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Lineage Manager™ for Dogs version 2 BETA is over. Official version 2.00 was released on June 16, 2014

Release Notes:
Please uninstall the BETA before you install the final version 2.

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for Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XPsp3  (32 or 64 bit).

Release Notes for Lineage Manager™ for Dogs v2 BETA 9.8 - Released May 16, 2014

Release Notes:

This is the last beta! - really - I just need a little more time finishing the documentation. Press F1 to see the documents.

These are the changes in Beta 9.8

  • Minor  cosmetic changes or wording changes to windows and dialogs.
  • Included the current iteration of the Help File. Press F1 when looking at the main window to activate it.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.7 - Released March 31, 2014

Release Notes:

This is the last beta!

These are the changes in Beta 9.7

  • Several cosmetic changes or wording changes to windows and dialogs.
  • Added Dog List filtering button.
  • Changed way Dog List is initially sorted to sort alphabetically by registered name. This may be changed a bit more for the final version
  • Added a first cut of the Help File. Press F1 when looking at the main window to activate it.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.6 - Released February 15, 2014

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.6

  • Added report option to use Old English Text style image of 'Certificate of Pedigree' in 4 and 5 generation pedigrees.
  • Added report option for using the words 'Date Whelped' instead of 'Date of Birth' in the pedigrees.
  • Added report option to show OFA numbers for the subject dog in the pedigrees.
  • Changes to General Dog Info now show a few of the default registrations.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.5 - Released January 8, 2014

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.5

  • Added 4 and 5 generation Line Breeding (percentage of blood) list reports.
  • Added automatic check for newest update.
  • Improved startup to prevent attempts at opening non-LMD databases. Added a button to reset the recommended default place to save the database on the Create a New Database window.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.4 - Released December 28, 2013

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.4

  • Fixed the problem with the previously not-so-good-looking (OK, ugly) scroll borders. Now there are three to choose from. You will need to be using Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer v11 (only available on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1). I have preset the border width so it looks good with each one, but you can change the width to alter the way the border looks.
  • Fixed an error that occurred if you tried to exit the program with no database active and I fixed several other minor things.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.3 - Released December 17, 2013

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.3

  • You can now select which web browser to use on the Reports window (if you have more than one browser installed). Your choice will be remembered.
  •  Added NEW report listing Vaccination Records for a dog. The comment type must be set to Vaccination or formerly Shot (you can edit this) to be shown in this report.
  • Cosmetic changes to left panel toolbar icons and icons showing in the Dog Information editor.
  • Updated database engine to latest version.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.2b - Released Nov 18, 2013

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.2b

  • Fixed problem changing Registered Name. Example: if the name were this-n-that and you want to make it This-N-That, it would not let you change it.
  • Fixed problem adding editing and adding titles to a dog's list of titles. If you had titles in the list for a New Dog, then went and created a new title, it would erase the list you had when you were done creating the title.
  • Kennel Name in Edit Contact now edits correctly.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.2a - Released Nov 2, 2013, 3:10pm Pacific Time, 6:10pm Eastern Time

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.2a

  • Fixed a problem where strange character strings would appear in a dog's registered name or elsewhere. Example: '
  • Unfortunately, if you see any of those strange characters the fix is to revert to a previously saved backup.

How to revert to a previously saved backup AFTER you have installed beta 9.2a:

1. Start LMD and open your normal database.
2. Click on the left panel item Lineage Database, then click on Database Maintenance.
3. Click on Restore Database from compressed zip. Click Yes, then locate a backup prior to Oct 19, 2013 (backups have the name format lmd-YourDatabaseName-Month-Day-Year.zip) Your backup will be where you saved it - often found in Documents.
4. Select the zip file and click Open and then it will restore the data and say 'Restore Complete'.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9.1 - Released Oct 19, 2013

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9.1:

  • Converted dog list to include searching and it's much faster loading.
  •  Added tooltips on dog list window buttons.
  • Fixed problem changing dog's registered name and added examples of duplicate names to change registered name window.
  • Change Registered Name now has Change It! grayed out until you have successfully checked.
  • Fixed prefix issue editing contact and increased field entry box sizes in Edit Contact.
  • Edit contact now correctly writes the date of last edit.
  • Updated SQLite database engine to version 3.8.1

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 9 - Released Oct 15, 2013

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 9:

  • Radical User Interface Makeover. It has a new 'skin'. You can change what it looks like by clicking on View, then on Application Look (skins). There are many different selections ranging from the flat Windows 8 style to old Windows styles - take your pick, they will look great on any operating system.
  • Introduction of 'List' style reports. These reports are presented in a searchable list window instead of the in the web browser. You can print and save (export) the List Report by using the right click menu. Right click in the results to see the popup menu. There are several new reports mirroring similar reports in the old LMD v1.x.
  • Besides the New List Reports, the existing web browser based reports are now noted as being web browser based in the list of available Reports.

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Release Notes for Lineage Manager for Dogs v2 BETA 8.5 - Released Sept 14, 2013

Release Notes:

These are the changes in Beta 8.5:

  • Coloration of whole line of dog info in reports (peds) is now available for each dog. See General Info window for each dog.
  • Importing v1 database now asks you which type of coloration to apply when 'dog in red' is found.
  • Special Beta-Only re-import of 'dog in red' is on Database Management window. It will overwrite any changes you have made to the Dog In Red changes on the General Info window.
  • Added a new Dog Profile report similar to the old one in v1. Please read about it below.
  • Simplified date handling on General Info so that it matches title and registration date selection style (see below) by using 'Date is Unknown' checkbox.
  • Adding or editing a dog's title has the new option of 'unknown' checkbox for the date.
  • Adding or editing a dog's registration has the new option of 'unknown' checkbox for the date.
  • Report dates can be long form or now short form. See options in Report Settings.
  • Updated Database Engine to SQLite 3.8.0.2

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About 'Dog in Red' changes

This is complicated, so read carefully:

Background: In the OLD LMD v1.x, each dog had a checkbox on the Titles tab that said 'Print this dog in red'. The effect of it was to print the whole line of text in the color red where applicable.

Title behavior: In version 2, the decision was made to allow you to set each title globally to a specific color of your choosing (most champion titles are preset to Red). The titles will appear as the color you choose, so if 'CH' is red, any dog that uses the titles 'CH' will show it as Red unless you override this action as outlined below. Just the text CH appears in Red. That remains in the software.

That title coloration can be overridden two ways:

  1. Reports/Report Settings, there is a checkbox to Force All Report Text to Black - if checked, it overrides any color info in the titles or for the dog's name.
  2. Edit Dog/General Information, edit dog name color in the lower right area. See the next paragraph below.

When you edit a dog, on the General Info window, lower right side, there are now settings to control the color of the dog's name and titles and anything else on the line of text in a report (pedigree). What is new in this beta is the checkbox 'Make whole line in reports match this color above'. If that box is checked, the color in the box will be applied to the whole line of text - the dog's name and any titles and anything else. This is the equivalent of the old 'Print this dog in red' box. If you want to let the titles assign their own colors, uncheck the box and edit the color of the dog to what you want, plus you have to edit the color of the titles.

More details on how to do the coloration of the dog's name or the whole line of text are described in the box 'How to work make a dog's name appear as red (or any other color)'.

How to make a dog's name appear as red (or any other color)

To make all text BLACK in a report (pedigree or other): On the Reports window, click on Report Settings. Then check the box labeled 'Force all report text to black' and press OK. This is a 'global' setting which means all dogs in reports are affected by it. To use colors as descibed below or to make titles appear in color, be sure this box is UNCHECKED.

To make a dog's name appear in red (or any other color), you have to work with each dog on an individual basis. What that means is every dog that you want the name to appear in red must be edited separately to be set as Red when printed or viewed in the Web Browser.

To change a dog's NAME ONLY to red (or any other color), leaving each Title at whatever color they are set at:

  1. Select and edit a dog from the list of dogs, then on General Info window, go to lower right corner.
  2. Press Edit Color and select Red -or- press Preset Color to Red.
  3. Press OK to save changes. You can go back to verify if you want by editing the dog again.

To change a dog's name, all titles, reg numbers and anything else on the line of text to red (ignoring the Titles color settings):

  1. Select and edit a dog from the list of dogs, then on the General Info window, go to lower right corner.
  2. Press Edit Color and select Red -or- press Preset Color to Red.
  3. Check the box labeled 'Make whole line in reports match this color above'
  4. Press OK to save changes. You can go back to verify if you want by editing the dog again.

You must do one the above procedures for every dog you want to show in red. It's just like in the old program except with more control. Speaking of that, there is a new button to import the 'Print this dog in red' settings into your database from the v1 database. See Lineage Database/Database Maintenance/Re-import v1.x Database Dog in Red Settings. This button will disappear when the Betas are completed.

Importing Dog in Red status from a v1.x database

About importing a v1.x database - normally you get one try at importing. If you try to re-import, it will ignore all dogs found in your v2 database (matching those in the v1 database) so nothing is changed. The only way to fix that is to create a new database (I will be adding a way to erase the whole database too before the final release of v2).

However, since this issue of importing 'Print this dog in red' is so important because it can affect hundreds of dogs, I added a special button, only for the betas, that will let you re-import the Dog in Red settings: It's on the Lineage Database/Database Maintenance window, press Re-Import v1.x Database 'Dog in Red' settings. It will ask you the same question about how to process the 'Print this dog in red' settings, then proceed. Use the original v1.x database as input.

About Date Changes

Beta 8.4 made changes to the date controls, but they needed improvement so changes were made in 8.5

The date controls on General Info and when editing a title or registration forced you to select a date. This has now been simplified. The 'X' buttons that cleared the date controls have been removed and the checkbox 'enable' has been changed to 'Date is Unknown'. If the box is checked, the date is forced to 12/31/1969 (zero) and it is greyed out. If unchecked, you can set the date to what you want (later than 12/31/1969). Note that the dates are localized meaning for non-US Windows, they will appear as you normally see them.

Report Dates

There is now an option to use either long form (Saturday, September 14, 2013) or short form (9/14/13) dates in the Reports/Report Settings window. This will affect all reports. Note that I've shown you USA Windows format, if in other countries, it will be localized in your language, ie. instead of 9/14/13 it may be 14/9/13 or whatever you are used to seeing.

About the Dog Profile Report

The Dog Profile Report is NEW in this BETA.

This report shows detailed info about the dog. It also shows the dog's picture if you have added one and lots of details, plus the Sire and Dam info. If you want to show the picture, please be sure the Report Settings/Print Dog's Picture box is checked.

How to add a picture (image) for a dog

When editing a dog, press the Images icon on the left panel. Press Add New Image. Locate and select your .gif, .jgp or .png image and press OK. Then press the Set As Default Report Image button. There will be an acknowledgement line of text next to the button.

Font Sizes: just about any reasonable font size will do (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) and you can make the title font any font style you want - don't forget that!

Pedigree Font Sizes

Font Sizes: There are 3 fonts you can set for the reports (pedigrees). The Report Title can be fairly large and can be any style you want - Old English Text MT is a nice one. The Headings font is for headings like Call Name, Breed, Kennel Name etc. Recommend a size 8, 9 or 10. The Body Text font is used for the details like the dog's name or titles. If you are using a 5 gen pedigree, you may want to make it fairly small like 9 or 8 and if you get your pedigree running onto two pages, consider unchecking the Print Ancestor Titles box or Print Other Ancestor Registration Numbers. These things add extra text to each line and may make them wrap and cause things to run off the single page. The 4 gen and Dog Profile reports should not have this problem.