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Newsletter February - March 2005

Editorial

Apologies for the lack of a newsletter last month, January started with a bang and we are still catching our breath!  I hope that it started as well for you as well and that 2005 looks like being a really great year.

This is now our new identity, which has also taken some putting together over the last few weeks.  Artwork and e-mail layouts are done by Stringlite's André Pretorius (andre@stringlite.co.za) but we are still managing our Web site.  André can also assist with Websites and with the HTML Builder.

Other new areas of interest here include finding out how much is missing in our customers' environments that they would like fixed.  So Pastelizer is on its way again to solve the Maximizer - Pastel connectivity problem.

Just a word of warning when upgrading your PCs:  Windows 98 does not run on P4s.  Make sure your supplier loads Windows XP Pro with its Service Packs and helps you sort out the security before they leave.  You will suffer less problems, even though it means loading your software again.

On average, support on an old Windows 98 PC takes two to three hours longer than on a new Windows XP PC takes - and that's money directly out of your pocket that can mount up fast!

eScan - Anti-Virus

We have just done a full update of our eScan after using it for a year.  This went forward well and now we have regular scans on all our PCs and servers.  Incidentally, eScan's new version picks up Adware and you can set it up to delete these invasive files.  If you require the links for downloading the new upgrade, they are:

Mailscan for MS Exchange:

ftp://ftp.microworldsystems.com/download/mailscan/ms440a/msex440a.exe

 eScan Corporate:

ftp://ftp.microworldsystems.com/download/escan/es2k3e/cwn2k3e.exe

 eScan for Mailscan: (this version of eScan needs to be installed on the PC that has Mailscan installed)

ftp://ftp.microworldsystems.com/download/escan/es2k3e/cms2k3e.exe

This will give you a 30 day trial and then contact Judith for the licence quote in order to buy - judith@softwareafrica.co.za

Another useful aspect of eScan is that it allows you to load new programs easily.  Most other Anti-virus packages prevent this, some to the extent where they have to be removed!

Alchemex - Alchemy for Pastel users

This product is the solution to producing really amazing reports from your Pastel Accounting package.  Sales by customer broken down into the products they buy, which rep sells to them, top 6 or bottom six customers.  Financial reporting, stock reporting - all in an easy to manage Excel format.

It comes in the Express version for stand-alone users and then grows into a more sophisticated range of high level reporting products for your network.  Please contact Judith for more details - judith@softwareafrica.co.za

Is the Floppy/Stiffy Disk dead (we know the 5.25" one is)?

Now that most of us have USB flash drives, it is worth asking this question.  The drive at its smallest takes 64MB of data and most IT magazines do special offers on their subscriptions with 128MB ones thrown in.  Easier to carry around and faster to use, it looks as if we have found a real solution to transporting our data with us.

Product Highlight: Archer Scheduling Database

This is another database we wrote for Archer Mining.  Archer manages the Leeupan open-cast coal mine at Delmas on behalf of Kumba Resources, a division of Iscor.  They are a particularly forward-looking company and consistently achieve significant cost savings over comparable mines, using several Microsoft Access databases developed by us or with our assistance.  The Scheduling database was set up to manage Archer’s Employee Training and Leave.  The user works with a Day/Month Planner and can allocate work teams to training programs, and set leave for individuals.  The program takes account of the shift system in use.  Archer has indicated that they are willing to license the database or parts of the technology to other companies.  Contact us!

Maximizer Tips

Adding and linking tables in Crystal Reports

Having investigated this thoroughly, I realise that it is far more complex than I expected!  Some of the results required will in fact need some programming knowledge and an understanding of how to do queries on a database.  If you want to be this complex - then ask our team to assist you - which is what I did!

However, I have learnt some things in Crystal which are useful.  Firstly, if you want to list a large number of items such as how many appointments have been completed by everyone in the company, then you need to set the spacing between the detail section, where you place the labels and the footer, so that you fit as many records on the page as possible.

So far I have been able to generate a report on all meetings completed with their date and time, who was seen and by whom.  This without programming - but it did give me all the appointments since we started!  Quite a long list as you can imagine.

As a result, I will ask Rick to give his input on some easy reports and return to more common user challenges with Maximizer from next month.

Excel Tips 20 – Introducing Macros

This year we are going to start with the programming aspect of Excel: Macros, also known as VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), or just Visual Basic.

However, we will start slowly.

The good news is that you don't have to be a programmer to get benefits from Macros.

It is possible to make serious mistakes if you don't know what you are doing, so we will give you appropriate warnings.

The first one is to save your spreadsheet before you test any macro, and preferably keep several copies (in case you write a macro that saves the spreadsheet for you).

This Month's Exercise:

  • Start a new spreadsheet and enter some data (it doesn't matter what - we are going to be doing formatting).

  • Select a cell with something in it.

  • Click (menu) Tools > Macro > Record New Macro.

  • For Macro name, type Format1 (no spaces!)

  • Press Tab. This takes you to "Shortcut Key".  Press Shift+F - note that this means that you will press Ctrl+Shift+F to run the macro.  Tip: Always use Shift in your Macro shortcut keys; then you will never have conflicts with the built-in shortcuts.

  • For "Store Macro In", make sure that "This Worksheet" is chosen.

  • Click OK.  A small should appear.  Everything you do now will be recorded (we hope not as evidence against you!).

  • On the Formatting Toolbar, click the Bold "B" (if you can't see it, just press Ctrl+B)

  • On the Formatting Toolbar, click the Italic "I" (if you can't see it, just press Ctrl+I)

  • On the Formatting Toolbar, click the Underlined "U" (if you can't see it, just press Ctrl+U)

  • Now click the left-hand button (the blue square) on the "Stop recording" toolbar.  If you can't see it, use Tools > Macro > Stop Recording.

To Test the Macro:

  • First, save your file (we may have mentioned this before).

  • Now, select some different cells, also containing data.

  • Press the magic keys you just created:  Ctrl+Shift+F

  • The cells you selected should be formatted with Bold, Italic, and Underscore.

You have just saved two whole keystrokes or mouse clicks!  Impressive, isn't it?

Close the file and open it again.  Excel should ask you if you want to enable macros.  Click Enable Macros.  If Excel does not ask this, go into Tools > Macro > Security and choose Medium.  Then close the file and open it again.

Finally: Using the same file, record another macro that does different formatting: Perhaps a box around the cells, or a number format, for example.  Save and test.

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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Newsletter April-May-June 2005

Editorial

Autumn is in the air and Winter is on the way, reminding us that we are moving to mid-year!  Meanwhile we have made a number of changes internally and want you to welcome Kgomotso Maimela, who has joined us on the sales side.

This is his first venture into sales, so we wish him well.  To start with, he attended a three day sales training course with Funiwe, from which they both learnt a lot.

Sadly after being with us since May 2003, Craig Dix has chosen to leave to do the .NET MCSD course full time, with his eye on qualifying as a Microsoft Certified Trainer on these competencies.  During his stay with us, Craig has been a very valuable member of staff, contributing his expertise to a number of high level projects and his sense of humour to the general levity of the office.

Craig - we will miss you, and wish you well for the future.

Microsoft Certified Partner - ISV Competency

Finally we have all the flags, plaques and banners to show that our software development has paid off.  Last year, we entered Productivity Manager™ for Windows certification and to be tested on MS SQL.  The tests were passed and that made the product Windows compliant.  This has enabled us to regain our Microsoft Certified Partnership, which we had allowed to lapse since 1999.

ISV means Independent Software Vendor (Developer would be somewhat clearer) and we are one of three on the Microsoft SA site.

Congratulations to the development team - Rick, Kumaran and Craig!

Proudly South African

We have also qualified for this branding - thank you to our happy software solutions users!

eScan - Anti-Virus being the best and easiest one ever

Do you want 7/24 support on virus problems over the Net?  Low band loads on updates?  Control of users' protection from a central point that doesn't need a techie to sort it out?  Then this is for you!  From the small business owner to large enterprises, eScan is replacing older solutions because of its support capability, its simple update process, its reliable updating.  Stop your kids going places they shouldn't on the internet - eScan does (and it stops employees who shouldn't as well).  Contact judith@softwareafrica.co.za for more.

Alchemex - Alchemy for Pastel users

Do you want the facts of your business at your figure tips, quickly and most of all easily?   This is a powerful reporting system doesn't just integrate with Pastel, but can be used for reporting from any package accessed via ODBC.

If good reporting is your requirement, please contact Judith and she will organise a full demonstration of the software.

Is the Floppy/Stiffy Disk dead (we know the 5.25" one is)?

And what else is on the way out?  With CD and DVD technology, we are rapidly moving away from stiffy disks.  In addition, we are using Flash Drives and the 1GB capacity ones are becoming more affordable by the month.  Of all the choices, I definitely find the Flash Drive solution the simplest to use - except when I run out of space.  Please may the 1GB price drop below R500 soon!

Productivity Manager™ Update

Just a little more about where Productivity Manager™ is now.  Apart from being a powerful tool for assessing staff and enabling them to self-assess their progress towards targets (these can be money or task completion oriented), the other focus of the product is now working.  This is a very exciting solution for anyone involved with booking accommodation or looking for their accommodation to be booked.

It requires booker and supplier to both have the product, which is still obtained on a monthly rental, so you are always up to date with the power of the software.  What then happens is this:  You want to obtain a quote for accommodation, so have the program e-mail the request to a list of suppliers.  They receive it and Productivity Manager™ auto responds to the request with a quotation back to you.  If you accept the quotation, Productivity Manager™ can then place the booking automatically and confirm it.

This cuts down waiting time and facilitates the process efficiently for both parties.

Don't forget that Productivity Manager™ works not only on a local area network, but also on a Wide Area network as it can synchronise the databases between branches and head office.  It is fully integrated with Outlook for the sending and receiving of e-mails.

For more information contact Kgomotso - sales@softwareafrica.co.za

Non-Telkom Internet!

[Updated December 2007: Due to their appalling service we no longer promote Gogga, but can still provide an affordable connection to the internet independent of Telkom, via M-Web and Vodacom.  Click for M-Web cell phone modem.Contact Judith for more information.

Product Highlight: “Photon” (Markinor Regional Selling Monitor)

We originally wrote this program in Visual Basic 3 with first release in March 1995.  The name "Photon" arose because Markinor already had a program called Quark, and the new program was light, small, and very fast!  Markinor used it for statistical data analysis for SA Breweries (now SABMiller), producing detailed analysis of a large variety of permutations of sales in regions, areas, market segments, etc.  The program cut down to 3-5 days a task that previously took three weeks using a statistical data-processing program and spreadsheets.  It is programmable by the user and backed up by a user manual and brief Help.  We have made various additions and improvements over the course of time, and upgraded to Visual Basic 6 in Dec 1998.  Last year we added the ability to output results to Excel and early this year made some more minor improvements.  At ten years old, this is our oldest product still in regular use.  We want to thank Markinor for their testimonial backing us up for our “proudly South African” logo.  Would you like a custom program?  Contact us!

Maximizer Tips

Starting at the beginning again

It is now over eighteen months since we started this series and version 8.0 has introduced some changes which makes starting with those useful.

The major change is in inserting a new company or contact, which used to happen purely by pressing the Insert key on the keyboard - you then had the opportunity to add both the contact and the company at once.  This is no longer the case.  Pressing Insert gives you the opportunity to insert a Company only.

If you want to insert company and contact, or if you use individuals, then you have to do something different.  There three ways to achieve this - press the right mouse button when over the address book window; click on the arrow beside New to drop down the menu of choices there; use Edit | Add and chose what you want to add.

If you chose New Company and Contact in any of these choices, you will first be prompted to add the company's details.  Once that is complete then you will have the contact's screen appear so that you can enter their details.  This method has the advantage of preventing the contact's cell number and e-mail address being allocated to the company record, as well as to the contact themselves, as happened previously.

A second change is the ability to select the contact's manager - very useful for connecting PAs to their directors and managers.  It also enables you to collect more information.

Thirdly, you can now add a partner with whom you are working into the customer's record.

Lastly, you can mark a new customer as a Lead and give this a status.  This means that you can sort your customers by lead status and concentrate on the best ones.  Lead status can be changed as you come closer to closing and once closed, you can run a report on all your closed deals.  This is a fast way of monitoring prospects who are usually quick to close, instead of using Opportunity Manager.

Excel Tips 21Coding Macros

Last issue we introduced programming Excel Macros (Visual Basic).  This time we will look at the code we created.

For this edition's exercise you will need the macro you recorded last time.  If you didn't do it before (naughty, naughty!) do it now.

This Month's Exercise:

  • Open the file containing the macro.  Excel should ask you if you want to enable macros.  Click Enable Macros.  (If Excel does not ask this, go into Tools > Macro > Security and choose Medium, then close the file and open it again.)

  • Click (menu) Tools > Macro > Macros.  Note that the shortcut for this is Alt+F8.

  • You should have a small window headed "Macros".

  • In the drop-down list at the bottom, "Macros in", select "This Workbook".

  • In the big list in the middle, you should see your macro name, "Format1".

  • Click on it, then on the button Edit.

  • This will open a new program "Microsoft Visual Basic", with a window containing two panes: A small vertical one on the right, and a larger one occupying the rest of the screen, containing your macro.  The code will probably look like this:

Option Explicit

Sub Format1()
'
' Format1 Macro
' Macro recorded 16/02/2005 by Rick Raubenheimer
'
' Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F
'
    Selection.Font.Bold = True
    Selection.Font.Italic = True
    Selection.Font.Underline = xlUnderlineStyleSingle
End Sub

  • You will notice that your Macro, Format1 has become a "Sub" (subprogram), ending with an "End Sub".

  • Lines starting with a single quote (') appear in green.  They are comments, for your benefit, and ignored by the program.

  • The real program consists of three lines, corresponding to the three actions you performed: Bold, Italic, and Underline.

  • The first two are straightforward.  Supposing we want to change the macro to turn Bold and Italic off, how do you think we would change the macro?

  • Make the change now.

  • Swap to the spreadsheet (using the task bar, Alt+Tab, or the Excel Icon on the toolbar).

  • Select an are that is already Bold and Italic, and test the macro as before, with Ctrl+Shift+F

  • The cells you selected should have their formatting of Bold, Italic removed, but still have Underscore.

You have just done your first programming.  Well done!

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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 Newsletter July 2005

Editorial

If you are tired of empty dead looking gardens - think indigenous and brighten up!  Our garden flowers Summer and Winter alike drawing birds into it all the time.  It makes waking up in the morning a pleasure and fills the afternoons with perfumes!

Gogga works - fully mobile everywhere

If iBurst and other technologies don't work or are not accessible to you, take the recommendation of a Natal lass!  She goggas everywhere!  PMBurg, Cape Town, you name it!  And the connection is not expensive.  What really works for her is that it is moveable between their laptop and the PC with no hassles.

What is the Gogga?  It is a GPRS modem that connects to your PC or laptop via a USB cable.  This means you have web access anywhere anytime so long as there is a Cell phone tower in reach.  To go for Gogga, contact Judith@softwareafrica.co.za and be truly mobile even in the bush!

eScan - Anti-Virus being the best and easiest one ever

Still going strong - Contact judith@softwareafrica.co.za for more.

Time Reporting

I was startled to find out that companies are required to keep comprehensive records of their employees' times at work, off sick and on leave for at least 3 years.  Co-incidentally we have been doing this through our Time Binder program, but only for our programming staff and technicians.

I took immediate action and pushed its use through out the company.  Now our staff have unique log-ons and passwords in order to report their working hours, sick leave and holiday times.  We can then look back at sick leave and holiday leave forms as well so that we have a clear picture of attendance.

If you are in the same boat - would this help you comply easily?  Time Binder gives good reporting and can be integrated with your HR systems as well as your accounting package if you need to bill time out to customers.  If you want a mini-CRM as well, look at Productivity Manager.  Please contact us for more information - Rick or Judith 011 802 2685

Pastelizer for Maximizer 8 and Pastel 2004

This connectivity product is in final testing and will connect Maximizer 8 and Pastel Accounting 2004.  It has been a greater challenge than we expected due to major changes in the former product and also our desire to move away from the Pastel Toolkit.  We have achieved the latter, saving current and potential customers the annual licence fee of around R5500.

We have also look at implementing the requirement for Pastel to push customers through to Maximizer and I will be able to report on this a bit later.  Later in the year we will connect Pastel 2005.

Product Highlight: Artists Royalties Database

This Microsoft Access database was written for FCB, the advertising agency that did the South African coat of arms.  The database is used to monitor the annual renewals of the contracts of their voice-over and other performing artists. These contracts are administered by FCB on behalf of their clients. The database replaced an outdated DOS program, from which we transferred the data. The database allows artist contracts to be input and associated with the relevant job's flighting code. Monthly and annually it is possible to draw a list of renewals for each client, with the cost implications. An alternative method of input is for a Contract Template in Microsoft Word (also programmed by us) to connect to the database and send the contract data directly to the database, eliminating the need to type the data in again, and avoiding possible typing errors.  The program has been successfully in use in Johannesburg and Cape Town since mid-2002.  Would you like a custom program?  Contact us!

Maximizer Tips

The Power of Search to Create Reports that work

The key behind making Maximizer work as a powerful reporting tool is the Search feature.  Not only can you search for new companies, find who input them and when, plus get the notes around the interaction, but you can catalogue those searches for future use.  In fact the Catalog function is one of Maximizer's strongest features together with the Favourite Lists.  One can update the other on a regular basis.

When you use Search make sure that if you are searching on All Fields, you decide whether it is an inclusive search - Must Match All or you are happy with it matching any parameter chosen.  Once the search is set up, then you can catalog it with a name that describes what it does for future use.

e-mail searches are special - they require a range which starts at a and ends at z.  Click on Range in this search and put the start and finish in.

Formatting the report

This is done through the Column Setup button.  First click on Add in this dialogYou can then put in the fields that you want to see in the report, save the view as either Public or Private and then click on Use Now to see your report.  If it gives you the information you want, go to File Print Column Report and preview it.  Once everything works, choose the final format - Word document, HTML etc and produce your report.

Excel Tips 22 – Recording Macros Absolute and Relative

Last issue we looked at the code we created recording our first Excel Macro.  This time we will look at a subtle but important difference in the ways we can record.

We will record two macros that will be very similar to the first macro we recorded:

This Month's First Exercise:

  • Start a new spreadsheet and enter some data (it doesn't matter what - we are going to be doing formatting).
  • Select a cell with something in it.
  • Click (menu) Tools > Macro > Record New Macro.
  • For Macro name, type Format2 (no spaces!)
  • Press Tab. This takes you to "Shortcut Key".  Press Shift+G (this means that you will press Ctrl+Shift+G to run the macro).
  • For "Store Macro In", make sure that "This Worksheet" is chosen.
  • Click OK.  A small "Stop recording" toolbar should appear. On the left is a button with a square ("Stop").  On the right is the "Relative Reference" button.
  • Click the "Relative Reference" button and note the small difference - is it "pressed in" (with a border) or "out"?  Make sure it is out.
  • On the Formatting Toolbar, click the Bold "B" (if you can't see it, just press Ctrl+B)
  • On the Formatting Toolbar, click the Italic "I" (if you can't see it, just press Ctrl+I)
  • On the Formatting Toolbar, click the Underlined "U" (if you can't see it, just press Ctrl+U)
  • On the keyboard, pres the right arrow -> to move one cell right.
  • Now click the left-hand button (the blue square) on the "Stop recording" toolbar.  If you can't see it, use Tools > Macro > Stop Recording.

Second Exercise:

  • Record a new Macro named Format3, with Shortcut Key Ctrl+Shift+H.

  • Repeat the exercise above, with one exception: This time, make sure the "Relative Reference" button is "pressed in".

To Test the Macro:

  • First, save your file (we may have mentioned this before).
  • Now, select some different cells, also containing data.
  • Run using the shortcut you just created:  Ctrl+Shift+G
  • Repeat, using Ctrl+Shift+H.
  • What is the difference?

Discussion next issue: Save your macros until then!

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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 Newsletter August-September 2005

Editorial

Below we announce the new Pastelizer!  It will have a number of different editions, so that you can match it to your version of Maximizer and Pastel.  This development has been one of our most challenging and we are really happy to have got this far.

Gogga 256MB on Special

Order your Gogga Connect this month and receive the modem free on the 256MB option.

What is the Gogga?  It is a GPRS modem that connects to your PC or laptop via a USB cable.  This means you have web access anywhere anytime so long as there is a Cell phone tower in reach.  To go for Gogga, contact Judith@softwareafrica.co.za and be truly mobile even in the bush!

eScan - Anti-Virus being the best and easiest one ever

Still going strong - Contact judith@softwareafrica.co.za for more.

Labour Law Compliance

We have a number of solutions which allow you to keep comprehensive records of your staff attendance.  These need to be available to comply with the Labour Laws.  Please contact us for more information - Rick or Judith 011 802 2685

Pastelizer for Maximizer 8 and Pastel 2004 Released

Running Maximizer 8 and Pastel Accounting 2004?  Or thinking about it?  Then it's time to get the new Pastelizer 7.8!  Pastelizer eliminates all that tedious re-typing (with mistakes!) when the customer your sales staff have been prospecting in Maximizer becomes a client and has to be billed out of Pastel.  The program automatically transfers marked companies from Maximizer to Pastel and if the details change, they are updated into Pastel.

At the same time, financial information of your choice, e.g. outstanding balance, credit limit, blocked status, and many others, can be brought from Pastel into fields in Maximizer, so that your sales staff can make selling decisions without having to go into Pastel.

Pastelizer can also create batch invoices in Pastel, either as required, or on a recurring (monthly or annual) basis).

You can download Pastelizer from the internet and run it as demo with a limited number of debtors for testing purposes. For more information and prices, and to download a copy, visit www.softwareafrica.co.za/pastelizer.htm.

Later in the year we will connect Pastel 2005.  We are working on a feature that will allow the updating of debtor details from Pastel into Maximizer if they were changes there more recently than in Maximizer.

Product Highlight: Virtual Factory Manager (VFM) for Log Rig Signs

Log Rig Signs, the well-known signage company (liquidated Sep 2010), wanted to computerise their operations and naturally they approached Software Africa.  The database we wrote for them in Microsoft Access covers Bills of Materials, creating quotes, e-mailing them to customers, and creating delivery notes for accepted quotes.  Later phases will address production, monitoring progress, and the creation of invoices.

The current database allows Log Rig to put in a list of their standard components and types of labour.  They then construct a Bill of Materials for each product, together with its selling price.  The program can then work out the profit.  Special price lists can be set up for favoured (or un-favoured!) customers.  Quotations are then created by adding products from the list, and the program works out the total price.  The Quotes can then be printed out and/or e-mailed.  If the client wants modifications, all or part of a quote can be copied to a new one, and the old one marked as Rejected.  For accepted quotes, Bills of Materials can be printed out (either for the whole project, or each product separately), followed by the Delivery Note.

The development of the database has already shown dividends for the customer by allowing them to check the profit they are making on products – in some cases not what they expected!  As prices from suppliers are updated, summary profit reports will show which products are becoming unprofitable and need price increases.  Would you like a custom program?  Contact us!

Maximizer Tips

Using Word for really good reporting

Maximizer 8.0 enables you to push your reports into Microsoft Word, so that you can use this powerful product to produce excellence in your reporting.  When you have your report set up and ready to print, rather choose the last option Microsoft Office Word and then click on OK.  Word will open and display the report ready for formatting and editing to give the presentation that you require.

If you are using Word 2000 onwards, you can also write macros to make the formatting simpler.

Excel Tips 23 – Discussion of Absolute and Relative Macros

Last issue we created two identical macros to Bold, Italicise, and Underline the selection, then move one cell right.  The first macro, Format2 (Ctrl+Shift+G), was recorded Absolute (using the right-hand button on the "Stop Recording" toolbar).  The second, Format3 (Ctrl+Shift+H), was recorded Relative.

We will now look at the code we created.  Open the file you saved last time (If you don't have it anymore, didn't do it, or did not get the July newsletter, you can record the macros again quickly).  Excel should ask you if you want to enable macros.  Click Enable Macros.  If Excel does not ask this, go into Tools > Macro > Security and choose Medium.  Then close the file and open it again.

When you run the macros, Format2 (Ctrl+Shift+G), always finishes in the same cell, no matter where you started.  This is the meaning of "Absolute".  The Format3 (Ctrl+Shift+H), macro always moves one cell right from wherever you start (Relative).  Let's look at the code:

Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic editor.  You should find the macros in Module1 (Ctrl+R for Project Explorer, expand Project, expand Modules).  As you will see, the only difference between the two is in the last lines (before End Sub):

    Range("C1").Select

versus
    ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Range("A1").Select

The first selects a specific cell (in our case, C1) - the second moves by an offset (0 rows, 1 column) from the current cell.  The ".Range("A1")" is in fact redundant and can be omitted - it does not relate to cell A1 in the worksheet.

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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 Newsletter October 2005

Editorial

Telkom really has assisted us this past week, with our main line down (ringing plaintively) since Monday and only repaired on Thursday.  It took us and our PABX supplier four calls to recover.  I must apologise for any inconvenience that this caused.

On a high note, we have six more potential guide dogs - born on 3rd September, the litter of 5 girls and 2 boys is thriving.  One girl will stay with us to continue breeding for SA Guide Dogs.

A second plus is that this newsletter will arrive with its graphic, now that Cybertrenz have assisted me with doing the correct link!  They are hosting our website for us and are a really great team of people.

UPSA-SA Launched

This is the United Professional Sales Association of Southern Africa.  It was launched to press and corporates at a breakfast function at the Westcliff.  UPSA-SA's intention is to offer sales people a professional association, international qualifications and standards.  It is an important development in sales in South Africa.  If you are in sales and wish to join at an annual fee of R499 inclusive, phone UPSA-SA member services on 011 913 2015.  The international web site is www.upsa-intl.org if you want to take at look at what is on offer.

UPSA-SA will also be holding a member and guest event in mid-November.

Gogga

What is the Gogga?  It is a GPRS modem that connects to your PC or laptop via a USB cable.  This means you have web access anywhere anytime so long as there is a Cell phone tower in reach.  To go for Gogga, contact Judith@softwareafrica.co.za and be truly mobile even in the bush!

eScan - Anti-Virus being the best and easiest one ever

Still going strong - Contact judith@softwareafrica.co.za for more.

Labour Law Compliance

Time-Binder enables you and your staff not only to put in attendance times, sick and other leave, but also tie hours to jobs and put in distances travelled.  As each user has their own user name and password, the information is verifiable. This information needs to be available for you and your company to comply with the Labour Laws.  Please contact us for more information - Rick or Judith 011 802 2685

Pastelizer 8.8 for Maximizer 8 and Pastel 2005 (version 8) Released

Running Maximizer 8 and Pastel Accounting 2005?  Or thinking about it?  Then it's time to get the new Pastelizer 8.8!  Pastelizer eliminates all that tedious re-typing (with mistakes!) when the customer your sales staff have been prospecting in Maximizer becomes a client and has to be billed out of Pastel.  The program automatically transfers marked companies from Maximizer to Pastel and if the details change, they are updated into Pastel.

At the same time, financial information of your choice, e.g. outstanding balance, credit limit, blocked status, and many others, can be brought from Pastel into fields in Maximizer, so that your sales staff can make selling decisions without having to go into Pastel.

Pastelizer can also create batch invoices in Pastel, either as required, or on a recurring (monthly or annual) basis).

You can download Pastelizer from the internet and run it as demo with a limited number of debtors for testing purposes. For more information and prices, and to download a copy, visit www.softwareafrica.co.za/pastelizer.htm.

A version of Pastelizer that copies customers from Pastel to Maximizer as well as from Maximizer to Pastel, will be released at month-end.  This product is called Peer Pastelizer and is priced at the same level as the billing version of Pastelizer.

So now you can connect Maximizer 8 with Pastel 2004 and 2005.  Earlier versions of Pastelizer are still available for Maximizer 7 and Pastel 6.

Product Highlight: Civilab Gauge Reader (OedCap)

This Visual Basic program was written for one of our long-standing customers, Civilab, the Civil Engineering Testing Laboratory. Odometer tests are typically laborious, requiring somebody to write down dial gauge readings initially at 6-second intervals, lengthening to several hours and finally every 12 hours.  A test can run for as much as 72 hours.  This makes it difficult to schedule tests and ensure that readings are done on time.

The OedCap program runs on a PC and links via a serial port and a multiplexer box to up to six Sylvac dial gauges.  A second serial port can be used for another six gauges.  The program takes readings as instructed and writes them both to CSV files and, optionally, directly to the OED Excel spreadsheet that Civilab uses for processing results.  As readings are taken they are also plotted on screen, allowing the user to end the test when a suitable degree of compaction is achieved.  Allowance is made for resuming after power failures that exceed UPS support time.  The program is released and running at Civilab.  Would you like a custom program linking to a device?  Contact us!

Maximizer Tips

The New button's uses

Maximizer 8.0 gives us a major difference in the use of the New drop down button. 

When you are in the Address Book Window:- clicking on New gives you Company; New Company and New Contact and Individual; then Company Lead; New Company Lead and New Contact Lead and Individual Lead.

When you create a New Lead then the Star appears on the Company folder icon and/or on the Contact icon.  this allows you to identify the leads in your database very quickly.  Leads can also be the product of a search for them.

When you are in the Contact Window:- clicking on New gives you Add Contact and Add Contact Lead.

When you are in the Notes Window:- clicking New causes a Manual Note Window to open.

This is an example of where Maximizer's buttons are context sensitive - eg they give the result appropriate to the Active Window.

The Right Mouse Button menus react in the same way.  Now investigate Maximizer's menus to see for yourself how these change according to the Active Window.

If you have any queries or suggestions for further Maximizer topics, please send them to judith@softwareafrica.co.za for her attention.

Next month - Setting up an e-mail campaign

Excel Tips 24 – Overview of the Visual Basic (Macro) Editor

Last issue we examined our first macros.  Now we will look at the editor in more detail.

It is useful, but not essential, to open the file you viewed last time (If you don't have it anymore, didn't do it, or did not get the July newsletter, you can record a macro again quickly using Tools > Macro > Record New Macro).  Excel should ask you if you want to enable macros.  Click Enable Macros.  If Excel does not ask this, go into Tools > Macro > Security and choose Medium.  Then close the file and open it again.

Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic editor.

On the left-hand side of the screen near the top you should see a window headed "Project - VBAProject" or some variation thereof.  It will contain a Tree View.  This is the Project Explorer.  If you do not see it, press Ctrl+R or click View > Project Explorer.  If you see a "plus" sign next to any item, you can click it to expand that part of the tree.  Click a "minus" sign to collapse that part of the tree.

In the Project Explorer we find Projects at the upper level.  Projects consist of Microsoft Excel Objects and Modules.  The Objects are Sheets and "This Workbook".  You can have macros in Sheets, "This Workbook", and as many Modules as you like.  When you record macros the automatically go into Module1.  If you close Excel, reopen, and record new macros they go into Module2, and so on.

It is useful to rename the objects, particularly the Modules, to give them meaningful names.  To do this, press F4 to open the Properties Window (or click View > Properties Window).  It will probably open directly below the Project Explorer.  You can adjust its height by dragging the grey bar just above its title bar up or down.

To rename a Module, make sure you have the Properties window visible.  Click on the Module.  In the properties, next to (Name), the name should appear.  Change it to the new name and press Enter.  You can also change the names of "This Workbook", and the modules associated with Sheets.  In the case of the latter, you see the sheet name (as set on the Sheet Tab) in brackets.

In the larger, right-hand window, we see our macro (Visual Basic) code.  We'll look at that area in our next edition...

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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 Newsletter November 2005

Editorial

We are now moving towards the end of the year and 2005 seems to have flown by all too quickly.  Our litter of pups have gone to SA Guide Dogs, except for the one we are keeping to carry on the line.  Kumaran Anthony left us at the end of last month and we wish him well in his new company.

A lot of exciting developments are happening including a new release of Maximizer Enterprise, of which more below.  Also UPSA-SA will be having its first event this month as well.  Again, details below and you can e-mail judith@softwareafrica.co.za for the full invitation.                    

Gogga

What is the Gogga?  It is a GPRS modem that connects to your PC or laptop via a USB cable.  This means you have web access anywhere anytime so long as there is a Cell phone tower in reach.  To go for Gogga, contact Judith@softwareafrica.co.za and be truly mobile even in the bush!

eScan - Anti-Virus being the best and easiest one ever

Still going strong - Contact judith@softwareafrica.co.za for more.

Maximizer Enterprise 9.0 Launched - press release from Maximizer UK

Maximizer Software releases Maximizer Enterprise Version 9

We are pleased to announce Maximizer Enterprise 9, the latest release of our CRM solution. 

Some of the new features in Maximizer Enterprise Version 9

  • Enhanced data entry form for all modules
  • Key field lists
  • Multiple Products for all modules
  • Actions plans for all modules
  • Link between Campaigns and Opportunities, providing ROI information
  • Enhanced Web Client
  • Can search by Partner / Competitor in Opportunities or Address Book
  • Updated dashboard and reports
  • Enhanced Outlook integration
  • Synchronise Calendar to MS Exchange
  • Can synchronise third party application data
  • Secure views limit data access via ODBC to Maximizer login
  • Updatable views, following business rules and tracking transactions
  • Additional level of security
  • Live Updates, auto rollout of fixes and service releases  

We have a long standing reputation for providing software that enables Sales professionals to manage the demands of dealing with multiple sales propositions at various different stages of the process simultaneously. The combination of easy to implement processes, accurate reporting and support for the demands of a remote workforce has made Maximizer Enterprise an invaluable member of Sales Teams across the world. 

The Maximizer Enterprise versions of our software have taken the problem solving aspects of the solution several steps further by providing a complete suite of software offering tighter integration between Sales, Marketing and Customer Service departments. The easy view screens and automated alerts accelerate everyone's ability to respond to a pending problem or opportunity situation, poor or inaccurate communication becomes a thing of the past, and the customer receives consistent messages and standard of service. 

Maximizer Enterprise 9 is packed full of facilities that enable further exploitation of Maximizer's many strengths; marketing can now automate and track a variety of campaigns whilst complying with privacy and eCommunication legislation. Furthermore, campaigns will automatically display actual and forecast ROI, dynamically updated by changing sales situations. Customer Services can respond to complex enquiries more rapidly by providing web-based self service tools which will satisfy the majority of incoming requests and Sales teams benefit from the addition of dashboard graphics. 

IT Departments will also appreciate Maximizer Enterprise 9 - it is fully integrated with the Microsoft suite of software, including Outlook, and offers a choice of back end database (Microsoft SQL or Pervasive). Support for browser interfaces and mobile devices means that Maximizer minimises the changes that have to be made to an IT infrastructure in order to accommodate the implementation. 

To find out more about Maximizer Enterprise 9 and to download the datasheets listed below please speak to Judith Taylor, who is an Authorised Maximizer Partner, or visit our website at www.max.co.uk.

Peer Pastelizer 7.8 and 8.8 about to Release

This is an enhancement to the latest two versions of Pastelizer (7.8 for Pastel 2004 with Maximizer 8, and 8.8 for Pastel 2005 with Maximizer 8).  It is able to copy customers from Pastel to Maximizer as well as from Maximizer to Pastel, on the basis of the latest one that has changed.  Debtors that are in Pastel but not in Maximizer can also be transferred to Maximizer.  This product is priced at the same level as the billing version of Pastelizer.

You can download Pastelizer from the internet and run it as demo for testing purposes. For information and prices, and to download a copy, visit www.softwareafrica.co.za/pastelizer.htm.

Small Product Highlight: Pick 'n Paste

– a simple time-saving utility for anyone who does repetitive data entry, needs serial number allocation, or wants to transfer data from DDE-enabled programs.  You pre-program items into a list, or Pick 'n Paste can get data from a program via DDE.  Double-clicking then pushes this data into another open program or saves it to a text file.  This can for example be used to write a file of Maximizer contacts, which can be imported into the QuickBooks client list. There are two versions: Demo and Full.  Pricing – Single user: R200; 3 users: R300; 10 users: R800; 20 users R1200; subsequent groups of ten users: R 500 per group; unlimited use at one site: R4000.  Would you like Pick 'n Paste?  Contact us!

Maximizer Tips

Using e-mail stationery in Maximizer

Really beautiful e-mail stationery exists in Outlook and it makes the presentation stand out.  With the assistance of a good HTML programmer, you can obtain the same effect in Maximizer.  They need to produce an HTML file which is saved with a txt extension.  Then, what you do is the following:

  • Go to File | Preferences

  • Click on the email tab and then select Autosignature

  • Tick Add autosignature to outgoing messages and Append a text message to autosignature

  • Click on Browse and find your stationery txt file.  Click on Open and then on OK

  • Make sure that Compose messages in HTML is ticked

Now you are ready to send out beautiful messages from Maximizer.  What is more, they can be sent out to groups of people if you select them and then click on File | Send e-mail | Selected list | Separately.

Setting up an e-mail campaign

This requires access to Campaign Manager and for your automated campaigns to have been activated by the Maximizer administrator in the administrator module.  If the previous are true, then this will work for you.  If not, request that this be done!

There are two elements in an e-mail campaign:

  • the template which determine the type of campaign, its frequency and its content

  • the document/s (usually HTML) that is being sent to the list

There is a rule with the documents that you send out.  Graphics must be sent out either with links to the files on your web site FTP area or as attachments with links to the placeholders in the document.

The best net etiquette is to put the graphics on your web FTP site.  Recipients are then able to choose to download the pictures or not.

Once you have set up your document, then you are ready to create the Campaign template.  In Maximizer, click on the Marketing bar and then on Campaign.  Right clicking in the top window will give you the option to Add an automated Campaign template.  Choose this and the dialog box will open ready for you to work.

If you have any queries or suggestions for further Maximizer topics, please send them to judith@softwareafrica.co.za for her attention.

Next month - We'll take a Christmas break!

Excel Tips 25 – the Visual Basic (Macro) Editor, Part II – Code

Last issue we started looking at the editor, in particular the Project Explorer (Ctrl+R) and the Properties Window (F4).

It is useful, but not essential, to open the file you viewed last time (If you don't have it anymore, didn't do it, or did not get the July newsletter, you can record any macro again quickly using Tools > Macro > Record New Macro).  Remember, you need Tools > Macro > Security > Medium Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic editor:

On the right-hand side of the screen you see a window headed by two drop-down lists.  This contains your code.  The macro code is written in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).  You need to know something about Visual Basic if you wish to change the code in your Macros.

The best course of action in learning how Excel does things is to record the action, and then examine the recorded code.  For example, if Selection.Font.Bold = True sets Bold ON, what do you think sets it OFF?

Comments, which start with a single quote (‘) (shown in green), are ignored by the computer.  They are worthwhile as later reminders of what you were doing.

Select any word you want to find out more about, then press F1 for Visual Basic Help.  For example, select xlUnderlineStyleSingle in the above example, press F1, and you should get help on the various underline styles available.

This is not a substitute for our four-day Visual Basic Beginners’ and Intermediate courses, but here are some basic concepts:

Procedures: Subprograms and Functions

Every macro is a Subprogram procedure, and must start with Sub name and end with End Sub.

You can also create Function procedures, which work like Excel’s built-in functions.  The form of a function is:

Function FnName(Parameters)
  FnName =
some calculation using Parameters
End Function

In a worksheet cell you would then enter e.g. =FnName(66).

Example: Try this function (copy from here and paste it in at the bottom of the VB code):

Function CellFormula(cel As Range) As String
  ' Document another Cell: e.g. =CellFormula(A1)
  CellFormula = Replace$(cel.Address, "$", "") & ": " & cel.Formula
End Function

This is very handy for displaying a cell's formula so that you can print it out next to the result.  To use it, in cell A4, enter =Sum(A1:A3), and then enter in cell B4: =CellFormula(A4) ―isn't that cool?

This is the end of the series for this year.  Would you like us to continue with macros in 2006?  Please vote: Yes / No.

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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 Newsletter December 2005

Editorial

First a really big thank you to all our customers for the amazing business that you have given us over the year.  Your support is appreciated!

Secondly, may all our readers have a safe and relaxing holiday season and may 2006 be everything that you wish for in bringing prosperity to your businesses.

As I write, the rains have come and the gardens are full of colour.  With a strong Rand and falling inflation, plus a growing economy, it augurs well for the new year.  We are open over the Christmas - New Year period, although on skeleton staff.  Please contact us if you require anything.                   

Gogga Special

Once again for the Christmas season, the modem costs an amazing R399 inclusive and the data packages have come down slightly as well. This GPRS modem connects to your PC or laptop via a USB cable.  This means you have web access anywhere anytime so long as there is a Cell phone tower in reach.  To go for Gogga, contact Judith@softwareafrica.co.za and be truly mobile even in the bush!

eScan - Anti-Virus being the best and easiest one ever

Still going strong - Contact judith@softwareafrica.co.za for more.

Maximizer Enterprise 9.0

We are working with this now and will have a full demonstration unit to bring to your offices in January.  Everything we saw on our preview training appears to be there!  Excellent connectivity with MS Office and an alternative to Strategies - Tasks for Opportunities.

Peer Pastelizer (Pastelizer 7.8.7 and 8.8.7) Released

This is an enhancement to the latest two versions of Pastelizer (7.8 for Pastel 2004 with Maximizer 8, and 8.8 for Pastel 2005 with Maximizer 8).  It is able to copy customers' contact details from Pastel to Maximizer as well as from Maximizer to Pastel, on the basis of the latest one that has changed.  Debtors that are in Pastel but not in Maximizer can also be transferred to Maximizer.  This product is priced at the same level as the billing version of Pastelizer.

These versions of Pastelizer have now been tested with Maximizer 9.0, and run without problems.  However Pastel 2005 does not run on Pervasive 9.0 and hence is incompatible with Maximizer 9.0!  If you  want to run both Maximizer 9.0 and Pastel 2005, keep them on separate machines.

You can download Pastelizer from the internet and run it as demo for testing purposes. For information and prices, and to download a copy, visit www.softwareafrica.co.za/pastelizer.htm.

Excel Tips

This year we looked at Macros and asked, "Would you like us to continue with macros in 2006?  Please vote: Yes / No."  The good news is that the response so far is 100% in favour of continuing with macros.  The bad news is that only one reader responded.  If this is the level of interest we may discontinue the series!  Please vote and tell us what you want covered in Excel Tips!

Short of Energy this Festive Season?
You need a UPS!
(look at what it does for Wendy!)

Remember:  We can Help you with:―

  • Writing your custom databases on Microsoft Access, or custom programs in Visual Basic.  If you can’t find that piece of software to do things your way, ask us!

  • Solving your Maximizer, Access, Excel, Word, and Lotus 123 problems.

  • Training your company on Maximizer, Excel, Word, Access and Windows.  We do all levels from beginners to Programming.

  • Software: We re-sell and support various CRM, timesheet, scheduling and productivity programs.

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

Directors, Communication in Action (Pty) Ltd t/a Software Africa
PO Box 987, Gallo Manor, 2052 South Africa.
Tel: (+27 11) (011) 802-2685.  Fax: 802-4576.  Cell: 082 389-3481/2.
E-mail: info@softwareafrica.co.za

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