Midnight v6.7 (03/2020) Release Notes Follow
6.7 Release Notes
New DJB Columns
- • Current/Actual Run Rate - This new column calculates the current run rate on a task based on the job cost records from shop floor data collection.
- • Quantity Remaining - This is a calculated column that tells us what qty is remaining based on the amount completed and the original qty
- • Est. Time Remaining - This column is a calculated column that looks at the estimated time and how much time has been logged in shop floor and lets you know how much is left
DJB Grouping - Split Feature
This feature allows a user to make new groups from an existing group of services.
Scheduling Tab in Orders Module
We gave the user the ability to access the DJB Job Dialog window from the order using a new button on the scheduling tab.
Clicking on the DJB Job board scheduling button will load the following page:
Scheduled Time Warning Message
This new option under the DJB tab of Global Settings allows you to turn off the following message:
when you are changing the quantity of a scheduled task. By default, this is checked so it behaves the way it currently does. Unchecking this checkbox will remove the message but also recalculate the scheduled time automatically.
Timeline View Start Time
This option allows you to set the starting time of day on the Timeline View of the DJB.
REST API Live
The new REST API for Midnight went live this month with 21 methods. The remainder of the REST API methods are in testing and will be going live in phases over the coming month.
You can view the documentation for the new API by going to restapi.vsmidnight.com
Click the API link at the top of the page to access the Midnight API Help page:
New Web Methods
These new web methods allow a user to Create and manage proof requests via the api. The new web methods created were.
- • RequestNew
- • RequestList
- • RequestUpdate
- • RequestDelete
PrintTemplatePreviewPrice - This new web method allows a user to get pricing using a specific print template
OrderNew - we also updated the order new ,method to be able to add a service using a print template, this also adds any dependant additional services and inventory items.
Job Costing Enhancements
Job Cost Import
We have a new import form that allows you to import job costing records from a .CSV file.
From the Job Cost Records search page, click the QuickLinks and select Job Cost Import link.
Click the .CSV Job Cost Import button to load the Job Cost Import page.
Click the Download Example .CSV file to download the file in the format it needs to be in to work with the import.
Report Designer upgrade
We have upgraded Midnight's report designer from Flash to HTML5. Not only does the new HTML5 designer replace deprecated Flash technology, it brings in several new features, and a user-friendly and faster report designing experience.
- • Feature-rich right-click context menu - Right-clicking any report element now opens a menu that allows you to access and modify frequently used properties.
- • Copy Style - You can now copy the style of a report element and apply to another element.
- • New elements - You can now add charts, gauges and maps to your reports.
- • Faster report loading in designer - Reports now load upto 300% faster in the new HTML5 designer.
Flash Security Concerns
Adobe Flash is not the most secure product to begin with. While Adobe has made strides in keeping up with patching zero-day exploits, they have traditionally been slow to respond to critical vulnerabilities.
It is also very difficult to maintain an effective patching program for Adobe Flash. Most internal IT departments and external managed service providers have software that will manage the patch infrastructure for Windows, but often they require a special solution to patch any of the Adobe products.
With end of life for Flash, there will be no more security updates. This means any new security exploits will not be given updates creating a gap in any company’s network security.
Google Chrome discontinued the use of Adobe Flash in update 53 of their browser. While the software can still be enabled through Chrome settings, Google has confirmed that effective the date of end of life for Flash, Google will completely block Flash from being able to run under the Chrome browser.
Mozilla discontinued support by default for Adobe Flash in the middle of 2016, citing the excessive security vulnerabilities that Flash was continuing to patch for. At the end of 2020, Mozilla will also block Flash.
And finally, Internet Explorer will also discontinue and block Adobe Flash at the end of life date. With all three of the major browsers ending support and blocking Flash from running at all, there will be no viable way to deliver online course content.