Save this CD so you will
have a recent NPD Installation should you buy a new computer.† If you have an internet connection, you are
encouraged to install AcornFTP if you have not already done so.† The best way to download a new version of NPD
is to use the Download NPD Update button in NPD Tools.† (The password is update, all in lower
The following modifications have been added since the last
update of 3.50 (05/07/01):
ability to import new postal rates has been improved since first
introduced in June. Hopefully, there wonít be another rate increase for a
Carrier Notes now donít appear in the carrier mail until the effective
date of the note.
new screen to view, revise, and delete permanent carrier notes has been
added to the Carrier switchboard with a button called Permanent Carrier Notes. This provides a handy way to see all
your permanent notes.
distributor number and customer phone numbers have been added to Mailing
Label function for export to dBase or Excel.
Billing switchboard now has a Set
Full Page Bill Layout button. The only option is to change the upper
margin. HINT: Most printers ignore a top margin less than 0.25
inches.† Use this to better align
the bill stub with the return envelop.
A Print to File feature has been
added to the Print Customer Bills screen. This makes a file named
NPDxxxxBILLS.ZIP, where xxxx is your area number. The file size is around
300K to 400K, small enough to easily fit on a floppy.† This file is then used by a separate
program, NPD Bill Printer. NPD
Bill Printer is currently installed at Stuff-Et (Karen Waid,
301-262-2330).† It is available to
others who print bills for NPD users for $150.00. This includes one year
of support and updates. Access 2000 or Access 2002 is required to install
NPD Bill Printer. For at least through the end of the year, you may ftp
the Bill File to Acorn Dataís web site for downloading by the NPD Bill
Printer organization. Use the following: HostName=acorndata.com, †UserName=npdbills,
The Paper Counts for Period report on
the Routes switchboard now displays the hawker route counts. These counts
start with this update. It canít go back in time. Beginning with the year
2002, you will be able to get hawker/rack/store counts for the entire year.
new option has been added to the Reconciliation function of the Washington
Post Online feature. Select this option to ignore work phone differences. Note if there is some other
difference, the work phone difference will still appear on the report.
A Subscriber Name Fixup button has
been added to the reconciliation process. This function displays all names
that are different and for each gives you the option of keeping the NPD
version of the name, or to replace it with the Washington Post version of
the name. You must rerun the reconciliation to incorporate the results of
this. In some cases, NPD may be able to assign additional PANs for you.
NOTE: A new
version of the NPD Technical Note The
Washington Post Online Feature has been added to the acorndata.com web
site.† In addition, it is included in
this update CD as an Acrobat Reader file named WP Online Guide.PDF.† Just
explore the CD and click on the file to open it for printing in Acrobat Reader.
A Subscriber Phone Fixup button has
been added to the reconciliation process. This function displays all home
phone differences and gives you the option to keep the NPD version of the
number or to replace it with the Washington Post version. You must rerun
the reconciliation to incorporate the results of this.
A Subscriber Name in CAPS button has
been added to the Subscriber switchboard. This converts all your subscriber
names to upper case. Optionally, you can have it remove any periods and
commas in the name.
can now access Account Info
from the Inactive Subscriber
Vacation Reminders in Carrier Mail now show the
Receipts now remembers your Overpay
is Tip selection.
small rounding error in the ReCalc
Paid Thru in Account Info has been fixed.
password to download a NPD update from NPD Tools is update. The password
to FTP an Export for Address Check is earl.
Please make note
of the passwords so you wonít have to call me for them!
Washington Post is moving forward with its Central Records project.† If you are not already, you are advised to
become proficient in basic email and web browser functions.† Due to the variety of ISPs and software
packages, providing assistance over the phone is often very difficult.† This also applies to Address Updates sent to
you via email.
c.The best time to call with questions
or problems is from to and , Monday
through Friday.† Please limit calls at other times
you are backing up to floppies and itís taking more than 3 floppies, you
are encouraged to purchase a ZIP drive or a CD-RW drive.† They take the pain out of backing up and are
much more reliable than floppies.† ALWAYS
have more than one set of backups. If your backup goes bad you may have to
revert to a backup made a few days ago. A separate set for each day of the week
can save you from re-keying all your customer data when Murphy strikes.
use the Backup on Normal Exit option on the Main switchboard.† While not a replacement for external backups,
they are more convenient when you need to restore.
current, get on my email list.† If you
are not on my email list, send an email to email@example.com.† Be sure to include your name and area
number.† Of course, remember to notify me
of any address or phone change.
may make Visa/Master Charge payments to Acorn with PayPal.† PayPal provides the credit card service for
eBay and a number of other web sites.†
Visit www.acorndata.com and go
to the NPD eStores page.† There
you can join PayPal (itís free).† After
you have joined, you must return to the NPD eStore to enter your payment.