New Macola Releases Support Microsoft Vista

   Exact Software has released new versions of its Macola ES and Macola Progression series business software.

   Macola ES v9.5 now supports the 32bit Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate (not Home) editions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. All integrated Crystal reports have been upgraded to Crystal Reports XI R2. The 32 bit version of SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition is supported on the 32 bit Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition operating system. Exact Synergy for Macola ES v9.5 was released simultaneously.

   In addition to the platform updates and correcting a number of software bugs, functionality improvements have been made. Credit Card Processing in Order Entry has been improved with screen messages that provide user feedback on processing results, authorization status, reference ID, and other data. There is now support for commercial credit cards also know as corporate or purchasing cards. There is a new option to update item cost and sales price when transferring items between locations if the target location has zero quantity on hand. Kits can be created by copying components from existing kits. The pre-delivered Exact Business Analytics (EBA) has had dimensions added to Purchasing, AR, AP, and GL analytics as well as improved financial BI views for consolidated reporting. Several improvements were made to the Exact Warehouse Management System.

   By the time of this publication, the first service pack for Macola ES v9.5 and Synergy v9.5 should be released. It will be named 9.5.100 and be available for download.

   Macola Progression 7.7, the newest version in the Progression series, now supports the 32 bit Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate (not Home) editions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. The backend database should be either SQL 2000 or SQL 2005 if you have a Vista workstation in the mix because Pervasive is not supported for Vista pcs. Vista will also require you to use Crystal Reports XI Release 2 if you want to run integrated Crystal Reports under the PWE client. Note that during the update to v7.7 you can choose to stay on Crystal X and simply not run Crystal reports on Vista workstations which is probably not desirable. Your Macola system must be on a minimum of version 7.6.400 before you can upgrade to v7.7.

   In addition to supporting Vista, functionality improvements have been made to Progression. To name a few, in Bill of Material there is a new Mass Delete / Replace Components. There is a set up option to prevent the ability to put a non-inventory item on a purchase order. And in Accounts Payable, you are now able to voucher a purchase order with a history status.

   All in all, these are the most powerful and stable versions of Macola yet and are free to all companies current on maintenance. We encourage everyone to update to the latest release as well as the new Event Manager v7.5. 


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