Commence RM 6.1 Release Notes

Commence RM 6.1 Feature Summary


What’s New

Keeping up with the rapid pace of technology and ensuring that your Commence system remains compatible with these changes requires enhancements to a product’s platform, its architecture, and its functionality. RM 6.1 is a technology update that offers platform improvements and tools to modernize your departmental applications, and better integration with third party systems.

ADDITIONAL OFFICE 2013 STYLE OPTIONS

Building on our already popular preference settings for Office Styles, we have created a new enhanced Office 2013 Style with additional options for color, background, and image.

With the improved Office themes, you now have more choices in colors and background images that are used consistently throughout the application screens. This provides more options for modernizing the product’s “look and feel” and since it is more consistent with the Microsoft Office experience, it is more familiar and easier to use.

OFFICE STYLE COLORS

Apply a MS Office color scheme in Commence by selecting the color option from the preference dialog as shown in the screenshot below.

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Here are some sample screenshots.

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OFFICE STYLE BACKGROUND

The background color can be set as “White, Dark Gray, or Light Gray” as shown below.

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Here are some sample screenshots showing the different background colors, seen most prominently behind the Ribbon toolbar and left side Viewbar.

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OFFICE STYLE IMAGE

A banner image can be set in Commence just like in your Office applications. Following are some sample screenshots.

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SQL INTEGRATION

RM 6.1 introduces enhanced capabilities so that you can more efficiently share Commence data with other third party software programs. This is a new programming enhancement will require developer experience and/or assistance from Commence Corporation.

CONNECT EMAIL MARKETING WITH MAILCHIMP AND CONSTANT CONTACT

The integration between Commence Connect and MailChimp and Constant Contact has been improved to include the “Company” field along with First Name, Last Name, and Email Address. This was not available in RM 6.0.

SECURE FTP USING SSL

Workgroup synchronization using FTP now supports the secure transfer of files over TLS.

Commence has long provided workgroup synchronization between the Commence server and client using an FTP site. This synchronization method has been updated to provide a secure FTP alternative called FTPS, which is an extension to the commonly used File Transfer Protocol (FTP). This enhancement provides support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) cryptographic protocols, eliminating the risks of plain text File Transfer Protocol (FTP). In an era where security is key, these more advanced techniques help customers make sure that their confidential information is safe and secure at all times.

The following configuration screen shows how to select the type of FTP – plain or secured.

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DROPBOX USING V2 API

* Support for Dropbox V2 API has been added to RM 6.1
* Profile picture will now display for Dropbox cloud.

Commence integration with the Dropbox cloud file service is enhanced to support the newest version of the Dropbox service and its programming API. This is a transparent change and your attached files stored on the Dropbox cloud service will continue to work the same as prior versions, however these changes required significant changes to the hidden “plumbing” in Commence RM. The benefit is that Commence continues to provide seamless compatibility with the evolving Dropbox file service.
In addition, we have included an improvement to include profile pictures of the user that created/saved the cloud file, making it easier to identify who authored or changed the shared files.

ACTIVE REPORTS 10 UPDATE

ACTIVE REPORTS is the reporting engine in Commence RM. We continue to provide updates to this reporting tool to ensure that you can create advanced reports. The update to Active Reports version 10 library also includes enhanced performance for reports.

OTHER PLATFORM ENHANCEMENTS

Commence RM utilizes a series of third party programs for advanced functionality and compatibility. These programs are upgraded frequently to ensure the performance of Commence in today’s rapidly changing business environment. While we appreciate that these are not visible to the traditional user, the enhancements are vital to the compatibility and performance of Commence RM. The programs listed below have all been upgraded to the most current versions.

PROJECT CONVERTED IN VISUAL STUDIO 2015

This conversion ensures Commence is compatible with the latest Microsoft tools & technologies so you can safely upgrade your IT infrastructure with confidence that your CRM integration will continue to operate properly.

.NET FRAMEWORK VERSION UPDATED TO 4.5 FOR.NET PROJECTS

Commence is compatible with the latest Microsoft .NET technologies so you can safely upgrade your IT infrastructure with confidence that Commence will continue to operate properly.

UPDATED CODEJOCK VERSION 17.3.0

The improved user interface library used throughout the product provides bug fixes and improvements mentioned above.

UPDATED REDEMPTION.DLL 5.11.0.4476

This update provides improved MS Office integration using third party libraries.

We thank you for your continued support of our products and services and we look forward to continuing to ensure that Commence is helping you to better manage your business and your customer relationships.

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