ACL Product Timeline shortlist

					ACL Product Timeline & shortlisting of significant changes by release:

Product       Operating Release       Release Date:         What’s New
Version       System    Date:         Calendar Year
                        Fiscal Year
Version 3.0   DOS       FY89          December 1988
Version 3.1   DOS       FY90          August 1989                 AT Function
                                                                  New Math functions
                                                                  VERIFY function
                                                                  Bit manipulation functions
                                                                  DELIMIT utility
                                                                  COLORS utility
                                                                  Learn mode
                                                                  More (640K) free space = faster sorts etc.
Version 3.2   DOS         FY90        April 1990                  ANALYZE utility
                                                                  Export to Lotus and dBASE file formats
                                                                  COBOL converter utility
                                                                  DEFINE REPORT command added
                                                                  UNISYS PACKED field supported
                                                                  TAPE command
Version 3.3   DOS         FY92        August 1991                 ACCEPT command
                                                                  Automatic file appends
Version 3.3   Macintosh   FY92        February 1992               “Mac Console” version
Version 3.4   DOS         FY92        October 1992                ASSIGN command
                                                                  DEFINE REPORT command enhancements
Version 3.4   MVS         FY94        June 1994                   Mainframe direct access
                                                                  DB2 and IMS database access
Product         Operating Release   Release Date:   What’s New
Version         System    Date:     Calendar Year
                          Fiscal
                          Year
Version 3.4     Windows   FY94      February 1994        Windows GUI version & Workbook version
Version 3.4     Macintosh FY94      June 1994            Equivalent functionality to Windows platform version
                                                         FINAL RELEASE OF THIS PRODUCT. PRODUCT
                                                          RETIRED in fall 1997.
Version 4.0     DOS       FY95      Summer 1995          Multi-line reporting
                                                         Numeric precision of 22 digits
                                                         Sampling – SIZE & EVALUATE commands
                                                         Conditional fields & STATIC keyword
                                                         12 new functions
                                                         FINAL RELEASE OF THIS PRODUCT. PRODUCT
                                                          RETIRED in fall 1997.
Version 4.0     Windows   FY96      May 1996             Sampling – SIZE & EVALUATE commands
                                                         SEQUENCE command
                                                         Overview window
                                                         More button on dialog boxes
                                                         Windows ’95 icons
                                                         Multi-line reports & Print Preview
Version 4.04    Windows   FY97      October 1996         Installation sequence improvements
                                                         Enhanced exporting to WordPerfect 6.0, dBASE IV,
                                                          Lotus, Word & Excel
                                                         Spanish, German and French Language support
                                                         Batch copying between documents supported
Version 4.04C   MVS                                      Enhanced DB2 interface
Product       Operating Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version       System    Date:         Calendar Year
                        Fiscal Year
Version 5.0   Windows   FY98          September1997        Multi-file processing via relationships
                                                           Indexing support
                                                           Improved reporting
                                                           Year 2000 preference setting
                                                           ODBC support
                                                           Reporting & Graphing capabilities
                                                           Dialogue Builder
                                                           Oversampling
                                                           IF command
                                                           16-bit and 32-bit Windows support
                                                           Portuguese Language Support
Version 5.0   MVS       FY98          December 1997        Multi-file processing via relationships
                                                           Indexing support, including VSAM indexes
                                                           Formats for IMS segment paths can be created with
                                                            ANALYZE
                                                           Specify a filename within the format
                                                           MVS ADABAS interface
Version       MVS       FY98          March 1998           Batch processing, Define Report and COBOL Utility
5.01                                                        enhancements
                                                           OPEN and SORT command enhancements
Version       Windows   FY98          March 1998           Maintenance release – bug fixes & enhancements
5.01                                                       Date functions enhancements, including Y2K dates
                                                           Filter expressions, View and Reporting
                                                            enhancements (16-bit & 32-bit versions)
                                                           32-bit version performance enhancements
Version 5.2   Windows   FY99      last 16-bit version of ACL for Windows
Product       Operating Release       Release Date:     What’s New
Version       System    Date:         Calendar Year
                        Fiscal Year
Version 6.0   Windows   FY99          January 1999           9 Financial Functions
                                                             Output to HTML format – reports
                                                             SAP AIS Utility
                                                             Batch support of ODBC REFRESH and IMPORT
                                                             User definable default AGE periods and Month
                                                              abbreviations
                                                             “Designed for Microsoft Windows NT and Windows
                                                              98” logo
Version 6.0   MVS       FY99          January 1999           Easytrieve translator Utility
                                                             Enhanced COBOL conversion Utility
                                                             DB2 Interface column selection enhancement
                                                             31 character field name support
                                                             Function Look-up window and menu enhancements
Version 6.01 MVS        FY00          August 18, 1999        PL/1 conversion utility
                                                             F2 window Look-up enhancement
                                                             Improved command functionality – DEFINE REPORT,
                                                              SET INDEX, SAMPLE, SORT
                                                             Century codes for PACKED date fields
                                                             Support for #, $ and @ in DB2 columns
Version 6.5   Windows   FY00          October 1999           Data Definition Wizard
                                                             Graphing improvements: labels, drag & click
                                                              resizing, right click control of properties, drill-down
                                                             Date selector, Start of Century setting & pop-up
                                                              calendar
                                                             Century codes for PACKED date fields
                                                           Enhanced On-Line Help
                                                           NOTIFY and STRATIFY commands

Product      Operating Release       Release Date:    What’s New
Version      System    Date:         Calendar Year
                       Fiscal Year
Version 6.51 Windows   FY00          January 2000          Various defect corrections
                                                           Memory preference expansion
Version6.52   Windows   FY00         April 2000            Link Button on Overview Window
                                                           Cascading Menus for Standard Applications
                                                           Find in Command Log
                                                           Transform String Function
Version6.53   Windows   FY01         August 2000           Delete Any Relation
                                                           Multiple Field Shift
                                                           Count Suppressed in Default Graph
                                                           Thirteen new Functions
Version6.54 Windows     FY01         August 2000           Direct Link – internal development release
Version 6.55 Windows    FY01         September 2000        CDOW Function
                                                           REFRESH button on Overview
                                                           Delete current IFD
                                                           Multiple segment graph drill-down
Version 6.56 Windows    FY01         October 2000          Direct Link desktop component release
Version 6.57 Windows    FY01         December 2000         Digital Analysis – Benford command, Graphing and
                                                            Functions
Product       Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version       System      Date:         Calendar Year
                          Fiscal Year
Version 7.0   Windows,    FY01          March 2001           Client/Server System functionality
              OS/390                                         The ACL Document renamed as the ACL Project
                                                             Revised Batch Syntax: the use of quotes has now
                                                              been standardized
                                                             Improved Field Selection
                                                             Directly Graph a View
                                                             Name Relations: More than one relation can be built
                                                              to the same file, or self-referencing relations can be
                                                              created
                                                             New Icons
                                                             Product renamed from MVS to OS/390
Version       Windows     FY01          April 2001           Restored MS Excel Export Command output to Excel
7.01                                                          2
Version       Windows     FY01          June 2001            Batch Command (Multi-Table IMPORT, RETRIEVE
7.02                                                          and background REFRESH) support for Direct Link
                                                              TM
                                                                  for SAP (TM) R/3®
                                                             Resolved ODBC / Microsoft Windows 95A conflict
                                                             A series of minor graphing improvements have been
                                                              made.
                                                             SET BATCH RECORDER ON now supports Global
                                                              Filtering.
                                                             The CLEAN function and the Blank Invalid Data
                                                              preference no longer remove commonly used
                                                              characters and symbols in the ASCII character set.
Product       Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version       System      Date:         Calendar Year
                          Fiscal Year
Version 7.1   Windows     FY02          December 2001        Enhanced Print File processing via Data Definition
                                                              Wizard
                                                             Data Definition Wizard support of Microsoft Excel,
                                                              Microsoft Access and XML data files
                                                             Added EXPORT command output to Microsoft
                                                              Access and XML formats.
                                                             Right-click mouse support for frequently used
                                                              actions.
                                                             Switch to Windows Installer, MDAC & MSJET
                                                              requirements for installation & support of new
                                                              features.
Version       Windows     FY02          February 2002        Direct Link support on the Windows XP platform
7.1.1                                                         enabled.
                                                             IMS segment / DBD table selection / lookup
                                                              enabled.
                                                             Various defect corrections
Version       Windows     FY03          March 2002           The defect that caused the omission of an
7.1.2                                                         unmatched record when executing a JOIN Matched
                                                              All Primary And All Secondary has been corrected.
                                                             The product can now support port numbers in
                                                              excess of 32760 to access ACL for OS/390 in the
                                                              ACL Client/Server System.
Product       Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version       System      Date:         Calendar Year
                          Fiscal Year
Version 7.2   Windows,    FY03          May 2002             Visual Data Relations.
              OS/390                                         CROSSTAB command.
                                                             Graphing in a batch.
                                                             Rotation of graphs supported.
                                                             Manual definition of certain data files – DDW
                                                              shortcuts.
                                                             Many-to-Many JOIN command and presort and
                                                              testing of secondary Join files.
                                                             Client/Server mainframe tape device access.
                                                             Export the View.
                                                             QuickSort the View.
                                                             Quick Filter the View.
                                                             RECOFFSET function.
                                                             DIRECTORY command.
                                                             Colour coded commands in the Log.
                                                             32K limit on expression size increased.
                                                             Memory RAM optimization.
Version 8     Windows     FY 04         June 2003            Renamed product: ACL Version 8, Desktop &
                                                              Network Editions
                                                             Usability changes – Results, Log, Panes, Web
                                                              Browser etc.
Version       Windows     FY04          June 2003            Network license defect correction
8.0.1
Product       Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version       System      Date:         Calendar Year
                          Fiscal Year
Version       Windows     FY04          July                 Internationalized edition of the ACL Desktop product
8.0.0.1                                                      UNICODE Support
                                                             Simplified Chinese language support
                                                             Released only in China
Version       Windows     FY04          December 2003        Version 8 localization releases
8.0.2
Version 8     AIX         FY04          November 2003        Initial release of ACL Server Edition, AIX
Version 8     Linux       FY04          February 2004        Initial release of ACL Server Edition, Linux
Version 8     OS/390      FY04          March 2004           Significant performance improvements
                                                             ACL Desktop Version 8 support (Client)
                                                             New Compiler - The IBM OS/390 2.7 Language
                                                              Environment compiler is now used instead of the
                                                              SAS/C compiler.
Version 8.1   AIX         FY04          April 2004           AIX Server now supports DB2 database interface
                                                              and features significant performance improvements
                                                              for the Oracle database interface.
Version 8.2   Windows     FY04          February 2004        Linux server support
Version       Windows     FY04          March 2004           OS/390 Server Edition support and various other
8.2.1                                                         defect corrections
Version       Linux       FY04          April 2004           Added support for Redhat Enterprise Version 3 and
8.0.1                                                         for Oracle Version 10.

Version 8.0   OS/400      FY04          May 2004             Initial release of ACL Server Edition, OS/400
                                                             Features DB2 database interface
Product   Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version   System      Date:         Calendar Year
                      Fiscal Year
Version   Windows     FY05          August 2004          View / layout fixes: maintenance release:
8.2.2                                                    Projects - Existing report orientations are
                                                          maintained when opening projects created with
                                                          earlier versions
                                                         Indexes - Ability to create and activate an index on
                                                          a table using a shared layout is now supported
                                                         Preference file - The creation of a preference file
                                                          in the project directory is restored
                                                         Define report command - the Add Column dialog
                                                          now displays only when creating a new view
                                                         Views - Identically-named views within a project
                                                          are now possible
                                                         DB2 Tables - Field definitions based on mainframe
                                                          DB2 tables now edit properly

Version   OS/390      FY05          August 2004          Significant performance improvement to Indexing
8.0.1                                                     flat files
                                                         SET VOLUME command - The SET VOLUME
                                                          command changed to support up to four alternate
                                                          volume names, instead of the single volume
                                                          previously supported.
                                                         DB2 tables - Support for the creation of ACL
                                                          computed fields with DB2 tables has been added.
                                                         Memory allocation and data buffer - Values
                                                          have been increased to a minimum of 50,000 bytes
                                                      for work and 32760 bytes for the data buffer
                                                     Various defect corrections
Version 8.3   Windows    FY05    December 2004        Joining or relating tables with numeric, date and
                                                       logical key fields
                                                      Access and analyze XBRL 2.1 data
                                                      New Financial functions CUMIPMT(), CUMPRINC(),
                                                       IPMT(), PPMT(), FVSCHEDULE()
                                                      Save log files to HTML in a script
                                                      DEFINE TABLE DB command automates database
                                                       access in ACL Server Editions
                                                      Enhanced EXPORT DELIMITED command - Use any
                                                       ASCII character, in addition to the comma, as a
                                                       delimiter when creating delimited files
                                                      New IMPORT DELIMITED and REFRESH commands

Version 8.3   Windows     FY05   February 2005       Initial release of the ACL Serve Edition, Windows
              2003 Server                             2003
                                                     Includes direct database interface to SQL Server
                                                      2000 database.

Version 8.3   Windows    FY05    April 2005          ACL Desktop Edition released in Polish
Version       Windows    FY05    May 2005            Internationalized edition of the ACL Desktop product
8.3.0.1                                              UNICODE Support
                                                     Japanese language support
                                                     Released only in Japan
Product       Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version       System      Date:         Calendar Year
                          Fiscal Year
Version 8.3   OS/390      FY05          May 2005             Internationalized edition of the ACL Desktop product
                                                             Access VSAM Data Sets - Version 8.3 now provides
                                                              access to extended VSAM data sets and supports
                                                              data striping.
                                                             Can now import more than 278 fields from a DB2
                                                              Table.
                                                             View All Authorized DB2 Tables via third-party
                                                              security tool such as CA-Top Secret Security for
                                                              DB2.
                                                             Operating System requirements changed to z/OS
                                                              1R2 or higher.
Product   Operating   Release       Release Date:   What’s New
Version   System      Date:         Calendar Year
                      Fiscal Year
Version   Windows     FY05          July 05              Desktop maintenance release
8.3.3                                                    Joins – can now joint files when secondary file’s
                                                          key field includes a negative value
                                                         Can evaluated many-to-many joins
                                                         MS Access Databases – no longer deletes invalid
                                                          MS Access databases that are created when you
                                                          attempt to export ACL results data that exceeds file
                                                          limitations of a MC Access database
                                                         Imports – can now import certain pip-delimited
                                                          files
                                                         Import delimited command now maintains the field
                                                          properties settings for data and numeric data
                                                          defined in the Data Definition wizard
                                                         Now preserves the date filed length when you
                                                          define Oracle data through OBDC
                                                         Commands – Can run and edit length dialog
                                                          commands that wrap onto more than one line
                                                         Now supports crosstab command for records where
                                                          column and row length fields exceed 71 characters
                                                         Locate record command now functioning properly

				
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