Thursday 29 September 2011

Bank Recon is on Framework 4.

Bank Recon is officially on Framework 4. You can download Bank Reconciliation 4.2.344.1766 from reconciliation changes are released in this version and there should be measurable improvements in auto recon times for everyone. There are no changes to the rule design or matching logic so the effectiveness of your rules has not been affected in any way.

Thank you to all the developers for the great work done.

Additional features included in this build
1. Copy and Paste from the Amount column to the filter and apply it without getting an error - any formatting is now ignored.
2. Clicking in any row of the grid will bold it and select it so you always know where you are, even when you have scrolled across the grid.
3. Export to Excel now includes the transactions in the matched section - no matter what your applied filters.
4. Clicking Clear will remove the ticks from the checkbox - no need to page through your transactions to find and remove them.
5. 'Group by' has been simplified. You will no longer see the three additional columns in the filter when you check the group by box. Select your required columns, amount will always be selected and when you Apply the filters, Bank Recon will automatically group by the columns and sum the amounts.
6. The ABSA ASCII bank statement format now supports import of multiple accounts in one file.
7. Suggest Bug - Display error when html special characters are included in the text has been fixed.
8. A view of the Current Log.txt file written by the Process Service has been added. Admin>Process Log
9. Suggest matches made are no longer logged in the audit tables

Installing this version
Before installing this version please ensure you have .Net Framework 4 installed on the application server. It is advisable to do a clean install of this build. If you must do an upgrade please contact me and I will help you with the necessary changes.

1. Stop the service and uninstall your existing Bank Recon installation.
2. Clean up the install folder (delete or rename the web.config and processservice.config files).
3. Run the msi
4. Select Custom install. Specify the correct install folder and select all features EXCEPT the database and Virtual Directory. You can use the same Virtual Directory and you will need to update the existing database using the database updater after install.
5. Select Forms authentication. Even if you use windows authentication please run the install with Forms authentication and update the web.config file afterwards. There is a windows authentication install error. We are working on a fix for it.
6. Install Bank Recon. The service may fail to start automatically and will need to be manually restarted once the Database has been updated.
7. Use the Database Updater located in the Install Tools folder to update your database.
8. Update the connection strings in your config files to the correct value and change your authentication type to Windows if required.
9. Change the Framework version of your IIS directory. In IIS 6 you change it on the site itself. In IIS 7 update the Framework version of the application pool. If you are running IIS7 please ensure your app pool is running in Classic Mode.
10. Restart your service.

And you are good to go.

We are still investigating ways to improve the performance and scalability of Bank Recon. Currently we are testing various options, some of which are showing great results. These improvements will be included in future releases.

We are also including 'in-house' exception handling. On the cards now is better webservices to integrate to other systems and giving the user the power to send an email directly from Bank Recon when tagged transactions need investigation. We are looking at other exception management functionality and will extend it over time. Watch this space for more details.

As always I would love to hear what you think and what you want to see in Bank Recon.

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