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LinkCostsMaster Draftsman 5.4.23

New in 5.4.23

1. New Format Bills
a) New Shortcut for New Bill Settings Window (Ctrl + Alt + Z)

2. Breakdowns
a) New Export Phrase “Statement of Truth” for Statements of Costs, N260s and N2650AB. This replaces the Certification Export Phrase used only by the Statement of Costs.

3. Export
a) Warning given when exporting or previewing a template that has been superseded by another.

4. Program Templates
a) New Program Template – Basic N260.

5. Documentation.
a) User Guide & Help File Updated
b) Shortcut Sheet Updated
c) Tip of the Day Updated

Bug Fixes

1. N260A/B
a) XLSX document failed to export where profit costs VAT was zero.

2. Main Toolbar
a) Toolbar not coming to front when clicked.

3. Grids
a) Occasional AV when a grid row is deleted and the selected item is the last item
b) Occasional AV when a disbursement item is moved from pending window

4. Counsel
a) Data for Further Information not being saved to disk.

5. Costs Budgets
a) Previous additions made to the Statement of Truth in 5.4.18 altered for new users. Users who installed 5.4.18 who do not want these additions should delete them from the Export Phrase in Options > Export Phrases > Costs Budget > Statement of Truth.

6. Export Phrases
a) Export Tokens for Paying and Receiving Parties did not display example text in the advanced tab of the Export Phrases window.

7. Preview
a) Preview window appearing when there is nothing to preview due to the user chosing not to proceed when prompted during the process.

8. Program Templates
a) Basic New Format Bill and Basic Costs Budget Templates referenced export templates that have been superseded.

9. New Format Bills
a) Front Sheet export phrases for some templates still took some elements from Column Bill export phrases.

10. Quota
a) Further Information box showing unnecessarily in Edit Counsel Window
b) Edit Counsel Window controls not aligned correctly and displaying with too large a size for the visible controls.
Quota Mode

11. Misc.
a) Trial, Welcome and Splash screen showed as separate windows on toolbar.
b) Program Templates and Sample Files not being updated when new versions are released due to files being installed previously as read only. When this is detected the user is now asked if they want to remove the read only status.

LinkCostsMaster Quota 5.4.22

New in 5.4.22

1. N260
a) New N260A v2 and N260B v2 Templates in RTF and XLSX format.
b) Change to the way VAT is handled in the Profit Costs sheet of the XLSX version: If the items have different VAT rates it behaves as before (extra column showing the rate and formula to calculate the VAT amount) but where there rates are the same, instead of just including the VAT amount it is now entered as a formula of Base Profit Costs * whatever the VAT rate is, which means the VAT amount will update if the time is altered.
d) N260A and N260B templates marked as superseded.

2. Breakdowns/Statements of Costs
a) Additional wording added to the N260 Export Phrase & N260AB Statements of Truth
b) New Option in Breadkdown Settings Window, N260AB Page, to export the N260AB using either Budget Phases or New Format Bill Phases
c) New Export Phrase “Statement of Truth” for N260s and N2650AB.

3. Costs Budgets
a) Additional wording added to the Statement of Truth export Phrase
b) 2017 Costs Budgets hidden by default in the Export Wizard

4. Import Work
a) New option to not assign tasks if they conflict with an existing phase. Also includes a warning when importing in budget mode with this option on that any tasks set will be overwritten.
b) Type of file and CM/Custom format settings now remembered.
c) Improvements to method for matching imported work to parties.
d) Check box options in Import Wizard are now remembered.

5. Disbursements
a) Disbursements can now be split in the Edit Pending Disbursements window.
b) New field for Counsel Type as used for the N260A/B v2
b) Edit Disbursements window redesigned with the controls split onto separate pages.
c) Properties boxes on the Edit Disbursement window now show the icon of the property next to them.

6. Case Details
a) County Court and Family Court titles now use “at” rather than “in”.
b) Crown Court title now appears as “The Crown Court at…”.

7. Local Settings
a) File Locations and Export Viewer Location boxes now expand when the Local Settings Window is widened.
b) New option in About window to open the settings and program folders in Windows Explorer.

8. Control Centre
a) Column widths now expand for large amounts.

9. Export Phrases
a) Export Tokens for Paying and Receiving Parties did not display example text in the advanced tab of the Export Phrases window.

10. Export
a) Warning given when exporting or previewing a template that has been superseded by another.

11. Licensing
a) New connectivity check for Local Activation.
b) Update to the client libraries (v4.1.8.0) for communication with network and online product key licence servers.
c) Cancel button hidden and OK button renamed to “Close” on Licence Management window.

12. Documentation
a) User Guide & Help File Updated
b) Tip of the Day Updated

13. Misc.
a) The width of the resizable panel is now remembered in the following windows: Local Settings, Grid Settings, Toolbar Settings, Abbreviations, Presets, Export Phrases
b) The program and installer are now digitally signed.

Bug Fixes

1. Phase Task & Activity
a) Some descriptions had their special quote characters replaced with unknown symbol characters.
b) Removed outdated references to other J-Codes from long descriptions.

2. Costs Budgets
a) Work recorded for a party where the party is excluded wrongly appeared in the Costs Budget grid (but was not included in exported documents).
b) County Court and Family Court titles did not use the modern wording.

3. N260
a) AV when exporting an N260A/B with a Counsel’s Fee that is zero.
b) Items were included in the documents schedule based on location in the documents section in CostsMaster, rather than based on their activity being Plan, Prepare, Draft Review.
c) LTM Grade if left blank in CM appeared as series of numbers starting from 2.
d) Lump sums not exporting the amount to the Docs schedule XLSX
e) XLSX N260A/B failed to export where profit costs VAT was zero.

4. Import Work
a) Option to assign Phase, task and activity during import not working correctly.
b) Leading and trailing spaces not being stripped from fields imported from XLSX files.
c) Split Attendances did not work correctly for unitary rate types.
d) Accessing Parts, and Rates windows did not always work if they were already open.
e) Import Wizard Assign Location On state was not persistent.
f) Fixed bug in Manage Mappings – setting column in extra row (disbs) to ‘None’ didn’t save.

5. Attendances
a) Splitting an attendance by percentage resulted in the percentage symbol being included in the input box leading to invalid format errors.
b) AV when resolving negative time when the grid filter is enabled.

6. Grids
a) Pound signs showing as “�” on windows showing the results of searches.
b) Data could be lost where a keyboard shortcut was executed before the data was committed.
c) Divide by zero exception when auto completing.
d) Occasional AV on visible grids when a new file is loaded.
e) Some RCtrl + RShift shortcuts did not commit data in grids.
f) Hints did not show on secondary monitor positioned to the left or above the primary.
g) Occasional AV when a grid row is deleted and the selected item is the last item

7. Main Toolbar
a) Fixed issue with toolbar buttons being hidden in the overflow area when there is space available.
b) Fixed certain buttons on toolbar being displaced

8. Control Centre
a) Where a Costs Draftsman’s fee was not in the last part and where success fees were included in the CD fee calculation, the CD fee figure shown in the control centre was calculated not just on the costs up to the part containing the CD fee but on the costs of subsequent parts as well (exported documents were unaffected).
b) Excluded parts absent from Control Centre totals with following parts taking their place.

9. Counsel
a) Further Information box showing unnecessarily in Edit Counsel Window
b) Edit Counsel Window controls not aligned correctly and displaying with too large a size for the visible controls.

10. Licensing
a) Error code not displayed when activation of product key fails
b) If a product key network or online lease failed to be obtained it was necessary to restart the program before a new lease could be obtained.

11. Export Phrases
a) Export Tokens for Paying and Receiving Parties did not display example text in the advanced tab of the Export Phrases window.

12. Preview
a) Preview window appearing when there is nothing to preview due to the user chosing not to proceed when prompted during the process.

13. Misc
a) Email support looked in wrong place for settings files.
b) Licence Manager button on the tool bar invoked the old Dongle Manager window.
c) AV caused by delayed update message received during file verification.
d) AV during a complex undo operation.
e) AVs due to simultaneous operations when loading or verifying a file
f) After failing to load a file in trial mode because it exceeded the limitations, no further file could be loaded or started irrespective of size.
g) Program Templates and Sample Files not being updated when new versions are released due to files being installed previously as read only. When this is detected the user is now asked if they want to remove the read only status.