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Revision History

Current version of Digital Rockhound's Companion is 4.01

Download DRC_Update.exe

Revision History:
  • Build 4.01 Added in application upgrade and various bug fixes. 2020-05-09
  • Build 4.00 Initial release 2020-04-15
  • Build 3.19 Changed Updater 2014-11-15
  • Build 3.18 Bug Fix and Enhancements  2014-10-20
  • Build 3.17 Bug Fix -Missing DRCSearch.dll file. 2014-07-04
  • Build 3.16 Bug fix. Added Run as  Administrator to permission of the application 2014-06-27
  • Build 3.15 skipped
  • Build 3.14 Bug fixes - Correction for single digital camera feed
  • Build 3.13 Enhancement - support for multiple digital camera feeds
  • Skipped Builds 3.10 - 3.12
  • Build 3.0.9 Bug Fixes and image capture support from USB camera.
  • Build 3.0.8 Bug Fixes
  • Build 3.0.7 Bug Fixes
  • Build 3.0.6 Bug Fixes and enhanced online maps
  • Build 3.0.5 Bug Fixes and enhanced online maps 2012-11-04
  • Build 3.04   Bug Fixes /Enhancements 2012-06-03
  • Build 3.0.3 Added Rock type search to Mine Search plus minor bug fixes 2012-05-19
  • Build 3.0.2 Fixed Upgrade from DRC 2.0 2012-04-22
  • Build 3.0.1 Fixed DRC updater Check for Updates feature. 2012-04-14
  • Build 3.0.0 Rewrite in C# Windows Vista and Window 7. 2012-04-03
  • Build 2.0.30  Bug Fix /Enhancement 2010-02-10
  • Build 2.0.29  Bug Fix /Enhancement 2010-02-10
  • Build 2.028 Enhancement 2009-12-20
  • Build 2.0.27 Bug Fix /Enhancement 2009-12-02
  • Build 2.0.26 Bug Fix 2009-11-21
  • Build 2.025 Bug Fix 2009-11-5
  • Build 2.024 Enhancement 2009-10-17
  • Build 2.023 Bug Fix 2009-09-12
  • Build 2.022a Bug Fix 2009-09-06
  • Build 2.022 Bug Fix 2009-08-31
  • Build 2.021 Enhancement 2009-07-24
  • Build 2.020 Enhancement 2009-06-23
  • Build 2.019 Bug Fix 2009-06-20
  • Build 2.018 Bug Fix 2009-06-11
  • Build 2.017 Bug Fix 2009-05-24
  • Build 2.016.Enhancement 2009-05-23
  • Build 2.015 Bug Fix 2009-05-22
  • Build 2.014 Bug Fix 2009-04-16
  • Build 2.012 Bug Fix: 2009-04-11
  • Build 2.0.11 Enhancement: 2009-04-05
  • Build 2.0.10 Bug Fix: 2009-03-10
  • Build 2.0.9 Enhancement: 2009-03-09
  • Build 2.0.8 Bug Fix : 2009-03-08
  • Build 2.0.7: Bug Fix : 2009-03-06
  • Build 2.0.6: Bug Fixes : 2009-02-28
  • Build 2.0.5: Enhancement : 2009-01-03
  • Build 2.0.4: Bug Fixes : 2009-01-03
  • Build 2.0.3: Bug Fixes : 2009-01-03
  • Build 2.0.2: Bug Fixes: 2008-12-27
  • Build 2.0.1: Bug Fixes and Integrated Update feature: 2008-12-06
  • Build 2.0.0 Initial Release of 2.0: 2008-11-01
Bug Fixes, new and enhanced Features:

Build 4.0.1
  • Added back in application 'Check for Updates'
  • Improved NSSI installation and update scripts
  • Fixed several performance issues with data search screen.
  • Eliminated slow subqueries for associated mineral specimens and nearby mines.
  • Improved Main page access to recent and favorite images added to DRC.
Build 4.0.0

    Focus of this build was to create stable platform for Windows 10 and better touch screen support.
  • Entire application as Windows Presentation Foundation application using C#, model-view-viewmodel design pattern.
  • Database backend rewritten to use Sqlite and MS Entity Frame for .netcore
  • Mapsui mapping library GIS map display.
  • Simplified user interface optimized for Windows 10.
  • Same great data searching.
  • Same great mineral/fossil/rock collection management tools.
  • Improved digital microscope/camera support.

Build 3.17
 Bug Fix:

  •    Missing file DRCSearch.dll in update installer and full installer (from DVD).  

Build 3.16
Bug Fix

  • Added Run as Adminstrator to DRC.exe

Build 3.14
Bug Fix:
  • Corrected camera detection when single and multiple video feed devices are connected
  • Corrected linkedTable list removing incorrect entry.
Build 3.13
  • Added support to use multple video capture devices, allow you to select which device you want to use.  This allows a webcam and a digital microscope to be connected at the same time.

Build 3.0.9
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug in the Storage Manager assigning specimen to a storage location by dragging and dropping
  • Added cataloged column to the stored specimen and find specimen grids
  New Feature:
  • Added image capture button to mineral specimen screen (immediately beneath the front cover image) that will capture image from an active camera or digital microscope. 

Build 3.0.7:
Bug Fixes
Fixed bug adding images when Mineral Collection file is empty.
Fixed bug in MineMaps building path to map files

Build 3.0.6:
Replaced reporting engine.
Eliminated Crystal Reports from DRC.
Using Microsoft RDLC reports
Added Zipped folder for Map Files to eliminate the need for CD/DVD
Reviewed entire code base using ReSharper Tool.
Bug Fixes
Bad link to Help File

Build 3.0.5
               Redesigned Data Explorer, Mine Explorer and Map builder
                       Supports online maps from Open Street map, Bing and Google      
               Improved Fossil database
                       Added ability to add fossil images
                       Added Fossil labels
                       Enhanced Fossil support in Collection Manager
               Upgraded to Crystal Reports 2011
               Upgraded Application to use Microsoft .net 4.00 sp1                                      
               Added Support for Office 2003+ Word and Excel
               Stabilized error handling specifically in the following areas:
                       When Starting up application and linking to data
                       In the Map control for Mine Explorer and map builder
                       Code used to manage upgrades

Build 3.0.4
Added Export to Word to reports  (mines, mineral collection, mineral labels)      - requires MS office installed
Added Export to Word to Grids (search screens, periodic Table, and data lists) - requires MS office installed
Disable Excel and word buttons and grayscaling icons when MS Office is not installed.
Added RockType and Formation search parameters to Mine Search

Specimen report - Species List Report error
Specimen Search - Associated species not included in main species search
Properly handling error exporting to Excel or Word when MS Office not installed.
Fixed null error when no CD or DVD present on computer or netbook.
Upgrade installer now removes old DRC 2.0 updater DLL that was installed in Windows\System32 folder.
Corrected upgrade install to prevent constant install of images.

Build 3.0.3

  • Enhancements:
    • Added Rock type to mine search.
  • Bug fixes
    • Blogger Tool: FontSize not handled properly.
    • Added missing tooltip messages on buttons
    • Corrected Version numbering again.

Build 3.0.2
  •  Fixed upgrades from DRC 2.0.  Error linking to missing tables: GoogleAccounts, lstDepositTypes, lstLayerColors, tblCleavage, tblHabits, tblFractures.
  • Fixed Bug where Upgrade to DRC 2.0 did not run at.

Build 3.0.1

Bug Fixes:

  •    Fixed Bug in DRC updater prevented Check for Updates menu option detecting the latested 3.0.1 patch  as a new update for DRC 2.0.30 clients.

Build 3.0.0

  • The entire application rewritten in C# .net 3.5 framework.  - No more VB6
  • Replaced GIS control with open source SharpMap control.
  • Using all standard Windows controls from Microsoft Visual Studio - No third party controls.
  • Using Iconic.ZIP library for file compression tasks.
  • Switched reports to crystal reports.  (Boo! I know I know but I could not find a better alternative and it came with  Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Similar User Interface (UI).
  • Better stability.
  • Better Windows OS support for Vista and Windows 7.
  • You can actually add new mines!  
  • Added Google Books to Book Search
  • Enhanced Show mine on map feature with thematic mapping for minerals and commodities.

  • Build 2.0.30

         Mouse cursor: hourglass disappearing before form is opened.

         * Mine Search
            - Added Deposit Type search parameter
            - Change Commodity search parameter to be a dropdown list
            - Changed Commodity Modifier search parameter to be a dropdown list
       Added PrintList button to:
           - Book List
           - Location List
           - Fossil List
           - Mine Search
           - Mineral List
           - Mineral Search
           - Periodic Table Search
           - Mineral Collection Search
          -  Mineral Collection List
          -  Digital Map Layer List
          -  Place Name Search
          -  Storage Location List
       Data Update:
         Mineralogical Record
           - Updated index and cover images up to Q1 2010.

    Build 2.0.29

         * Improved Mineral Search
             - Added dropdown list for Cleavage values
             - Added dropdown list for Fracture values
             - Added dropdown list for crystal habit values
             - Added Country/State/County parameters to search to produce list of mineral species found at selected region.
         * Replaced existing webbrowser control based on  IE with newer control supported by the .net Framework.
             - Google cutting IE 6.0 support March 1, 2010.
         * ImageImport Tool
             - Added button to delete all selected images from temporary cache       
         * Digital Map Layers
            - Replaced mapping control with newer control written in C# .netframework 2.0
        * DRC to Blogger interface
           - Added View Data to list export.  Allows you to remove rows before export.
           - Changed button icons and added tooltip text
           - Added multiple select list of existing tags so user can add tags when creating a blog post        

       Bug Fixes
        * DRC to Blogger interface 
            - Fixed bug prevented blog entries from being updated after being cached locally.
            - Fixed bug that could cause google login to be very slow.
          - Corrected messages in status bar to properly reflect actions while searching.
          * ImageImport Tool
            - Fixed File delete from temporary image cache

    Build 2.028
    • Replaced Data Combo box on Collecting Locations and Mineral Collection screens so the auto-complete feature works smoother.
    • Rearranged Collecting Locations screen to make it more visually appealing.

    Build 2.027
    • Bug Fix: Error 730 when opening Mine Search.
    • Bug Fix: Fixed bug in Dropdown list auto-complete on Collection Search, Mine Search, Mineral Search, and Place Search screens.
    • Bug Fix: Fixed bug in Collecting searching ignoring not clearing results after each search.
    • Enhancement: Replace Bulk Image capture with new screen.
    Build 2.026
    • Bug Fix: Fixed Place Search lookup on Mine form
    • Bug Fix: Fixed error 438 on Digital Map button from Mine Search Screen.

    Build 2.025
    • Bug Fix: Full Installation failing to upgrade the database properly.
    • Enhancement: Replaced Data Combo box on several search screens that use proper auto-complete while typing or selecting values.

    Build 2.024

    • Major Enhancement - Added ability to blog data and photos from DRC 2.0 to a Blogger blog using Google Account.
    • Bug Fix: Updater, blogger no longer providing contentlength 100% of the time when downloading a webpage.

    Build 2.023
    • Bug Fix: Corrected an error in DRC Updater (caused by change at Windows Live site) that prevented the update from being downloaded.

    Build 2.022a
    • Bug Fix: error in installer that caused runtime error 429 object not found when installed on a workstation for the first time. DRC version remains at 2.022. Installer change only

    Build 2.022
    • Bug Fix: Added back user prompt to exit and install update after download is complete.

    Build 2.021
    • Enhancement: Improved Updater added.

    Build 2.020
    • BugFix: Errors linking tbDeposits and tbGeology tables for Mine Summary report
    • Enhancements: Ability to delete images from image cache and unassigned Images.

    Build 2.019
    • Enhancement: Added reports support to Mines Form and added Mine Summary report.
    Build 2.018

    • BugFix: Filtering image files only to import into pic\cache folders
    • Enhancement: Added Delete warning to delete button on frmFossils

    Build 2.017

    • BugFix: Fixed Fossil menu issue on Windows 2000

    Build 2.016

    • Enhancement: Fully intregrated new Fossil collection database into DRC including basic data entry, adding/importing images, label printing, custom list creation, and storage locations for fossils.

    Build 2.015
    • Fixed bug that prevented images from being imported.
    • Enhancement: Added Fossil Specimen database.
    Build 2.014
    • Fixed Another annoying syntax error when saving mineral specimen.
    Build 2.0.13
    • Fixed annoying syntax error when saving mineral specimen.
    Build 2.0.12
    • Reworked Online Updates to support change in SkyDrive user policy, nolonger supporting direct static links to files.

    Build 2.0.11
    • Added Right-click menu option to Maximize and RestoreSize to forms, so the UI experience is better.
    • Fixed bug causing CPU usgae to spike when closing application if form windows are maxizimed.
    • Improved the DRC Download latest update process to automatically close DRC and launch the update.
    • Added URL link to SkyDrive Folder home of DRC Updates.

    Build 2.0.10
    • Fixed tbMineral_Alias and tbMineral_Varities in tbMinerls.mde to allow zero length strings in color and description fields.
    Build 2.0.9
    • Enhancement - Opens folder where DRC_UPDATE.EXE is located when download is complete.

    Build 2.0.8

    • Fixed Error on Mine Search, invalid sql after selecting State value from Dropdown combobox.

    Build 2.0.7
    • Fixed Error 3021 recordset BOF EOF when opening an empty custom list
    Build 2.0.6
    • Fixed error causing invalid use of null error when saving first custom list.
    • Fixed one error condition that was leading to error message operation cancelled when browsing the mineral collection database record to record using arrow (VCR) buttons.
    Build 2.0.5
    • Added Get Latest Update option under Help Menu. Also opens explorer to location where Update file was downloaded to.
    Build 2.0.4
    • Label object and help buttons become misaligned when the Map Builder form is resized to be taller.

    Build 2.0.3
    • Duplicate Index error when saving mine search results to custom list if mine alias names are displayed in the search results.
    Build 2.0.2
    • Cannot add available map layer to a new or an existing digital map
    • Incorrect version of Application displayed in lower left status bar panel.
    Build 2.0.1
    • Added Check for Updates to Application
    • Auto-complete for data bound dropdown lists not working as intended.

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