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A Blog from the authors of Time Clock MTS, a cost effective time and attendance software solution

Time Clock MTS and WebRoot Anti Virus

An update released for the WebRoot Anti-Virus / Cyber Security software on or about the 24th or 25th of April 2017 has started identifying the main Time Clock MTS executable file as suspicious and quarantining the file. Of course our program files do not contain any sort of malicious payload and this is a false-positive on behalf of the WebRoot product. It turns out the update to the AntiVirus software has broken all sorts of Windows programs and even Windows itself. This has hit the mainstream media, see the Denver Post, The Register, and Bleeping Computer for more information. While I am sure that the authors of WebRoot will fix up their software soon enough it’s best to add an exception to WebRoot to stop this sort of thing happening in the meantime. WebRoot includes options to ignore particular files during scans and real time shielding. How to Exclude a File from All Scans and Shielding in WebRoot How to Allow (Ignore) a File During Scans – Direct Link to WebRoot Website The files you need to ALLOW for Time Clock MTS to run correctly are: 64 Bit Versions of Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\Time Clock MTS\timeclockmts.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Time Clock MTS Client\timeclockmtsclient.exe 32 Bit Versions of Windows C:\Program Files\Time Clock MTS\timeclockmts.exe C:\Program Files\Time Clock MTS... read more

Fire or Emergency Evacuation Tip

Time Clock MTS has a useful feature that can be used in the event of an emergency evacuation or fire.  The time clock administrator can immediately print out an employee status report which can then be used to determine who should (or should not) be present after an evacuation. Here’s how to print the report: When using the Time Clock MTS Administrator Software or the Client software with the Reports User enabled go to the Reporting->Current Status Report Menu (see image above).  You’ll be asked if you want to print the report immediately (see above).  Choose the Yes option and you’ll be given the chance to select a printer (see image below) on which your report should appear shortly. That’s all there is to it. You might be wondering why users need to log in before being able to print this report? The answer is that when it was available without logging in first we had many (many), oh so many reports of employees printing the report accidentally (or perhaps deliberately) in their day to day use of Time Clock MTS. Hence, it’s now only available when logged in. This guide is just one of many you can find over at our Tips, Tricks, and How-To Guides... read more

Time Clock MTS Version 6.0.13 Released

Today we’ve uploaded version 6.0.13 of Time Clock MTS. This release addresses the remaining known issues with the software and will allow us to begin development of Version 6.1 which will include new features and reports. Here’s a detailed description of the changes made in this version:   Fixed up the display of currency symbols in reports. The currency symbol displayed in reports is obtained from the local Windows settings and non English Unicode currency symbols (such as the Thai Baht ฿) were not being displayed correctly. This has now been fixed. The Generate MySQL Script menu item is now displayed correctly to users of the trial version and the Network PLUS Edition. Fixed a crash that occurred when the last Data Export Format run index exceeded the number of available formats. Could happen if you ran the last Data Export format created and then deleted one of the earlier ones. Much data logging added to the code that fills the employee list to determine where users are seeing delays. The Long Punch Report now only displays employees who have punches over 16 hours during the report period. A message will be displayed if no employees have long punches. Forcing the Time Clock MTS Client to only display one department was not working correctly if the department folder view was being used. This has now been fixed. If the Time Clock MTS Administrator and Time Clock MTS Client programs were installed on the same computer then the restrict employee display to a single department setting on the Client program would effect the Administrator program. This has now been fixed.... read more

How to Export Payroll Reports

This Time Clock MTS How-To article explains how to export payroll reports for Time Clock MTS Version 6 and later. For earlier versions of the software read this article. It is a common requirement that payroll reports from any employee attendance or time clock tool can be exported to other programs for further data processing or distribution about the company or to external service providers. Time Clock MTS is able to export all reports to a range of different formats including PDF, HTML, Rich Text (RTF), Excel (XLS and XLSX), comma separated (CSV), plain text, and various direct image formats such as bitmaps, JPEG, and PNG. Here’s how to export a Time Clock MTS Payroll Report: Log into Time Clock MTS as the administrator or as the reports user and navigate to the Reporting->Payroll Reports menu. You’ll then be shown the Payroll Reports Configuration screen (see image at top of this page). Choose your report criteria (employees, departments, shifts, date range or job number) and one of the many payroll reports available in Time Clock MTS. Once you’re happy with the report selections click the Create Report button. Your report will be created and you’ll see a report something like that shown below: On the far right of the toolbar at the top of the report is the Export button. Click that and you’ll be given the chance to select what format you want to export your payroll report to. See the image below. You’ll see there are a number of export options. It’s simply a matter of choosing one of the options and your report will be exported... read more

Time Clock MTS Version 6.0.12 Released

Version 6.0.12 of Time Clock MTS is now available for download. It addresses what we hope is the last of the issues we’ve had with the camera system. Sadly, even though we tested the system out on a great number of different USB cameras and laptops with integrated cameras we still had users experiencing issues with their own setups and we’ve fixed these problems up as we’ve found them. For the technically inclined the latest fix is for Windows 10 machines with integrated cameras. On some W10 machines the integrated camera is disconnected from the internal USB hub from time to time, presumably due to some power saving scheme. That’s fine though because Windows fires a USB disconnected message, however, when it reconnects the camera it never fires the reconnected message and the Time Clock MTS camera system didn’t know the integrated camera was available again. We’ve managed to work around this though, no thanks to Windows not doing things the way it should. Anyway, I digress. Here’s the list of changes made to this version: Camera system now re-connects to a disconnected integrated camera correctly. The department drop down box on the Time Clock MTS Client System Settings screen now displays department names that contain non unicode (such as Cyrillic) characters properly. There were several button styling issues on the Time Clock MTS Client System Settings screen that have been resolved. Various image capture settings are now only saved when image capture is activated. Various image capture fields on the Camera Settings screen are now de-activated when the enable image capture checkbox is not... read more
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