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Complete History of Changes to EVP Office
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Version 8.2.2 (May 3, 2018)

Features

  • Adjusted inventories can now have fifty actions, up from the previous twenty
  • The contents of the Shares field in the adjusted inventory dialog is now selected when the dialog opens, allowing the value to be changed without deleting the default value
  • Any field in the adjusted inventory dialog that is changed from an illegal value to a legal one will show this immediately, without having to exit the field; the "OK" button will also become enabled, allowing the user to hit "Return" to exit
  • The GEMS export now includes the possibility of exporting to Schedule I
  • The hidden Support options now include the ability to erase the data for a single lot and reset GiftVal's payment flags
Fixes
  • "Send Billing Records to" now preserves the selected option, instead of reverting to "Printer" whenever the programs are run
  • "Send Billing Records to" has been moved to the Tools > Options > Billing tab, which makes more sense
  • The grid's scrollbar now always redraws after a window resize
  • The Contact Us dialog now displays the proper version of Windows, even under 8.1 an 10
  • The "on-line evaluation import/export" from EPScom and OneSource have been re-enabled
  • The Font Weight options on the Report tab now only allow Normal and Bold, as the Courier New font is only available in those weights
  • The XML Report now properly exports "number" for each lot

Version 8.2.1 (March 26, 2018)

Features

  • EstateVal inventories can now be adjusted with the "Transferred Out (within Estate)" action, to show shares removed from a portfolio (but not the estate) without pricing them
  • "Find..." now offers more searching options
Fixes
  • Grid performance is greatly improved
  • The evaluation status icons on the right side of the grid now display summary icons that include the status of each lot, not just the visible ones
  • Paste-from-Excel now allows for Shares/Par values with commas in them to be copied properly: 25,000 becomes 25000
  • Pasting to the grid now allows double-quotes to be used as an escape character for CSV-style pasting: IBM, "1,000" becomes IBM, 1000
  • For NASDAQ mutual funds evaluated on the next day but with prices from before then, re-evaluating will update the portfolio with the price for the valuation date; there is no extra charge
  • CostBasis and GiveVal no longer display a dialog that says "The parameter is invalid" when exiting
  • Text field focusing and selection is improved
  • Date fields are now limited to 01/01/1900 through 12/31/2099, to prevent wildly out-of-range dates from being accidentally entered
  • Exporting a GEMS file will no longer fail if the GEMS.INF file cannot be written to the EstateVal installation directory because of permissions

Version 8.2.0 (March 5, 2018)

Features

  • You can now cut from Excel and paste into the grid! A one-column paste will go in as Identifiers; a two-column paste will go in as Identifiers and Shares/Par
  • Tools > Find... and Ctrl+F bring up a search dialog, allowing lots to be found by their Identifier, CUSIP, name or evaluation status
  • A new preference in Tools > Options > Billing allows for the reverse chronological sorting of billing months and record selection lists
  • Adjusted Inventory items with invalid symbols, action dates, acquisition dates, share/par values, or user-defined information now have those values highlighted in yellow, with tool-tips that explain the problem
  • Adjusted Inventory items with invalid values will either grey out the "OK" button or cause a warning dialog explaining the problem to appear when "OK" is clicked
  • Adjusted Inventory items in the action list with invalid values are highlighted in yellow, and the report they belong to have a warning icon on its tab
  • Lots that contain invalid Adjusted Inventory items are highlighted in yellow, with a tool-tip that explains the problem; if any lots in the portfolio have invalid Adjusted Inventory items (including those scrolled out of view), a warning icon will appear on the Adjust Inventory button
  • If the par value of a mortgaged-backed security does not match the option setting for entry (either because it is a round value and remaining principal is the setting, or because it is not a round value and face-value is set), the lot item number is highlighted in yellow, and a tool-tip explains the problem
  • A new preference, Tools > Options > Standard > Show Evaluation Status, adds a new column to the main grid. When enabled, next to each lot, two icons (one for Date of Death and one for Alternate Date) indicate the evaluation status of the security -- an empty circle for unpriced, a green dot for successfully priced, a yellow dot for a successful price that is not for the exact valuation date, a yellow pen for user-defined prices and a red X for an unsuccessful pricing; in the header of the column, icons summarize each column, showing the least-favorable status present for the each report
  • Headline-based progress messages are now longer and more numerous, and start on a random headline, to prevent repetition across multiple evaluations
Fixes
  • Appraisal Reports will now always evaluate the next day even for weekends and holidays, since all its prices are last-close
  • Veterans Day is now properly calculated during 1971-1977 and prior to 1938
  • Bond market closure calculations for 1996 and later now properly ignore Veterans Day when it lands on a Saturday
  • Internet connectivity issues (specifically, no Internet connectivity and the connection being blocked by a firewall) now have much better error messages
  • When using the mouse wheel while hovering over the grid, the grid now scrolls if a field is being edited
  • Report generation slowed down a lot in 8.1.0; it is now fast again
  • The progress dialog is now wider, to accommodate all headline-based progress messages
  • Headline-based progress messages are now more reliably gathered and formatted
  • Exchange rates now have their trailing zeros stripped
  • Securities without a price-currency but with a non-North American security-currency are now billed the foreign surcharge
  • Corporate bonds, municipal bonds and long-term CDs are no longer subject to stale-price limits if the old price is because they have matured
  • CUSIP/Shares import now strips whitespace from around each field, and only uses a comma (instead of a comma or a space) as the field delimiter

Version 8.1.0 (November 10, 2017)

Features

  • Added spiffy logo and program icons
  • Added the ability to select composite, primary or default pricing
  • Added dividend notes, to describe any special status of a dividend, such as non-standard tax rates or capital gains
  • Added a security note, to describe any special status of the entire security
  • Added adjustment for dividends in currencies other than the currency in which the security is traded
  • Added conversion and report of exchange rates for all foreign securities
  • Added Schedules F and H to the GEMS export
  • Improved the compatibility of ProBATE export
  • Added settable default options for second and third title line
  • Added the ability to set a last-page disclaimer
  • Added the ability to set default Portfolio Endnotes
  • Removed the "EPScom" and "ProBATE (Before)" exports, renamed the "ProBATE (After)" export to "ProBATE", and renamed the "Fast-Tax FPS" export to "ONESOURCE"
  • Added the ability to skip a header line (rather than parsing it in one of several formats) to "Custom (Fixed)" and "Custom (Field)" imports
  • Added each title line to exported monthly billing records
  • Added a "First" button to Print Preview, to return to the first page

Fixes

  • Fixed PgUp, PgDn and ESC on Print Preview
  • Fixed a too-long line in EstateVal Research Reports that would truncate some CapWatch item reference number
  • Fixed the CapWatch window size, so it doesn't have a scroll bar, no matter the screen resolution
  • Fixed the busy dialog during CapWatch queries
  • Fixed defaulted municipal bonds to say so, in certain, rare circumstances
  • Fixed the EVP Office Setup Wizard to allow installation directory selection
  • Fixed aborted Research Reports so they are no longer added to the list of available reports
  • Fixed a circumstance where importing a file and then exiting the program would create a directory with the name of the file, preventing it from being saved
  • Fixed the header import preferences for "Custom (Fixed)" and "Custom (Field)"

Version 8.0.6 (August 30, 2016)

Fixes

  • In IRS Mode, EstateVal now properly moves to the Return Value column when TAB is pressed in the Shares column
  • In IRS Mode, EstateVal now properly shows per-security principal subtotals on reports

Version 8.0.5 (August 15, 2016)

Fixes

  • EVP Office now works better on very high-resolution monitors
  • The CUSIP/Shares import again works correctly if the imported file uses CUSIP check-digits
  • The EVP Office applications report the proper version of Windows in the About > Contact us dialog
  • EstateVal, CostBasis and GiftVal show more detailed error messages when a portfolio for Account Information Key fails to save
  • EstateVal, CostBasis and GiftVal now shows the "Price Currency" in the Advanced window; securities can have a currency for the security itself, each individual price and for each dividend -- EVP Office now allows all of them to be viewed and changed
  • EstateVal now properly bills for Research when there are more than 20 securities in a portfolio

Version 8.0.4 (January 2, 2016)

Fixes

  • EstateVal, CostBasis and GiftVal now use the pricing currency to determine if a foreign surcharge applies to an evaluation, falling back to the security currency only if no pricing currency is available
  • All the programs will now always start with their main window visible on the screen, no matter what the configuration file says
  • The progress bar no longer appears in CapWatch when in demo mode
  • CostBasis will now properly select the dates surrounding a holiday, rather than assuming that Monday prices will always be available
  • EstateVal, CostBasis and GiftVal have expanded their definition of what types of dividends constitute "cash" to more closely match what the data vendor provides
  • GiftVal now properly shows User-Defined accruals
  • EstateVal now allows user-defined prices to be included on Alternate Date reports before the Alternate Date if all other securities have been sold off
  • EstateVal's GEMS export will zero out the mean price if it is stale, matching the EstateVal report
  • Account Information Keys with an expiration of 2016 and beyond now work

Version 8.0.3 (March 2, 2015)

Features

  • The fixed-width font used for Identifiers and Shares/Par and on the printed reports can be changed with preference setting
  • The installer now includes a click-through license, laying out what rights and responsibilities the user's of EVP's software have

Fixes

  • No longer truncate INI files when copying from 7.x, C:\Program Files\ installations to %AppData%-based installations
  • Attempting to save a billing record to a non-existent Billing Path now produces an error instead of trying to create the directory
  • Improve error message when attempting to old an incompatible .EVP file
  • Report UNC path creation as successful if the path already exists, instead of offering an error

Version 8.0.2 (December 1, 2014)

Features

     
  • The installer now allows for the software to be installed for all users on a machine, instead of just the current user
  • Items in the EVP Message Center are only displayed in the drop-down if they're relevant to you

Fixes

  • The programs no longer crash when the File > Exit menu item is used, instead of the close window icon

Version 8.0.1 (September 30, 2014)

Features

     
  • The installer now accepts a "/NOICONS" command-line option, to prevent the desktop and Start menu icons from being created during installation

Fixes

  • GiftVal now properly classifies stock and bonds when deciding which lots should include or omit payments based on the settings in Tools > Options > Methodology

Version 8.0.0 (September 29, 2014)

Features

     
  • GiftVal -- a completely new application for evaluating gifts is included
  • New Look -- Each program has new graphics and icons
  • User Identification -- User's EVP Admin or Windows usernames are now included on the billing records and data exports
  • Billing Export -- Exporting the billing records for a month now include distinct fields for processing date, title, account, evaluation date and identifier
  • EVP Admin -- User and group names are now alphabetically sorted, and have been expanded to sixteen and thirty-two characters respectively

Fixes

  • 30/360 time periods that begin on February 28th are now correctly calculated
  • Billing records stored on a NetApp SAN with an out-of-date driver are now accessible
  • EVP license and support files now migrate to the Windows Vista/7/8 security infrastructure properly

Version 7.4.0 (November 1, 2013)

EstateVal

  • After a complete sell-off, the Alternate Date can now be evaluated, even if six months have not passed
  • Old and unused imports and exports have been removed
  • A fix for during-holiday evaluations, to wait until the next-price available; this was a problem exposed by the unexpected market closure caused by Hurricane Sandy

All EVP Office Applications

  • The software includes the new fee schedule, for printing billing records
  • The applications now obey per-user User Access Control permissions on Windows Vista, 7 and 8
  • The software is now "signed," meaning that it no longer issues a warning when you install it
  • The Windows username is stored in billing files and printed on billing records, to better identify who ran a portfolio
  • The applications now use native controls, meaning that they look like the version of Windows that they are running on
  • The Modem Communications option has been removed and EVP Office is now Internet-only
  • A fix to allow dollar-signs in UNC path names (hidden directories) was made

Version 7.3.1 (July 25, 2012)

EstateVal

  • Daily Accruals for 20,000 Mutual Funds
    • EstateVal Version 7.3 is the only source for accurate daily accruals (mil rates), Date of Death accruals and accrued interest on 20,000 Mutual Funds.
      • EVP Systems did the research. EstateVal gets it right.

  • International Stock & Bond Estate Valuations
    • Pricing and Accruals for Foreign Stocks
      • EstateVal reports exchange specific pricing along with ex-dividend and accrued dividend calculations in dividend specific currencies and exchange rates.
      • For example, you have a stock traded in Euros, paying Hong Kong Dollar dividends, registered in the Cayman Islands. EstateVal gets it right.
    • Accruals on Foreign Bonds
      • Foreign fixed income accruals are more complex than those for domestic bonds. EstateVal now includes 8 unique methods for calculating accrued interest on foreign bonds.
      • EVP Systems studied the accrual methods. EstateVal gets it right.

Version 7.3.0 (November 30, 2011)

EstateVal

  • Daily Accruals for 20,000 Mutual Funds
    • EstateVal Version 7.3 is the only source for accurate daily accruals (mil rates), Date of Death accruals and accrued interest on 20,000 Mutual Funds.
      • EVP Systems did the research. EstateVal gets it right.

  • International Stock & Bond Estate Valuations
    • Pricing and Accruals for Foreign Stocks
      • EstateVal reports exchange specific pricing along with ex-dividend and accrued dividend calculations in dividend specific currencies and exchange rates.
      • For example, you have a stock traded in Euros, paying Hong Kong Dollar dividends, registered in the Cayman Islands. EstateVal gets it right.
    • Accruals on Foreign Bonds
      • Foreign fixed income accruals are more complex than those for domestic bonds. EstateVal now includes 8 unique methods for calculating accrued interest on foreign bonds.
      • EVP Systems studied the accrual methods. EstateVal gets it right.

Version 7.2.2 (September 26, 2011)

EstateVal Features

  • Daily Accruals EstateVal now reports accruals for funds with daily accruals.

    Version 7.2.1 (June 16, 2011)

    EstateVal Features

  • Foreign Securities EstateVal now supports foreign securities.

    Version 7.2.0 (January 7, 2011)

    EstateVal Features

  • Foreign Securities EstateVal now supports foreign securities.

    Version 7.1.1 (August 29, 2008)

    EVP Office Feature

  • Vista Compatibility: EVP Office is now fully compatible with Windows Vista.

    EstateVal Features

  • GEMS Export: Added fields to the GEMS export that allow a Schedule selection.
  • Inventory Information: For user-defined prices, users can now select "Per Share" or "Lot Total" for Value and/or Accrual entered. They can now have different values for both the security value and the accrual.

    EstateVal Fix

  • Billing: On-site billing records in Version 7.1.0 showed a surcharge on ADRs. This has been fixed. Month-end invoices were always correct.

    Version 7.1.0 (April 24, 2008)

    EstateVal and CostBasis Features

    • Rich Text Write Location: The default output directory for Rich Text is the same as for the portfolio file, instead of the desktop.

    • CUSIP Sorting: The order of the symbols in the grid can be sorted by CUSIP, by Name and by Type, as well as the Symbol itself.

    • Exchange Rate Format: Canadian exchange rates are printed with additional accuracy to match the internal calculations.

    EstateVal Features

    • Accrual Only Report: EstateVal, Version 7.1.0 offers a new Accrual-Only report in a PDF format. Please see http://www.evpsys.com/software/tutorial/accrual-only-report.html or call for information.

    • Adjusted Inventory Re-Ordering: Adjusted inventory items can now be re-ordered manually, using up and down buttons.

    • Additional Adjusted Inventory Actions: New adjusted inventory items are available. In addition to the old Held, Sold and Distributed, the program now includes: Held via Spin-Off, Held via Merger, Held via Name Change, Held via Transfer In, Held via Exchange, Redeemed, Called, Matured, Liquidated, and Transferred Out.

    • Actual/365 Accruals: Users can manually change the accrual method from 30/360 to Actual/365, to accommodate certain Certificates of Deposit.

    • New Import/Export Options: The following new import and/or export options are now available:
        U.S. Bank Import
        Sungard Global Plus Import
        GEMS Export
        EstateWorks
        Fast-Tax FPS
        BNA 706

      For a step-by-step guide, check out: http://www.evpsys.com/software/tutorial/index.html

    • CMO Delayed Payments: New information is available to account for delayed payments on CMOs.

    Version 7.0.4 (July 25, 2004)

    EstateVal and CostBasis Fixes

    • Reagan Funeral: The applications now treat the day of former President Ronald Reagan's funeral as a non-trading day. This affects inversely weighted means around June 11th.

    EVP Office Features

    • New Holidays: Beginning with version 7.04, EstateVal will be automatically informed of new non-trading days.
    • Preview Write Uses More Descriptive Filename: Selecting "Write" from a print preview now suggests a more descriptive default filename, including the type of report being written.
    • Preview Write Uses Default Data Directory: The directory that preview writes are now stored in by default is the Data Path, not the Desktop.

    Version 7.0.3 (January 15, 2004)

    EstateVal and CostBasis Fixes

    • Duplicate Lot Bug Fixed: Under unusual circumstances, multiple lots could be set to the same number, causing problems with the portfolio. This has been fixed.
    • Dividend Scientific Notation Removed: Dividends will no longer every display in scientific (exponent) notation.
    • Report Font Weight: If you set a font weight for the report other than "Default," it will now show up on the reports. This was broken in the previous version.

    EstateVal Fixes

    • Trustware Export: The Trustware 11 export would often (though randomly) fail because of a memory overwrite. This has been fixed.
    • U.S. Trust Import: The U.S. Trust import now correctly imports files, even if they are white space column offsets.
    • Distribution Date and Appraisal Date Adjusted Inventories: Both types of reports now correctly load any adjusted inventories. Previously, they were ignored.

    EVP Office Features

    • Do Not Send Windows User: The applications can now be set to disallow the sending of the Windows user, during log-in to the Data Center. This allows for a strict local security policy.
    • Contact Us Menu Item: All EVP Office applications now feature a "Contact Us" menu item, giving quick access to our Support Department.

    EstateVal and CostBasis Features

    • Expanded Text Areas: The programs now allow longer titles, descriptions and notes.
    • Index Type: EstateVal and CostBasis now recognize security indexes and can correctly price them, with the assumption that they represent U.S. dollars.
    • Number of Lots: Both programs can now edit the maximum number of lots that can be entered into them, via the Standard Options tab.
    • Splits Shown as Integers: Information about splits is now shown as industry-standard usage, using integers -- "5-for-4" -- instead of decimal numbers -- "1.25-for-1" -- as before.
    • "Bid" Prices Re-Labeled: Prices that were listed only as a "Bid" were mislabeled and are now more correctly noted as "Market," indicating an evaluated price based on bid, ask and prevailing trends.

    EstateVal Features

    • ProBATE Export: When exporting to the latest version of Selden Systems' ProBATE, EstateVal will now send accruals and adjusted inventories, which the previous version did not do.

    Version 7.0.2 (May 20, 2003)

    EVP Office Fixes

    • Print-Preview Characters No Longer Clipped: Previously, the bottoms of characters would be clipped off in certain print-preview modes. This has been fixed, making the previews easier to read.
    • Print-Preview Tearing Fixed: On certain zoom levels in previous version, the print preview page would "tear" when the page was scrolled. This has been corrected.

    EstateVal and CostBasis Fixes

    • Floating Point Accuracy in Files Improved: Floating point numbers saved in portfolio files will now save to the accuracy that they can be edited. In previous 7.x versions of the software, they would truncate at six decimal places.
    • Custom Modem and Internet Preferences Preserved while Upgrading: If changes to the modem or Internet preferences were made directly in the application's INI file on versions before 7.0.1, they are now preserved upon upgrading.

    EstateVal Fixes

    • Exchange Rates Now Saved: A bug prevented Canadian exchange rates from being saved, causing re-loaded protfolios containing foreign securities to print incorrectly.
    • Long-Term CDs Now Saved: Long-Term CDs weren't being saved, reverting to their unpriced state after being re-loaded. This has been fixed.
    • IRS Values Now Saved: Additionally, IRS values (return-list accrual and principal, when the program is in "IRS Mode") weren't saved.
    • Short Coupons Weighting Correct: Short coupons would occasionlly be used, instead of indicating the presence of a long payment period.
    • Long Portfolio Names and Billing Records: Long portfolio names no longer cause the generation of billing records to crash EstateVal.
    • All X-for-X Splits Show Correctly: Occasionally, a miscalculation would show a "1-for-0.9999" split having occured. This has been fixed.
    • Rounding Correct in All Cases: Previously, pennies would occasionally be truncated instead of rounded -- 0.05 would become 0.00 instead of 0.01. This has been fixed.
    • Missing Import Shares Default: On an import, if no shares are available, the default of "1" will now be used.
    • Cosmetic CMO Billing Problem Fixed: Doing an Alternate Date evaluation of a portfolio with CMOs in it would produce non-billed entries for the Date of Death for those securities. This has been fixed.

    EVP Administrator Fixes

    • Delete Works: The delete button for Users and Groups now works. Previuosly, it was failing because a confirmation dialog box was not being properly created.

    EVP Office Features
    • UNC Path Names Now Allowed: All EVP Office applications now accept Universal Naming Convention paths (using the format \\server\share).
    • Longer Most-Recently-Used List: Each EVP Office application now saves the last eight most-recently-used portfolios on the File menu.

    EstateVal Features
    • U.S. Trust Import: EstateVal now imports files produced in-house by U.S. Trust.
    • Series H Issue and Maturity Included: Reports that use Series H bonds now show their issue and maturity dates.
    • Schedule E-1, E-2 Export EPS: EstateVal can now export its data to Schedules E-1 and E-2 in EPS.

    Version 7.0.1 (January 22, 2003)

    EVP Office Features

    • New Installer: EVP Office now uses a new set-up program that follows the "modern" interface guidelines.

    EstateVal and CostBasis Features

    • Windows 2000/XP File Dialogs: When running under the latest versions of Windows, EstateVal and CostBasis now use the new File Dilogs, with the "Places" bar along the side.

    EstateVal and CostBasis Fixes

    • Ampersand Encoding: In 7.0.0, amersands were not correctly encoded in the new XML storage files, causing any portfolio that used them in either the title or in a security description to report itself as corrupted. This problem has been fixed.
    • File Corruption: Previously, if one file was reported courrupt, EstateVal and CostBasis would then corrupt any other protfolio loaded into the programs until they were re-started. This problem has also been fixed.

    Version 7.0.0 (January 6, 2003)

    EstateVal Features

    • Research Reports: EstateVal now offers Research Reports, a fast and convenient way to gather all the significant capital changes for every security in a portfolio for six months prior to the Date of Death or the Alternate Date.
    EstateVal and CostBasis Features

    • XML Storage Files: EVP Portfolio files now use a well-formed, non-validating XML file to store their data.
    EstateVal, CostBasis, CapWatch and EVP Administrator Features

    • Windows/Office XP Look-and-Feel: All the EVP Office applications now feature the Windows XP look-and-feel, as well as the Office XP menus and toolbars. On older version of Windows, only the Office XP menus and toolbars are used. On machines with 256 colors or fewer, Office 97 menus are used.
    EstateVal, CostBasis and EVP Administrator Fixes

    • Data Path No Longer Reset: If an EVP Office was using the suite's enterprise features and a data path had been defined for the application or group, then it would over-ride the user's settings. This has been fixed.

    Version 6.5.0 (October 26, 2002)

    EstateVal, CostBasis and EVP Administrator Fixes

    • Data Path No Longer Reset in Rare Circumstances: If an EVP Office was using the suite's enterprise features and a data path had been defined for the application or group, then it would over-ride the user's settings. This has been fixed.

    Version 6.4.3 (October 25, 2002)

    EVP Office Fixes

    • OLEACC.DLL Dependency Removed: Due to a mis-configuration in the latest release of Microsoft's Foundation Classes, the previous version of EVP Office required that "Active Accessibility" features be available, in the form of OLEACC.DLL. Older version of Windows, 95 and NT 4.0, do not have these features turned on by default. This new version of EVP Office fixes the dependency, allowing the software to work on any version of Windows, upgraded or not.

      If you currently run EVP Office 6.4.2 and are not getting the error, "A required .DLL, OLEACC.DLL, was not found.", you DO NOT need to upgrade. This release is only for people that cannot run the previous version.

    Version 6.4.2 (October 23, 2002)

    EVP Office Features

    • Visual Design Conformity: All the EVP Office applications now conform more closely to Microsoft's official Visual Design Guidelines.
    • Virutal Paths Allowed: All the EVP Office applications now allow for Windows virutal folders -- My Documents, Desktop, etc. -- to be selected for data and billing storage.

    EstateVal Features

    • Zane Portfolio Preservation: Previously, when the Windows version of Zane's 706 program requested prices form EstateVal, the corresponding EstateVal portfolio was over-written. Now, previous valuations are preserved.

    EstateVal Fixes

    • UIT Principal Distribution Dates: EstateVal 6.4.1 introduced a bug that would display incorrect dates for the principal portion of a UIT distribution. It has been fixed.
    • IRS Mode Alternate Date Adjusted Inventory Addition: The last release introduced a bug that incorrectly summed values during Alternate Date evaluations with adjusted inventories while in IRS mode. Individual items and the total difference were correctly reported, but the total of values entered by auditors from the returns always matched the total produced by EstateVal.
    • IRS Mode Properly Expands Window: When EstateVal is put into IRS Mode, if the window is too small, it will now automatically expand.

    EstateVal and CostBasis Fixes

    • Bond Holidays Reinstated: Martin Lurther King Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day are all now considered trading holidays for bond markets. They were incorrectly removed from pervious versions.
    • DOS-Era Data Path No Longer Reset: In EVP Office 6.4.1, a bug was introduced that would always reset the data path to C:\ESTATES for installations in that directory. This has been fixed.

    EstateVal, CostBasis and CapWatch Fixes

    • Expired Key Crash: The applications no longer crash oocasionally when an expired Account Information Key is used.

    EVP Administrator Fixes

    • Billing Edit Crash: EVP Administrator 6.4.1 would crash when the Billing tab was selected. This has been fixed.

    Version 6.4.1 (July 26, 2002)

    EstateVal, CostBasis and CapWatch Features

    • Exporting to Rich Text: Each application can now write rich text files from their Print Preview screens, for easier importing into word processors. Plain text exporting is still supported.
    • Export to Clipboard: Each application can now copy a text copy of the report to the clipboard from their Print Preview Screens.
    • Printer Default for Bills: For new installations, billing records are sent to the printer by default, to allow customers to track their usage better. Existing installations are unchanged.
    • Demo Mode Good-Bye: The programs, when run in Demo Mode, will offer the user a chance to sign-up for an account on EVP Systems' Web site before exiting.
    EstateVal and CostBasis Features

    • Edit-and-Print Mode: The programs can now be put into Edit-and-Print mode, which allows portfolio files to be edited and printed, but not evaluated. It is designed for Outsourcing clients who have portfolios e-mailed to them.
    • Long-Term CD Pricing: EstateVal and CostBasis can now provide prices for long-term certificates of deposit.
    EstateVal Features

    • Note Text Shortcuts: EstateVal now has the ability to define up to eight short notes that can be automatically added to the Notes field. If a shortcut contains an underscore ("_"), it will be highlighted when the note is added, so that it can be easily replaced with custom information.
    CapWatch Features

    • Report Title: CapWatch now allows a report title to be set, to be used on both printed information and billing records. This can help identify what client a CapWatch report was run for.
    • Ampersand Allowed in Searches: Previously, the ampersand ("&") couldn't be used in name searches. This has been added, to allow querying for "AT&T," for example.
    EstateVal and CostBasis Fixes

    • DOS-Era Data Directory Preserved: If a new version of either program is installed in the directory C:\ESTATES, that will be used as the data directory, to allow long-time users to easily find their previously evaluated estates. This feature broke in 6.4.0 and is now fixed.
    • Lessened Print Preview CPU Usage: Previously, EstateVal and CostBasis would use all available CPU resources during Print Preview. Now, the programs use only the fractional percentage they need for scrolling.
    • Billing Records Always Portrait: If you printed a Billing Record while either application was set to print a landscape-oriented report, the Record also printed as landscape. This has been fixed.
    • Crash on Portfolio Double-Click: The applications no longer crash when you double-click on a portfolio file.
    • Cut, Copy, Paste in Notes: Cut, Copy, Paste and Undo now work both via the menu and accelerator keys when the focus is in the Notes field.
    • MBS Factor Printing: The programs used to display scientific notation ("1.0e-005", for example) for very small mortgage-backed factors. This has been fixed.
    • Mean Weight Cannot Be Zero: Though the Bond Market Association advises that bond markets should be closed on Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day and Veteran's Day, our data source provides information for each. This previously caused means for evaluations involving those dates -- starting with version 6.4.0 -- to be weighted incorrectly, with one day's prices evaluating to zero, effectively removing it from the mean. The problem has been fixed.
    EstateVal Fixes

    • Zane Windows Interface Extension: The extension ".VAL" is now always added to Zane Windows export files. Previously, if an extension was present, ".VAL" was not added, but this conflicted with file names that included periods.
    • EPScom and Zane On-Line Pricing Billing: If EstateVal was used to price securities from EPScom or Zane, they would be billed every time they were sent, even if they had been previously valued. This has been fixed, so that only the first pricing is billed.
    • Liquidating UITs Priced Correctly: Under certain circumstances, a liquidating UIT distribution wouldn't remove the price from the security value, leaving the item's value doubled. This has been fixed.
    • Additional Dates No Longer has "Help" Button: The "Additional Dates" Dialog -- brought up with the "Edit Dates" button -- no longer has a help button. All help in EstateVal is provided through the help menu.
    • Correct IRS-Mode Sums: In rare circumstances -- an adjusted inventory on an Alternate Date report split across two pages -- EstateVal would incorrectly sum values entered on tax returns when the program was in IRS mode. This has been fixed.
    • CUSIPs Uppercased on Import: Previously, lowercase CUSIPs could be imported into EstateVal, causing internal confusion between the uppercase and lowercase versions. Now, all CUSIPs are uppercased upon import.
    • Limited Partnership Disclaimer Removed: As EstateVal no longer prices limited partnerships, the disclaimer has been removed.
    • Appraisal Report Value Vertical Alignment: On Appraisal Reports, the security value is now on the same line as the closing price. This is visually consistent with the security value aligning with the mean on the other reports.
    • Split-Pricing Post-Ex Date of Death Last-Price Adjustment: Under very rare circumstances, a date of death will fall after the last available price, after an ex-date and before the next price. In this case, EstateVal was not adjusting the last price down to account for the dividend that is shown on the report. This has been corrected.
    CapWatch Fixes

    • Proper Text for CapWatch on the Web: The Status Bar and Tooltip text for the "CapWatch on the Web" menu item was incorrect, listing CostBasis instead. This has been fixed.

    Version 6.4.0 (December 17, 2001)

    EstateVal, CostBasis and CapWatch Features

    • Name Change: The applications are now called EstateVal XP, CostBasis XP and CapWatch XP, to show that they are compatible with Microsoft's new version of Windows. They remain compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0 and 2000.
    • Easier Installation: When downloaded, EVP Office now begins its installation procedure simply by double-clicking on an icon. After the installation, the temporary files are removed.
    • Sorted Billing Months: When selecting a month of billing to examine, the order of the dates is now chronological.
    • Export Billing: A month of billing records can now be exported in comma-separated values format, for use with spreadsheets.
    • User-Selectable Billing Record Prices: The applications now allow users to select if they want billing records printed with their own information, or with the price that EVP will bill at.
    • System User: When someone logs into an enterprise-enabled installation, the applications try to default to the user name of the last person to run them. If this information isn't available, they'll now use the name of the person currently logged into the computer.
    • New Pricing: Each application will now correct switch to the new billing schedule on November 1, 2001.
    • No Login for Demo Mode: If the programs are started in demo mode, they are automatically set to single-user mode, even if the enterprise features have been enabled.
    • Expired Key Referral: When an expired Account Information Key is entered, the programs now give the phone number to get a new one.
    • Network Address Translation Proxy: The applications can now include "Network Address Translation" (NAT) as a proxy option, allowing for NAT'd clients to change their direct-connect IP address without having to muck with the .INI file.
    • Account Information Key Entry Default: Entering an Account Information Key, instead of an Account Information Disk, is now the default.
    EstateVal and CostBasis Features
    • New Headlines: EstateVal and CostBasis now have more headline choices to select from, when you use the Internet to evaluate portfolios: Entertainment, Science, Technology, Politics and Health.
    • Sample Portfolio in Demo Mode: Both programs now automatically load the sample portfolio if the program is started in demo mode.
    • Internet Default Communication Method: The default method of communicating with the Data Center has been changed to "Internet," for all new installations. Current installations keep their settings.
    EstateVal Features
    • Re-Valuation During Market Closures: The unexpected market closures caused by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center caused EstateVal to deliver correct prices with an incorrect date (the program claimed to have gotten the price during the closures). Re-valuing portfolios that have these prices -- noted with the text "* Prices are based on nearest trading days." -- will correct the dates, without charge.
    • New Zane Interface: EstateVal can now import from and export to the Windows versions of Zane software. It can also act as an automatic pricing for those programs.
    EstateVal, CostBasis and CapWatch Fixes
    • Copyright Date: Each program now shows the correct copyright date. This was wrong in 6.3.3.
    • Printing Without a Printer: The software now warns users if a printer is not available and a print or a print preview is requested.
    • Task Bar Label for Splash Screen: When each application starts, the button that appears on the Task Bar now has a label, instead of being blank.
    • System File Installation: The installation of EVP Office will now install MFC42.DLL, MSVCRT.DLL and COMCTL32.DLL if they're needed. This was broken in the previous version.
    • HTTP Tunneling Proxy now HTTP/1.1: When used with an HTTP Tunneling proxy, the applications now declare themselves to be HTTP/1.1 clients instead of HTTP/1.0. The HTTP 1.0 spec does not recognize HTTP Tunneling commands, so, by default, all HTTP Tunneling clients must be 1.1.
    EstateVal Fixes
    • UIT Distribution Mean Adjustments: In the rare circumstance where a the ex-date for a UIT distribution fell after the last available price but before the valuation date, EstateVal would incorrectly adjust the price for the supposedly excluded principal. This has been fixed.