The Theatre Inventory Database has been updated to version 5-9. The big difference is the look of the screens – new font and buttons.
Here is a list of the other most important changes:
1) The setup file is now a “Signed” file so when you install it the operating system will recognize this file as coming from a known and trusted publisher (Costume Inventory Resources). For most setups the security warning regarding opening the database file will not appear any more. For some highly secure computers you may still see a warning message.
2) The forms have all been updated with a new font and button styles and the MS Access version upgraded to 2010. The database has a new, fresher look and more consistency between modules. You may notice that the tab controls are different colors now. Occasionally the text on the tab is a little slow to refresh but give it a second or click on the Refresh Lookups button to repaint the screen. If you only have MS Access 2007 you will need to upgrade to 2010 or 2013 to use version 5-7 and above. If you have questions, please contact us.
3) The sorting of the Storage Locations for Costumes and Props has been improved to sort mixed text and numbers more accurately. In the past you might see Box 1, Box 10, Box 2. Now it will sort Box 1, Box 2, Box 10.
4) A new feature of the on-line User Guide is the “Known Issues” section. Any issues that we know of with the database and / or different setup options will be listed there. In addition the User Guide has more sections completed. More content will be added all the time but take a look now: Theatre Inventory User Guide
5) The Backup Utility has been improved to back up to external drives or USB drives and shows a Backup Log to show you how many backups you have an where they are.
6) The Production tabs for Costume Pieces and Props have been updated to allow you to select Costume Pieces / Props from this screen as well as the Costume Pieces screen and the Props screen.
7) The Theatre Inventory Connect! website is temporarily closed. In version 5-7 and above the links to the Connect! tabs have been removed.
8) Open Window Message: If you have 7 or more windows / tabs open the program will give you a popup message telling you :
MS Access keeps track of the number of tabs you have open. If you get 12 or more windows/tabs open the database will get very slow or stop and give you a lot of odd messages (such as ‘you have too many databases open’). Just close a few unneeded tabs and the database will keep running smoothly.
Contact us today if you would like to upgrade your version to the new one!