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Test Versions / v4.0.169 - latest alpha
« on: March 11, 2013, 05:48:59 PM »
I am getting some very good feed back from a few of you, so decided to update the alpha once in a while.

- more corrections with regards to the wine rack feature
- a few other bug fixes
- update Firebird SQL to version 2.5.2
- update SQLAlchemy to version 0.8
- statistics function runs on old Pentium running Win XP but still crashes on the Athlon with Win XP

- many corrections with regards to the wine rack features
- statistics function is in, but I run into a crash on my test machine (an oldish Athlon PC - which is probably the issue)
- updates to start up screen sizes

Test Versions / V4.0.154 - 3rd alpha
« on: March 02, 2013, 12:08:29 PM »
This is a test version, only use it if you like to see what is coming in v4 and like to provide feed back.

A few problems where found with the conversion routine in 4.0.145, so I decided to issue an update to it.

I decided to do one more alpha release as the wine rack management had lots of problems which required database changes.

Took this opportunity to make another enhancement in the wine rack.  There is now a "combined rack unit" which allows to group up to 15 "base" units into one.  The intend of this is for shelf units and for wine fridges, which are nothing else then a shelf unit with a fridge around it :)

Note that editing of combined units and single bottle storage units is very limited at the moment, I will improve on that but that might not make it into v4.0 but only v4.1.

This version has also the upgrade code included, if you copy a version 3.2 database to the v3 data folder and start the program the database will be automatically converted.  Please note that the v3 licence key will not work, therefore you can not add more then 15 wines after you converted to v4.  New v4 keys will be issued when the version goes official.

Should you test the conversion from 3.2 to 4.0 and you see problems with your data please send me your version 3.2 database and provide details on what did not convert correctly.

Test Versions / v4.0.141 - second alpha test version
« on: February 04, 2013, 07:21:35 PM »
This is a test version, only use it if you like to see what is coming in v4 and like to provide feed back.

Sorry, 4.0.140 had a stupid error with regards to the wineglass support, 4.0.141 fixes this.

Announcements / Version - Alpha test version
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:53:28 PM »
We are pleased to announce an ALPHA test release for The Wine Cellar Book version 4, as it is alpha it is not usable in production, and you can not convert your version 3 data to version 4 (this functionality will be made available in the beta releases).

What is new in version 4
The application has been rewritten from scratch, making better use of the programming tools.

User Interface has been totally overhauled
- all lists (drink list, recipe list, master data list etc) are user configurable by just dragging the header of the column and you can save the new configuration by using the right mouse click in the list. Some columns are hidden, to show them use the menu option “Master data – application/ list control” (check on “Show” and set the width for the column you want to show, if a column is not present please let me know and we will add it if possible).

- When you see the “Edit” button on the bottom left, this indicates that there is a dialog to change the items, this dialog can be opened by double clicking on the item to edit.

- There are three colour schemes, currently you can only set this during the installation, there will be an option in the preferences for it.

- A tasting event has been added

- Besides images one can now link PDF documents and Web links to a wine or recipe

- The layout of screens can to some extent be customized by moving panes to where you would like them, very handy if you have a high resolution screen to be able to see multiple panes of the wine details at the same time.

- The layout will be saved when you close dialogs and the application.  When you start the application it will use the last saved layout configuration.

- The application is now multi user and over time I will provide information on how to install it on a LAN with a PC used as a server.  The server has to be able to run the Firebird SQL Engine version 2.5+.

What is not yet done
- The bottle tag handling is not done yet at all.  This is the next thing we are going to work on, it will include a new wine rack designer/viewer.  Should you currently use this functionality or if you are interested to use it, I would like to see an image or two of your wine rack to see how they look and to try to make sure that they can be handled by the new designer.

- We are replacing the Report Designer, the new tool allows better customization of reports and we are creating a user interface where one can select different report filter criteria etc. before running the report.

- The statistics pages and the Global Wine Stock functionality is not yet done either.

How to use this alpha version
Version 4 can be installed next to prior versions of the The Wine Cellar Book as it installs by default to different folders then are used by version 3 and earlier.  DO NOT install it into the v3 folder it will not be usable.

Should you have used a prior alpha test version you need to delete the database (twcb.fdb) before installing the latest alpha release – note that any test data you might have is lost on each alpha version installation.

Test Versions / v4.0.124 - Alpha release
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:50:28 PM »
This is a test version, only use it if you like to see what is coming in v4 and like to provide feed back.

Final Versions / Version 3.2.234
« on: December 30, 2012, 01:33:08 PM »
Just click on the following link to download this version.

Following problems reported by users where corrected:
- problems with bottle tags and rack handling
- a problem with the tasting dialog
- a problem with the wine family selection

Final Versions / Version 3.2.231
« on: May 05, 2012, 03:25:43 PM »
Just click on the following link to download this version.

What is new:
- The vinochetta label printing allows now to select either current value or last purchase price
- corrected problem with statistics when running on old Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon powered PC's
- other problems reported by users where corrected

Final Versions / Version 3.2.217
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:30:25 AM »
Just click on the following link to download this version.

What is new:
- The event report is enhanced, it allows to optionally show ratings and/or tastings per wine
- problems reported by users where corrected

Final Versions / Version 3.2.214
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:42:00 PM »
Just click on the following link to download this version.

What is new:
- One can now import from an Excel file, see the sample twcb.xls (normally in C:\TheWineCellarBook\xmlImport)
- quit a few problems reported by users where corrected

Announcements / - a minor upgrade for version 3.2
« on: June 27, 2011, 02:49:48 PM »
June 2011 this version was released.

Smallish bug/problem correction release.

  • Correct issue with image page not handling switching to another page with un-saved data
  • Correct issues with deleting bottle or vintage record of a drink
  • Wine fact sheet report would not preview/print if image was too large
  • Panel rating page used the wrong widget for the rating date
  • Adding a new drink would sometimes cause a duplicate listing in the drinks list

Announcements / - an upgrade for version 3
« on: March 31, 2011, 11:38:40 AM »
March 2011 this version was released.

  • moved from "Larousse wine families" to the much more detailed ISWN wine styles
  • Recipe source has been enhanced, allowing the addition of a web site/link
  • Recipe list shows additional details
  • a Recipe copy function has been included
  • Recipe notes can now be much bigger
  • an application folder back up option has been added to the file menu
  • search page uses now the new search control
  • tag/owner page allows to assign tags to a particular purchase
  • tag/owner page allows to create a consumption for a particular tag (right mouse button/context menu
  • an option to print cellar label and avery tags in one run

  • statistics page has been cleaned up
  • all reported problems have been corrected

Final Versions / Version 3.2.190
« on: March 31, 2011, 11:16:20 AM »
Just click on the following link to download this version.

Test Versions / Release Candidate 3 - for version 3.2
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:54:59 PM »
Just klick on the following link to download this version.

- statistics - some colour changes and handling of no available data
- new wine dialog, in some cases relations where not added correctly
- create wine rack, better error handling
- allows moving of the data folder to a new location/drive

Test Versions / Release Candidate 2 - for version 3.2
« on: December 14, 2010, 05:24:33 PM »
Just klick on the following link to download this version.

RC 1 was only issued privatly, all errors found in it have been corrected in this release.

Announcements / 3.1.775.9 - a minor upgrade for version 3.1
« on: December 08, 2010, 09:17:29 AM »
December 2010 this version was released.

Contains some corrections in relation to:
- new wine purchase
- correction for install on a restricted account
- consumption event errored sometimes
- some problems in the recipebook

Enhancedments in 3.1 include the following:
- vinochetta bottle tags, our own version of printable tags for better wine cellar management
- improved screen layout with the possibility for user change, see the documenation for more details
- and much more which can be seen on the "What's new page" and/or on the "Release Plan/History pages"

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