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Dec
3
Version 2016.265 Released - Report Runner Batch and Report Runner Viewer
Posted by Jeff-Net Fan Support on 03 December 2017 07:19 PM

Batch:

  1. Updated: Added 3 additional AppData directories to monthly auto-backups (Event Server, Form Scripts, and Newsletters). Note, backing up the Event Server directory allows us to auto-backup your Web Portal reports and templates.
  2. Updated: Additional log file messages added related to mail attachments
  3. Updated: New default evaluation license key embedded

Viewer:

  1. Two new JNRRV.INI settings added to customize Viewer; LockID=0|1 and LockPassword=0|1; this was added to allow the ID/password fields to be locked, but allow access for users to still change DSN and Database settings.
  2. Updated: Additional log file messages have been added
  3. Updated: The FREE reportrunner.com mail server has been updated (again). We needed to make another change since the last release.
  4. Updated: New default evaluation license key embedded

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This update is not considered critical, but our last release 2016.260 was/is. If you are not updated to at least 2016.260, you MUST update.

https://jeff-net.com/downloads

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* Again, if you are not on at least 2016.260, this is a CRITICAL update due to the licensing server change. We have a new licensing server as of 2016.260, and we are unable to set or fix licensing unless you update.


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Sep
3
Version 2016.5j Released - Report Runner Web Portal
Posted by Jeff-Net Fan Support on 03 September 2017 01:18 PM

We have a number of new, key features in this new release!

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Web Portal

  1. New - Search has been added to all screens/forms in the ADMIN interface. Easily search/filter reports, groups, and users.
  2. New - Ability to optionally assign a specific output format to a specific report; previously you could only assign PDF only or allow the user to choose
  3. New - Ability to optionally set any report for email only or view only
  4. New - Clone an existing report
  5. New - Filter SQL-based queries based on user values (jnUserValue1-3 and jnUserName); this enables you to, for example, run a SQL query that prompts a user to choose an invoice number (but only invoices applicable to that user are shown)
  6. New - Ability to optionally password protect ADMIN interface by setting a password in web.config file (key is "adminpassword"); previously you had to do it using Windows security/authentication
  7. Update - Adding a new report will NOT default to first template in list; loading of template is prevented until template is chosen
  8. Update - ADMIN interface/icons tweaked to be a little cleaner and modern; you can see new interface at our test site http://admin.reportrunner.com; also fixed a few typos and interface inconsistencies.
  9. Update - ADMIN interface, footer area, updated to show key paths and directories from web.config file
  10. Update - Source code has been formatted to be more easily readable
  11. Update - End user interface is now 100% generic "out-of-the-box"; no Jeff-Net branding, a generic Web Portal logo, and a grey background; you can see this new interface at our test site http://reports.reportrunner.com; you can still customize the end user interface of course
  12. Bug Fix - XML support files (INI, header, and footer) are now copied if report is run via the command line

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This update is not critical, but it is very recommended.

Five important notes about updating:

  1. Your data files (reports, users, string customizations) are 100% safe
  2. Your custom CSS changes and customizations are NOT safe. We have many CSS changes in this release due to our modernizing of messages so any custom CSS you've coded will need to re-done. As long as you have a backup of your current Web Portal installation, we can easily help you if you have problems re-doing the old look of your portal.
  3. We have not updated the installation/manual documentation regarding these new features. We will get that done soon.
  4. Make sure you've downloaded the latest update for Report Runner Batch, version 2016.260 (or later)
  5. Make sure you've downloaded the latest update for Report Runner Event Server, version 2016.65 (or later)

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Web Portal downloads are not publicly posted on our website. Your original download link has been updated with the 2016.5j release (so just re-download the installer). This release has been posted there for a week as we've been testing. If your ADMIN interface footer already states you have 2016.5j, you do NOT need to update. If you do not have the download URL for Web Portal, just reply to this news release to request it (it will auto-open a ticket) or open a ticket manually.

 

 


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Aug
3
Version 2016.260 Released - Report Runner Batch and Report Runner Viewer (*CRITICAL)
Posted by Jeff-Net Fan Support 1 on 03 August 2017 02:05 PM

Batch:

  1. NEW: An automated log file cross-reference (XREF) to easily see which log file goes with which scheduled batch. (Please, no clapping or loud cheering!) The XREF can be found in the log file directory with a naming standard of YYYY-MM-XREF.txt. It is created on a monthly basis. It will list the date and time, type of log, the XML file name, and log file name. Note, if you use Event Server or Web Portal, this log file will also log events and reports and the applicable log file, too. 
  2. Updated: Additional log file messages have been added
  3. Updated: We are now utilizing a new licensing server. This is ANOTHER new server from our last 2016.250 release. The new web call to this web service uses the URL licensing.jeffnetwebservice.com (it used to be license2013.reportrunner.com). Due to this, you MUST update to this release to be able to activate future licenses. The "license2013" server/service will be unavailable as of September 1st, 2017.

Viewer:

  1. NEW: Added a new INI setting to disable the prompt "Would you like to reuse parameter values?". Some users ALWAYS enter new values when refreshing reports, so there is never a need to reuse parameter values. With this setting, that prompt is bypassed, therefore saving you an extra click on each refresh. We have created an INI option (SuppressParameterRefreshPrompt=1) to enable this feature under [Options]. 
  2. NEW: An automated log file cross-reference (XREF) to easily see which log file goes with which reports ran via command line (only command line reports are logged). The XREF can be found in the log file directory with a naming standard of YYYY-MM-XREF.txt. It is created on a monthly basis. It will list the date and time, type of log, the report name, and log file name. 
  3. Updated: The default export directory list has been increased from 5 to 20. You can now configure up to 20 default export directories.
  4. Updated: Additional log file messages have been added
  5. Updated: The FREE reportrunner.com mail server has been updated. Note, if you have any issues after updating, please make sure MailPort setting under [Options] in JNRRV.INI is set to 587.
  6. Updated: We are now utilizing a new licensing server. This is ANOTHER new server from our last 2016.250 release. The new web call to this web service uses the URL licensing.jeffnetwebservice.com (it used to be license2013.reportrunner.com). Due to this, you MUST update to this release to be able to activate future licenses. The "license2013" server/service will be unavailable as of September 1st, 2017.

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Due to the licensing server update, this update is considered CRITICAL. You can download 2016.260 here:

https://jeff-net.com/downloads

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* Again, we are considering this a CRITICAL update due to the licensing server change. You have until the end of the month to update. This is a CRITICAL update due to licensing; NOT due to a bug of any type.

 


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Apr
21
Version 2016.250 Released - Report Runner Batch and Report Runner Viewer
Posted by Jeff-Net Fan Support 1 on 21 April 2017 08:40 AM

Batch:

  1. NEW: You can now run a pre-batch and/or post-batch SQL call (update, insert, or execute a stored procedure). You configure the SQL under the Tools menu (Global SQL). You configure what SQL to run in your batch-specific INI settings (use right-click menu to see new settings). Note, if your pre-batch SQL fails, your batch will NOT run.
  2. NEW: Created an INI option to modify how XML files are read (XMLReadMode); this setting is utilized by support when necessary
  3. NEW: SuperBatch trigger tree viewing can not filter only good triggers or only bad triggers; previously viewing both good and bad triggers sometimes gave a false positive that triggering was in an endless loop
  4. Updated: The batch-specific INI setting jnRemoveBlankLinesFromOutputFiles was modified to allow for setting a minimum length a line in a text-based output file should be. Previously this feature would simply remove blank lines. This new feature should not be overlooked. It helps remove bad data from CSV-type, text-based output files (stuff like lines with only commas. For example if all output lines should be at least 100 characters wide, just set the value to 100 and if the length of the record is less than that, it will be deleted. This is a really slick, new setting.
  5. Updated: More temporary file cleanup added; we found a number of places in our code where Windows temp files were not being deleted. For some users, this was causing an issue with Windows temp file space filling up. We also fixed an issue where some Windows temp files were getting created and were never used.
  6. Updated: Fixed an issue where some post PDF file processing was being called even when unnecessary. The file was not getting incorrectly modified, but it was unnecessary memory overhead. For some users, it triggered memory errors.
  7. Updated: Analyze/Find/Replace in Tools menu now defaults to ALL files/types
  8. Updated: Default PDF file attributes changed so all optional features are enabled by default
  9. Updated: Added additional log file message to assist with debugging. We also fixed some incorrect/misleading log file messages.
  10. Updated: We are now shipping SP20 (service pack 20) of the Crystal runtime engine in our FULL installer. We used to ship SP3. We still believe SP3 is the most stable, but SP20 includes a number of necessary features to work with newer versions of SQL Server and newer versions of Crystal Reports. If SP3 (or any other service pack) is working for you, there is no reason to install SP20.
  11. Updated: An exit code of 2 is no longer considered bad. It is only a warning. It is not a failure (a 1 is a bad exit code). This impacts triggered SuperBatches and post-batch SQL execution (that's why we made the change). 
  12. Updated: We are now utilizing a new licensing server. Technically the server is the same, but the IP address changed. If you want us to track the specific machines you activate our software on, you must be on this version or later.

Viewer:

  1. NEW: Added an optional, new, printing method. Due to some recent OS changes, some users are unable to print using the older/default print method. We have created an INI option (UsePrintMethod2=1) to enable this feature.
  2. NEW: New INI options added to configure Viewer (HideThereIsNothingToPrintMessage, HideExportBrowseButton, HideExportButtonInExport, DoNotOpenWindowsExplorerAfterExport, HideExportAndOpenButton)
  3. Bug Fix: Prevent auto-close from running during printing, exporting, or once close process has started
  4. Updated: More temporary file cleanup added; we found a number of places in our code where Windows temp files were not being deleted. For some users, this was causing an issue with Windows temp file space filling up. We also fixed an issue where some Windows temp files were getting created and were never used.
  5. Updated: Added additional log file message to assist with debugging. We also fixed some incorrect/misleading log file messages.
  6. Updated: We are now shipping SP20 (service pack 20) of the Crystal runtime engine in our FULL installer. We used to ship SP3. We still believe SP3 is the most stable, but SP20 includes a number of necessary features to work with newer versions of SQL Server and newer versions of Crystal Reports. If SP3 (or any other service pack) is working for you, there is no reason to install SP20.
  7. Updated: We are now utilizing a new licensing server. Technically the server is the same, but the IP address changed. If you want us to track the specific machines you activate our software on, you must be on this version or later.

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Due to the licensing server IP address update, this update is considered semi-critical. You can download 2016.250 here:

https://jeff-net.com/downloads

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Note, we had a number of users testing/using in-between releases via downloads recommended in support tickets. If you're using a version after 2016.230 and before 2016.250, please update immediately. 

 


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Mar
26
Version 2013.5i Released - Report Runner Web Portal
Posted by Jeff-Net Fan Support 1 on 26 March 2017 07:09 PM

This update is a minor one compared to the 2013.5g release in January of this year. We have fixed one bug and are releasing two, new, key features.

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Web Portal

  1. New - Support for INI, Header, and Footer files (just like Report Runner Batch); All you have to do is make sure your XML-matching INI, .TXT, and FOOTER.TXT files are in the same WebTemplates directory. This enables emailed reports to be super-customized and branded to the end user or customer.
  2. New - Support for date variables to be used to set Date and Date/Time based parameters (whether the parameters are shown or hidden); TODAY, YESTERDAY, and TOMORROW variables can be set for dates, and NOW can be set for the time. For example, if your user normally needs to enter today's date and 8am for the time, you can set the default value to: TODAY 080000. Or, if you want it to default to yesterday and 24 hours ago, set it to: YESTERDAY NOW
  3. Bug Fix - Date/Time based parameters were not properly supported with the Calendar and Time picker/icon. Date/Times are now fully supported. If you have any issues getting this to work after the update, delete your web-template, and recreate it by "throwing" your RPT file into the Event Server input queue.

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This update is not critical, but it is recommended.

Five important notes about updating:

  1. Your data files (reports, users, string customizations) are 100% safe
  2. Your custom CSS changes and customizations are NOT safe. We have many CSS changes in this release due to our modernizing of messages so any custom CSS you've coded will need to re-done. As long as you have a backup of your current Web Portal installation, we can easily help you if you have problems re-doing the old look of your portal.
  3. We have not updated the installation/manual documentation regarding these new features. We will get that done soon.
  4. Make sure you've downloaded the latest update for Report Runner Batch, version 2016.230 (or later)
  5. Make sure you've downloaded the latest update for Report Runner Event Server, version 2016.65 (or later)

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Web Portal downloads are not publicly posted on our website. Your original download link has been updated with the 2013.5i release (so just re-download the installer). This release has been posted there for a couple of weeks as we've been testing. If your ADMIN interface footer already states you have 2013.5i, you do NOT need to update. If you do not have the download URL for Web Portal, just reply to this news release to request it (it will auto-open a ticket) or open a ticket manually.

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And we are already busy on a new Web Portal update! It should be released by Fall of this year (2017). New features include report cloning (copying existing Web Portal reports to make other variations), searching/filtering of groups and users, setting reports for viewing only or email only, setting reports to export to a specific format only (instead of just PDF only -- for example XLSX only), SQL-based picklists filtered by Logon ID or any of the 3 user-specific parameter values, and optionally setting an ADMIN password so you don't have to configure Windows authentication for ADMIN interface. We welcome your feature requests to all of our products. Most of these new features in development came directly from you!

 


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