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Arbutus Analyzer, Server and LegacyLink

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Arbutus actively listens to it's users and continously improves the software suite by adding modifications and new features.
Please find below a selection of the recent enhancements.
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Analyzer 6.0

Analyzer V6, as released in November 2015, includes the enhancements listed below and more.

  • Full Unicode Support

    This release now offers full Unicode support (UTF8 and UTF16) for all languages, as well as full keyboard support for Unicode with the Data Definition Wizard, the Command Line in the Command Log, the Procedure Editor, and more.
    Foreign file names (such as those in Chinese or Cyrillic) are now also supported.

  • Button Bar

    The redesigned icons on the Button Bar are now larger, facilitating at-a-glance recognition.
    Users can also make the icons large or small via: Tools > Options > Interface.

  • Project Overview

    Overview Explorer:
    You can now expand the Overview with a click, to allow easy object management, such as mass deletion or movement, as well as renaming of project items from within a project folder or from the project root.

    Arbutus Repository:
    You can now use Analyzer as a repository for documents from other applications.
    Documents from other applications (such as Excel) can now be launched directly from Analyzer, with just a click.

  • and more ...

    Please refer to the full "What is new" documentation for details.

> Review the "What's new in Analyzer Version 6.0" PDF document for details.
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Analyzer 5.7

This release of Arbutus Analyzer, published in July 2014, includes too many enhancements to list them all here.
The complete list of enhancements can be downloaded here. The top 5 enhancements include:

  • SmartLink for SAP® ERP Software Tool
    The new SmartLink for SAP® ERP software tool reduces the time, effort, and costs typically associated with SAP data access easily. Analyzer users can now use Arbutus Windows Server to connect to, filter, and import data from SAP ERP systems.
  • Improved SUMMARIZE command
    With Analyzer 5.70, you can output SUMMARIZE results to screen with various hyperlinks for drill-down to view the relevant records. You can also Summarize on numeric fields in addition to the already supported character and date fields.
  • Improved STATISTICS command
    When performing STATISTICS on a datetime field, you can now view the number of weekend dates encountered. The weekend count is a hyperlink that can be clicked on to drill-down to view the relevant records.
  • New functions
    - LFILL() : Will add leading characters to an existing string or numeric value.
    - SINE() : returns the numeric sine of an angle that is expressed in radians
    - COSINE() : returns the numeric cosine of an angle that is expressed in radians
    - TANGENT() : returns the numeric tangent of an angle that is expressed in radians
    - ASINE() : returns the numeric arc sine of an angle that is expressed in radians
    - ACOSINE() : returns the numeric arc cosine of an angle that is expressed in radians
    - ATANGENT() : returns the numeric arc tangent of an angle that is expressed in radians
    - RADIANS() : returns the numeric radians for an angle expressed in degrees
  • Improved functions
    - An optional parameter was added to the ALLTRIM(), LTRIM(), and TRIM() functions to specify one or more leading and/or trailing characters that should be removed in addition to blanks.
    - The ISBLANK() function now supports physically defined date fields (excluding packed dates).
    - The SIMILAR() function now removes leading zeros in character fields to ensure better string matching.
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Analyzer 5.6

This release of Arbutus Analyzer, published in April 2014, includes too many enhancements to list them all here.
The complete list of enhancements can be downloaded here. The top 10 enhancements include:

  • New SQL command
    In Analyzer V5.6, support for SQL has been extended with the new SQL command. This allows you to embed SQL Select queries directly into your Arbutus procedures or scripts. If you already know and use SQL, you can take advantage of the capabilities offered by SQL and run any queries from Arbutus, to get the benefits of both worlds.
  • Monitoring/Scheduling Admin Tool
    The new Monitoring/Scheduling Admin tool, which, when used with the Arbutus Enterprise Edition, supports viewing and managing all scheduled scripts for individuals, teams, and departments
  • Enhanced Protect Program
    The Protect program is no longer a separate application. It can now be used from within Analyzer to prevent unwanted viewing and/or edits of your scripts.
  • Improved PDF Converter
    The Arbutus PDF Converter has been enhanced to provide even better conversion accuracy and reliability.
  • Enhanced Integration with Windows Explorer
    You can now drag-and-drop any data file from Windows Explorer into Analyzer to automatically start the Data Definition Wizard. Analyzer will access the file and launch the Wizard with the correct File Format selected.
  • New functions
    GOMONTH() function calculates the date, in months, from the specified date.
    TODAY() function returns today’s date, which is particularly useful for real-time applications.
    NOW() function returns the date and time right now, also useful for real-time applications.
  • EXPORT command
    The EXPORT command has been enhanced in three significant ways:
    You can now use the Append option when exporting via ODBC to relational tables.
    When exporting columns containing UNICODE data to Excel, Access, or via ODBC, the data will be exported as Unicode.
    You can now export fields longer than 255 to Excel (max length 32760 bytes)
  • Variables window
    The new optional Variables Window will display the current values of all existing variables. In addition to showing the values, the window automatically highlights any values that have changed since the last command, so you can be sure to see the changes.
    The Variables Window (below) is particularly useful when running scripts in Step Mode to assess the changing values of all variables at each step in the script. The Variables Window also allows constant monitoring of variable values.
  • Procedure editing features
    The Procedure Editor now features unlimited undo options for easier corrections of typos or deletions.
  • Video tutorials
    Video Tutorial links have been added to the main Help page of Analyzer. Video tutorial topics include: “Defining Relational Database Tables in Analyzer”, “Scheduling”, “Procedure Debugging”, “Fuzzy Duplicates”, and more.
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Analyzer 5.5

This release of Arbutus Analyzer, published in May 2013, includes too many enhancements to list them all here.
The top 10 enhancements include:

  • Procedure scheduling
    Server-based procedures may now be scheduled from the Overview with a right-click. There is no need for a separate product or user interface. Scheduling options range from Now to Monthly. Also, depending on the test, results can be 3-10 times faster than Fuzzydup. We have test files you can use, if you don’t have appropriate data.
  • Duplicates Same-Same-Near and Same-Same-Similar
    You can now look for fuzzy duplicates within a file using the Duplicates command. The ability to specify “Same” keys makes the command dramatically more powerful than that other company’s Fuzzydup command. This allows you to, for example, test for same vendor, same date, similar invoice number, as well as process millions of records in seconds.
  • Procedures are now independent of your individual preference settings
    Setting changes made by a procedure are automatically reversed on completion. Also, the new Set Default command ensures “factory” settings are in place for your procedure, which you can then modify as required.
  • SIMILAR()
    This new function complements the fuzzy NEAR() function. SIMILAR() is also fuzzy, but is specifically designed to ignore differences due to visually similar characters (such as I vs. 1 or 0 vs. O). It also allows testing for transpositions of digits in numbers and dates.
  • LISTFIND()
    This function allows you to easily scan for an unlimited list of words in a file or fields. This is particularly powerful for purchase card analyses.
  • Auto-loading Workspaces
    You may now refer to Workspace fields directly in any expression (including Views and computed fields) using the familiar x.y format, without the need to first activate the Workspace. In this case, x is the name of the workspace and y is the field name. When using this syntax, the Workspace is automatically loaded.
  • Copy and Paste fields
    You may now move field definitions between tables with a simple copy and paste in Edit Table Layout. This eliminates the need for awkward uses of Workspaces and applies to all field types, including computed fields.
  • Extract View
    This allows you to easily extract the data showing in the current view, in the same manner as previously available for Export.
  • Multi-Parameter Functions
    A number of functions (e.g., Maximum()) have been extended to allow any number of parameters. These functions can also take a variable array as a parameter, and will process the entire set of values as if they were individual parameters.
  • Sort and Index
    The algorithm has been revised, improving speeds significantly.
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Analyzer 5.4

This release of Arbutus Analyzer, published in July 2012, included too many enhancements to list them all here; please review the readme.txt file for a full list of enhancements.
The main enhancements include:

Developing automations
  • Coloured syntax (commands, comments and key words) in the Procedure Editor
  • Line numbers to the Procedure Editor
  • Support for break points in code
  • Step mode (line-by-line execution) of code for debugging
View
  • Cell background/text colours according to user-defined conditions
  • Computed field column headings in a user-specified colour
  • Related fields column headings in a user-specified colour
User Interface
  • Added a Close All right-click item for tables
  • All refreshable table layouts can now be re-linked to new source files using "Link to New Table Data"
  • Table Properties now show the source file information for refreshable data sources
  • Refreshable tables can now be displayed with a vertical blue strip
  • Tables with relations can now be displayed with a vertical green strip
  • Procedures in Shared Folders are always displayed through the new Applications menu
Import
  • IMPORT now supports USERID and PASSWORD parameters
  • IMPORT now supports editing the command from the command line to add/remove fields
  • IMPORT now supports editing the command from the command line to add ad-hoc expressions
  • SQL import syntax is now written to the command log
Commands
  • VERIFY now allows users to exclude validation of empty field values
  • JOIN now support auto-harmonization of the join keys
Functions
  • New functions: Year(), Month(), Day(), Hour(), Minute(), Second()
  • New functions: NtoD(), NtoT()
  • New functions: Cmon(), EOMonth()
  • New function: SORTNORMALIZE()
  • Improvements to STRING()
  • Improvements to NORMALIZE()
  • Improvements to Improved ARRANGE()
Command Log
  • Improved logging to update the log when data has been refreshed
  • Improved logging to include when fields are created, edited or deleted via the Edit Table Layout
General
  • Utility for manual activation of software
  • Added enhancement to support Ctrl+G in Edit Table Layout to quickly locate a specific record number
  • Added enhancement to support Page Up/Dn keys in Edit Table Layout to better navigate large files
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Analyzer 5.3

This release of the data analysis and ETL tool Arbutus Analyzer, published December 2011, features following improvements:

Import / Export capabilities
  • Import: allow the SQL join of more than 5 tables
  • Export: export directly to an ODBC table
Variable arrays
  • Implemented support for variable arrays
  • Save content of field to variable arrays
  • Improved DIALOG command to accept arrays for drop-down lists
Functions
  • New Function: NORMALIZE()
  • New Function: ARRANGE()
View
  • Display negative values in red
  • Auto-size View columns by double clicking on right edge
  • Improved the appearance of the view
  • Improved filter processing and speed
Table layout
  • Table layout now reads entire file
User interface
  • Check (online) for updates
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Analyzer 5.2

This release of the data analysis and ETL tool Arbutus Analyzer, published May 2011, features following improvements:

  • Enhancement to allow multiple primary tables at the same time in the view
  • Added new join type, SQL, to facilitate true sql many-to-many join
  • Enhancement to support JOIN on non-character keys
  • Enhancement to include Venn diagrams for the various join command options
  • Enhancement to have a REPLACE for quick filters instead of just AND and OR
  • Enhancement to SPLIT() to allow you to pull segments in reverse order
  • Added new function, NEAR(), that performs a "fuzzy" comparison between two fields
  • Added new function, LEFT(), that acts like substring
  • Added new function, RIGHT(), that is the same as LAST()
  • Added new SmartSearch capability from the view similar to "Google searches"
  • Enhancement to replace CRLF with spaces if found in fields of relational database tables
  • Enhancement to auto-recreate the flat file, in the event that it is missing
  • Enhancement to Extract record so the current view is used instead of creating a new view
  • Enhancement so the wizard better detects time fields
  • Enhancement so the wizard better detects character fields with leading zeros
  • Enhancement to DISPLAY command so you can write the contents to a data file
  • Enhancement to allow users to select only certain XML data to define using a tree view
  • Enhancement to allow users to define physical fields for delimited files
  • Enhancement to flatten files via the wizard to the current folder and not to the project root
  • Enhancement to add a quotes button in the expression builder
  • Enhancement to put the Edit Command icon back on the command line
  • Enhancement to support using variables for all functions that use a constant value
  • Changed defaults for radio buttons and checkboxes to previous values
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Analyzer 5.1

  • Enhancement to support longer user IDs for Windows Server users running Windows 7 OS
  • Enhancement to speed up the definition process when defining very large files
  • Enhancement to support reading Excel & Access 2007 files via local DDW
  • Enhancement to buffer data exported to new Excel/Access
  • Enhancement to support exporting to alternate Excel pages and Access tables
  • Enhancement to write out the full path for local exports
  • Enhancement to reinstate local shared folders
  • Enhancement to increase the maximum string size from 1024 to 10000
  • Enhancement to Export command to support MS Access
  • Enhancement to Export command to support more recent MS Excel than 2.1
  • Enhancement to support IMPORT DBASE versus just defining via wizard
  • Enhancement to hold a long table layout name (maximum of 127 characters)
  • Enhancement to support IMPORT DELIMITED versus just defining via wizard
  • Enhancement to support IMPORT FILE versus just defining via wizard
  • Enhancement to support IMPORT EXCEL versus just defining via wizard
  • Enhancement to support IMPORT XML versus just defining via wizard
  • Enhancement to directly relink existing layouts to new Excel and XML source files
  • Enhancement to wrap long commands in the Procedure window
  • Enhancement to enable users to validate their SQL WHERE clauses
  • Enhancement to support field level decimal characters
  • Enhancement to hyperlink invalid dates for Statistics command
  • Enhancement to support datetime field type in Print Wizard
  • Enhancement to support datetime examples for AM/PM time formatting
  • Enhancement to increase object length to 127 characters instead of 31
  • Review the readme.txt file in installation package for a complete overview.
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