April 30, 2008
Time Clock MTS Version 1.6.8 Released
Time Clock MTS Version 1.6.8 was released yesterday containing a few fixes and some performance updates.
- The software now functions correctly with limited user accounts on Windows XP and Windows Vista. This was possible before but some directory permissions had to be set manually, the software installer now does this automatically.
- The Client software would not register itself properly when the trial period had expired. Again this could be worked around with some effort but now should just happen automatically.
- The method used to access internet time servers has changed. Some people were reporting that Time Clock MTS wouldn't connect to the servers properly so the changes were made in and attempt to fix this up. I should emphasize that for the best level of security for your Time Clock Software that you should use the Internet Time Server option for determining clock in and out times.
- Some users were experiencing a slowdown when the employee list had more than 50 employees in it. Some time was spent speeding this up, you should see about a 30% speed increase (this same speed increase will be seen in other areas of the software that display the full employee list).
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April 23, 2008
Time Clock MTS Configuration and Log File Directory Part 2
In Part 1 of this entry we had a look at the directory where Time Clock MTS stores all of it's local configuration and logging information. Now we'll take a quick look at the files in this location and what they are used for.
- clientlog.txt - contains all the logging information for the client version of Time Clock MTS
- log.txt - contains all of the user interface logging information for the administrator version of Time Clock MTS
- logdll.txt - contains all of the business logic logging for both the client and administrator versions
- timeclock.ini - contains all the local configuration options for both versions of the software
- timeclock.mdb - found in the Database sub directory this is the MS Access version of the Time Clock MTS database. If you cant see this file then it's because it has been moved.
Just a quick final tip. If you are having problems with Time Clock MTS and you're emailing us about them it's always a good idea to attach the log.txt and logdll.txt files to the email as they can contain a lot of useful information that helps us get to the bottom of your problems.
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April 16, 2008
Time Clock MTS Configuration and Log File Directory
Time Clock MTS stores all of its' local configuration and log files in the common program data directory on the computer that it is installed on. It can be useful to know where this directory is for several reasons, you might want to move the Time Clock MTS database, you might want to copy the main configuration file to share it among other computers, or you may need to send the log files to us to help sort out problems you are having. The exact location of the directory depends entirely on the version of Windows that you happen to be running. To determine where your information is take a look at this list:
Windows Vista (All Versions)
c:\ProgramData\Time Clock MTS\
Windows XP / Windows 2003 Server / Windows 2000
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Time Clock MTS
Windows Me / Windows 98 SE
C:\Windows\All Users\Application Data\Time Clock MTS\
Usually you can just navigate directly to this directory using Windows Explorer but in some cases Windows can be configured to hide system files and folders (of which this is one) by default. If this is the case then you'll need to use Windows Explorer to change some settings to allow you to find this directory. You can learn how to do this on your version of Windows by taking a look here.
In the next entry I'll take a look at the files in this directory and run through what they are and what they are used for.
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April 5, 2008
Time Clock MTS Version 1.6.5 Released
Just a minor release today. The single new feature is being able to use a custom NTP server from which Time Clock MTS can set it's internal clock from. You might like to use this setting for the following reasons:
- Your network is not connected to the Internet and cannot access an external NTP server so you must use a NTP server on your network somewhere.
- Your network is firewalled and does not allow access to the port required for a query to an NTP server. This port is UDP port 123. If this is the case then you must use a NTP server on your network somewhere.
- You prefer to use a geographically closer NTP server than the default time servers available in Time Clock MTS. For a list of available public NTP servers try taking a look at the NTP Organization Home Page.
A minor bug was fixed in this version, the report configuration screen would give an invalid property error when the next month button was pressed and then the this week button was pressed, but only when the current month had 30 days and the previous had 31. It was fairly obscure but thanks to one alert user who figured out exactly what was going on.
Versions 1.6.3/1.6.4 were released recently in an effort to try to fix an error on the Edit Times Screen. Some users were reporting that the drop down menus on the Add Time and Delete Time buttons on the Edit Times screen were not working but I could not replicate this. It turned out the error only occurred when navigating to the Edit Times screen from the View Information button on the main Time Clock MTS Screen. There's no apparent fix to this (it's a system error rather than a bug on my behalf) so I've removed the ability to navigate to the Edit Times screen from the View Information button. You'll have to get there via the Tools->Edit Times menu (which you could always do anyway).
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April 4, 2008
Free Time Clock Software
Time Clock MTS can be downloaded , installed and used completely free of charge for 30 days with no restrictions whatsoever. So you can trial it on one PC, or on many PC's with the multiple client version, you can make use of the standard MS Access database backend, or with one of the advanced database options like SQL Server or MySQL. When the trial period runs out, and you haven't purchased an appropriate license most of this functionality is disabled and the software will revert to the Free Mode of operation.
When Time Clock MTS is operating in free mode it is still useful as a time and attendance software package, and for a lot of small or micro businesses it will be all they ever need until they grow beyond a certain size. The free version of Time Clock MTS operates with the following restrictions:
- Restricted to three active employee records. When you have more than this you will not be able to add times, run reports, or do anything other than disable or delete employee records.
- Restricted to using the software in single computer mode. This means that the Time Clock MTS Client will no longer function when the software has reverted to the free mode of operation.
You can use Time Clock MTS in free mode forever given that you don't exceed the three active employee limit. And of course, at any time you can purchase a license for the software and register it to unlock the more advanced capabilities of the program.
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