What’s new


Release 1.7.409.9 - September 2006


This is a minor release correcting a couple of problems

 

    Dialogs - Country

         Creating a new code did not work. Thanks to R. Evenson-Clement for reporting this problem.

 

    Tasting

         Totals for “Matzner - Zapfen ab” were not correct. Thanks to J. Novak for reporting this problem.


Release 1.7.407.9 - May 2006


This is a minor release correcting a couple of problems

 

    Dialogs - Drink Type, Bottle, Seal Type, Image Type and Grape Variety

         Creating a new code did not work - field overflowed. Thanks to R. Evenson-Clement for reporting this problem.


Release 1.7.406.9 - May 2006


This is a minor release correcting a couple of problems with version 1.7.404

 

    Supplier dialog

         Deleting of a supplier did not work. Thanks to F. Le Squer for reporting this problem.

 

    Producer dialog

         Deleting of a producer did not work. Thanks to F. Le Squer for reporting this problem.


Release 1.7.404.9 - March 2006


This is a minor release correcting a few problems with version 1.7.402

 

    The field “Seal type” is sometimes available when it should not be, causing an error when one then clicks on the save button. Thanks to Wilhelm S. for reporting this problem.

 

    Copy Wine

         This did not work correctly, i.e. after copy one could not add a vintage to that wine. Thanks to Lars J. for reporting this problem.

 

    Sorting of lists

         Entering certain dates will cause an error on list controls, e.g. the listing of ratings. Thanks to Lars J. for reporting this problem.



Release 1.7.402.9 - February 2006


This is a minor release correcting a few problems with the initial version 1.7.

 

    Clicking on a list header would not work correctly if one had just deleted a wine. Thanks to Roland C. for reporting this problem.

 

    The image details tab would sometimes not work correctly. Thanks to Roland C. for reporting this problem.

 

    The notes on the consumption event would not get saved in some situations.

 

    In some cases an error was shown after printing something. Thanks to Ralf L. for reporting this problem.

 

    If you use a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 (or larger) the beverage list will now show about 20 wines instead of the 8 wines it did before.

 

    If, when trying to change the proportion between the beverage list and the wine details on the main screen, one reduces the wine details section too much, the application would hang. Thanks to Hege C. for reporting this problem.

 

    When you use the bottle tag search dialog (on Purchase tab or on New Wine Dialog) and you do not select a first tag number it will cause an error. Thanks to Hege C. for reporting this problem.


Release 1.7.392.9 - January 2006

 

    Notes fields

         Notes fields allow the entry of large amounts of text. You may paste (CTRL-V) text from the clipboard into them, you may also copy from them (CTRL-C). Note that if you paste text with font attributes (Italic, Bold, Underline etc) it will be lost at this time, just plain text is saved. Support for font attributes will probably be introduced in a future release after some of the programming tools I use allow me to implement it.

 

    Guest dialog

         For each guest there is one of the new notes fields.

         For each consumption event there is also a new notes field - on guest dialog it is read only.

 

    Consumption event dialog

         One of the new notes field has been added, it will also be shown on the guest dialog.

 

    Category

         The field “Quality” (e.g. on the Wine details tab) has been renamed to “Category” as we feel it is a better description.


 

    Rating tab

         Here we have one of the new notes fields, so you can enter detailed information about the rating.

 

    Tasting tab

         Here we have another one of the new notes fields, which allows you to enter much more text notes about the tasting.

         All remark fields have been changed to display multiple lines, easier to enter more text, and the limit has been increased to 600 characters per field. For more text please use the new notes field mentioned above.

         A new tasting system has been added “100 - Matzner Zapfen ab”, Mr Matzner is co-founder of the “Wine Tasting Club” in Zürich (Switzerland) and has also published a book called “Zapfen ab” (“Uncorked”) about wine tasting with publisher Orell Füssli. In it he documents their wine tasting method (Copyright by Matzner 2004). Information about their wine tastings and tasting forms can be found on their site ( www.vinicus.ch ). One of the nice features about their tasting method is that it includes a cost efficiency factor.

               Should you use this tasting system you might need to adjust the appropriate master data record. There are two fields you can adjust “Value for 100 points” and “Value for 0.5 points”. In the “Zapfen ab” book Matzner recommends Sfr. 44.00 respectively Sfr. 0.50. If your home currency is Euros we would suggest to set these values to Euro 30.00 respectively Euro 0.35.

 

    Wine details tab

         Button to access the wine region search dialog

         Button to access the supplier dialog

         Button to access the producer dialog

         Button to access the category dialog

         Replaced the remarks field by one of the new notes type field - see above

 

    Preferences

         Name field now accepts punctuation

 

    Vintage/Bottle tab

         Split layout into two notebook pages to obtain more space

         Added a new notes field for the vintage tab - see above

         Cleaner layout

         Added fields for alcohol, acidity and sugar content onto vintage tab

         Added a combobox field for seal type onto bottle tab

 

    New Wine dialog

         Button to access the category dialog

         Added fields for alcohol, acidity and sugar content onto vintage tab

 

    Consumption Event and Batch dialog

         Added unit price and total price to consumption details on dialog

 

    Supplier and Producer dialog

         Correction of the error caused by selecting a country with no dial code defined. Thanks to Patrick D. for reporting this.

         Added the new notes field to both dialogs - see above

         Added a purchase transaction history tab for both dialogs

 

    Wine search

         A new sort order is available - Drink Type, Wine name, Vintage

         Wine search is now always looking anywhere in wine name and wine name 2, therefore you no longer need to put a “%” in front of the search text.

 

    Charts

         Better verification of entered values. Thanks to François T. for reporting this.

 

    Vinoté tags

         Replaced the combobox to select a tag on the purchase tab and the new wine dialog with a search dialog. Better flexibility and faster when you have lots of tags.

         Vinoté Printable Tags

               With this release the support for the Vinoté bottle tag has been extended to support their printable tags.

               After purchasing these tags from Vinoté you need to define one or more lots in Master Data / Bottle tags by selecting “Vinoté print. tags” from the drop down menu.

               When you purchase a wine you can then assign these tag numbers to the wine and you can then print these tags/labels using Printing/Labels and Tags / Vinoté Printable Tags. After selecting that menu option you will be asked for the position of the first label, e.g. if last time you printed labels 1 to 6, then you would enter 7 for the first label. The system will then skip the first 6 label spaces and start printing the information for your newly purchased wine as of label 7.

 

         Vinoté Snap Tags

               With this release we support the printing of labels which you can stick onto the new Vinoté Snap Tags.

               Currently we support two types

                     Agipa ( www.agipa.com ) ref 118991 or 128993 48.5 mm x 25.4 mm

                     Avery Europe ( http://www.avery.co.uk ) ref L7654 or J8654 45.7 mm x 25.4 mm

 

    Printing

         The menu Reports has been renamed to Printing

         Several sub-menus have been added to better organize all the printing options.

         A wine card can now be printed. This will print detailed information about a wine, including tasting notes, ratings, purchase and consumption history for that wine. Thanks to Daniel P. and Kurt for suggesting this.

               You can print the card for the selected wine by clicking the button “Print card” on the Vintage/Bottle tab or by selecting the menu option Printing/Cellar Books/Wine card.

         New report for purchase transaction history by supplier

         New report for purchase transaction history by producer

         New report for all purchase transactions by year

         New cellar book report sorted by country

         New event report (thanks to Thierry F. For suggesting this)

 

    Wine region search dialog

         Added comboboxes to only show wine regions of a selected country and geographical region.

         Added a button to access the country dialog

         Added a button to access the geographical region dialog

         Added a button to access the wine region dialog

 

    Virtual list controls (used for lists with lots of data, e.g. the drinks list, the guest list)

         You can now sort by a column by just clicking on the column header with the left mouse button.

         On second click on the same column the sort order will be reversed.

         The column by which you sorted is indicated by a down or up arrow depending on sort order

 

    Icons

         All drink type icon images have been changed, and additional images were added. Thanks to Patrick D. for the idea.

 

    Master data

         Category codes are now user maintainable

         Tasting system codes are partially user maintainable - currently only data relating to the Matzner tasting method

         Seal type codes have been introduced on the bottle tab and they are user maintainable




Release 1.6.351.9 - September 2005

 

    After setting the preference setting for default filter to nothing the program can not be started. The preference dialog has been updated so that this is no longer possible. Thanks to Roger L. for reporting this.


Release 1.6.350.9 - September 2005

 

    Users with special characters in their Windows login name could not use the new version 1.6.348.9. Thanks to François T. for reporting this.


Release 1.6.348.9 - August 2005

 

    Image detail tab

         On this tab you can assign images to your wine records, the main usage will probably be for wine bottle labels, but as it allows an unlimited number of images per wine you can also assign other pictures (e.g. a picture of the vinery etc etc).

         Note that the pictures are kept in a folder (named “images”) under the folder which contains your database (in a standard install this will be: C:\TheWineCellarBook\images). Therefore when you backup your data to e.g. a CD or DVD (or some other media) you should include that folder.

 

    Database corrections

         The French Geo. Region “Doubs” is now correctly spelt - Thanks to Pierre V. for pointing this out.

         Added “Beaumes de Venise” as a new wine region for France

         “Humagne Blanche” is added to the system as a new grape variety

         “Humagne Blanche” is added to the system as a new synonym for “Humagne Blanche”

         “Humagne Rouge” is added to the system as a new synonym for “Petit Rouge”

               Thanks to François T. for pointing out that “Humagne” grapes were missing

 

    Toolbar

         The image for the consumption event tool has been changed, it is now an upside down bottle combined with the guest symbol.

         Consumption batch is a new tool, between the consumption event and the tool tip tool.

               This is a new dialog allowing you to enter multiple consumption entries in an easy and fast way, similar to the consumption event but without assigning guests to consumptions.

 

    Reports

         When running reports such as (Cellar book, Consumption Reason, Purchase and Consumption Reason and Past Maturity) you can now lookup the drink type ID number.               

         A new Cellar Book 2 report has been added. Thanks to Kurt S. for the suggestion and Report Manager related testing.

 

    On-line help

         Has been a bit updated.

 

    Menu Master data

         Bottle tag dialog has been moved to last position as it is an optional feature

 

         Bottle code dialog

               New dialog which allows you to define new bottle sizes and/or change existing ones.

 

         Image type dialog

               New dialog which allows you to define image types and/or change existing ones. These are used on the new tab for images, e.g. an image could be a bottle label or an image of the vinery etc etc.

 

         Grape variety dialog                        

               New dialog which allows you to define and/or change grape variety information.

 

         Grape variety synonym dialog

               New dialog which allows you to define and/or change grape variety synonym information.

 

    All dialogs

         A context help button (question mark) has been added to all dialogs. Click on this button and then on the control (“field”) you need help on and the context help text will be displayed. Should you find context help texts which are too brief (short) and don’t explain things well enough please let me know and I will correct it in a future version.

 

    New wine dialog

         It is now possible to create a supplier/producer directly from this dialog by clicking on the corresponding button.

 

    Menu File

         Optimize database option

               This will create a backup and then restore it. This will optimize the indices and as a larger page size is defined for the restore it will also optimize some of the larger tables. Note that it creates a backup copy of the database (named “OLDTwcb’date and time’.fdb”) before optimizing it, this file can be deleted after you verified that all works correctly (i.e. you can edit a wine and view all the different screens).

 

    Wine search

         An error would be created if search text contained “‘” (apostrophe).

         Space and “-“ are now allowed characters in the wine name search field

         By default wines with zero quantity are no longer shown - check box “Incl. Zero”

 

    Cuvee dialog

         An error would be created if search text contained “‘” (apostrophe).

 

    Wine region search dialog

         An error would be created if search text contained “‘” (apostrophe).

 

    Wine search dialog (used by consumption event and batch dialogs)

         An error would be created if search text contained “‘” (apostrophe).

 

    Vintage/Bottle tab

         When you click e.g. the button “Add vintage” other buttons are still available and pressing them could cause an error. Now pressing any “Add” button will de-activate all other buttons, obviously except the “Save changes” button.

 

    Right mouse click

         Using the right mouse button will bring up a menu which in turn will cause an error when done on Combobox controls (e.g. Filter, Cellar, region etc). The menu will no longer be shown until I find that it is useful to have (e.g. copy/paste on these controls).

 

    Tools update

         Upgraded Report Manager to 2.4e


Release 1.5.312.9 - July 2005


This is mainly a bug/problem correction release. A few problems/bugs have crept in during the conversion of the application to the new tool set I am using and a few others were found which were hiding out there for some time.

 

    Wine search

         When selecting a new sort order it will take immediate effect without having to click on the search button

 

    Charts Dialog

         Entering invalid year ranges would cause errors.

 

    New Wine Dialog

         De-selecting a wine region would not de-select the quality code.

         Trying to select a Wine Region without first selecting a Geographic Region would cause an program error instead of just showing a empty selection box (combobox). - Thanks to Rick B. for reporting this one.

         Current Value is now set to the purchase price

         If currency exchange rate is not defined for the purchase currency the last purchase price will now be set to the price entered on the purchase instead of setting it to zero. - Thanks to Rick B. for pointing this out.

 

    Purchase tab

         Current Value is now set to the purchase price unless it already contains a value.

         If currency exchange rate is not defined for the purchase currency the last purchase price will now be set to the price entered on the purchase instead of setting it to zero.

 

    Wine Details

         Trying to select a Wine Region without first selecting a Geographic Region would cause an program error instead of just showing a empty selection box (combobox).

 

    About screen

         None of the links were working

 

    Upgrading from 1.0 or 1.1

         Trying to upgrade from either of these version to 1.5 was not working. - Thanks to Nick R. for reporting this one.



Release 1.5.301.9 - June 2005

 

    Graphical charts

         A new toolbar button has been added. It provides access to a selection of graphical charts, currently they include:                                

               Purchase and consumption line chart for the selected number of years, both for values or quantities purchased.

               Purchase and consumption line chart per selected drink type, for the selected number of years and for values or quantities purchased.

               Quantity on-hand per country as a pie chart

               Cellar Maturity line chart per selected drink type.

 

    Wine search

         Four new search fields have been added.

               Price From and Price To allow you to search for wines with a Last Purchase Price which is between these two.

               Storage Location allows you to search for wines by storage location, note that this field allows for wild card search. I.e. if you enter “Rack-23.1“ then only wines in that location will show, however if you enter “Rack-2%“ note the “%” then all wines in storage locations starting with “Rack-2“ will show.

               Zero on-hand, if you leave it “un-clicked” then only wines which you have in the cellar will show, otherwise wines you have had, i.e. have zero quantity on hand will also show. This is useful when you purchase a new vintage for a wine you have had in the past. Search for it by clicking this control, select the wine and click on the toolbar icon “Purchase Vintage” (second from left).

         The sort order for the beverage list is now user selectable. The default is the current sort order (Wine name, Vintage), other options are Country, Geo. Region, Wine Region, Vintage, Maturity Best, Maturity First and Maturity Past. Additional sort orders will be added based on user requests.

         Note that the field labels have been removed to save two lines on the display. Obviously the tool tip will still show you what each field is for, as will the context help and on plus when you select a particular field a help string is shown in the status bar (bottom of the screen).

 

    Master data menu has four new items

         Country codes, allows you to add or change information, inclusive translation.

         Geographical regions, allows you to add or change information, inclusive translation.

         Wine regions, allows you to add or change information, inclusive translation.

         Vineyard, allows you to add, change or delete information about a vineyard (US wine regions such as Napa often use vineyard to define where the grapes came from). Please note that your existing database may contain some test vineyard information for the Alsace region, you should just delete them.

 

    Wine details tab

         The way you can define a vineyard has been changed. There is now a button to the left of the field, when you click it a dialog will be shown (the same as accessible through the Menu/Master Data/Vineyard codes - see above).

 

    Reports

         The reports in Landscape format did not print for people using 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Thanks to Kurt at http://www.baycountryliquors.com/softlink.htm for reporting this.

         Report headers are translated into French and German, the selection criteria prompt is unfortunately still in English (have not found a solution for this yet).

         Print label on the vintage/bottle tab would only work if storage location starts with “Rack”.

 

    Vintage/Bottle tab

         Two new buttons have been added

               Purchase Vintage - this will open the new wine dialog with the wine related fields already filled in (and protected from change) and it allows to create the vintage, bottle and purchase record in one step.

               Purchase Bottle - similar to above, the section for the vintage is already filled in too.

 

    Purchase tab

         A new check box “Update Last Purchase Price” has been added, it allows you to update the Last Purchase Price when changing an existing purchase record. When creating a new purchase it will be checked by default, otherwise it will be un-checked. If you enter a “0.00" price it will be un-checked.

 

    Tool bar

         Most icons used on the tool bar have been reworked, hopefully for the better! If an icon shows in grey tones then the button is NOT available at that point, currently this only works on Windows XP, on Windows 2000 a square grey area is shown.

 

    Tools update

         This is technical and you won’t see much about it, however it allowed me to do things like translating the report headers, nicer tool bar icons etc.

         Upgraded tools (Python 2.4, wxPython 2.6, kinterbasdb 3.1, Report Manager 2.3 and the installer Inno Setup 5)

         New tools and especially the graphic tool used require more space on the hard disk, the application directory is now using about 40MB.

 

    Initial install

         Corrected problem of the 1.4 install that if you selected “English” as your language the system did not update the active language tables with the correct values. Thanks to Kurt at http://www.baycountryliquors.com/softlink.htm for reporting this.

 

    Windows 9x

         Corrected the problem of running out of System and User Resources when starting The Wine Cellar Book on Windows 98 or Windows ME and other programs (AntiVirus, Internet Provider, Word etc etc) are already running.

         This was very difficult to identify as the error messages can be just about anything, it all depends on the available resources when you start the program.

         With version 1.4 or earlier of The Wine Cellar Book you can in most cases work around the problem by first starting the Microsoft Resource Meter (menu Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools), this tool is somehow forcing the OS to release unused resources.                      


Release 1.4.204.9 - February 2005

 

    Guest book

         This new feature allows you to define guests and track what wines you have served when to whom.

         A dialog can be accessed from the tool bar, on it you can change and/or create new guests

         For each guest it shows which consumption event he/she participated in

         For each consumption event it shows what was consumed and which other guest participated in that event.

         It is also possible from this dialog to edit an existing consumption event.

 

    Consumption Event

         This new feature allows you to create a consumption event, which includes a description of the event, a reason and a date, you can then add guests and consumptions.

         On the guest dialog (see above) you can see this information and can therefore find out what wine did you serve when to whom and who else was present.

 

    Tool bar

         Maintain guest book dialog is a new tool bar icon (currently all the way on the right hand side), see above for further details.

         Create Consumption Event dialog is a new tool bar icon (currently in between “Delete wine” and “Tool Tips”, see above for further details

         Maintain Consumption Event dialog is a new tool bar icon (currently second last on the right) which allows you to search consumption events, create and change them.

         New Icon for Purchase Wine

         New Icon for Maintain Supplier and Maintain Producer

 

    Master data dialogs

         The dialogs supporting multiple languages have been simplified. They include the reason code, drink type and rating type dialogs.

         A new dialog has been added allowing you to define bottle tag lots (see below)

 

    Wine bottle tag support

         The system now supports wine bottle tags for purchases and the new consumption event.

         The type of bottle tags supported are currently Vinoté numbered neck tags and Vinoté numbered wrap tags. You can find out more about these tags on their web site at: http://www.vinote.com/

         If you like to use this you have to activate the feature in File/Preferences and stop and start The Wine Cellar Book.

         The Vinoté tags are sold in lots of 250, which you have to define through the dialog Master Data/Bottle tags.

         The procedures to entering wine purchases and consumption events support the entry of wine bottle tags, you assign the first tag and the system will automatically assign the correct number of tags based on the quantity entered.

         You will also see a new notebook tab showing you all the bottle tags assigned to that wine.

 

    Date on listctrl(s), e.g. purchase, consumption, tasting, rating etc shows now all dates in the user selected form with the sorting (by clicking on column header) still working correctly.

 

    Purchase new wine dialog

         You can now enter the cuvee without having to first save the wine.

         Please note that the “Save” button is now also closing the dialog.

         Should you click on the close button (top right of dialog) you will now get a warning in case you entered data which has not yet been saved.

 

    Reports

         Report Manager upgraded to version 2.2

               This allows barcode printing on e.g. the cellar label.

         Cellar labels

               The layout has been changed, it should be easier to read in your cellar. It now also includes the bottle ID which is handy to record your consumption (see the new consumption event feature), it is shown both as a bar code and as a number.

 

    Technical

         Calculation of quantity purchased and consumed for each bottle is now handled directly by the database. This speeds up operation if you have many purchase or consumption items and makes program maintenance a bit easier.

 

    Upgrade of the database

         During the first use of The Wine Cellar Book your existing database will be upgraded to adjust it to the version 1.4 structure.

         The upgrade will perform a backup before modifying anything.

         The backup and the actual upgrading of the database will take about 1 minute (on a Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM), this depends obviously on which version you are currently using.

         Please note that you might see multiple upgrade messages, e.g. if you are currently on 1.2, then the program will upgrade first to 1.3 and then to 1.4

         Changed the column Winenames in the table Cellarbook and the view VCBOOK to only include the “, “ when there is text present in the second wine name field.

         Added new tables GUEST to support guest tracking (see above for more details)

         Added new tables BOTTAGTYPE, BOTTAGLOT, and BOTTAG to support Vinoté wine bottle tags.

         Added new tables CONSEVENT, CONSEVENTIT and CONSEVENTGL to support the consumption event feature.



Release 1.3.178.9 - December 2004

 

    Bug fix release

         Wine search did not work when using any of the Best, First and Past maturity fields - Thanks to Patrick O. for finding this one.

         Status message would not clear in problem error dialog

         Problem reports where sent to my private e-mail address instead of support@thewinecellarbook.com


Release 1.3.175.9 - November 2004

 

    Upgrade of the database

         During the first use of The Wine Cellar Book your existing database will be upgraded to adjust it to the version 1.3 structure.

         The upgrade will perform a backup before modifying anything.

         The backup and the actual upgrading of the database will take about 1 minute (on a Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM) if you upgrade from 1.0 or 1.1 and less if you upgrade from 1.2.

         Added a few more wine regions for Chile

         Added a table to support the configuration of listctrl’s (see below)

 

    Installation can now be done either with an “Administrator” or “Power User” account

 

    All displays have been optimized for 1024*768 resolution.

         You no longer need to do any horizontal scrolling. To accomplish this we had to change the size of columns on all the listctrl’s and on the beverage list we had to hide a few columns (if you don’t like how we did this see the following item - it allows you to change the list to your liking).

         Obviously they will still work with higher resolutions, you will just see more records in all the listctrl’s.

 

    The beverage list (a listctrl) can now be configured (see Menu Master Data/Listctrl configuration), you can define how wide the columns are, the order of the columns and you can hide a column by setting its width to zero.

 

    Wine search

         A new option has been added to allow to search by grape variety - Thanks to F. Kesselring for the suggestion.

         Enhanced the Geographical Region and Wine Region search options, instead of showing all possible regions it now shows only regions used on wines in your cellar.

               Note: Only one or the other can be used, the system will automatically blank out the entry in the other selection box when it receives focus.

         ALT-s is a new shortcut to press the Search button (In French version it is Alt-r)

 

    Create new wine dialog

         There is a button allowing you to search wine regions (above country), if you selected a wine region the fields wine region, geographical region, country and quality (if the region defines a quality code) will be filled in for you.

         It now also has a context sensitive help button at the bottom of the dialog allowing you to access context sensitive help on all the fields/control on this dialog.

 

    Language support

         If anyone is interested in doing e.g. an Italian or Spanish translation please contact me at (wbruhin@thewinecellarbook.com) .

         French translation (ou la traduction français) off the application is done. You can either select the language during installation (second prompt) or anytime after, by just going to File/Preferences where you just need to change the language. All the texts will then be changed when you exit the preferences dialog. Quit a few of the database tables are also language “sensitive” and will also be updated (these include the tables: countries, geographical regions, wine regions, bottle sizes, drink types, rating types and reasons). Please note that while all these tables are language sensitive I did not get around to translate all of the entries, or in some cases translation doesn’t make much sense (e.g. in ratings there is no sense in trying to translate “Parker” or “Wine Spectator”. This means that when you select e.g. “Français” as your language you might still see codes for the above tables in English.

         Unfortunately I won’t get around to do the on-line help files and most of the web site, they will remain in English at least for the moment.

         Please note that Geographical and Wine regions are mostly kept in the language of their country (e.g. German for German wine regions, French for French ones etc).

 

    “Active” field has been removed from displays

         It could be set (a checkbox) on the vintage/bottle tab, and was displayed in the beverage list etc.

         As this field is automatically managed by the system, e.g. if there is any inventory for a wine it is set to “True” otherwise to “False”, there is no sense of having it on a display.

         The field still exists in the database and is used as a selection criteria in both reports and for the beverage filters.

 

    Consumption History - by reason report

         This is a new report giving you information on your consumption per year and by type of consumption reason.

         The report can be accessed through the menu reports.

 

    Past maturity report

         This report allows you now to select a from/to year selection criteria.

 

    Bug correction - New Wine Dialog

         The maturity information for the bottle record was not saved to the database when using this dialog

         It is much faster now when you use it a second time during the same session.

 

    New Wine (old version)

         The old method to create a wine using the different tabs has been removed. I don’t like to take existing functionality away, so if this should be a problem for someone please let me know and I will re-introduce it.

 

    New icon for the taskbar option “Copy Wine”




Release 1.2.143.9 - October 2004

 

    Upgrade of the database

         During the first use of The Wine Cellar Book your existing database will be upgraded to adjust it to the version 1.2 structure.

         The upgrade will perform a backup before modifying anything.

         The backup and the actual upgrading of the database will take less then 1 minute (on a Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM).

         The upgrade included a couple of new data entries (quality code “IGT” for Italy, and a language code “English - user defined” to allow English speaking users to custom translate some of the application) and some additional translations for German and French (for reasons, bottle sizes, drink types and rating types).

         Note that future upgrades might update the translations, so do not use an existing code for something different then it was intended, it is better that you create a new English code and translate that one. Future upgrades will only update existing entries (based on the master database we have) and/or add new entries, therefore new entries you created yourself will not be affected by a future upgrade.

 

    Telephone and Facsimile numbers

         The format for these fields on the supplier and producer maintenance dialogs have changed to be a lot less restrictive. You may now enter spaces or punctuation and actually also alpha characters. Sorry if these changes causes anyone a problem, I could just not come up with a format which would work for everyone (e.g. handling US, French, German etc phone number formats).

 

    Reports

         All reports are now available from a menu within The Wine Cellar Book. Note if you run the reports from the shortcuts you still need to exit The Wine Cellar Book.

         On the Vintage/Bottle tab you can now print a cellar label for just that one bottle.

 

    Wine search now considers both Wine name and Wine name 2 fields

 

    Screen layouts have been adjusted to better support 1024x768 resolution

 

    ODBC

         Upgraded Firebird ODBC driver to version 1.2.0.69

 

    Integration of report installer

         All reports are now included in the base install, there is NO separate report installer as of version 1.2.

 

    kinterbasdb

         The Python database access module upgraded to version 3.1pre8

 

    Backup database

         The new kinterbasdb module allows to do a backup, so now there is a new menu option under File which allows you to perform a backup.

 

    Restore database

         The new kinterbasdb module allows to do a restore, so now there is a new menu option under File which allows you to perform a restore.

 

    Language support

         When changing the language in File/Preferences the system will now change all the language tables to the selected language and the text on the display. Note that some texts, e.g. column headers in the listctrl, entries in combobox, text on the toolbar will NOT be updated until you restart The Wine Cellar Book (this might change in the future, if I find a way to dynamically update them)..

         If anyone is interested in doing e.g. an Italian or Spanish translation please contact me at (wbruhin@thewinecellarbook.com).

         German translation (oder die deutsche Übersetzung) off the application is done. You can either select the language during installation (second prompt) or anytime after, by just going to File/Preferences where you just need to change the language. All the texts will then be changed when you exit the preferences dialog. Quite a few of the database tables are also language “sensitive” and will also be updated (these include the tables: countries, geographical regions, wine regions, bottle sizes, drink types, rating types and reason). Please note that while all these tables are language sensitive I did not get around to translate all of the entries. This means that when you select e.g. “Deutsch” as your language you might still see codes for the above tables in English.

         Unfortunately I won’t get around to do the on-line help files and most of the web site, they will remain in English.

         Please note that Geographical and Wine regions are mostly kept in the language of its country and are not translated.

 

    Icons show again in drinks list, however need to find a better background to make them clearer.

 

    New - Maintenance dialog for drink type codes

         This dialog allows you to maintain the translation of these codes. If you want to create a code which does NOT exist in English you will have to create first an English entry, only then can you translate it.

         After you added and/or translated some entries you have to click on the button “Synchronize language table” to activate these changes.

 

    New - Maintenance dialog for rating type codes

         This dialog allows you to maintain the translation of these codes. If you want to create a code which does NOT exist in English you will have to create first an English entry, only then can you translate it.

         After you added and/or translated some entries you have to click on the button “Synchronize language table” to activate these changes.

 

    New - Maintenance dialog for reason codes

         This dialog allows you to maintain the translation of these codes. If you want to create a code which does NOT exist in English you will have to create first an English entry, only then can you translate it.

         After you added and/or translated some entries you have to click on the button “Synchronize language table” to activate these changes.




Release 1.1.122.9 - September 2004

 

    Help

         Added On-line help file, it can be accessed through the menu Help/Help or by pressing F1 anywhere in the application.

 

    Changing the date on Purchase, Consumption, Tasting and Rating tabs would not enable the Save button.                         

 

    The point fields on the Tasting tab selected all the field when tabbing into them, instead of just selecting the integer portion.

 

    Added column for the last purchase price (as Price) to the lists of wines shown on the Wine Details tab and the Vintage tab.

 

    Added Cepage Synonym name column to Vintage tab cuvée.

 

    Changed bitmaps for Copy and Delete Wine toolbar buttons.

 

    Corrected tab order on Vintage tab, Print Label was before Active.

 

    Corrected problem when trying to search with a blank search criteria (both on supplier and producer dialog). - Thanks to Bob for finding this one.

 

    Corrected problem when trying to set a home currency on the currency dialog. - Thanks to Nick for finding this one.

 

    Setting a new home currency will now automatically deselect the “old” home currency.

 

    Preference dialog will now give an error message in the status bar if the licence key is invalid.

 

    Preference dialog will now allow to set a default cellar.

 

    A new report to help manage wine past their best maturity - actually if one looks at it regularly enough you should not let them get past their best.

 

    A new report to show the purchase and consumption history per drink type, per year and month.


Release 1.0.116.9 - August 2004

 

    Toolbar

         New Wine button, to create a new wine record

         Copy Wine button, to copy the wine record you are currently reviewing

         Delete Wine button, to delete the wine record and ALL it’s details (purchases, consumption etc) IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO USE THIS except if you entered a wine by mistake. Using this means that you loose all history of this wine!

         Tool tips, if you hover over a field with your mouse cursor a short help text (tool tip) will be shown. If you don’t like this click on this button to deactivate this feature.

         Context help, if you click on this button and then click on a particular field, e.g. vintage you get a more extensive help text.

         Filter, select one of the predefined filters, e.g. “Active, red wine” shows all the red wines which are active (see active flag below). A default filter can be define in File\Preferences.

         Cellar filter, select the cellar for which you want to see the wines

         Create and update supplier information

         Create and update producer information

 

    Cellar book - displays the wines in your cellar(s)

         Filters

               By cellar, so you can list the wine in just one cellar or in all cellars

               Predefined filters on drink type and active status to list e.g. just red wines, which are active (see active flag below)

 

    Wine search

         Wine name to search, including partial name (e.g. entering “%rothschild” will find wines such as “Mouton Rothschild”, and/or “Baron Rothschild”

         Vintage to search

         Best maturity to search

         First maturity to search

         Past maturity to search

 

    Wine details tab

         Here you categorize your wines, by

               Drink type (red, white, eau de vie etc)

               Country, over 200 countries are defined in the database

               Region (e.g. Bordeaux), 190 regions are defined in the database

               Wine Region (e.g. St. Emilion), over 1,680 wine regions are defined in the database

               Vineyard, allows you to define vineyards from which the wine comes (often used in e.g. California Napa Valley)

               Quality (e.g. AOC Grand Cru), over 80 are defined in the database, many countries are covered and we will add more when we find/obtain information.

               Barrique vinification flag to define if wine was vinified in Oak barrels

               Supplier

               Producer

               Ext. Ref. Code in case you want to keep a reference to another system

               Remarks

    Vintage/Bottle details tab

         Vintage section of this tab

               Vintage year

               Remarks

               Edit Cuvée allows you to define which cepages were used for the particular vintage

                     Cepage, the database contains over 4,600 cepage used for production of wine

                     Cepage Synonyms, the database contains over 16,100 cepage synonyms (e.g. Blauburgunder is a synonym for Pinot Noir)

                     Percentage for a particular cepage

               Maturity information

         Bottle section of this tab

               Container, 20 container/bottle types are defined in the database

               Storage location is a free format field

               Last Purchase Price is automatically updated when entering a purchase

               Cellar

               Current value is used to define the current value of this wine, it can be used for your insurance declaration or just to value your wine cellar for yourself.

               Remarks

               Maturity information is defaulted from the vintage section

               Active flag defines if you consider this wine active, it should be ticked when you have stock on hand for this wine. The system manages this automatically, e.g. when you enter a purchase it will be ticked, when you consume the last bottle it will be un-ticked. This flag allows you to keep wines in your database for historical purposes, so you can check the details of a wine you particularly liked, and it allows you to have complete purchase and consumption history.

               Print Label flag defines if you like a cellar label to be printed for this wine.

 

    Purchase details tab

         Shows you all the purchase history of the selected wine

         Quantity

         Purchase price (in any of the over 180 defined currencies)

         Currency of the purchase price

         Supplier of THIS purchase

         Purchased, the date defaults to today if you leave it empty

         Remarks

 

    Consumption details tab

         Shows you all the consumption history of the selected wine

         Quantity

         Reason for consumption, e.g. Lunch, Dinner or Take along

         Unit price, the system defaults this to the last purchase price from the wine details tab

         Consumed, the date defaults to today if you leave it empty

         Maturity information, the system defaults this to the maturity information from the vintage/bottle tab’s bottle section and if you change it will update that section.

 

    Tasting details tab

         Shows you all the tasting history of the selected wine

         On this tab you can record the tasting notes when you tasted this particular wine

         Tasting System, currently defined systems are Parker 100 Point, and Broadbent/Johnson 20 point. Selecting either of these systems will enforce certain minimum/maximum points for the following fields. You can find out what these values are by hovering with your mouse pointer over the particular field or by pressing the context help button and clicking on the particular field. When a particular field is in focus (the cursor is in the field) then these values are also shown in the status bar at the bottom of the display.

         The screen is based on the Broadbent/Johnson system as they have published how they are doing the marking of a tasting in detail, however it can easily be used with the Parker system.

         Sight section, allows you to enter the points and remarks

         Smell section, allows you to enter the points and remarks

         Taste section, allows you to enter the points and remarks

         Overall section, allows you to enter the points and remarks

         Maturity information, the system defaults this to the maturity information from the vintage/bottle tab’s bottle section and if you change it will update that section.

 

    Rating details tab

         Shows you all the rating details of the selected wine

         Ratings in contrast to tastings are done by other persons or organizations

         Rating type, e.g. Gold Medal

         Points

         Rated on, the date defaults to today if you leave it empty

         Remarks

         Maturity information, the system defaults this to the maturity information from the vintage/bottle tab’s bottle section and if you change it will update that section.

 

    Built in problem reporting

         O.K. I could call it bug reporting

         Whenever the system detects a programing problem the problem dialog will be shown and you can e-mail the technical information displayed to the support e-mail. These error reports should help me in fixing the problem relatively fast as it pin points the section of programing code causing the problem, however it would be very helpful to me to be able to recreate the problem if you give a short description of the last few things you did in The Wine Cellar Book.