AMSBE Documentation - Update History


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Version
Release/Update Date
Features / Improvements Bug Fixes
10.0
Jan 09, 2017
  • Important: fully supports native Türkçe.
  • Important: the settings will be synchronized instantly on the service side after your changed them on the desktop side.
  • Optimized the column width for all list boxes on the Options interface, made it friendlier.
  • Can delete whole AMSBE program folder after uninstalled it.
  • Removed the "Add to Quick Launch Bar" option from the installer, because from Win Vista, it has no meaning or purpose.
  • Deleted the auto-start Startup menu item that created by v8-, from v9, AMSBE use Window service to send your greetings automatically, automatic startup is no longer required.
  • Optimized a few German texts.
  • Standardize the Publisher property of the installer as company full name.
  • Important: the license info is not synchronized instantly on the service side after registered license. The main negative effect is: the sent greetings still have the self-recommendation words, unless you restart AMSBE service or your computer.
  • Important: if you use v8- and upgraded to v9+, the service side may cannot get your license info properly, it will cause the sent greetings have self-recommendation words.
9.0
Aug 28, 2016
  • Important: made the sending feature (core function) as a Windows Service. If you install AMSBE on your server, it is very useful - can enjoy the automatic greetings sending feature without logged in Windows. Lets the product UI does not start automatically follow Windows starting, only need to run it manually when you need to configure it, it's friendlier, and reduced the system load. Besides, the sending efficiency of Windows Service is higher than the desktop program.
  • Important: can process the birthdays of Feb 29!
  • Important: adds the icons to the context menu of employees / contacts managers.
  • Important: updates the {My company} macro in time after changed enterprise name.
  • Important: do not allows you to delete the logs within 15 days, because this action may cause resendings, and you may not fully understand why.
  • Removed the wrapper program, lets AMSBE running faster and occupying less system resources.
  • Do not request the confirmation when exit the desktop program, because it uses Windows Service to send your greetings.
  • No longer uses the bold texts on all interfaces, replaced them with colorful texts, more readable and beautiful.
  • Queue and log manager: focuses on the listbox and selects the first row (if has) after deleted a log.
  • Fixed a language item for Traditional Chinese.
8.0
Jun 30, 2016
  • Important: added the "Multi-update" feature for contacts and employees: now you can update [Use template], [CC] and [BCC] information for all the selected people, no longer need to set them one by one.
  • Important: maximizes the Employees & Contacts Manager windows after opened them.
  • Important: Employees & Contacts Manager: fixed the width of the left treeview, does not automatically adjust it when the size of is window changed. Because you may do not need to adjust the left width once tuned it fine, in order to leave more area to the right list.
  • Important: adjusted the color scheme of the main, about and view/upgrade license interfaces, more beautiful and easier to read.
  • eMail templates manager: in the non-edit mode, does not show any prompt if checked "Default birthday/festival template" options, because the non-edit mode does not do any data change for the selected template.
  • Added the proper icon to all system message boxes, and all of these message boxes support pressing <Esc> to close.
  • Optimized the Options interface: a little alignment problem of the sample date label.
  • Optimized the software texts for currently 11 languages.
  • Important: if the content, attachment and / or inner picture are big, some email servers may reject the message, and you will receive a bounce email with "500 5.5.0 Line too long" error.
7.0
May 13, 2016
  • Important (I): fully supports native Italiano.
  • I: contacts & employees selector supports "Select all", "Select none" and "Invert selection" features.
  • I: uses the Segoe UI font which is used in Vista ~ Win10 and highly recommended by Microsoft for all interfaces, makes AMSBE to be more beautiful and friendlier greatly.
  • I: optimized the behavior when switch between "Design", "Source" and "Preview" tab pages on the HTML email editor, let this no longer be confusing.
  • I: optimized the (E)SMTP component to get the faster and more stable sending.
  • I: optimized the festival greeting sending (one by one mode): only use ONE SMTP session, more stable and faster.
  • I: made and used the new, more beautiful and friendlier toolbar icons for "eMail templates manager" and "Enterprise structure" interfaces.
  • I: optimized the built-in cards selector - made it can absolutely align the cards orderly, for all languages.
  • I: now it will show you a prompt about format lost when switch the rich text email to plain text, and only do switching if you confirmed that.
  • I: optimized the color and layout of the main interface.
  • Optimized the interface texts for all languages.
  • Further standardize and optimized the spacing, margin and alignment of the controls for all interfaces.
  • Changed the splitter color from black to gray for all related interfaces to make them friendlier.
  • Optimized the color of license type and "license to..." labels for all license related interfaces, such as main, about, view/upgrade license interfaces.
  • Reduced the size of some interfaces to make them compact and easy to use.
  • I: some email clients/webmails may messily display the received email (which is sent by the built-in template of AMSBE).
  • I: the foreground/background text color setter of HTML eMail editor cannot completely displays the color names for some languages.
  • I: the "Open database location (for technical support)" feature is not working properly: opened the program folder, not database file folder (caused by the separating the data and program to different place from v5).
  • I: if you set the "Startup position" as "System tray", and open the "Options" interface by directly click the "Preferences" link on the main interface, then the "Startup position" will always display as "Normal" (but AMSBE process this option as the right value - "System tray").
  • Cannot see the bottom border of "Employee information" group box on the employee editor.
6.0
Apr 19, 2016
  • Important (I): fully supports native 日本語 and 한국어.
  • I: standardized the display name of [CC me to] receiver as "Me" (in multi-language), more concise and friendlier. And more, this action can avoid the no display name receiver appearing in the eMails that you getting them as a copy.
  • I: supports to open/run two or more attachments in one time.
  • I: optimized the internal processing logic of the adjustable numeric boxes, more accurate and stable.
  • I: sometimes, cannot let the input area automatic getting focus under the designed condition.
  • I: optimized the internal logic of signatures manager.
  • Shows the accurate prompt if tested the proxy server/SMTP account successfully: "Connected and logged in to the proxy server/SMTP server successfully."
  • Adjusted the scope of "the Maximal resending times if failed" to 0~3, the default to 0 (not try).
  • Optimized current 8 languages (software and website).
  • The web registration machine can process the non-ASCII characters.
  • Optimized the templates manager interface: after clicked <Restore> button, the blank area between header and body is too large.
  • Optimized the self-recommendation words for Free license.
  • Simplified the installing steps.
  • Removed the context menu of the HTML email editor, in order to avoid you switch the designer to browse mode accidentally.
  • Does not log the failure reason when trying to connect to the SMTP server.
  • Queue and log manager: changes the automatic refreshing frequency from 2 minutes to half a minute, in order to let you to see the result quickly when you staying on this interface.
  • I: if your name or your company name has the non-ASCII character(s), you may cannot register your license properly.
  • I: has NOT properly installed the sample files of employees/contacts for Deutsch, Español and Français languages.
  • I: the sorting result is not accurate for the column which is the comma style.
  • I: it may change other information (e.g. sent time, SMTP account) when logging the failure reason.
5.0
Mar 29, 2016
  • Important: fully supports native Deutsch, Español and Français.
  • Important: added a new option "Send season's greetings" to control if send the season's greetings automatically. By default, it's turned off, in order to do not send the "unauthorized" greetings. Once turned on it, AMSBE will give you a proper prompt for checking if current festivals are necessary.
  • Important: optimized the CC algorithm of one-by-one festival greetings - does not CC to you for every greeting, you will only get one copy for a festival, more rational and efficient.
  • Important: for anti-spam reason, now does not allow you to send the non-subject eMails.
  • Important: can perfectly preview the effect when change font settings.
  • Important: uses the new company logo on the "About..." and Splash interfaces.
  • Important: changed the card in the built-in festival template - no longer uses the difficult to understand Chinese text.
  • Important: does not install AMSBE to "User Application Data" folder forcibly.
  • Important: no longer puts the autostart shortcut under "Common Startup" menu (replace it with "User Startup" menu), because you cannot decide for others!
  • For all toolbar buttons: puts the text after icon (previous versions is: text under the icon), in order to use the screen space more efficiently.
  • Optimized the "Get/retrieve your license (free)" feature - uses the self-service to retrieve it instantly, no longer need to wait for us to verify it and send back to you manually.
  • Optimized the "Request remote support (fee-based)" feature - links to company site directly, in order to avoid clicking the mouse twice and jumping the page again.
  • Optimized the texts of current 5 languages.
  • Optimized the online help documentation.
  • Optimized internal efficiency.
  • Removed some duplicate language texts.
  • Important: in one-by-one mode (for festivals only), cannot replace the macros in [Subject] field.
  • Important: if the email has not attachment, but has the background image/sound, some webmail systems will display the attachment icon in their messages listing, such as Outlook.com, Gmail.
  • Important: in a few languages, the <Default> button of "Options -> Signatures" interface cannot be displayed regularly, even will be covered.
  • The tooltip of <Copy> button on the "Contacts manager" interface is wrong (written as "Duplicates the selected employee."), for English, Português (Portugal) and Português (Brasil) languages.
4.1
Dec 14, 2015
  • Important: fully supports native Português (Portugal).
  • Optimized the "Background..." drop-down menu of rich text template editor: do not show the drop-down menu again when you selected a menu item.
  • Optimized the border all text input boxes, more beautiful.
  • Optimized rich text template editor: only shows the HTML toolbar in Design tab page.
4.0
Nov 24, 2015
  • Important: fully supports native Português (Brasil).
  • Changed "Your Account@" to "YourAccount@" for the automatic generated email addresses on "Add SMTP account" interface.
  • Optimized the "Festival manager" interface (the spacing of a few controls is irregular).
  • Festival manager: the left list supports horizontal scrolling, in order to see the long festival names that cannot be fully displayed.
  • Optimized and beautified all interfaces.
  • If your opened "About..." interface (in Free license) and then register your license, then before next run, the licensed user name will display as red text (should be blue).
  • Festival manager: the "View template" button covers right border of the "Festival & template" group box.
  • Export contacts: the .csv filter appears twice (one should be "*.*") on the "Save As" dialog box.
  • Maybe you cannot see the license information on the "View/upgrade license" interface due to network reason.
  • If you inputted a wrong license key will cover previous right key (if already registered).
3.2
Oct 07, 2015
  • Important: perfected UI effect for any system DPI setting, in any supported Operating Systems (system DPI setting: in Windows 7, it can be changed at "Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Display -> Make text and other items larger or smaller").
  • Text signature editor supports using <Ctrl+A> to select all texts.
  • Optimized online documentation.
  • The [Gender] columns of "Select employees/contacts" interfaces can display fully on Windows XP.
  • Standardized the length of [Age] input boxes on "Search contacts/employees" interfaces.
  • If you are using the Free license, displays "Free license for any company" in the [Company] field on "View/upgrade license" interface.
  • Important: after upgraded product version from 2.22- to 3.0+, at the first run, "Insert built-in greeting card..." and "Open example" on the Importing employees/contacts functions are unavailable.
3.1
Sep 29, 2015
  • Important: importing contacts/employees feature is now compatible with any valid [Birthday] formats for non-Excel files (csv, txt, etc.), such as MM/dd/yyyy, M/d/YYYY, not must be yyyy-MM-dd format.
  • Important: optimized the startup speed (put the network related tasks in the background).
  • Added "the values can be ignored, but still need place holders." remark to "The explanation of importing contacts/employees" interface.
  • Adjusted [Birthday] explanation of "Required fields" on importing wizard interface: supports any valid date formats, not must be yyyy-MM-dd format.
  • Optimized the prompt of imported contacts/employees, let it more readable.
  • Optimized an English text.
  • Important: if the background image, background sound or embedded images do not exist, the whole email will send unsuccessfully.
  • Important: the [Department] column of employees list may display unreadable "_my_com_" string.
3.0
Aug 30, 2015
  • Important: supports multi-language.
  • Important: supports Windows 10.
  • Important: fully supports native 简体中文 & 繁體中文.
  • Important: uses Golden Ratio for the start position of the main and splash interfaces.
  • Important: changed all "Personal contacts" strings to "Contacts", because you may have the business contacts (for your organization, not for yourself only).
  • Important: compacted the identifications for many predefined macros and macro categories, such as changed "Full name of the recipient" to "Full name of recipient", changed "Sending date and time" to "Sending date time".
  • Important: do not delete the old database file (amsbe.db) after upgrade software version from 2.10- to 2.20+, but back up the old database as amsbe-yyyyMMdd.db. Else, if you downgrade your software after upgraded, you will lose the old data.
  • Important: changed the default value of "AHEAD_DAYS" parameter from "Sends greetings ahead 1 days" to "Sends greetings on birthdays/festivals", in order to avoid the misunderstanding.
  • Important: Optimized the performance for all operations of data list (add, delete, modify, search).
  • Important: designed more subdivision licenses.
  • Important: optimized the appearance for all [Age] input boxes (removed underline and leading/trailing spaces).
  • Supports to use <Del> key to delete data on "Macro manager" and "Queue and log manager" interfaces.
  • Now the installer supports multi-language also, and let you choose when install. Even, it can directly use the language that selected during installing.
  • Optimized the prompts for testing proxy server or SMTP account successfully (not only connected, and also logged in).
  • Shows prompt if there is no data or no selected data when you do some operations on the "Queue and log manager" interface.
  • Optimized the location of the drop-down menus on all interfaces, more friendly.
  • Open translation interface for multi-language version.
  • Removed the context menu of the HTML email editor' preview page (useless and may cause misuse).
  • Optimized the filter of background picture/sound chooser for HTML email editor (the old one is too long).
  • Changed the text color of date format preview to green on the "Preferences" interface, more eye-catching.
  • Optimized the English texts of software (interfaces and message boxes) , especially, standardized the initial capital.
  • Optimized web pages and documentation.
  • Optimized the definition of some icons.
  • Added the shortcut keys to the tooltips of the attachments related buttons on the "eMail templates manager".
  • Optimized the root node label of enterprise structure (changed it from "Please input your company name" to "My company").
  • Supports to directly open the database location (for technical support), in order get better support.
  • Optimized the "Select department" dialog box, avoid no any prompt if have not selected any department and then press <OK> button.
  • Changed "Microsoft Internet Explorer" string to "Microsoft Web Browser", because Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge, for consistency, now calls them as "Microsoft Web Browser".
  • Uses more accurate and stringent method to determine database file is lost or broken.
  • Optimized the format of self-recommended words in HTML email, more beautiful and readable.
  • eMail templates manager: selected all text for [Subject] field when it got the focus.
  • Important: if the default festival template is not built-in festival template, when preview the default festival template on "Festivals manager" interface, the opened template is not right one.
  • The output files of contacts/employees may contain the unreadable system string "BUILTIN_BIRTHDAY_TEMPLATE".
  • The shortcut key of [User] field on "View/upgrade license" interface is invisible.
  • The "Middle name" label is not fully displayed on the "Employee editor" interface.
  • No shortcut keys for [Gender] field on the "Search employees" interface.
  • The interface may flicker if do the batch/frequent operation for the big data list.
  • A little disordered <Tab> sequence on "Options -> Preferences" interface.
  • Search contacts/employees interfaces: shows improper prompts if selected age condition but have not inputted age.
2.22
Jul 07, 2015
  • Uses the new hand-painted (by colored pencil) logo.
  • Fully supports shortcut keys in "eMail Templates Manager" interface, even the focus in the HTML editor.
  • Optimized the splash interface.
  • Friendlier to open the online or local resources (the container of opened resources (Windows Explorer or a Web Browser) can get focus automatically).
  • Important: if the names (contacts, employees, departments, festivals, templates, etc.) contain the non-ASCII uppercase characters (such as Č, Ć, Đ, Š, Ž, И, Я, Ч, Ы, etc.), this record cannot be modified or deleted!
  • There are a few surplus spaces in the upgrading prompt.
2.21
Dec 09, 2014
  • Displays the progress during testing Proxy Server or SMTP Account.
  • For the paid users: do not need to input the license key again after upgraded product version.
  • Changed the Free license offer as 6 contacts and 6 employees.
  • Shows the upgrading to higher license prompt if you reached the maximum license offer of your current license and try to create / import more contacts or employees.
  • The automatic generated [Full Name] may contain redundancy space characters.
2.20
Aug 18, 2014
  • Important: supports the namesake personal contacts and employees (for [Full Name] field).
  • Supports to display the [CC] and [BCC] fields in multiline on the Contact and Employee Editor interfaces, and adds the vertical scroll bars to these 4 fields.
  • Allows you to modify the case of the festival name.
  • Sets the focus to [Template Name] field after prompted "Please input [Template Name]." or "This [Template Name] already exists, please input another."
  • Added the progress prompts for importing / exporting contacts or employees and other time-consuming operations.
  • Optimized the email editor: added the vertical scroll bar to the plain email body editor.
  • Shows the appropriate prompt if you chose a nonstandard file (not csv/txt/xls/xlsx) for importing / exporting contacts or employees.
  • Can copy the content of the "View Receivers" dialog box on the Queue and Log Manager interface.
  • Added the blank line separator between each type of receivers on the "View Receivers" dialog box.
  • Festivals Manager: set the background color of contacts and employees boxes as 3D control's foreground, because they are not editable.
  • Important: the importing contacts wizard says that the [Category] field is optional, but if you have not specified the [Category] value, your contacts cannot be imported.
  • Cannot display the accelerator key of [eMail Address] field on the Employee Editor interface.
  • The <Choose Employees...> button cannot be displayed completely in the "Windows Classic" theme.
2.10
Jun 17, 2014
  • Important: uses the random "Message-ID" in the SMTP layer to avoid some email servers and / or ISPs treating your emails as junk or spam. Now, the delivery success rate is increased substantially.
  • Important: supports the embedded images with "file:///..." format that generated by a few operating systems. Now, any embedded image will be shown in the receiver's email client / webmail.
  • Optimized the "License Agreement" in the installer.
  • Changed "no available proxy server for sending them" prompt to "no available proxy server for connecting your SMTP server" to make it to be more accurate.
  • Changed "represented as {...} automatically" to "formatted as {macro name} automatically" in the online help to make it to be more accurate.
  • Optimized and beautified the program, website, documentation and installer (text, fonts, images and their definition, colors and layout).
  • Important: if the email has not attachment, but has the embedded images, some webmail systems will display the attachment icon in their messages listing, such as Outlook.com, Gmail.
  • Important: outlook.com webmail can display the local embedded images.
  • Fixed the tooltips of the attachments listing on "Email Templates Manager" interface.
  • Fixed the "Optional Fields" explanation (the duplicate [Last Name]) on "The Explanation of Importing Employees" interface.
2.02
May 07, 2014
  • Important: optimized the Internet connection checking and license key verifying techniques. The previous version may cannot get your license information and offer if AMSBE is started but the Internet connection is not available.
  • Added "Easier way: Make a copy of the sample files (click <Example> button to view them), and then edit them for importing" explanation to the Importing Contacts / Employees Wizards.
  • Added the number / order of the fields explanation to the Importing Contacts / Employees Wizards.
  • Optimized and beautified the program, website, documentation and installer (text, fonts, images and their definition, colors and layout).
  • Important: the main interface MAY disappear if did these operations for the system tray icon: double-click / quickly right-click and then click / only right-click after program ran a long time, and the average users are hard to restore it.
  • Important: after previewed an email template, and then open the "Email Templates Manager" interface, its title is still "View Email Template..." (but the functions are normal).
2.01
Jan 25, 2014
  • Important: optimized the employees/contacts importing feature - now, AMSBE can identify any valid date format (birthday), before this version, the birthday must be formatted as yyyy-MM-dd. Specially, this is friendlier for Excel data source.
  • Optimized and beautified the program, website, documentation and installer (text, fonts, images and their definition, colors and layout).
  • Moved all actions which need to run the default email client to the online webpages, in order to avoid the confusion if who has not a default email client.
  • Important: if the email address of the employee has capital letters, the recipient related macros will not work, such as Age, First Name, etc.
  • Important: the Nothing values will cause importing failed when import employees/contacts from Excel file.
2.0
Sep 12, 2013
  • Important: the [Subject] supports macro (before versions only the [Content] supports macro).
  • Important: optimized the algorithm of importing contacts/employees from the Excel documents, and the importing speed increases a hundredfold.
  • Optimized the speed of one by one sending mode and adjusted the sending interval scope to 0~60 seconds, default value to 0 second (no pause).
  • The attachments list supports drag-and-drop operation.
  • The attachments list supports new shortcut keys: <Enter> - opens file, <Del> - removes file.
  • The passwords of SMTP accounts and proxy servers support the leading and trailing spaces.
  • Uses the thousands separator to display the size of attachment.
  • If there is no any available macro under a category, then hides this category under the "Insert" menu (Templates Manager) and the "Macro ->" menu (Signatures Manager).
  • Reduces the size of installer.
  • Optimized the display text of the setting/removing background things menu items in HTML email editor to make them easier to understand.
  • Checks the signature file is existing or not before preview it, if does not exist, AMSBE will give you a prompt.
  • Asks you to create the first SMTP account on the main interface (before versions ask this on the splash interface) when first use.
  • Requires your confirmation before restoring data, because it will cover current data.
  • Optimized the data restoring functionality.
  • Adds visiting mail solution/company homepage menu items to the main interface.
  • Adds 3 menu items: "Find Us on facebook/Twitter/Google+" under the "Other Help and Support ->" drop-down menu on the main interface.
  • Optimized and beautified the program, website, documentation and installer (text, fonts, images and their definition, colors and layout).
  • Important: the outputted contacts/employees files cannot be imported to AMSBE directly.
  • Maybe cannot fully see the content of the attachments list if it is not maximized.
  • A few drop-down/context menu items cannot be hidden after clicked them.
1.21
Nov 29, 2012 (Update)
  • Cannot fully display all license types on the About and View/Upgrade Licenses interfaces.
1.21
Nov 16, 2012
  • Important feature: the WYSIWYG HTML email editor can work with IE9+ system.
  • Highlights the "Operation Steps" module link.
  • Requests confirmation before deleting log.
  • Cannot control the license offers exactly on the Employee/Contact Editor interfaces.
1.20
Oct 09, 2012
  • Performance optimization (starting, running).
  • Supports to adjust the window size in Employees Manager and Personal Contacts Manager modules.
  • UI optimization (more concise).
  • Uses new numeric adjusting control on Options module to get the more friendly operation.
  • Adds the <Cancel> button to Importing Contacts/Employees Wizards.
  • Opens all features for every license (including Free license), such as importing contacts/employees, Employees Manager and Enterprise Structure.
  • Redesigned licenses, their offers and prices.
  • Provides the process wrapper (automatically) to avoid it exits abnormally.
  • Documentation optimization.
1.11
Nov 02, 2011
  • Improved TLS protocol implementation (specially, supports Office 365 SMTP server (outlook.com)), important feature.
  • Optimized the documentation.
1.10
Aug 07, 2011
  • Exit prompt.
  • Creates desktop and quick launch shortcuts when starts.
  • Optimized some texts of program and official site.
  • Updates main interface instantly when change language.
  • Sometimes, cannot send embedded pictures, background picture and sound (very important).
1.01
Jun 10, 2011
  • Cannot work on Win7 x64 with .NET 4.0.
1.0
Apr 29, 2011
  • New release.

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