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Addsum TAS Premier 7i


Addsum TAS Premier 7i


Addsum TAS Premier 7i release history:
Release 11 was published on December 30, 2016
Release 10 was published on October 5, 2015
Release 9 was published on April 29, 2014
Release 8 was published on April 30, 2013
Release 7 was published on October 5, 2012
Release 6 was published on March 9, 2012
Release 5 was published on October 31, 2011
(includes prior 4.2 pre-release, last updated December 8, 2011)
Release 4 was published on May 1, 2009
Release 3 was published on April 30, 2007
Release 2 was published on April 5, 2006
Release 1 for existing TAS Professional 7 users was published with the original TAS Premier 7i release
TAS Premier 7i was first published on September 21, 2005
(based on Addsum TAS Professional first published May 19, 2004)
TAS Premier 7i Updates (listed in the order they should be installed)
 
tp7irel1.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 1, 09/21/05, file size approx. 11 megs)
(includes all updates since the rel. 1 of Addsum TAS 7 including updated documentation (except PDF, see store page for printed and PDF manual options), unzip into an existing TAS 7 installation; licensees should copy tp7runtime.exe to runtime directories)
tp7irel2.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 2, 04/05/06, file size approx. 7 megs)
(assumes the user has installed tp7irel1.zip, unzip into an existing TAS 7i installation; licensees should copy tp7runtime.exe to runtime directories)
 
tp7irel3.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 3, 04/30/07, file size just under 10 megs)
(assumes the user has previously installed the above updates, unzip into an existing TAS 7i installation; additional step: copy the provided XFR*.* files to each project folder and select the import FD's to add the FILEREL.* files to support the new file descriptor entity relationships option; licensees should copy tp7runtime.exe to runtime directories)
 
tp7irel4.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 4, updated 06/17/09, initially posted 05/01/09, file size just over 11 megs)
(assumes the user has previously installed the above updates, unzip into an existing TAS 7i installation; licensees will need purchase the release 4 license and after receiving the updated license, then copy tp7runtime.exe and the newer license to the end user runtime directory)
Note: two minor changes have been made to the R4 tp7runtime.exe published on 05/01/09. R4 licensees should use the tp7runtime.exe dated 06/09/09 included in the ZIP file above which also incorporates an updated digital security certificate.
 
tp7irel5.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 5, 10/31/11, last updated 12/08/11, file size approx. 16 megs)
 
tp7irel6.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 6, 03/09/12, file size approx. 16 megs)
 
tp7irel7.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 7, 10/05/12, file size approx. 17 megs)
 
tp7irel8.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 8, 04/30/13, updated 5/4/13, file size approx. 17 megs)
 
tp7irel9.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 9, 04/29/14, file size approx. 18 megs)
 
tp7irel10.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 10, 10/05/15, file size approx. 19 megs)
 
tp7irel11.zip (TAS Premier 7i rel. 11, 12/30/16, file size approx. 18 megs)
 


(update discussion below is in most recent order first)
TAS Premier 7i release 11 information: (released on December 30, 2016)
 
Note: For the complete discussion of new features, see the topic Addsum TAS Premier 7i features in the What's new in TAS Premier 7i section (click on Help then TAS 7i Help, or open the tp7ihelp.chm directly or corresponding PDF)
 
See also: TAS Premier 7i rel. 11 new features
 
  • Full TListBox object support
  • Enhancements to GET_OBJ_PROP() and OPEN()
  • New functions: IsRemoteSession(), STOD(), TickCount(), LastTickCount(), ResetLastTickCount() and related internal message tracking for key and button presses
  • Runtime loading behavior enhancements
  • Demo behavior enhancements (including expansion of 100 record limitation to 2000)
  • Quick reports page break output issue resolved
  • Maintain database enhancements (file location override, navigation and editing enhancements)
  • Data dictionary file list and FD layout reports have been enhanced and improved.
  • Documentation and internal message updates, and overall memory management improvements
  • Two new sample programs demonstrating some of the capabilities of TListBox and the new tick count related functions

    List Box Test program included in remier 7i rel. 11


    TAS Premier 7i release 10 information: (released on October 5, 2015)
     
    Note: For the complete discussion of new features, see the topic Addsum TAS Premier 7i features in the What's new in TAS Premier 7i section (click on Help then TAS 7i Help, or open the tp7ihelp.chm directly or corresponding PDF)
     
    • Improved handling if DFM/DCY, RTM/RCY are not present or become unavailable
    • Improved handling if an RWN program chained to by another RWN is not present or becomes unavailable
    • Improved handling in the event a program is run with fields that are associated with a file not properly opened programmatically or if the file becomes unavailable for whatever reason
    • Improved handling in the event a "key setup" error is encountered.
    • Enhancements to the development system include how the program initially loads, dictionary lookup form and column resizing, better fast search handling when selecting a type V field, fix for the while option added to the export option in r9
    • Data grid/wlistf improved handling when deleting the first visible record in a grid
    • Occasional issue of black or blank/missing images attached to reports (whether on the fly or pre-attached) resolved
    • Printer list in print dialog box always refreshed in the event of of lost network connections
    • Report emulation text files replaces text option in print to file drop down and can also be created programmatically

      Report emulation text file handling in Tas Premier 7i rel. 10

    • New PRINT_TEXT function
    • Report archive file support which can be created programmatically via enhancement to the PRINT_REPORT command and which can be previewed/printed via the new PRINT_ARCHIVE function
    • New GET_PAGECOUNT() function.
    • Report designer enhancements with respect to loading the help file, not starting as maximized, improved dictionary lookup support for form and column resizing, new bottom/left default margins


    TAS Premier 7i release 9 information: (released on April 29, 2014)
     
    Note: For the complete discussion of new features, see the topic Addsum TAS Premier 7i features in the What's new in TAS Premier 7i section (click on Help then TAS 7i Help, or open the tp7ihelp.chm directly; the tp7idocs.hlp file is now obsolete and may be safely deleted along with any tp7idocs.cnt file)
     
    • Smarter form loading if files not found where expected
    • CTRL-O-U and CTRL-O-J restored in source editor
    • New checkbox report designer options and calc object
    • Old style printing automatically set to bold:
    • Generic export option improved
    • Initialization program contains option to not update the location path when initializing a file
    • Documentation enhancements


    TAS Premier 7i release 8 information: (released on April 30, 2013)
     
    Note: For the complete discussion of new features, see the topic Addsum TAS Premier 7i features in the What's new in TAS Premier 7i section (click on Help then TAS 7i Help, or open the tp7ihelp.chm directly; the tp7idocs.hlp file is now obsolete and may be safely deleted along with any tp7idocs.cnt file)
     
    • Help system changed throughout to support the newer CHM standard (HLP format is still supported)
    • New INI option to globally specify a help file
    • WHELP command fully supports both HLP and CHM files
    • The command/function tree list in the right hand portion of the program editor now fully links to the help file (right click)
    • Maintain separate setting (INI) files per user and set runtime configuration program enhancements allowing for using sizes larger than 96 dpi in legacy programs
    • Tp7rtsetup.exe shows current logged in session information and DPI settings and other enhancements
    • Hide main form option(new INI setting)
    • New functions include: READREGLOCAL(), GET_WINSCRN_RES(), HIDEAPPBTN(), SHOWAPPBTN(), HIDETASKBAR() and SHOWTASKBAR()
    • Border icons associated with the TEditForm object are now supported in the SET_OBJECT command
    • PERVASIVE_SERVER() function enhancements
    • Font size can be changed on the fly in the program source code editor
    • Monitor handling enhancements particularly in remote control situations
    • Improved internal scaling for both TEditForm and RUN style forms; RUN style forms can now be made to work with large-sized fonts .
    • Legacy RUN programs now minimize to the taskbar rather than at the lower left portion of the desktop.
    • Improved exception handling with respect to date values
    • Export file option enhanced to contain features similar to the quick report option, i.e. the ability to enter a range of values based on the chosen index, and to start the export on the keyed value


    TAS Premier 7i release 7 information: (released on October 5, 2012)
     
    Note: For the complete discussion of new features, see the topic Addsum TAS Premier 7i features in the What's new in TAS Premier 7i section (click on Help then TAS 7i Help, or open the tp7idocs.hlp file directly)
     
    • Significantly enhanced EXPORT and IMPORT commands
    • The FTP function now supports ASCII transfer types and multiple file "gets" (ftpMget)
    • The SET option of the Date and Time commands are for the first time supported (since TAS 5.1)
    • New BTRIEVE_VERSION() function returns the major and minor Btrieve/Pervasive client requester version in use
    • New LOCK_OWNER() function returns the client name or IP address associated with the last user that locked/blocked a record (Pervasive 2000i and higher; causes no problems if used in a Btrieve 6.15 environment)
    • New PERVASIVE_SERVER() function returns the name of the Pervasive server or gateway (Pervasive 2000i and higher)
    • New GET_SERVER_DATETIME() function combines two prior functions first released in rel. 4 but now significantly changed to return the server's date/time stamp in one call
    • New LOAD_FORM_TOP command allows you to load a form from an existing loaded form that will become the topmost active form on the end user's desktop
    • Significant changes and enhancements to the end user configuration program Tp7rtsetup.exe as well as to the development user configuration program Tp7setup.exe
    • Report writer changes to improve the startup form and other enhancments
    • Some of the newer functions added in prior releases were not being highlighted in the program editor and this has been resolved
    • Updated command tree view list
    • Document updates include a new section for TppDBMemo that was previously missing, and enhancing the existing documentation for the related TppMemo and updates to many other sections such as the Record Number Get/Set topic
    • Internal changes to maintain how Btrieve memos work and memory issues relating to the use of chain newruntime with RUN programs that changed in rel. 6 to improve memory handling
    • Improvements to how Btrieve/Pervasive is loaded
    • Maintain database updated to provide internal support for returning the LOCK_OWNER() information in the event a record is locked while editing


    TAS Premier 7i release 6 information: (released on March 9, 2012)
     
    Note: For the full discussion of new features, see the Addsum TAS Premier 7i section in the documentation.
     
    • Automatic detection/correction of registry pathing conflicts on startup (runtime engine)
    • Reimplementation of MEM() function and new GET_PROGCOUNT() function
    • SERIAL_PORT() internal close changes and exception handling, and documentation for handling in Windows 7 USB-serial port cable and Remote Desktop Connection environments
    • Ongoing memory changes and enhancements resulting
    • AutoScroll property default is now false when creating new screens (forms)
    • Set configuration program and other program forms optimized to better accommodate Windows 7 default DPI settings
    • E-mail send operation now automatically detects HTML markup codes (see documentation for further information and limitations); improvements to e-mail content header identification


    TAS Premier 7i release 5 information: (initial pre-release 4.2 10/8/09, released on October 31, 2011, last updated December 8, 2011)
     
    Note: For the full set of new features, see the Addsum TAS Premier 7i section in the documentation.
     
    • Internal memory handling enhanced (10 fold increase to internal temporary memory to help prevent out of memory errors in complex arrays)
    • Launch tp7runtime.exe multiple times from desktop (no longer limited to one initial launch per folder)
    • Related to the above, limit runtime execution to emulate pre-release 5 behavior
    • Run a starting program with a parameter
    • The List/Screen/Printer/Disk dialog box form in legacy programs was not by default being fully displayed
    • Form size adjustments made to several of the reindex and setup EXE's, and several of these were not previosly digitally signed; all updated
    • New GET_WEBSOURCE() function
    • A problem with the generic import option has been resolved
    • Various maintain data dictionary enhancements including the ability to re-size rows, new fixed field name column allowing for the ability to move field names to a different position, new key name numbered column to show the index numbers (which can be used in code as opposed to the key name) and which provides the ability to move the key name.
    • TAS merge and file initialization options improved
    • Global change/delete and quick report enhancements
    • Import/export program file name length changes
    • Legacy NMENU command change
    • File creation options (creating DLL's and Icons) path changes to use the application path rather than trying to create any DLL or files elsewhere (previously some files were being created in the Windows directory which potentially could create permission and other issues with Vista, Windows 7, etc.)
    • A new RESTART_RUNTIME() function is now available for special circumstances.
    • Various internal maintenance release updates, internal debugging options, MySQL query documentation
    • Extensive documentation updates
    • All TAS Premier 7i related executables are compressed to optimize file size as well as digitally signed (publisher name: Addsum Business Software, Inc.)
    • New exception reporting options (in addition to send report: save report, show report, print report) plus addition of contact and error description screens when sending a report). Added 11/17/2011. An example of the series of forms that a user would see when sending a report follows:

      Exception report handling in Tas Premier 7i rel. 5


    TAS Premier 7i release 4 information: (includes enhancements through March 2009, released 05/01/09)
     
    TAS Premier 7i has been consistently developed since the prior release and while we have many features "in progress," it is at last time to publish a release. This release will involve an update cost and a newer license for runtime licensees. The development system remains free of charge. Consistent with our policy, enhancements are rigorously tested before official release, which is part of the reason why a release has not been made earlier. 
     
    There are many new commands, full featured file transport protocol (FTP) functionality (this single new first ever feature will for many developers be worth the update alone), an FTPTRACE command, and a new GET_IP function (these were added a year ago and have been in continuous use at pre-release sites ever since). A new browser object was also added last year and is included in this release.
     
    New pathing and server functions include a get UNC path function and get server time and date functions.
     
    An invaluable e-mail trace has been added; SMTP ports can now be any valid port and are not restricted to port 25.
     
    Triple-DES cipher options have been added.
     
    For the first time, the language has a send keys function.
     
    A long existing active microKernel users issue that has existed in all prior versions including the earliest releases by Business Tools, Inc. is resolved by this release. A new active microkernel user session was created every time a TAS program was run and could result in hundreds of seemingly temporarily stranded sessions with no file handles, greatly confounding the management of Pervasive systems (fortunately this has never created a licensing problem). As a result of this significant change, some improved performance may also result. Systems with this update have been successfully running for well over a year.
     
    Enhancement to the exception error handling of the SERIAL_PORT() function plus a new flush buffers option, which has been in commercial use since November of 2008.
     
    Improved exception handling of masked edits and improvements when chaining.
     
    New Import File/Globally Change options for simple file importing and new global change/delete records utility never previously available in the TAS development tool.
     
    TP7SETUP.EXE and TP7RTSETUP.EXE enchancements.
     
    Maintain Database program enhancements and initialization improvements.
     
    EXE's are now are all digitally signed.
     
    A further enhanced/optimized DDF creator that matches Pervasive standards and optimizes tables for read/write access is available, in addition to a new Addsum SQL Query Tester tool for developers working with ODBC.
     
    Many other enhancements have been made during the last half of 2007 and especially throughout 2008, which is the main focus of this release.


    TAS Premier 7i release 3 information: (April 2007)
     
    This release brings 32-bit TAS programming development to the next level of sophistication and maturity, with many improved core menu options and the integration of various legacy utilities, plus the introduction of several utilities never previously available.
     
    Six new commands/functions and expanded DLL character option functionality
     
    Reports now have full text searching capability in preview mode
     
    New FD differences utility, the first 32-bit version and completely re-written and more accurate than its predecessor legacy version
     
    File descriptor entity relationships option: the first true relationships management option in the TAS language, uses legacy file names, but completely re-designed, new documentation concerning database design
     
    Extensive enhancements to maintain database and maintain data dictionary
     
    New Check File Integrity utility never previously available
     
    Integration of legacy export and quick report options; "smart" quick report option for the first time uses indexed searching methods producing faster report queries
     
    The Pervasive/Btrieve reindex program has significantly improved recovery and other features
     
    Much more: see the topic "Addsum TAS Premier 7i features" under "What's New in TAS Premier 7i" towards the beginning of the help file for detailed information


    TAS Premier 7i release 2 information: (April 2006)
     
    DB RTF object now functional
    RTF files can now for the first time be included dynamically in a report
    Potential pathing problems resolved
    A pathing issue first resolved by rel. 2 of Addsum TAS Premier 7i (some nine other commands have also been updated)
    Prior to this release and in all prior and other versions of TAS 6 and 7 ever released including TP5WDBA and other legacy EXE's, if a user clicked on the file browse button when printing to a file and selected a different directory path, then subsequent attempts to run TAS programs (from, for example, a main menu program) failed
    Screen/program editors
    Changes have been made to help reduce the chance of a redraw error
    Image dialogs enhanced
    Additional/extended types were not being shown as being available for selection; these additional types are now shown
    Other changes
    Various changes have been made to improve speed and memory handling and in connection with a number of commands
    Updated/enhanced documentation
    Pervasive/Btrieve reindex program improved


    TAS Premier 7i release 1 information: (September 2005)
     
    New Code Template Editor for use with the Program Editor
    New chart objects (pie, bar and line) and related functionality includes four new chart functions and related new objects
    New "direct open" options for opening source and screens without having to use the Windows open file dialog
    Three new date math functions
    New PAUSE command
    The READ (SpRead) option of the SERIAL_PORT function works (not previously supported in ANY prior release of TAS 6 or 7)
    COPIES option in PRINT_REPORT fixed
    Tested with, and support added, for Pervasive V9
    New function that allows a developer/licensee to invoke the report designer from the runtime environment
    Compiler enhancement relating to #FORCERWN
    Program Editor enhancements relating to the highlighting of structured commands
    New "direct open" options for opening source files and screens
    New Build and Execute button options
    RUN/legacy enhancements including fix for the trap ESC and trap INT and handling of the system close button
    New hash function
    New button events
    Fields no longer required to trigger events


    TAS 7 release 3 information: (January 2005 - these are included in TAS Premier)
     
    New Zip/Unzip functionality built directly within the language (first version of TAS to provide this ability)
    New compiler options: (1) display final specs, (2) display errors only and (3) save error files (determines what information is displayed upon compiling a program and whether to save error files to disk). These options are particularly useful when compiling multiple programs at once.
    New DIR_EXISTS() function to check the existence of a directory
    Extensive ongoing improvements/enhancements to the documentation
    Enhancements to the encryption functionality
    New Data file analysis option
    More enhancements to the maintain database program
    Demo license capability (for existing unlimited runtime developers)
    EQU_MID legacy command fixed and documented


    TAS 7 release 2 information: (included in TAS Premier 7i)
     
    The major features included are listed below; many other internal enhancements have been made that are not necessarily listed here.
    Since the initial release of TAS 7 which included support for JPG/JPEG, GIF and PNG images in both the screen and report editors, support for the following image types have been added (first time ever in any version of TAS):
     
    • Tiff Images (*.tif, *.tiff)
    • GFI Fax Images (*.fax)
    • SGI Images (*.bw,*.rgb,*.rgba,*.sgi)
    • Autodesk Image Files (*.cel,*.pic)
    • Truevision Images (*.tga, *.vst, *.icb, *.vda, *.win)
    • ZSoft Paintbrush Images (*.pcx,*.pcc)
    • Word 5.x Screen Capture Files (*.scr)
    • Kodak Photo-CD images (*.pcd)
    • Portable pixel/gray map images (*.ppm,*.pgm,*.pbm)
    • Dr. Halo images (*.cut, *.pal)
    • SGI Wavefront images (*.rla, *.rpf)
    • Photoshop images (*.psd, *.pdd)
    • Paintshop Pro images (*.psp)
     
    The "Source attached" property of a TTASFORM as well as COMPILE_SRC fixed.
    Graphical images (all types) can be accessed dynamically on reports (first time ever in any version of TAS).
    An issue relating to chain with the newruntime has been resolved.
    New shortcuts added.
    Serial port "write" fixed.
    E-mail functions fixed.
    Application title (taskbar) and initial caption (if no main menu program) can be specified in the INI file (applies to user distribution licensees only)
    Enhancements to maintain database, maintain dictionary and maintain file location options.
    Ability to turn off XP theme support (typically for systems using RUN style program options).
    Component palette remembers last position.
    Additions to documentation, additional sample programs.


    Addsum TAS Professional 7 was initially released on May 19, 2004.





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