e-Newsletter, January 30, 2008

Roundtable Software Newsletter #54, January 30, 2008

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Patch 34 Released

Patch 34 is now available with the following changes:

General Ledger Program 23, Tax Forms: As reported in the previous newsletter, W2s were incorrectly updated for 2007. This patch contains the corrected print layout.

Payroll Program 26, W-2/1099 Forms: A new prompt has been added which gives you the option of including employee contributions to Health Savings Account plans. A user notified us that if an HSA plan is part of a Section 125 (Cafeteria) plan that employee deductions are reportable in addition to the employer's contributions.

Accounts Receivable Program 51, Month End Purge: There was a programmer's debugging message left in it that would show up if the user was creating salesperson commission statements based on transaction payments. The message did not affect the proper running of the program but was pretty annoying.

Inventory Program 55, Import Data: Reporting item selling prices on its variance report. These figures were changed to report costs instead which are far more useful for auditing purposes. We still recommend, though, that the audit trail report from program 31 makes for a much better and accurate measure of the effects of an import.

Inventory Program 56, Quantity Reconciliation: Reports a problem if a serial number's warehouse quantity on hand does not match the serial number's quantity on hand, but did not print any explanatory text defining the problem.

Inventory Program 81, Inventory Master Report: Did not include the newly added reference types 6-8 on the report.

Purchase Orders Program 10, Post Items Received: In the Exception Post mode any PO lines that had a zero quantity received had audit trail and other meaningless zero quantity entries created for them, including updating of current cost in Inventory. Now the program does nothing for lines with zero quantity received. The same actions would take place under partial post if you received a quantity of zero.

Point of Sale Program 4, Full Invoicing: In adding the new delivery feature to the program, we used up enough additional resources that some users were getting out of memory errors when trying to do certain things in that program (most notably, adding an Inventory item on the fly). In order to reduce our memory footprint in this program we made some internal changes that should eliminate these problems.

Order Entry Program 3, Print Picking Ticket: Added many additional fields to section 10, the item detail. The most important of these is the Estimated Ship Date for the item. The addition of this field enables you to create an excellent shipping forecast report.

Note: The new fields discussed above have been added outside the normal printing area of section 10, so in order to print them you will need to use System Administrator Program 11, Modify Reports, to move them into the printable part of the report.

Report Generator did not offer to print by the Item Master's Description Key on reports with Inventory file A as the primary file.

Changes were made to several other system data files relating to forthcoming Windows products.

Additional states have changed their payroll tax tables for 2008: Alabama, Connecticut (remember we do sample tables only for this state), District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont.

Click here to go to the page for this patch where you can review the versions changed in this patch and download the patch file.

If you prefer, you can order a replacement CD from your dealer to get all the latest patches and ensure you are up to date.

Possible Alternative To Using The Novell NETX Client

Our solution for Novell data corruption problems has always been to use the NETX driver, the only one that seems to work properly. However, a user writes to inform us that they have had good success eliminating data corruption problems on Novell by adding a line on their server's AUTOEXEC.NCF file:

Client File Caching Enabled=Off

We have not tested this in-house. If anyone using Novell tries this we would be interested to hear your results.

Unix Product Now Ships on CD

Our Unix products will now ship on CDs. Diskette orders will be available via special order only and a small extra fee will be assessed for their production.

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