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Stockit Product Updates

Version updates or new 'releases' of Stockit are issued from time to time as part of our on-going development programme for the product. There is generally a small cost for these updates.

In between these version updates, service updates or 'patches' may be issued. These are issued free-of-charge for qualifying users.

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Stockit 1.7
Move to ODBC Database Engine to ensure greater stability

Stockit relies on a Microsoft Access database for storage of all its data, and the Stockit application has until now used the Microsoft “JET” database engine to access this database. Due to changes in Microsoft’s support for JET in recent editions of Windows, some users started to experience issues with establishing and maintaining a connection to the database.

To overcome this, and to protect your investment in Stockit and the data that Stockit manages for you, we have completely re-engineered our Stockit database interface to replace JET with ODBC. This avoids any end-of-life issues with JET and future-proofs your investment by utilising the industry standard ODBC interface to interact with the Stockit database.

Although this change represents a significant amount of engineering within the application, your transition to the new version will be seamless and you will not even notice that anything has changed! Not only that, but the changes have been done in such a way that version 1.7 of the application can co-exist with the previous 1.6.7 edition with both accessing the same Stockit database.

Stockit 1.6
Partial Ordering

Purchase orders can be made selectively using the new Partial Ordering features. It means that items on a long delivery schedule can be pre-ordered ahead of other items required to build a project. This brings added control over your ordering processes and further enhances order scheduling and production sequencing.

User Defined Attributes

As part of your stock inventory, the ability to enhance stock data using attributes has been added. You can add unlimited attribute names and values to each stock item in the database. This enables your stock to become more intelligent by empowering it with more information. This information can be extracted using the Report Builder and new Attribute or Stock Attribute selections.

Information can also be utilised by the Pulsonix Database Connection (PDC) option directly in your Pulsonix electronic designs. When combined with fields such as obsolescence status or cost, this makes it a very powerful option.

As well as component values, you can also add hyperlink fields to the attributes. These can be references to datasheets, documents, pictures, executables and other external sources. On selection, if an application is associated with that file type, Acrobat Reader with a PDF file for example, that file will be displayed.

Customisable User Interface

Using the new customisable user interface, you can create your own toolbars, add toolbar buttons and commands, and create shortcut keys for all commands within Stockit. New functionality allows you to create toolbars and add tools to these for your own tasks, multiple toolbars can be added to group tasks, this makes Stockit much more efficient to use and speeds your production process.

Updated User Interface
New look

Using the new customisable user interface, you can create your own toolbars, add toolbar buttons and commands, and create shortcut keys for all commands within Stockit. New functionality allows you to create toolbars and add tools to these for your own tasks, multiple toolbars can be added to group tasks, this makes Stockit much more efficient to use and speeds your production process.

Tabbed Windows
Tabbed windows allow you to quickly identify and switch to other open windows within Stockit. For example, you can quickly switch between Stock items, Attributes and Suppliers, all with one easy mouse click. Each tab is clearly marked with the forms’ name allowing quick identification.

Report Builder Update

New outputs have been added to the Report Builder to report Attributes, Job Shortages and Stock Attributes. Where you require a full list of attributes, values and Stock items, the Stock Attributes selection can be used. The Job Shortages report can combine job information and Stock items in the same report. These new report items give you the ability to examine and check precise details along your production cycle, and also control of outputting exactly what you need.

FIFO Calculation in Update Stock Costs from Goods-In Costs

A new Average Goods In calculation has been added to the Update Stock Costs dialog. This will give you an average goods-in value of your current stock based on the First In First Out principle (FIFO). This is a standard industry recognised method of calculating goods-in value and further enhances your Stockit system.

Fast Searching Improvements

Two changes have been made to the Navigation bar to speed up searching. If you have a column already selected, this will pre-select the Search field in the Navigation bar; this saves time by removing the extra selection process. Once an item has been found, you can now use a shortcut key combination to find the next item in the search. This can be particularly useful when searching columns which are not the current sort field and again, saves you time and effort.

Direct connection to the Pulsonix PCB Design System

Using the Pulsonix Database Connection (PDC) option, you can now connect the Pulsonix PCB system directly to Stockit. It utilises the stock item and stock attribute fields to directly interface live stock data with Pulsonix Part information, thus ensuring dynamic stock checking and usage at all times.

Stock can be flagged with various statuses which Pulsonix can use to search on, important status like obsolescence for example or cost. These are in addition to parametric searches of standard component data such as Value, Tolerance, Wattage, Voltage or other Attribute names. All of this information is defined in the Stockit database and is based on stock held and actual parts lists for manufacture.

Stockit 1.5
User Customisable Reports and Outputs

Stockit output reports are now fully customisable. You can make minor modifications or completely re-design the existing format of any Stockit report or output using the standard Microsoft Word product. For example, the Purchase Order format can be modified to include a Company Logo or a different delivery address as required. Pictures, ClipArt and WordArt may be inserted into your customised format.

Templates are provided (in .dot format) for all existing reports and outputs and a customised version can be used alongside or instead of the original built-in report. An interface to the Microsoft Word Mail Merge facility is provided for generating standard sized labels.

Easily Configurable

A custom version of a report may be setup as an alternative to or in addition to the 'built-in' version of the report and is generated as a Microsoft Word document. Any changes made to the Custom Report set up will be applicable to all users.

This new feature allows various options to be configured and managed – the use of built-in reports or custom reports. Once a custom report has been decided on, you are able to use or edit the custom report template to your own requirements.

Custom Labels

The custom templates for the Stockit for Windows label outputs utilise the Microsoft Word MailMerge facility. Different types of labels may be produced using the Word document template.

Switchable Form or Grid Display

Form views in Stockit for Windows can show a grid layout of multiple database records and a form layout of a particular record simultaneously. These may now be dynamically switched to alternatively show just the form or just the grid, allowing more grid data to be displayed on screen when required. Also the form view may be set to automatically display only when necessary; when a record is chosen for editing or a new record needs to be added.

User-Definable Fields in the Report Builder

User-defined stock fields can be fully utilised in the Report Builder; not only being able to select them as displayable fields but also being able to include them in the sort and filter criteria.

As well as the built-in fields on a stock record, there are three user-defined fields available to you. These can be custom named as required.

Once you have added values to your stock records for your new field you can use the searching, sorting and filtering capabilities, available in the Record Navigator at the bottom of the stock form to provide tailored views of your stock items. You can also use the Report Builder to create reports utilising your new field values, which as well as being included may also be used to filter or sort the report contents.

As an example, User1 could be renamed as "RoHS" and used to identify those stock items that are RoHS compliant. The Report Builder could then be used to generate a report of all RoHS compliant items.

Bill of Materials now includes Units and Revision

The Bill of Materials report now includes the unit of measurement for stock items so it is clear what quantities are shown to represent non unary items.

Additionally a Bill of Materials report for a Parts List now includes the Parts List revision number to ensure the correct Bill of Materials is always being used.

More persistent Filter and Find for Record Selector

When a filter is used with a record selector, e.g. 'Category Is RESISTOR' when choosing Part Number for a new Purchase Order item, the filter will remain active for the duration of the input form being used so it is not necessary to reset the filter each time a new item needs to be chosen. Also, the previously used search criteria is retained so the record selector resumes at the previously chosen record.

New Option for Checking Web Site for Patches

Stockit can now automatically check for program updates on the web site. When checking for updates, the current version you are running is compared against the latest patch version available. A message box is displayed if a new update is available. This time-saving single button click feature takes the effort and thinking out of checking for new updates.

Shortages calculation

The shortages calculation no longer includes non-production purchase order quantities that had already been allocated to a Job that had been 'Released To Production' early.

'Calculate Quantities & Costs' dialog ignored changes

The general purpose 'Calculate Quantities & Costs' dialog utilised by various other input forms and dialogs, such as the 'New Purchase Order Items' form and which displays quantities and costs and allows them to be modified has been changed so that fields not allowed to be edited are always shown as read-only.

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