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August 4, 2011 PerpetualBudget has gone through a complete metamorphosis in the past year. It continues to support traditional GLAcct variance tracking by organization with rollups to higher levels. However, the current direction of the product line is in pursuit of a new innovative approach to budgeting. The product now provides project and purchase order tracking inline with department, product line or project budgeting both on the desktop and the web. The current version is v6.0.157 which installs on any Windows desktop. For migration of the budget structure and tracking data to the web, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 30, 2010 PerpetualBudget Online prototype is released for beta testing.
June 30, 2009 PerpetualBudget PTS (Project Tracking System) undergoes a major overhaul to include handling Blanket Purchase Orders.
July 15, 2008 v5.00 released to the web site. This is a maintenance release focused on re-testing PB with all supported accounting programs. Added features are included in the Vendor Control Module.
January 27, 2007 v4.20 released to the web site. Read about new features here.
November 4, 2006 Drill-down support for PDDs and FTEs worksheets has been added to v4.10. These features allow you to add as much detail to any budget line item you require.
October 15, 2006 Reporting has been supplemented with new drag and drop features. Drag any P & L node object to the Add Worksheets folder to create a new report. Expand the report to a By Org view and you get a report of the parent's child
October 1, 2006 Added support for multi-segmented GL Microsoft Great Plains applications. Import and interpret segmented batch dumps from Great Plains. Configure PerpeptualBudget on-the-fly during the import. Export batch reports. PerpetualBudget serves as the spreadsheet middleware application between Enterprise accounting and consolidation systems.
May 15, 2006 We have updated the web site with a new version of PerpetualBudget (v4) that creates a master budget from multiple company files (QuickBooks - all versions). Drag and drop class objects from multiple files until you are satisfied with the consolidated structure, then create the entire master budget.
March 26, 2006 PerpetualBudget v4.00 released to the web site and also submitted to Intuit's Solutions Marketplace in support of all QuickBooks versions (Pro and higher). Features Auto-Configure for supported accounting programs.
October 29, 2005 More reports! The power of Worksheets On-Demand again proves it's worth with a new consolidated view, By Period, By Org. This worksheet view provides a powerful look at any consolidated operation. The database delivery of aggregated SumOf queries populates the operations P & L easily at a high level. Dynamic field mapping adapts to any changes in the subsidiary operations.
October 7, 2005 Try the new drag and drop support to move budget operations to new parents. Download and evaluate v3.70 PerpetualBudget.
September 8, 2005 Join us at the First Excel User Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, September 16/17th where we will present a new white paper, "Worksheets On-Demand". This paper unveils many of the design concepts of PerpetualBudget and other related products. To get your copy of "Worksheets On-Demand", click here.
September 7, 2005 v3.70 released to the web site. This release is a break-through for PerpetualBudget, featuring unlimited levels and support for asymmetrical organizations. After a prolonged test period for the prior version, 3.70 represents the most solid release in the history of PerpetualBudget. This version has been field tested and proven with a variety of customer sites. Download and evaluate v3.70 PerpetualBudget.
July 7, 2005
Don't miss the first Excel User Conference
Sept 16 / 17, 2005
Stockyards Hotel - Ft. Worth, Texas
May 24, 2005 A Hide worksheet function for User Workbooks has been added to PerpetualWorkbook, v3.60.
May 23, 2005 We've been doing Spring Cleaning, working on old annoying little problems with the code base and fixing things like making the program exit and load between the Windows application and Excel seamless. Our goal is to have Zero Defects.
May 14, 2005 A final beta version of v3.60 PerpetualBudget is available off the web site. We plan to finalize v3.60 by June 1.
QA bulletin: We have fixed a nagging bug that "snuck" into the code preventing the compacting of the database if you launched PB or PW in Excel. It also was impacting Team network operations.
April 19, 2005 A beta version of v3.60 PerpetualBudget is available off the web site. This version implements variance management both integrated with the organization's P & L and available separately as an Excel report.
January 28, 2005 A beta version of v3.50 PerpetualBudget is available off the web site. The Allocation Engine, Cash Flow and Balance Sheet documents have all been integrated with pbDesigner to produce all documents from customized outlines automatically.
January 15, 2005 An alpha version of the v3.50 release of PerpetualBudget is available off the web site. The features of this release are described here. This release is a merge of detailed templating with summary templates, an advanced allocation engine and the completion of more integrated financial reports.
December 31, 2004 The evaluation licenses in demo products timed out at year's end creating a situation where downloaded products exhibited "Demo Expired" status on installation. We apologize for this and it has been remedied. If this happened to you and you want your demo license extended please contact support (Support@spicer-baer.com) for an on-line extension.
November 30, 2004 PerpetualBudget v3.40 Beta is available off the web site. This is a milestone release of PB featuring pbNOW. The worksheet restore engine has been extended to support creating all required worksheets dynamically on-the-fly, driven by a document-centric method controlled by pbDesigner. The Template Manager, now in it's second generation hosts all the interfaces required to construct an applied GL account strategy across the budgeting organization and then builds all worksheets using the pbNOW featureset. This release is stable and is expected to go final by 12/6/2004.
August 27, 2004 We received a bug report from a new customer outlining an Outlook SendMail failure for user names which include "white-space" in the names. "White-space" is the use of a spacebar character between names. After confirming this bug, we have re-built all products. If you are using a recent version of either product, and your user names contain white space, you should download and overinstall the latest version of your product from the web site.
August 20, 2004 PerpetualBudget v3.30 Beta is available off the web site. This release focuses on the Template Manager features of customizing budget base workbooks. Applications include adapting existing Excel budgets to the PerpetualBudget model, drill-down capabilities for any line item in the P & L structure, creating unique P & L templates on-the-fly from any GL structure and much more.
For the technically inclined, the Template Manager will catalog all Named Ranges and link-dependent formulas, remove such attributes from templates and store the templates as "inert" formatted shells. Named Ranges and formulas are re-applied when templates are selected to join a base budget workbook. This allows the user to create complex budget workbooks without having to manage the PerpetualBudget complexities.
July 5, 2004 PerpetualBudget v3.20 is released to the web site.
March 26, 2004 We have updated our computers to be current with the latest Microsoft updates for Windows, including IE6. IE6 installs some files that affect the MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components) baseline. We now require MDAC v2.5 or higher to be installed on any machine running PB or PW. The product installer may direct you to download/install it. This is the version that installs with Microsoft Office 2000.
March 13, 2004 The final beta version of PerpetualWorkbook v3.10 has been posted to the web site. The two main features of this release are the seamless Outlook interface to handle remote users and roll back file versioning. It is functionally complete with the exception of rolling versions using the update data from the database. We have a lot of this feature implemented but would like to get feedback on the file versioning feature contained in v3.10 before releasing a data solution. Comments can be sent to email@example.com. The expected release date for PW v3.10 is 3/31/2004.
February 28, 2004 Tree handling and link handling bugs have been reported in v3.00. These have been fixed and a bug-fix build (v3.01) is on the web site. Download this package and overinstall v3.00; it installs a fresh evaluation license or preserves your retail license. All data is migrated. Contains new Outlook features.
January 24, 2004 Take our survey on corporate file system methods. It's getting harder and harder to distribute files in the corporate world. What file distribution features do you need?
January 22, 2004 PerpetualBudget v3.00 and PerpetualWorkbook v3.00 are released to the web site and available for purchase.
December 30,2003 Effective today, we are requesting contact information from potential customers requesting PerpetualBudget downloads. This is to improve our evaluation support. Thank you for your cooperation.
December 22, 2003 PerpetualWorkbook v3.00 Beta is on the web site today.
December 8, 2003 PerpetualBudget v3.00 will release to
the web site January 5, 2004.
November 11, 2003 While we are preparing the v3.00 release of PerpetualBudget, we have suspended web sales of PerpetualBudget v2.40. There have been substantial database changes which require a fresh install of PerpetualBudget. The no-charge evaluation download for v3.00 is available and the 30-day evaluation period can be extended until the product is fully released for production sales.
October 23, 2003 v3.00 PerpetualBudget Beta is on the web site. The Help documentation has not been updated yet. We expect to add the documentation by October/end.
September 28, 2003 v2.50 PerpetualBudget Alpha goes on the web site this week. This release is a dramatic shift in the graphical control and presentation of the budget system. The treeview/listview paradigm of the new interface allows a rich flow of data between worksheets and the database. In addition, the increased database interaction with the system allows more levels of data input from Goals Setting at the highest level down to collaborative detailed department input utilizing the update features of PerpetualWorkbook technology.
August 12, 2003 v2.40 PerpetualBudget Beta is on the web site. The new features are:
August 1, 2003 v2.40 PerpetualWorkbook Beta is on the web site. The new features are:
June 18, 2003 v2.30 PerpetualBudget Beta is on the web site. The new features are:
May 29, 2003 v2.30 PerpetualWorkbook Beta is on the web site. This is a bug-fix release. The integration and test phases of PerpetualBudget uncovered some bugs and data processing improvements that are now reflected in PerpetualWorkbook.
May 14, 2003 v2.20 PerpetualBudget is in production and will release to the web site the week of May 23.
March 28, 2003 v2.10 PerpetualWorkbook is released to the web site.
March 20, 2003 v2.10 PerpetualWorkbook (Beta) now supports the seamless merge of Global Address Lists or Contacts lists from Outlook to configure the PW Users Group.
March 14, 2003 v2.10 PerpetualWorkbook (Beta) is on the web site. This is a maintenance update.(ftp://ftp.spicer-baer.com/PW210SYS.exe).
March 13, 2003 v2.00 PerpetualBudget (Beta) has been refreshed on the web site. The budgeting functions have been working since January this year. Our current efforts are focused on "Budget Builder", a graphical and textual Interview process to develop new budgets. Today's build marks the first link-up between managing the budget build from the workbook controls or PB's Builder interface. This provides a seamless budget building interface from Excel or Windows.(ftp://ftp.spicer-baer.com/PB200SYS.exe).
February, 2003 v2.00 PerpetualBudget (Beta) is on the web site.
January, 2003 v2.00 PerpetualBudget (Alpha) is on the web site.
August 14, 2002 v1.90 PerpetualWorkbook (Beta) is on the web site. The Synchronization feature has been polished and stress testing applied. This technique is effective for workbooks of any size and complexity. We project the version to go final by September 15, the same day we plan to upload PerpetualBudget v2.00 as a beta version.
July 8, 2002 Version 1.90 Beta PerpetualWorkbook is on the web site. This version features Workbook Synchronization for top-down modifications and QA of master workbooks. A complete feature list will be prepared and sent in the monthly newsletter.
June 8, 2002 Version 1.8 PerpetualWorkbook has been upgraded with a new feature, "Rebuild Workbook". This enables you to completely and automatically rebuild data populated workbooks. This is handy for adding/deleting rows or columns and making formula changes to the worksheet template. This is an important new feature of the upcoming PerpetualBudget products.
April 19, 2002 Version 1.8 PerpetualWorkbook is released to the web site. This officially changes the product line name of PerpetualBudget to PerpetualWorkbook. Read the FAQ in Support to get instructions on switching your product type from PerpetualBudget to PerpetualWorkbook (it's easy!).
March 27, 2002 Version 1.8 of both product lines (PerpetualBudget and PerpetualWorkbook) are available in beta test here. The functionality is generally the same as v1.70 with many bug fixes and system refinements in preparation for the production release of PerpetualWorkbook and the new bundled budgeting products of PerpetualBudget.
March 16, 2002 On request we added the protected
worksheets processing to the Excel Add-In, PerpetualBudgetXL. There have
been several revisions to this code over the past two weeks while we smoothed
the wrinkles out of it. Currently the builds are at:
You can download these versions here.
March, 2002 New products, product name changes and
general information. We had set as a goal the end of January to begin
rolling out a series of spreadsheet budgeting products using PerpetualBudget
System as the underlying processing technology. These products are
underway but won't begin releasing until the end of the quarter.
Thursday, February 28, 2002 The PerpetualBudget Staff is getting a short vacation with family starting March1 and returning March 5. All emails and support questions will be answered then. The v1.7x products continue to be released to the web site as we prepare for the initial release of PerpetualBudget v2.0 - Manufacturing scheduled for March 31. This will be a full-featured distributed Excel budgeting product using the perpetual workbook distributed desktop philosophy. Full details will be posted to the web site soon.
Friday, February 8, 2002 PB/PBXL v1.70 will release to the web site. The new feature sets are:
Monday, January 14, 2002 New builds of PB v1.61, PBXL v1.61 and PB SYS v1.61 are going up on the web site today. Thanks to some input from beta sites, we have cleaned up the add/del record code in the Configure screen. This screen is shared on all products and the behavior of adds and deletes is consistent. Later in the week, we will be adding the RC location of corrupted User file cells to the Error screen processing. This is in preparation to improve the handling of corrupted user files.
Monday, January 7, 2002 Happy New Year from the PB Product Team! In preparation for the expansion of our product lines later this month, we are making a quality release of v1.61. In order to build multiple versions of the Windows product and the Excel Add-in, we have re-merged all binary modules and re-designed our build system to support OEM code production. The beneficiary of this consolidation is the Add-in product PerpetualBudgetXL which now shares most of the functions found in PerpetualBudget. In the course of consolidating the base code, we fixed many bugs and re-worked some of the screens. Beta versions of v1.61 can be found here.
Saturday, December 8, 2001 All versions of PerpetualBudget v1.60 are released to the download page of the web site. These products run on Windows 95/98/NT2000 and Excel '97 and higher. See below for new features.
Sunday, November 18, 2001 An annoying bug in PerpetualBudget v1.51 was reported today. If you right-mouse click on a worksheet in the BudgetExplorer, the program crashes! There isn't any functionality in this event but a crash is a crash! This has been fixed; the link to download a new install is at ftp://ftp.spicer-baer.com/PB160SYS.exe.
Friday, November 16, 2001 We're starting to post new beta versions of PerpetualBudget v1.60 on the beta download page. The added feature list is:
Wednesday, October 31, 2001 Read our new white paper on "Improving Excel Collaboration".
Friday, October 19, 2001 All versions of PerpetualBudget v1.51 are released to the download page of the web site. These products run on Windows 95/98/NT2000 and Excel '97 and higher.
Friday, October 5, 2001 (update 10/12/2001 - we are extending the QA cycle to handle the extra test load of Excel 97. The beta is stable; go here to download the beta versions.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 (slipping to 9/7/2001)
Monday, August 6, 2001 (actual date = 08/13/01, had some issues!)
Thursday, August 2, 2001
A bug has been reported on PB v1.40 and PBXL v1.40 for International language versions of Windows that prevents the file from running in some cases. We found a hard-coded string associated with the test for existence of the file pbudget.dsn; the error reports that the file can't be found. This has been corrected and a new version will be available on the web site Monday, August 6, 2001 here.
Monday, June 11, 2001
Friday, June 1, 2001
PerpetualBudget v1.40 Beta was unloaded to the web site today. The overinstall and database migration features work on installations v1.40 and above. For assistance in migrating your existing data to the new version, contact Support@spicer-baer.com.
Thursday, May 24, 2001
Windows 2000 users have found a bug. If your operating system is not installed on the C drive, for instance, the program installs but fails to locate the database module. This has been corrected so that PerpetualBudget installs and run wherever the the operating system is installed.
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
Budget_Name characters bug found. Non-alpha numeric characters used in the Budget Name are causing query errors in both PerpetualBudget v1.33 and PerpetualBudgetXL v1.30. A fix is underway for v1.40. Until then, don't use special characters like the apostrophe in the Budget Name; use aA-zZ, 0-9 and whitespace. The latest binaries are available for anonymous FTP download at ftp://ftp.spicer-baer.com (pbudget.exe, perpbxl.dll and the latest database module, pbmaster.mdb).
Friday, May 18, 2001
PerpetualBudget v1.33 has a new build on the web site. We found a bug relating to updating multiple workbooks in a budget context. If each master workbook has multiple User files to update, the error involved the update engine attempting to open an already open workbook. This spawns a multitude of downstream errors which don't kill the application but acts pretty ugly! A new version has been uploaded to the web site.
Thursday, May 17, 2001
We've just completed a major overhaul of the HELP system for PerpetualBudgetXL, including a tutorial on budget workbook construction and budgetsystem creation. You can download the file here; it is compatible with Microsoft HTML Help.
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Saturday, March 31, 2001
ADO errors advise:
Thursday, March 29, 2001
Build Alert! PerpetualBudgetXL v1.21.00
Tuesday, March 20, 2001
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 The PerpetualBudgetXL schedule is firm for this date. See the features list for more information.
Monday, March 12, 2001 Posted PerpetualBudget v1.33 to the web site. Fixed the Options screen to display the proper size.
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New: No new release this week. Reworking data compression
technique and adding Options screens. Also, the Windows2000
release is on hold. Microsoft has released a new Service Pack
which requires the use of MDAC 2.5 which impacts our current
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