Trailer VIN_Decode Program


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Version 3 Changes:

(Your version number is at the top of most screens in the program.)
When Version What
11/21/17 3.17.1121
  • Import will default to applying the 70% assessment ratio on input. If the user changes this, that setting will be saved and used the next time.
  • The export operation can now create an XLSX format Excel file, although the Save As defaults to XLS.
  • 12/19/16 3.16.1219
  • Bug fix : The new field review feature did not work with import files having a ".txt" extension.
  • 12/9/16 3.16.1209
  • New feature : Before importing, you can review the file's field mappings.
  • New feature : After importing, you can review the records that failed to import.
  • Some "Close" buttons have more informative captions.
  • 8/30/16 3.16.0830
  • Bug fix : Update version didn't bring in the gross weight pricing.
  • Bug fix : Depreciation screen, type column was not sorted properly.
  • 7/15/16 3.16.0715
  • Option to price by gross weight.
  • Interpolated pricing options.
  • Bug fix : Changes in pricing and depreciation schedules were not automatically reflected when you edited a trailer or truck.
  • Better error messages about read-only files and tables.
  • 1/26/16 3.16.0126
  • Under rare conditions, a user or IT person mixes up data from different versions, triggering an error when the program is started. This update attempts to recover and repair the data.
  • 11/16/15 3.15.1116
  • There are some enhancements and fixes for the batch typing and pricing feature.
  • 11/2/15 3.15.1102
  • There is a screen for batch typing and pricing.
  • There are more options and a simplified screen for sending mail merge letters.
  • 12/2/14 3.14.1202
  • The vehicle type database from NHTSA has been updated.
  • The program offers to use network if it can't run locally.
  • The program politely informs the user if the import file header is invalid, instead of crashing.
  • 10/22/14 3.14.1022
  • This update addresses problems some users might have, running in Windows 7 without administrator access.
  • 10/15/14 3.14.1015
  • The installation process has undergone a major redesign to address networking and various causes of confusion. (See How to install)
  • The Export/Report selection screen has more flexibility in its filter and display options.
  • The main screen allows sorting and searching on more fields.
  • The table rebuild process is more robust (to address data and indexing problems).
  • Several minor bugs have been fixed.
  • 11/15/13 3.13.1115
  • The program will only automatically determine a vehicle year the first time it is imported. This way, the program won't be confused by a vehicle that passes 30 years old prior to a later import.
  • Formerly, if you clicked the Redecode button, the program would not recalculate values for "locked" vehicles. Now it will.
  • Bug fix: Under rare circumstances, you will get an error about "invalid file name or path". This update should fix that bug.
  • 11/6/13 3.13.1106
  • Bug fix : If you specified a purchase price for a vehicle using Price As, the program didn't save the change properly.
  • The vehicle year determination from the VIN is improved, allowing a year 2 years newer than the assessment year. The program will use the DMV value if it is different from the calculated year by 30 years. (The VIN uses one digit to specify the vehicle year, and repeats after 30 years.)
  • 10/25/13 3.13.1025
  • The export/merge selection screen has more fields.
  • You can sort the columns of that screen.
  • The program is better at flagging an improper installation.
  • 10/11/13 3.13.1011
  • The only changes are to the included merge document templates. The axles and light and gross weights are now filled in.
    These documents can also be downloaded separately.
  • 10/4/13 3.13.1004
  • Bug fix : Sometimes changing a checkbox in the report/export selection screen crashed the program.
  • The gross weight in included in the report/export selection screen.
  • 9/16/13 3.13.0916
  • The program improves mail merge user-friendliness a little.
  • 9/13/13 3.13.0913
  • The program resolves some issues in updating standalone installations.
  • Sample mail merge documents are included as an option in the update install.
  • The separate pricing update has been dropped. It is now included as a custom option in the standard update.
  • 8/28/13 3.13.0828
  • The program now has a mail merge feature. There are sample merge documents included with the full install.
  • To support the mail merge feature, the program now allows the import of mailing address information.
  • There is a new field to flag whether the taxpayer should be asked for more information.
  • Lists for printing, exporting, and merging, can now be filtered by vehicle class and other flags.
  • The Year Code wrap-around is now automatic, and based on the assessment year.
  • The main screen list includes a column for the Light Weight field.
  • 4/2/13 3.13.0402
  • Bug fix : the minimum value was not always honored when editing.
  • Columns have been added to the list : Body, Gross Weight, Brand, Previous Year value.
  • You can click on headers to sort either by VIN or by Type+brand+year(descending by year).
  • The Redecode can optionally include a recalculation of prices and values.
  • There is a new M-65 depreciation schedule.
  • The program highlights the last record you edited, even if you have exited the program.
  • The program will not try to decode the vehicle year if the VIN has the wrong number of digits, and will instead use the year provided by the DMV.
  • The program will not try to decode the VIN if there are fewer than 12 digits.
  • In the list of vehicles, invalid VINs are flagged in red.
  • 1/22/13 3.13.0122
  • The program better supports importing and exporting data for Vision Government Solutions.
  • 12/26/12 3.12.1226
  • Bug Fix : The program can now run locally on a 64-bit Windows 7 computer, as well as on older systems and networks.
  • 12/21/12 3.12.1221
  • Bug Fix : Some Excel files did not import correctly.
  • Bug Fix : Last year's data may not have been properly brought forward for some trailers.
  • Bug Fix : CT "CTTRL" prefix was not being recognized as home made.
  • 12/12/12 3.12.1212
  • The program now supports importing data from Vision Government Solutions.
  • 12/7/12 3.12.1205
  • Some recent downloads may not have the horse trailer price chart. The Full and Pricing installations now have that problem fixed.
  • 12/5/12 3.12.1205
  • Bug fix : Automatic pricing of trailers on import did not always work.
  • 11/21/12 3.12.1121
  • Bug fix : Value wasn't imported at 70% when requested (Price was).
  • 11/19/12 3.12.1119
  • Price and Depreciation linking allows you to use a price chart or depreciation schedule for multiple types.
  • Moving data forward from previous years has been improved.
  • Bug fix : Supplemental data was not showing in the main list, even if it was newest.
  • Bug fix : (Rare) The program would crash with an error message mentioning "Update08".
  • 11/06/12 3.12.1106
  • Multiple users should be able to work in the program at the same time.
  • Updated and added some trailer types.
  • 10/24/12 3.12.1024
  • Bug fix : Program crashed sometimes when importing : "Function argument value, type, or count is invalid"
  • 10/23/12 3.12.1023
  • Bug fix : Program crashed on startup : "c:\program files\vin_decode\models.dbf does not exist"
  • Bug fix : Program crashed sometimes when importing : "Property LENGTH is not found"
  • 10/8/12 3.12.1008
  • More decoding rules are added
  • 8/29/12 3.12.0829
  • The import now supports the Munis "Sequence" number.
  • Year Code wrap-around : The code for 1983 is now for 2013.
  • 3/27/12 3.12.0327
  • You can now print the help file.
  • 3/2/12 3.12.0302
  • New fields : Multiplier, Last Year's Value
  • New import fields : Value, Last Year's Value
  • Values, if present, imported at 100% or 70%
  • Trailer list on main screen flags year conflict with red text
  • Fixed an Excel import bug.
  • 2/8/12 3.12.0208
  • Improved the import process.
  • Importing text files no longer requires Excel.
  • 1/4/12 3.12.0104
  • Fixed a bug that prevented assigning to blank VINs.
  • 11/16/11 3.11.1116
  • Fixed a bug "unable to update the data directory".
  • Utility trailers default pricing set to capacity. (User changeable)
  • 10/28/11 3.11.1028
  • Fixed a bug in saving a file in Excel 2007,2010.
  • Program remembers file import/export folder.
  • 10/24/11 3.11.1024
  • Fixed report crash bug.
  • 10/21/11 3.11.1021
  • The program runs under Windows 7
  • The program works with Excel 2007 and 2010
  • 10/17/11 3.11.1017
  • Allow "TXT" extension for CSV files
  • Some bug fixes
  • 10/3/11 3.11.1003
  • Version 3 introduced
  • A better installer is provided.
  • The data import from Excel should be faster for large lists.
  • Year Code wrap-around : The code for 1982 is now for 2012.
  • 1/26/11 2.11.0126
  • Last revision of Version 2.
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