DiscTrak System

What's New!

Last Updated: April 24, 1996

Due to the dynamic nature of this program and my uncontrollable need to tinker, changes are always in the works. Because of these factors, it was necessary to devise an abridged list documenting the visual or functional differences from version to version. It goes back as far as I can possibly remember or try to reconstruct by looking at old source code. Feel free to pick the excuse you like better.

General Note: Version numbering changed after Version 1.71. There are no versions beginning with 2 thru 7.

Version HotLinks:
8.20a | 8.20 | 8.14 | 8.13 | 8.12 | 8.11 | 8.10 | 8.01 | 8.00a | 8.00
1.71 | 1.707 | 1.706 | 1.705 | 1.704 | 1.703 | 1.702 | 1.701 | 1.70
1.62 | 1.611 | 1.61 | 1.601 | 1.60
1.50 | 1.402 | 1.401 | 1.40
1.311 | 1.31
1.22b | 1.22 | 1.21 | 1.20a
1.19 | 1.18b | 1.17c | 1.06 | 0.90 | 0.10

Version 1.311

The unprompted option "Z" from the MAIN MENU has been restored and calls up PKZIP to archive all the .DBF Files. It is up to you to have PKZIP somewhere on you hard drive. It must be pathed.
Program crashes during the File Maintenance routine when records have been deleted are fixed. The routine now indexes before exiting.
If a title is viewed in either the LaserDisc or Video Cassette mode and there are no stars or credits listed and there is information in the special field or episode information (next screen), the colors on that screen are wrong. This has been corrected.
The current record is now remembered after running the reports.
Intermittent appearance of the progression bar has been corrected.
If exiting from the program in either the Compact Disc or Album/Tape modes with the "X" option from the MAIN MENU, the last active record number was saved incorrectly. This has been corrected.
If in either the Compact Disc or Album/Tape modes and a FILE SORT is performed, the last active record would be remembered wrong. This has been corrected.
Two new report groupings have been added. RELEASING LABEL has been added to all modes and REPLICATION has been added to the LaserDisc and Video Cassette modes.

Version 1.31

Search for Names of Stars and Names in Credits has been added to the LaserDisc and Video Cassette Modes. This is very much the same as the song search for the Compact Disc and Album/Tape modes.
In the Report Menu, the name of the report being written is now displayed on the screen. Remember, all reports are written directly to disk, never to the screen or printer.
The Dos Shell function wrote a 161 byte file called "DT-SHELL.MEM" to disk which was used to maintain specific exit sanity information. This file is no longer written or used.
In the Song/Star/Credit search routine, the record number active when entering the routine is remembered and restored upon returning to the main menu.
Mixed recording formats on discs have continued to grow. Especially where an odd side is in CLV/CAA. I've added an option for this in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR.
The DISC MENU has been renamed the EDIT MENU and is now accessed with the letter "E".
The FIND RECORD option under the EDIT MENU is now also available from the MAIN MENU as well. Press "F", which is unprompted, to find a specific Disc or Tape.
FILE SORT access key has changed to "L". This is to facilitate the Find option from the main menu.
DiscTrak System now remembers the last active record in all modes.
After a FILE SORT, the current record is now remembered, rather than defaulting back to the first record.
The update routine for v1.30 tended to update when not necessary, especially if the update ran again, after the initial update was applied. This has been corrected.
The program would crash during the Mode Select Screen if a program record had been either added or edited at any time before trying to change the mode. This has been corrected.
The exit routines have been upgraded. There was a problem with records which were marked for deletion, not actually getting deleted. This has been corrected.
Troubles with recording information on Bilingual Discs in the LaserDisc mode has been corrected.
Catalog Duplication checks were not being performed under specific circumstances when adding records. This has been corrected.
During the Song/Star Search routine, the copyright line across the bottom of the screen used the wrong colors. This is fixed.
The Star/Song Search routine would tag a record as invalid for the match incorrectly. There will still be invalid matches, but they are indeed invalid.
After adding a Compact Disc or a Cassette Tape/Album, the program would check catalog duplication at any subsequent editing of any record in that mode. This has been corrected.
During Song Search, the system failed to pause between the first and second matches, provided both were valid, to allow you to exit to the main menu. This has been corrected.
In the view option of the LaserDisc and Video Cassette modes, the last two characters of the credits fields would wrap around to the other side of the screen, provided they contained the full 27 characters. This has been corrected.
Spacing on the view option in the LaserDisc field has been corrected on manual CX encoded discs.

Version 1.30

Non Registered users are now restricted to 25 records per mode, due to the now dynamic nature of the program.
Two new modes of operation are available. Albums/Cassettes and Video Cassettes.
With the introduction of v1.30, the program must be invoked with a batch file, called "DT.BAT". This is included within the PKZIP file. In addition, the trouble with EXPANDED MEMORY has been addressed. EXTENDED MEMORY is disabled for ALL CLIPPER COMPILED programs until your computers next reboot.
The executable file for DiscTrak System is no longer called "DISCTRAK.EXE". The file is now "DT-xxx.EXE" where xxx is the version number of the program. (i.e. version 1.30 is called "DT-130.EXE")
A new option is available for Compact Disc collectors. The ability to search the entire database for a specific song has been added. You can output the information to the Screen or to the Printer.
Screen changes to the Compact Disc Mode to make things look a little bit cleaner.
In the Compact Disc mode now asks two questions, much like those at the beginning of the LaserDisc edit and add screens. The fields for AAD/ADD/DDD and CD3/CDV/CDG are now questions rather than direct edit fields.
The Compact Disc mode used to step you through all 35 possible tracks during a disc add or edit. The number of fields displayed is now controlled by the number of tracks you specify. You are still allowed only 35 track titles.
DiscTrak now remembers the last active record as well as the active mode. Any time you re-enter DiscTrak System without a command line switch, the program will automatically go to the last record active on the system in the appropriate mode.
Shell to Dos option now removes the program entirely from memory, allowing you to run any application you wish while in the shell. When you return to DiscTrak, the program will remember which mode, record and directory which were active at the point of exit.
Program exits have been significantly sped up. The program now runs very quick maintenance on the files unless you have tagged a record for deletion during the session.
Program crashes when an invalid grouping selection was made in REPORTS MENU has been corrected.
Program crashes in the Mode Select menu have been corrected.
The number of Stars the program will track per movie in the LaserDisc and Video Cassette modes has been increased to 8.
The number of characters allowed in each of the Stars Fields in the LaserDisc and Video Cassette modes has been increased to 32.
The number of characters allowed in each of the Credits Fields in the LaserDisc and Video Cassette modes has been increased to 27.
The "More" prompt has been moved to the left side of the screen.
When files were missing, the program said they were listed on the right. They've always been on the left.
There have been several movies, which in their credits specifically reference being recorded in a LucasFilm THX equipped theatre. For these pictures, I have added a flag in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR.
Additional footage is something that pops up from time to time. You are now asked this question during the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR.
The Default answer for the side number for the Short Side CAV question in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR now defaults to the last side specified for the disc being edited.
The Special Field on the Episode Screen in both the LaserDisc and Video Cassette Modes has been increased to 70 characters.
The DISC MENU is now accessed with the letter "D".
Under the DISC MENU, the option to LOCATE a specific disc has been changed. The option is now "FIND DISC", accessed through the letter "F".
There were problems with the Automatic Registration Transferal. From time to time, the program would appear to work correctly, but upon exiting the program it would be discovered the .EXE file had somehow shrunk to a very compact 69 bytes. With this version, the A.R.T. has been improved and should operate correctly.
In very old discs, the CX Noise Reduction didn't turn on automatically, even on players equipped with automatic CX Switching. There is now a option to tag for this in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR, provided the disc was issued prior to 1986.
In the LaserDisc mode, there are new conditions to being asked two of the questions in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR. The "Table of Contents" question is asked only if the Disc Issued Date is after 1988. The "Minute only Encoded" question is only asked if the Disc Issued date is prior to 1986.
The program no longer allows lower case characters in the catalog fields. If you put lowercase characters in the catalog entry, they will be converted to uppercase.

Version 1.22b

Progression Bars have changed color again.
The Shell to Dos option could loose characters in the prompt in limited environments. This is corrected.
Program crashes in the Catalog Verification mode have been corrected.
In the LaserDisc Mode, the "MORE" prompt appeared at every screen pause, rather than only when there was actually more information. This has been corrected.

Version 1.22

To switch between Compact Discs and LaserDiscs, there is now a menu which appears. Mode select will allow you to move between LD's and CD's. This is to facilitate future expansion.
The Program information screen now totals the number of discs being tracked by each mode.
The information in the 5 Child files are only written when required. Originally they were rewritten every time the Parent records were updated.
The empty progression bar routine has been modified.
DiscTrak now checks for duplicate Catalog Numbers in all modes of operation to keep the Child's accurately linked to the Parents.
The unprompted "Z" option from the MAIN MENU, used to archive the databases, is no longer available.
The pop up menus for Disc and Reports no longer appear on the side of the main menu. Instead, they replace the main menu in the center of the screen. This is also applicable for the File Maintenance Routine.
The Surround Sound mode has a new option. If the Stereo Type is "Ultra" the Surround Mode is "US" for "Ultra Surround".
Automatic Registration Transferal is now implemented. If your version is at least 1.21, DiscTrak will read your serial number out of the "DISCTRAK.EXE" file and install it in the new version.
The "Shell to Dos" option now invokes your original prompt, rather than writing its own. However, the prompt will have the "Type 'EXIT' to Return to DiscTrak" message at the beginning.
Reports were being written at only 72 lines per page rather than 73 as stated in the documentation. With this version, reports are at the correct 73 line length.
In Reports, the line separating the header from the report body was one character too short.
In the LaserDisc mode, the Surround Sound field was being generated when it shouldn't have. To correct this, you are now asked the surround mode if the STEREO TYPE field is selected as ANALOG or DIGITAL.
In the LaserDisc mode, the Stereo Type field did not display in the View Record section. This has been corrected.

Version 1.21

The SHELL TO DOS option from the MAIN menu no longer requires the SHEL.BAT file. Feel free to delete it from your drive.
The file DTSET.MEM is no longer used. You can delete it from your drive if you wish.
There is no longer a separate update program. The update is built into the code and will test the files for update application the first time you run any new version of DiscTrak.
The questions asked at the beginning and end of the LaserDisc edit screen now only allow the options presented. If an invalid answer is given, the default or previous answer will apply.
The program information screen now includes a registration encouragement message, as well as your serial number.
Theatrical Trailers are becoming popular. There is now an option for this in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR.
Gate Fold Jackets are increasing in numbers. There is now an option for this feature in the SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR.
There is no longer a specific field for CD-Video Format in the LaserDisc mode of the program. In addition, the CD-Video format name has been removed from existence. Everything is now called LaserDisc, as it should.
Sample database files (SAMPLE.ZIP) are no longer included.
The program now supports verifiable serial numbers. Non-registered users will be limited to 50 LaserDisc's and 50 Compact Discs before being forced to register. See the main documentation on how to register.
Once again the report names have been modified. See the program documentation for full information.
Internal program logic continues to improve program size and execution speed.
The SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR has become smarter. Questions will only be asked if they could possibly be valid.

Version 1.20a

New title screen added at program loading.
Main menu screens have been updated.
Disctrak now creates any index (.NTX) files if they don't exist.
Color control has been improved.
Japanese Subtitle information in the View Record screen of the LaserDisc mode now appears where the closed caption prompt appears. This is since both do not usually appear in the same program.
There is now a hidden option, "Z", from the main menu. This will call up PKZIP to archive all the databases.
The Compact Disc database is now DT7.DBF and the LaserDisc database has been renamed to DT6.DBF.
The system will now remember the last active mode and will return to that mode with the next use of DiscTrak. A command line switch will override this functionality.
Report grouping is now available. Reports generated by DiscTrak can be grouped by things such as Title, Category, MPAA Rating and Year of release. Due to this change, the report names now have been modified. Refer to the system documentation for full information.
The link for SIDEWAYS has been removed. The system still creates reports with the same dimensions of 156 x 73 in ASCII. Use the printing program or printer of your choice capable of these specifications.
In the LaserDisc mode, the order in which the CAST/CREDITS screen and the EPISODE INFORMATION screens are presented have been reversed.
There is now a progression bar during File Maintenance and during Index Creation. The bar also updates during report generation.
Internal system logic has been further modified to decrease program size, reduce memory requirements and increase execution speed.

Version 1.19

Report names have changed. The reports now generate a file with a name related to the report run. See the program documentation for full information.
The report writer now looks for "SIDEWAYS.COM" in the current directory when printing reports.
There are changes to the "Multi-Channel Audio" field inside the LaserDisc Mode. Any records you have encoded with BILINGUAL soundtracks must be updated manually as the update routine can't pull enough information from the existing data to make the proper adjustments.
The add routine now defaults the catalog number.
All timed screen messages are now based on the system clock, not an internal counter.
The LaserDisc View option has been completely rewritten.

Version 1.18b

The Number of Episodes which can be tracked per record in the LaserDisc mode has been increased to 4.
The Add Disc routine in the LaserDisc mode has been automated.
Screen colors have been significantly altered.
In the LaserDisc mode, the LIBRARY classifications have been changed. Main Library and Back Library have been changed to Movie and Non-Movie respectively.
The VIEW option under the LaserDisc mode has been restructured to be faster and more accurate with information.
The database for the Compact Discs has been renamed from DT00.DBF to DT6.DBF.
As DISCTRONICS does not use COLD CAST Replication, nor do they even press their own LaserDiscs, the internal trap to display this misinformation has been removed.
A Program Information screen has been added, displaying version, compile time and date.
Command line switches for each mode have been added.
The Report Menu is now accessed with "R".
In the LaserDisc mode, only valid library options are allowed.

Version 1.17c

First issue as shareware.
An exit message has been added.
DiscTrak now scans for missing files while loading. All missing file names are displayed.
Beginning and End of File bumpers in the Next/Previous routines inside the DISC MENU are improved.
Smart programming as allowed greater execution speed.
References to CD-Video Singles in the LaserDisc mode have been removed.
Edit and view screens on the LaserDisc mode now are paged only on the lower half of the screen, displaying the title, audio, video and disc information at all times during the edit and view.
While recording information into the database, a status message is now displayed.
The File Maintenance routine has been completely rewritten for greater speed and logic.
Reports now test for the possibility of an empty report before beginning.

Version 1.06

In addition to LaserDisc's, DiscTrak now also tracks Compact Discs in a separate database. The CD mode can track up to 35 individual song titles for each disc and also has tags for CD-Video and CD3 discs.
Rather than one database as used in the past, we now use multiple databases. As a result, DiscTrak now is seven database files.
Multiple reports are now available through the REPORTS MENU.
SHELL to Dos is now available.
The STEPPER MENU has been called the DISC MENU now.
The SELECT DISC has now been called LOCATE DISC in the Disc Menu.
The copyright line across the bottom of the screen is displayed throughout the program now. The version of the program is now on this line as well.
File Maintenance, while not faster in entire process due to the increase number of databases, is more intelligent and sorts quicker, per database.
User variances have been eliminated to a certain extent when entering data. For example, Stereo Type now offers several choices, rather than requiring the data be typed in.
A TAG field has been added to compensate for multiple locations of a disc throughout your collection. This field also marks records for deletion.
The SPECIAL FIELD GENERATOR now includes flags for Minute Encoding, Japanese Subtitles, Table of Contents, Multi-Channel Audio, Digital Video Transfer, Supplemental Material, Magnetic Audio Masters, Sepia Tone Coloring and Short Side CAV rather than dedicating fields to them directly. This data is written into a separate field within the database which will not infringe on the Special Features field as with previous versions.
The Multi-Channel audio has been modified to allow for Digital Sound applications as well as Bilingual and Analog Multi-Channel sound.
A non-controllable flag is now present during the LaserDisc View routine stating the replication process used by the pressing facility. Most of the time, this will state INJECTION MOLD. Discs pressed at 3M use COLD CAST MOLD which will be stated as such. In order for this to work, the first four characters of the pressing field must be "3M M" exactly. Discs pressed by DISCTRONICS will also state COLD CAST which was later determined to be incorrect.
The PRETITLE field, used for sorting of titles beginning with A, AN & THE, has been removed. DiscTrak will attempt to work a little magic and assemble titles correctly. In the ADD routine for the LaserDiscs, type the title exactly as spoken, such as "An Officer and a Gentleman". The title will be stored as "Officer and a Gentleman, An", but during the VIEW and PRINT routines for individual records, the title is reassembled into back to its proper format. If, for some bizarre reason, the title should be formatted incorrectly during VIEW/PRINT, you may edit the title any way you wish.
We've increased the number of Stars the program can track up to 7 from 6.
The number of Episode titles the LaserDisc mode can track has been upgraded from 2 to 3.
The Next/Previous options in the DISC MENU now include end of file and beginning of file bumpers to keep from displaying null records.
Report headers are printed in much greater detail than before, giving date, time, page number, Report name, program version and other handy data.
Reports are now internally written rather than calling in outside .FRM files.
Ah, the grand experiment. Modular programming has made the program infinitely faster and really cleaned up lots of code duplication.

Version 0.90

Well this could be considered a rebirth. This version looks nothing like the anything done previously. It can stand alone (IE, not in a dBASE environment) although I was still writing in dBASE at the time.
Everything has been reformatted. All fields are geared toward actual abbreviations rather than an "X" in a block.
The STAR report, which was never completed, has been removed.
Key letter access on all menu choices rather than numbered access.
Add, Edit and View screens have been completely reformatted.
Credits now include Writer and Screenplay Authors.
SPECIAL FEATURES FIELD GENERATOR has been added to track things such as Supplemental Material, Short Side CAV, Magnetic Audio Tracks, Digital Video Transfer and Sepia Tone. The answers for these questions will be displayed in the Special Features Field.
The Stepper Menu now gives full interaction to the database, allowing you to see which record you're about to view or edit before you do. Also this will let you step from record to record, forward or backward through the entire database.
All program code is now internal except for the report writer which still requires the .FRM file.
Printing an individual record is now supported.
Screen colors are a nice added touch.
All data, when viewed is displayed in simple English terms rather than the abbreviated codes used to enter the data.

Version 0.10

Initial version. If you can call it that.

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