To download these files click the link and, if asked, save the file to a location on your computer you will remember. We recommend you create a “downloads” folder in which to save the files. (If upgrading do not select the CostsMaster icon on the desktop!) When the download has completed simply double click the downloaded file to start the installation or open the document.

Beta Downloads

LinkCostsMaster Draftsman 5.6.14

New in 5.6.14

1. Legal Aid Claims
a) The Claim Type control on the Legal Aid Claim Settings window has been rearranged in order to make the selection process clearer.
b) New facility to produce a Voluntary Court bill for assessment by the LAA in summary form.

2. Documentation
a) CCMS Quick Start Guide updated.

Bug Fixes

1. Documents Schedules
a) Formatting of documents schedules when included with a column bill was incorrect.
b) Heading of Party Work sections in Documents Schedules showed the name of the category when work was grouped by Fee Earner.

2. Parts
a) Error when splitting parts.
b) When merging parts with the option to Create Categories when the rates change, additional fee earners were being created unnecessarily.

3. Column Bills
a) Fee Earner Schedule always appearing with bill even when selected as a stand alone document.
b) Documents Schedule including a copy of the Fee Earner Schedule when both documents are selected for export at the same time.
c) Procedural Steps did not show the name of the Fee Earner when work was grouped by fee earner.
d) Fee Earner schedule sometimes being populated even when the option to export a schedule was not selected.

4. Column Bill Settings
a) Option to specify Fee Earner Initials for an item didn’t stick.

5. Main Toolbar
a) Rates and Counsel buttons appeared before Fee Earners and Categories buttons rather than after.



LinkCostsMaster Quota 5.6.10

New in 5.6.10

1. Import Work
a) New local Option to Round Import times to nearest minute. Resolves an issue where times that are fractionally less than a minute are rounded down by Excel.
b) New fields added to Import Mapping:- Attendances: Counsel, Category 2, FE Initials, Lump Sum Amount; Disbursements: Counsel, Percentage, Payee, Invoice No, Date Paid, Other Costs Description
c) Additional file type filters added to Open File dialog.

2. Presets
a) Boxes now expand as the window gets wider.

3. Searches
a) New search for items marked Draw Attention
b) Maximise button added to window.

4. Licensing
a) New licensing library files (v4.4.4.0) for local and network product keys.
b) New option in Licence Management window to auto-deactivate local activation on close and re-activate on start up.
c) You can now enter the password for online licence for a temporary session without storing it on the computer (for use in clients’ premises where you don’t want to leave it authenticated).
d) Error code for Invalid Product key changed to 2 to avoid confusion with other similar errors.

5. Exported Documents
a) Any files with a comma in the filename now have the comma removed from any exported document as this can give problems with Excel.

6. Documentation
a) User Guide and Help File updated
b) Licensing User Guide updated.

7. Misc
a) Warning message displayed at shutdown when the version of CostsMaster is more than a year old and the program is not checking for updates.

Bug Fixes

1. Parts
a) Start & End Date boxes had too small font in Edit Parts Window.

2. Main Toolbar
a) Case Details drop down hint not correct.

3. Find & Replace
a) Find & Replace all caused the process to hang when the replacement text contained the original text.
b) Failed to replace text for ReplaceAll when WithPrompt was selected.
c) Failed to Undo single replace operations when there was a lot of text in the cell.

4. Import work
a) Import rejected filenames with multiple file extensions.
b) Data was greyed out in unassigned columns when map type was set to “Either”.
c) Importing parts form a CostsMaster file where some of the fee earners have the same name but use categories with different names resulted in the categories not being created automatically, so that the user had to manually add the missing rates.
d) Control Centre was not updated after importing work.

5. Costs Budgets
a) Opponent Budget Initials are now limited to 10 characters as Excel has a restriction on the maximum length for a worksheet name. Any files with longer text in the initials field will still display this but it will not be editable beyond the 10th character.

6. Control Centre
a) Buttons not refreshed after a second file was loaded.

7. N260
a) Assertion Error when exporting an N260.

8. Export Phrases
a) Title text on the Export Phrases window sometimes obscured behind the adjacent control when editing phrases for an export template.

9. History/Undo
a) History added for various Export Settings windows.

10. Exported Documents
a) When exporting a document that cannot be saved because a file with the same name is open, the resulting message suggested clicking “Yes” would give the user the ability to select a different name but the save dialog didn’t appear.

11. Attendances
a) Changing multiple attendances from a fee earner to a Counsel (or vice versa) gave repeated warning messages for each attendance.

12. Export Wizard
a) Values being initialised incorrectly leading to the program thinking data had changed when it hadn’t.

13. Misc.
a) Backup Settings now only copies contents of Settings and Dictionaries folders.
b) Rare range check error when expanding an abbreviation.

LinkCostsMaster Licence Server 1.4.0

If you are using Network Product Keys, you will need to install this software on a non-virtual machine on the network.

LinkCostsMaster Draftsman User Guide

The full user guide for CostsMaster Draftsman version 5.

LinkCostsMaster Licensing User Guide

The user guide for all forms of licensing.

LinkCostsMaster Quota User Guide

The full user guide for CostsMaster Quota version 5.

LinkGuide to Upgrading to Version 5

A quick guide to the major changes in version 5.

LinkCostsMaster XML Schema & CSV Specifications

Download the XML Schema for importing data into CostsMaster.

Requires CostsMaster 3.4 or later.

LinkCostsMaster Dongle Server 7.3.0

This updates Dinkey Server and Dinkey Change to the latest versions. These are compatible with all existing versions of CostsMaster and with all network dongles.

The Licensing User guide is also updated to the latest version.