In some cases, a red X may have appeared.
  • Issue that could cause some orders to not be fully removed from an invoice.
  • Improved support for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

1/19/2017

  • Added Knowledge Base button to the Help tab.
  • User interface improvements to various windows and ribbon tabs, including new icons.
  • Improvements for high-DPI (4k) displays.
  • Improvements to OnTime SDK structure and documentation.
  • Improvements to the Find Duplicates tool under Locations, including the ability to right click in the list of duplicates and choose Check Selected Items, Check All, and Uncheck All.
  • Issue that could cause an invoice exported to certain file formats and attached to an email message to be corrupted.
  • Issue that could cause some detected duplicates within the Find Duplicates tool under Locations to not be removed when selected.
  • Issue that could cause an error when viewing an order without a status assigned.
  • Issue that would present an error when processing an order without collection or delivery location.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

1/11/2017

  • Under the billing view, the invoice and payment lists now each have ribbon tabs, making it easier to access common functions such as sending emails, previewing, and receiving payments.
  • Invoices can now be saved directly to a number of file formats. This can be performed on individual invoices or in bulk across many invoices at once.
  • Improvements to the appearance of the user interface, including remastering of additional iconography for increased display scaling on high-DPI (4K) displays.
  • Improvements to the OnTime SDK and extension framework.
  • Improvements to the way invoice totals are rendered within the invoice list.
  • Improvements to the loading and refreshing performance of the invoice list.
  • Issue that could cause an error to appear when running on non-English language versions of Windows.
  • Issue that could cause a failure to calculate zone based prices if the appropriate system database providers were not configured correctly.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

12/28/2016

  • Improvements to the workflow designer window.
  • Webhooks that are scoped to selected customers are now available within a customer's notification list.
  • Issue that could result in an error when business statistics graphs are loading.
  • Issue that could result in an error when starting a new order within order entry or viewing a route stop.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

12/26/2016

  • Issue causing an error to occur within the order entry process under specific circumstances.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

12/23/2016

  • Issue with some billing cycle schedules displaying incorrect cycle end dates.
  • Fixes for an issue that would cause the application to not start properly.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

12/20/2016

  • OnTime Management Suite and Dispatch now run on .NET Framework 4.6, making for a better experience on Windows 7, 8, and 10.
  • All new support for extensions developed using the new OnTime SDK. Extensions can be created to perform custom tasks and are deeply integrated into OnTime. Using the OnTime SDK makes it possible to tightly integrate OnTime accounts with other software systems and sites. You’ll be able to create, read, and update data from most areas of an OnTime account.
  • OnTime SDK: The OnTime SDK provides a powerful application programming interface (API) that allows a developer to control many of the basic functions of an OnTime account. This makes it possible to control how data is read, created, and updated. Using this approach, a programmer can easily extend the functionality of OnTime desktop applications such as OnTime Management Suite and OnTime Dispatch. These extensions become part of the OnTime application and can offer deep integration with other software systems.
  • High resolution and high DPI support for 4K monitors. Icons, text, and other UI elements have been remastered and optimized for display on high-density screens. OnTime will look better than ever on such screens.
  • Custom row spacing: Set the space between rows to suit your taste. Choose narrow, normal, and wide. Find this setting under General Options > Personalization > Row spacing.
  • Ability to install and manage extensions from within OnTime Dispatch.
  • In addition to installing extensions through the Manage Extensions window, now double click an extension file to install.
  • Ability to track exporting of invoices via a custom extension. This appears as a new column with checkboxes under the Billing > Invoices view.
  • Control over whether or not extensions can be installed and used. Find these settings under General Options > Connections > Extensions.
  • Addition of Autosize Columns command to the context menu of many lists within OnTime Management Suite.
  • Improved mapping within driver view of OnTime Dispatch.
  • Improvements to functions within the report designer.
  • Improved support for languages, including Arabic script. Rendering reports to PDF and other formats will benefit from this improvement.
  • Security warning now appears when installing extensions.
  • Improved support for legacy extensions written before the OnTime SDK. These legacy extensions now load and run side-by-side with new extensions authored using the OnTime SDK.
  • Redesigned General Options area within OnTime Management Suite.
  • Improvements to the reliability of website applets, including improved routing support for price calculations.
  • Improved communication between OnTime Management Suite and OnTime Dispatch when both programs are installed and running on the same PC.
  • Customer balance is now available as a field within invoice reports.
  • Improvements to the display of the time clock within OnTime Dispatch. The current time clock status and the amount of time logged in is now displayed.
  • The function for troubleshooting network problems has been improved to be more accurate and respond to additional types of networking issues.
  • Issue with negative miscellaneous amounts not properly transferring to QuickBooks.
  • Issue where embedded web pages would not display properly on a high DPI monitor with increased display scaling.
  • Improvements to billing cycle schedules where some specific schedules did not calculate properly.
  • Issue within the order entry view wherein the order entry form would be cut off at the bottom because of lengthy customer comments.
  • Issue where grouped modifiers would not function properly in specific scenarios.
  • Issue where an error could appear on first load if another OnTime application was running.
  • Issue with the mapping of a customer’s address not appearing on the map.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

12/12/2016

  • Web services updated to be more secure, more reliable, and better performing.
  • Various issues reported via the OnTime error reporting service.

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