You may install any of the four
applications on this CD that you need. It is redundant to run both the NPD Update and the New NPD Installation. The New NPD Installation and the AcornFTP may restart your
In the event that you buy a new computer
in the future, you can use this CD to install NPD
on your new computer.Then use NPD Tools
to download the latest version before you restore your database to the new
computer.If you don’t do this NPD may
not run until you do.See the NPD
Technical Note How to Install NPD on a
New Computer which is on the acorndata.com web site.
and Buttons to Look for on NPD 3.57:
many of you, these changes are not new.You have been using NPD Tools to download NPD Updates in response to my
email notices.Those of you who are not
on my email list are missing important updates as they are made available.
A button was added to the
Carriers switchboard to allow you to change a Carrier ID.
Carrier Mail now indicates a
change from DS to Korean Daily.
The Export for Address Check
now has a check box to indicate that Microsoft Outlook is your default
email program.When that is the
case NPD will automatically generate the email notification that you have
exported your addresses.Prior to
this check box, if Outlook was installed but not your default email, NPD
would display several error messages while attempting to automatically
prepare the email.
Billing automatically treats
Office Pay (PP) as sales tax exempt.This allows you to mark those accounts as taxable so that they
become taxable in the event of aflip from Office Pay to Distributor Billed.
An Exception Report was added to the OP Credits download.This report lists all credits that NPD
did not apply to the accounts.Remember, for accounts that flipped from Office Pay to Distributor
Billed, the Post may issue you a credit for a portion of the time you
billed the customer as a BR.Applying the credit to the account would
lead you to believe the customer had paid.
At the completion of a Local Move, the temporary account
is made inactive with a bad pay year of the current year less 100.Prior to this change, they were all
assigned to year 0.Now, you can
purge old temporary accounts during your end of year cleanup.
Bill Now treats Good Starts like regular customers.It no longer bills for exactly 8 weeks
from the start date.This change
was brought about by the adaptation of the Good Start software to tracking
PP to BR flips.
Due to some problems with
matching the OP Credits and Tip file names with those used by Central
Records/DSI, you may now try different period numbers to attempt to
download the correct file.
Backup on Normal Exit now supports two
cycles of backups: By Day of Week and By Day of Month.Go to Distributor Info to select the
cycle that you desire.Prior to
this change backups were by day of week, e.g.
the day of month cycle, you get a separate backup for each day of the
month, e.g. EXITBACK\DAY01,…,EXITBACK\DAY30.
The Backup function in NPD
Tools now displays the drives and folders used for the most recent
backups.Remember to backup to external media on a regular
basis.While backing up to the hard
drive is fast, it is of no value if there are hard drive problems.
When installing NPD you can
select a “standard” installation that uses C:\NPD01 as the NPD folder, or
select “non-standard” which will allow you to supply a four digit number
to use.The non-standard install is
for when you want to install a second NPD on your computer.
FYI: Tips that will make your
work a little easier
1.Passwords:The password to
download a NPD
update from NPD Tools
isupdate. The password to FTP an Export
for Address Check isearl.
to Call Acorn Data:The
best time to call with problems or questions is Monday through Friday between
limit calls at other times to emergencies only.
Safe, Back Up Your Work:Use
the Backup on Normal Exit
option on the Main Switchboard to automatically back up your work on NPD. This feature is not a replacement for
external backups (you should continue to do that), but it is a convenient way
to restore your database.Effective May 1, 2002,
the Acorn Data fee to recover from a problem when you lack adequate or
reasonable backups is $200 for the first
hour.The purpose of this fee is to
encourage you to keep backups for at least a week as sometimes a problem is not
uncovered for several days.
Technical Notes.From time to time, a new Technical Note will be added.Go to NPD Technical Notes from the www.acorndata.com web page and note the How Tos listed there.You may want to print and save some of them.
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