DiscTrak System

What's New!

Last Updated: April 24, 1996

Due to the dynamic nature of this program and my uncontrollable need to tinker, changes are always in the works. Because of these factors, it was necessary to devise an abridged list documenting the visual or functional differences from version to version. It goes back as far as I can possibly remember or try to reconstruct by looking at old source code. Feel free to pick the excuse you like better.

General Note: Version numbering changed after Version 1.71. There are no versions beginning with 2 thru 7.

Version HotLinks:
8.20a | 8.20 | 8.14 | 8.13 | 8.12 | 8.11 | 8.10 | 8.01 | 8.00a | 8.00
1.71 | 1.707 | 1.706 | 1.705 | 1.704 | 1.703 | 1.702 | 1.701 | 1.70
1.62 | 1.611 | 1.61 | 1.601 | 1.60
1.50 | 1.402 | 1.401 | 1.40
1.311 | 1.31
1.22b | 1.22 | 1.21 | 1.20a
1.19 | 1.18b | 1.17c | 1.06 | 0.90 | 0.10

Version 1.62

Q-Sound, which we have been tracking for some time in the Compact Disc and Album/Tape modes, has been included on some films. The SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR has been given a booster.
When changing the Stereo Type from anything other than MONO to MONO, the Spectral Recording, Surround Sound and Magnetic Audio flags were not getting updated. This has been corrected.
The menu to select JACKET TYPE on the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR in the LaserDisc mode incorrectly displayed TRI-FOLD as GATE-FOLD. This has been fixed.
Invalid matches were being tagged while performing a scan of the Special Features field while in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes. This has been corrected.
In the UTILITIES MENU, the option CHARACTERS has been renamed EXTEND CHR to allow for the new CODES flag. It is now accessed through "E".
The new PRINTER MENU has replaced the Printer Setup option. This menu will allow the modification of the codes one at a time. In addition, all control codes from DEC 00 through DEC 31 are now supported.
The environment variable CLIPPER was being set at the program onset then removed after exiting. However, if you had CLIPPER in your environment originally, it was removed completely. DiscTrak will now modify any existing CLIPPER variable for our specific needs and restore it to its original value upon program completion.
The Utilities Menu has got a new option, CODES. With this option set to on (Default) the printer codes you specify in the PRINTER MENU will be added to the printed reports. If you turn CODES off, they will be omitted from the reports.
Under the REPORT GROUPING MENU there is a new option to group the report based on the Catalog Number.
In the REPORT MENU under GROUPING, the Category option has been changed to TYPE/Category to accommodate the new Catalog Number option.
Report file names have been modified to allow for all the new report options. Refer to the DT-USER.DOC file for the full description of this change.
The REPORT MENU in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes has been given a new report. Reports can now be run based on all titles in the Movie and Non-Movie libraries as well as each library independently.
Reports written from the Video Tape mode, when grouped by the Replication field were being presented incorrectly. This has been corrected.
Screen colors have been properly reset upon program exit.
Users manual has been reworked to clear up some minor errors.
A problem with leaving empty slave records in the Compact Disc and Record Album / Cassette Tape modes has been corrected.
Some minor screen writing corrections in the Record View/Print in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes have been made.
Version numbers were being remembered wrong in specific cases. Not very serious, but potentially troublesome.

Version 1.611

Cinema Digital Sound has appeared on several video releases. This flag is available under the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR.
Changes to the various documentation files as shipped. The Installation program is also modified.
If the program were to end unnaturally, but without any errors, the temporary control file wasn't being deleted. This has been corrected.

Version 1.61

Membership in the Association of Shareware Professionals has been approved. Their logo is under the Program Information Screen.
Several discs now include a Surround Sound Check pattern at the end of the program. In keeping up with the Jones, there is a question which has been added to the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR of the Video Tape and LaserDisc Modes. This question will not be asked if Surround Sound has not been marked on the disc or tape.
DiscTrak now writes DT.CFG which holds important configuration and program information. Please don't delete it.
The exit routine has been sped up if there is no file maintenance to be done.
With color bars being included on numerous discs lately, the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR now asks if they are present. As usual, this is only for the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes.
The default record number generated when adding a new record should now be unique. This will attempt to prevent troubles with mislinking the child databases. Please refer to DT-USER.DOC for full information on the use of the catalog field.
The Environment Variable set by DT.COM is now cleared from memory when the program is finished.
When in the UTILITIES MENU, after an option is selected the UTILITIES MENU will return rather than exiting back to the MAIN MENU.
The song title storage routine has been completely rewritten. You now have the ability to track ALL 40 CHARACTERS in EVERY ONE of the 99 song titles without dropping a single character. This modification has also corrected troubles with title truncation and screen writing errors.
DiscTrak now tracks for the run times of each individual song in the Compact Disc and Album/Tape modes.
We now allow you to send printer codes directly to the printer during the report writing routine. You specify the codes to send in the UTILITIES MENU.
DiscTrak will not load if the .COM cannot set an environment variable. If you get an OUT OF ENVIRONMENT message, you may need to increase your environment size. Check with your DOS manuals to find out how to do this.
In the Record Album / Cassette Tape mode, the words "Noise Reduction" would appear all the time during the edit and view screens. The words are now displayed when appropriate.
Program lockups during the indexing within the report writer have been corrected.
Crash recovery systems have been implemented.
The FIND option under the EDIT MENU has been modified. If an exact match is not found, the system will look for a close possible match the same way it looks for matches in the SCAN Records routine.

Version 1.601

Back in version 1.22b, we increased the Dos Shell environment space to 400 bytes. There are some instances where even this wasn't enough. For this release, the environmental space in the Shell has been increased to 1k.
While editing a LaserDisc, the Multi-Channel question in the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR had been made more intelligent. You will only be presented options for Digital Multi-Channel sound if you select Digital Sound on the initial screen.
There are some cosmetic VIEW changes with regards to Multi-Channel Audio in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes.
Some versions of DOS, when calculating the number of seconds elapsed since midnight, begin their count from "0" rather than "00000". With this release, we will always calculate a 5 digit number for individual record printout names.

Version 1.60

The 35 song title per record limit in the Compact Disc and Record Album modes has been altered. The new limit is 99 titles per record.
When editing an existing record in the Compact Disc and Cassette Tape / Record Album modes, the song titles are not displayed until the program reads the number of tracks entered. This is to prevent problems recording information in titles 6-10 if they don't already exist.
The loader file has been changed from a .BAT file to a .COM file. DiscTrak will not create it for you if it is missing and the program will not load without it.
Due to overwhelming demands, DiscTrak now writes two different length reports. The UTILITIES MENU has an option for 132 Character Reports as well as 156 Character reports.
Report names have been modified to show the format of the report and extended character setting. The program documentation gives full details regarding the names of the reports themselves.
DiscTrak now supports printing a report direct from within the program. After a report is run, you will be asked if you wish to print the report. If yes, the program will tell you how to set your printer before the printing begins. PRINT.COM, provided with your DOS files, must be resident for this functionality.
In the Compact Disc and Cassette Tape / Record Album modes, the 156 column report has been altered. The positions of the Year and Category columns have been reversed. This brings the reports in line with the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes.
The light bar menus now wrap from the top to the bottom.
Selections in the stereo type question in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes have changed. The option for "Re-Mix" is now "Electronically Re-Mixed".
In the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes, changes have been made to the Surround Sound selection menu.
The ADD RECORD option is the only one which will work with an empty database. All other options, except for of course the QUIT option, will display an invalid option message.
Troubles with getting song titles cut off have been addressed. The modifications made here will not fully correct the problem, but will give you some extra space in the database. The full corrections are made available in a later release (This description was written much later during an abridgement of the WHATS NEW file.)
In the UTILITY MENU, LHA (formerly LHARC) is now supported in addition to PKZip. This setting works the same as the Character On/Off switch. The option shown is which compression routine will be active if selected.
In the UTILITY MENU, the ZIP database option has been renamed ARCHIVE DATA to allow for the new LHA support.
In the interest of proper grammar, all references in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes to THEATRIC TRAILERS have been changed to THEATRICAL TRAILERS.
A closing message has been added when the program exits.
The Widescreen question has been modified into a much broader scope.

Version 1.50

The GATE FOLD question in the SPECIAL FEATURES GENERATOR in the LaserDisc mode has been changed to SELECT JACKET TYPE. This will allow for the selection of the usual Single Sleeve, Gate Fold, Disc Box or the new Tri-Fold Jacket.
Those guys at Dolby Labs have come up with something called DOLBY S and as we are always on the cutting edge here, the Cassette Tape / Record Album mode has been given this new option.
A flag for Q-Sound has been added in the Compact Disc and Tape / Album modes.
When using DiscTrak for the first time, all databases are empty and when entering the EDIT MENU, a null record was displayed. This has been changed to state that the database is empty.
The 25 record per mode limitation for unregistered versions of this program has been removed.
In the SCAN RECORDS routine, while in the LaserDisc or Video Tape modes, once a selection had been made, the screen cleared the menu of choices, leaving the "Cast" prompt by mistake. The screen is no longer cleared, displaying the type of search being done.
Running the file maintenance routine from any mode except the LaserDisc mode, if there were records to be deleted and the current record was not to be deleted, the record could be remembered incorrectly. This has been corrected.
During file maintenance, if a record was marked for deletion and then remarked to another selection and no other records were marked for deletion in any mode, indexes would be erased and recreated. This has been corrected.
There were troubles with marking a record for deletion and the program not deleting it. Variations on a theme existed as well, in marking a record for deletion then changing it back to a normal status and the Child being deleted anyway. These problems are now corrected.
Intelligent coding has sped up the record saving routine and cleaned up some other half-assed ways of doing things.
If you select "Zip Database" in the Utilities Menu, the program would zip everything with a ".DBF" extension. With this version, only DiscTrak System database files will be included in the .ZIP file.
Back in version 1.40, the routine which puts the "A", "AN", and "THE" at the end of the title in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes was modified. Somehow, the lower case "A" option was missed. It's fixed now, really.

Version 1.402

The Scan Records routine has a new option under the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes. You can now also search the special features field for possible matches.
The program would crash if the ESC key was pressed in the MODE SELECT MENU. This has been corrected.
The file "DT.CFG" is no longer written or used.
The update routine has been completely rewritten to correct for program crashes when upgrading from very old versions or running the program after a crash.
If a report is written during the 10am hour from the REPORT MENU, the "1" would get cut off, resulting in a time that read "0:00am". This has been corrected.
Internal modifications have been made to increase program execution speed.

Version 1.401

The routine for adding additional records has been cleaned up to remove potential internal stack problems.
The update routine has been modified for future expansion. In the interests of keeping your sanity and due to its total invalid status as of version 8.00, this items complete description has been removed.

Version 1.40

ALL NEW!!! All choices are now first letter driven. In addition, a lighted menu bar can cursor from option to option.
DiscTrak System now test for the presence of a color monitor. You know what that means, MONOCHROME is now directly supported.
DiscTrak now tests for a parallel printer during the Record Print routine and the Scan records routine. If the printer is not found, the information is written directly to disk with a unique name. Full information can be found in the program documentation.
The Video Cassette mode has been renamed Video Tape for simplicity reasons.
All references to Stars in this program have been changed to Cast.
References to Credits has been expanded to Production Credits to remove conflicts with the new "Cast" Designation.
When adding a record in any mode, the system now asks if you would like to enter another record. Answering yes repeats the record add routine. No takes you back to the main menu.
During the VIEW option in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes, empty data screens are not displayed.
Operation in the Scan Record routine has changed. Instead of the select output question, you will be shown the valid match and then asked if you want to print it. This is to save paper and sanity.
The Scan Record routine has been given a new option. Under the LaserDisc and Video Tape Modes, you can now search for any information in the episodes information.
Dos Shell new remembers the proper drive in use by DiscTrak.
In the LaserDisc and Video Tape mode, the default selection for the library classification has been changed from DELETE to AVAILABLE NOW.
In the EDIT MENU, if you select either NEXT RECORD or PREVIOUS RECORD, the system will change that to the default for the next key press.
All references to "EXIT" have been changed to "QUIT" and is now accessed trough "Q".
With the addition of the UTILITY MENU, the following changes have been made:
    Archiving the databases with PKZip has been moved to here
    File Maintenance has been moved to this menu
The MAIN MENU has incorporated the following changes:
    Scan Record routine has been moved from the EDIT MENU
    DOS SHELL and is now accessed through the letter "D"
The EDIT MENU has incorporated the following modifications:
    Add Record has been moved to this menu
    Record Print is now accessed with "R"
Under the REPORT MENU, the following changes have been made:
    Now Available is now accessed with "N"
    All Records is now accessed with "A"
    Option to include only the Tapes OR Records in the Tape Mode
Under the GROUPING MENU, which is under the REPORT MENU, the following changes have been made:
    MPAA Rating is now accessed with "M"
    Replication is now accessed with "R"
    Video Label is now accessed with "V"
    Record Label is now accessed with "R"
The Album/Tape mode has been renamed the Tape/Album mode.
Under the Tape/Album mode, the option for Dolby HX Pro as a Noise reduction method has been removed. Instead, it is asked as a question in addition to the Noise Reduction setting.
The Tape/Album mode asks a new question. Extended Dynamic Range cassettes are everywhere. I neglected to notice this when building the mode initially. The program references this system by its trademark call letters XDR.
In the LaserDisc and Video Tape Modes, a selection has been added to the Color Type question. Electronically Colorized movies are out there no matter how much the public hates them.
Extensive source code rewrites to allow for a more user-friendly interface and future expansion. Program speed has also been improved.
Catalog Duplication checks have been modified to increase speed when a duplicate is found. Unfortunately, the speed with which the checks themselves are made can't be sped up any further.
The update routines have been sped up. Messages will flash on the screen very quickly.
During File Maintenance, DiscTrak now remembers the active record for all modes when sorting. Previously only the current mode was remembered.
Report headers in the Compact Disc and Tape/Album modes have been updated. In addition, the time stamp on the top of each page now calculates for 12 hour time more accurately in all modes.
Reports in the Compact Disc and Tape/Album mode have a new grouping option. You can now group your reports by Library classification.
After your serial number is installed in the PROGRAM INFORMATION screen, the registration solicitation message will no longer be displayed.
When adding a record to the LaserDisc or Video Tape Catalog, the program checks for the presence of "The", "An" and "A" in both UPPER and lower case.
For those of you out there who's printer can't print the extended character set, there is now an option in the Utility Menu to disable the Extended characters on any output to file or printer.
In the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR, if you answer YES to Magnetic Audio Master and you also selected MONO in the Stereo type, you will not be asked the number of tracks. The number will default to 1.
While viewing a record in the Video Tape mode, the top of the screen displayed "LaserDisc Catalog" rather than "Video Tape Catalog". This has been corrected.
In the File Maintenance Routine, the Video Tape database was being sorted incorrectly. The only drawbacks were delays in skipping forward and backward record by record in the EDIT MENU. This has been corrected.
Isolated troubles with the serial number installation have been corrected.
The system would allow you to delete a catalog number and not put anything in its place. Since this field is the basis for Child to Parent linking, this field will never be blank, no matter what you do to it.
Troubles in the Catalog Duplication Routine while in the Video Tape mode have been corrected.
In any mode, if you marked a record for DELETION and then undelete it by marking it with another option, the program would run the extended maintenance routine when exiting. To correct for anything getting missed, the program will make a final scan of the database marked with possible deletions and verify there are records to be deleted. If not, the extended routine will not be run.
During the FILE MAINTENANCE routine, if a file contains deleted records or was sorted, the file was indexed and the progression bar was not cleared from the screen during the next database scan mode. This has been corrected.

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