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 1.71

NOTE: This release has no new functionality over 1.707.
Blam Entertainment Group has moved back to the US. As a result, the new address has been included in the program and in the docs.
The new graphic opening screen intended for v8.00 has been included with this version.
This release includes an all new DT.EXE program which eliminates the need for environment variables.
The installation program is new.

Version 1.707

If there is a deep burning desire to leave the catalog field empty, the program WILL lock up. The program now will put some record specific data into the catalog number field to prevent undesired program crashes.
If trying to delete a record in the Compact Disc or Cassette Tape modes, putting a lowercase 'd' in the library field would not delete the record unless the record is deleted twice (Doesn't that sound silly to you, too?). This has been corrected.

Version 1.706

If updating a LaserDisc record due to a new issue of the disc becoming available, it was possible for some of the data from the previous disc to get locked. For example, the Minute Only Encoding and Manual CX Encoding could become stuck on. This has been fixed.
The episodes on a LaserDisc or Video Tape record would mysteriously vanish after editing or entering a record. This trouble was experienced in all versions starting with 1.703. This has been corrected.
A spelling mistake of the word MONAURAL has been corrected.

Version 1.705

The flag for Surround Sound Checks in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes was getting lost. This has been corrected.

Version 1.704

There was a problem with program crashes during the editing of LaserDisc and Video Tape records. This typically occurred in limited system memory environments, roughly less than 450k FREE RAM. This has been corrected.
The Scan Records routine could miss valid matches while running in any mode. This problem has been corrected.
When changing the Multi-Audio flag in the LaserDisc mode, the screen was not getting updated correctly with the new data. This has been corrected.
Jewel Boxes were left out of the LaserDisc Jacket Selection menu due to an oversight. We've corrected this.
The Windows icon included with all previous versions of 1.70 tended to be rather bland and has been redrawn. I hope you like it.
Pressing ESC at any question will now restore the previous value (or default) to the question.
The PAGE UP key has been enhanced. On screens with multiple questions, pressing PAGE UP will now go backward one question. In the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes, PAGE UP will also back up one full screen. For example, from the Special Information screen back to the Stars/Credits screen.
Pressing ESC while answering questions in any mode will skip all remaining questions for that section and proceed to the next screen. If adding a record, ESC will proceed to the next question only.

Version 1.703

Oops. Version 1.702 managed to break the Compact Disc and Cassette Tape modes completely. Program crashes galore. Everything is okay now, really.
When adding a record in the Compact Disc or Cassette Tape / Album mode, the Time Calculate routine will now run regardless of the setting in the configuration menu. The switch is only valid when editing an existing record.
In the CONFIGURATION MENU, the three toggle switch options will now show the current state of the option.

Version 1.702

A truncation problem exists in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes in the Category and/or Manufacturer fields. The storage routines have been modified to combat this problem.
A Track Time Calculator added to the Compact Disc and Cassette Tape modes. This routine can be disabled through a switch in the Configuration Menu.

Version 1.701

The Match Menu was not clearing properly during the Match Report creation. This has been corrected.

Version 1.70

Blam Entertainment Group has moved again, although this time we stayed in the same country. The program and docs have been updated with the new address and phone number.
The four Child databases used by the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes have been combined into one large database. This is a further extension of changes made back in version 1.61 to the song storage in the Compact Disc and Record Album modes. The update routine is a partial conversion only. Editing old records will systematically reformat the data into the new matrix.
The Child databases are now exclusive to specific modes. Therefore the Catalog Number Verification routine now only tests for duplicates in the Parent databases which use the same Child. For example, the LaserDisc and Videotape modes uses Child database 1 & 2 and the Compact Disc and Record Album modes use Child 4. These changes will allow for some catalog duplication when entering CD-Video discs to be entered in both the Compact Disc Database and the LaserDisc Database.
Doubles Verification has been moved in the Compact Disc and Cassette Tape mode. Doubles are now checked between the Main screen and the Tracks screen. This as been done to locate doubles before an attempt is made to extract the song titles from the child databases.
New data compression routines have been implemented. Additional storage space may be deleted when editing existing records as the data is formatted into the new matrix.
The LaserDisc and Video Tape modes have had the Edit screens reworked. The top of the screen will no longer show cryptic information for you to decode. The screens will show the same data as the VIEW option. Some screen refreshes will take place from time to time to keep the correct information displayed.
The questions which ask if you would like to edit specific information have been altered for when adding a new record. Initially, the only valid answer during an add option was to answer YES. The question is no longer asked when adding and the first question is displayed. While editing an existing record, there are no changes to these questions.
As the world Compact Disc market continues to grow, It has become necessary to modify things slightly. We are now capable of tracking up to 999 titles per disc entry in the Compact Disc and Record Album modes. I realize that there is no such thing as a 999 track CD, but 8 disc box sets do exist.
The ability to track for individual Chapter Index names in the LaserDisc mode has been added. DiscTrak will track up to 999 individual chapter indexes.
With the added ability to track so many chapter indexes, episodes and track titles, it was necessary to install an exit key to keep from having to step through all the entries if not necessary. Pressing the "ESC" key will skip the remaining entries and proceed to the next step of the program in the EDIT and VIEW screens.
NOTE: If editing a screen of 10 chapters, titles or episodes, and the "ESC" key is pressed, any changes made to that screen of 10 will not be saved. Any previous screens which were changed and any subsequent screens which were not changed will be stored correctly.
The ability to track increased numbers of chapter indexes, song titles and episodes has made it necessary to install a backup key. Pressing "PAGE UP" will back the screen by one page of 10 entries in the Chapter Index, Song Titles and Episode Information screens ONLY. Any changes made to the current screen prior to pressing either the "PAGE UP" or "PAGE DOWN" keys will be saved.
The Scan Records routine has a new option to search for possible matches in the Index of Chapters within the LaserDisc Mode.
The Scan Records routine has a brand new look once the scan has been completed. A new menu is presented which looks much like the edit menu screen which allows you to step forward and backward through all found matches. This menu also adds the ability to generate a report based on all the matches. The report can be created at any point in the menu. Reports will be grouped by catalog number, as this is how the matches are sorted. This menu is active until Quit is selected.
The Edit Menu is now active until QUIT MENU is selected. After a VIEW, PRINT, EDIT or whatever, the EDIT MENU will return, displaying the current record.
When editing a record in the Compact Disc and Record Album modes, you will now be asked if you want to edit the track information. This question is skipped if you are adding a record. This will keep you from having to step through all the songs unnecessarily.
The catalog number field in the Video Tape mode has been enhanced. Originally, only the first 9 characters of the field would be retained. All 12 characters are now used.
There are several IMAX(R) films which have LaserDisc versions available. This aspect ratio has been added to the widescreen format question.
Widescreen definitions have been reworked. Also, the aspect ratio of each is displayed on the VIEW Record option from the EDIT menu. This is valid for the LaserDisc and Video Tapes modes only.
The Video Tape mode now has a field for Date of Purchase.
The Library field in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes has been changed on the Edit screens to show the actual name of the library, rather than a single character identification. The library field in all other modes remains unchanged.
Super Laser, a fairly new and some-what compatible LaserDisc enhancement, is now supported.
The EPISODE INFORMATION has been expanded in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes. The total number of episodes which can be tracked per record is now flexible, in a range from 0 to 99. The entries are paged in the same manner as the Chapter Index in the LaserDisc mode and Track Listings in the Compact Disc mode.
NOTE: Any episode information recorded with a previous version of DiscTrak will be preserved within this new matrix. However, it will be assumed there are four (4) episodes regardless of how many are actually being tracked. If desired, the record can be edited, changing the Episodes field to reflect the actual number of episodes on the specified record. Any old space occupied by the vacant records will be deleted.
Due to the expanded screen use in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes, the "MORE" message between screens has been moved to the top of the screen. To make its presence felt, it will also flash annoyingly. If you're running DiscTrak inside a Dos Window (rather than full screen) from inside Windows, the 'MORE' will not flash. It's a quirk with the fonts used inside Dos Windows.
Serial numbers have been expanded. Previous versions of DiscTrak only stored 6 of the characters in the serial number. The full 8 characters are now saved and previous users will have the original 8 characters restored to their serial numbers. The Automatic Registration Transfer Process will restore your 6 digit serial number to its original 8 digits.
Serial numbers are now tested upon program loading to detect any possible tampering. If tampering is detected, the program will abort. Contact Blam Entertainment Group for help should this occur.
Although references to Video Singles (CD-Video Discs) were removed back in version 1.21, it has been decided to restore them in some way. So, there is now a flag for DISC TYPE in the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR to track for all currently available disc types.
In the LaserDisc mode, the Jacket Select menu has received the following enhancements
    Disc Box has been changed to BOX SET
    Digi-Pak has been added.
The SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR has been given an enhancement with regards to JAPANESE SUBTITLES. This flag has been expanded to include ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH and ITALIAN Subtitles.
The UTILITIES MENU has had the following modifications.
    Program Information screen access is now through this menu
    Dos Shell access has been moved to this menu.
A new Library Location has been added to the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes. This location is called TO BE VIEWED. I use it for titles I have purchased, but haven't viewed yet. Once viewed, the titles should be placed in their proper library.
The REPORT MENU has a new inclusion option for the TO BE VIEWED library location. The report will contain only those titles as being tagged TO BE VIEWED. These titles will also be included in the OWNED category.
Back in version 1.62 when the Catalog Number report was added in the REPORT MENU, the Category option was changed to Type/category. This has been changed back to Category as the Type option conflicted with the Title option in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes. This conflict was only noticed when selecting the reports with the key stroke rather than the light bar.
Catalog Number grouping in the REPORT MENU has been changed to NUMBERED CATALOG. A bit cryptic, but unavoidable. This is to correct for the operational goof made when introducing this report grouping in version 1.62.
The Compact Disc and Album/Tape catalog now includes a flag for Dolby Surround Sound.
If upgrading from a past version, the last active record in each mode will not be remembered, for the first running of this version. This is due to new data storage routines.
The indicator bar at the top of the screen which displays INS when in the insert mode is now turned on any time extended keyboard input is required.
The ARJ archive program has been added to the list of supported archive programs.
All configuration switches and options have been moved to the CONFIGURATION MENU off the main menu. As a result, the following changes have been made:
    SELECT ARCHIVE has replaced the old PKZip and LHA switch
    PRINTER CODES has been renamed to INCLUDE CODES
With the introduction of Spectral Recording Dolby Stereo Digital, or Dolby SR*D, there needed to be a new flag to track for the process. The Spectral Recording question in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes has been enhanced to include this new process.
The modification of the title in the LaserDisc and Video tape modes has been revamped. ANY time the title is visible, it is reassembled to its correct format (IE, "The Hunt for Red October" from "Hunt for Red October, The"). The altered format (with "THE" at the end) SHOULD never be visible and is maintained in the database for sorting reasons.
The maximum length of the production credits fields has been increased to 29 in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes.
The maximum allowable song title length is now 60 characters.
In the Video Tape and LaserDisc modes, the episode number field has been increased to 5 characters to help accommodate the very odd episode numbering for programs like "The Simpsons".
The option settings for 156 character & 132 Character reports has been removed. The system incorporates a REPORT FORMAT MENU which will allow you to pick between the three reports available. This new menu is under the CONFIGURATION MENU. The three choices are: Small, Landscape and Portrait. See the system documentation for details on these reports and what they offer.
The PRINTER SETUP MENU has been given two additional sections to allow for the new Portrait report.
Under the REPORTS MENU, the report format status line has been modified to display the new format types.
In the Compact Disc mode, when selecting the REPORTS MENU, you were presented with "All Records" and "Quit Menu" in the first menu. This was a pointless menu, so we now skip directly to the grouping menu. All other modes remain unaffected.
In the Compact Disc and Record Album/Tape modes, the order of the fields being presented has been changed to allow for more logical program flow.
The EDIT and VIEW screens have been reformatted in the Compact Disc and Record Album/Tape modes.
The ARCHIVE DATA routine now includes the DT.CFG file into the archive.
The ARCHIVE DATA routine now runs maintenance before archiving the databases to insure that no deleted records are stored.
The update routine will delete all indexes and rebuild them when upgrading to a new version. This is to correct for some index corruption during the update routines.
The .CFG file from version 1.61 could not be read correctly by version 1.62. This version will configure the .CFG file from version 1.61 properly.
After using the SCAN MENU routines and viewing the default record in the EDIT MENU, the slave data from the last view in the SCAN routine was being displayed. This has been corrected.
In the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes, if an empty report was chosen, the active record number would be remembered incorrectly. This has been corrected.
There was a problem with program crashes during the printing of reports directly from inside DiscTrak. The program will now drop to DOS momentarily and initiate the printout.
Some printers would eject 2 pages after the completion of a printed report rather than just one. This has been corrected.
The 156 character report (LANDSCAPE) has been changed to write only 47 lines per page rather than 48. This was to prevent problems with blank pages being included between the pages of the report.
When changing the Stereo Type from anything other than MONO to MONO in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes and the Magnetic Audio field had been previously set in the SPECIAL FIELDS GENERATOR, the default number of tracks was not getting updated correctly. This is a carryover I missed in the modifications made in version 1.62. This has been corrected.
In the Compact Disc and Record Album/Tape modes, if for some reason an entire group of five songs and their run times were left blank (songs 1-5, 6-10, etc.) DiscTrak would cleverly decide that YOU goofed and left those five titles blank by mistake. In reality, DiscTrak was goofing. This situation has been corrected. If you feel the need to have the first 15 songs blank for some reason, we'll maintain the integrity.
NOTE: If the data you have run into this problem, you must edit the record and correct it manually.
If lower case letters were used to change a catalog number while in the Catalog Duplication Check, it was possible to assign two different entries with the same catalog number. This has been corrected.
If a record was set to be deleted in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes was reedited, the default answer would be incorrect for the library location. This has been corrected.
In some very rare circumstances, it was possible for empty slaves to get saved in the Compact Disc and Record/Tape modes. This has been corrected.
While writing reports in the LaserDisc and Video Tape modes, there were problems with the line wrapping of the second line of the title, if a third line was necessary. This has been corrected.
In the Record Album / Cassette Tape modes, when a report was run, the top letter of the word FILE was missing in the report header. This has been corrected.
While viewing a record, the character of key pressed to step to the next screen was being displayed on the bottom line next to the words "DiscTrak System". This has been corrected.
If in the GROUPING MENU and the QUIT option was selected rather than running a report, the last active record would be remembered incorrectly. This has been corrected.

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