ivan Version 3.2.6 Features
The version 3.2
release allows ivan to operate on Windows XP and 2000.
This version uses a new installer that utilises the
Windows Installer subsystem. It also places ivan above the Windows Task Bar (if it is not hidden) so that the task bar does not conceal the ivan controls at the bottom of the screen. It allows the ivan window to be resized with the mouse so that you can view ivan with other applications on the same screen and it re-enables some of the ivan reports that had been disabled in previous versions.
Changes in version 3.2.6 of ivan are:
This version uses the Windows Installer to install ivan.
Previous versions of ivan have used a custom installer written by McLachlan Software. This version of ivan uses the Windows Installer subsystem which is a component of all modern Microsoft Windows systems.
Advantages of using the installer are:
- ivan can be uninstalled in the same fashion as all other windows software
- The installer will install the software correctly for whatever version of Windows you are using
- The install process will be just the same as installing other Windows Software
- This version allows you to repair the ivan installation. ie. if files important to ivan are deleted these will be detected by windows when you run ivan and the components will be reinstalled. You will also be able to repair the installation manually by choosing the "repair" option from the Add/Remove Programs control panel.
This version works better with the Windows Task Bar.
Previous versions of ivan filled the entire screen with the ivan display so that the Task Bar was not visible. On Windows 2000 and XP the task bar would appear over the top of the ivan window obscuring some of the controls. This was fixed by setting the "Auto Hide" checkbox in the Task Bar properties. This version of ivan places ivan above the Task Bar so that both ivan and the Task Bar are fully visible.
This version allows the ivan window to be resized
In previous versions of ivan the user could not change the size of the ivan window. In this version the ivan window can be resized by the user.
Being able to resize the ivan window allows users with large screens to have both ivan and another program visible on the same screen. For example you could have ivan and the ivan tutorial pdf document open in the same window.
This version allows extended ivan reports to be used
In previous versions of ivan the resource and dependency reports were disabled. In this version the reports have been re-enabled and tested.
Use of these reports allows users to produce a number of resource reports displaying features such as resource allocations & costs.
ivan Version 3.2.1 Features
The version 3.2
release allows ivan to operate on Windows XP. This minor version
fixes some bugs that have been reported since the last release and
addresses some issues that users have reported when installing or
using ivan since the last public release (3.1.5). This release is
the first incarnation of ivan 3.2 to be made available for
Changes in version 3.2.1 of ivan are:
Install now asks users whether to
make the desktop icon available to ALL USERS
- Whenever you install ivan it will now
ask you if you want to make the desktop icon
available to ALL USERS. If you choose YES
then the icon will be placed in the ALL USERS
desktop otherwise it will be placed in the
current user's desktop.
Users no longer have to set the
'Auto hide' option in their task bar
properties in Windows 2000 or Windows XP
– Users regularly comment that
with Windows 2000 and XP they need to hide
the Windows task bar in order to see the
ivan colour pallet at the bottom of the
screen. This will not be necessary from this
version as ivan now operates the same way it
did when Microsoft first introduced the
Windows Task bar.
Fixed a problem when drawing
resource profiles (graphs). - Some users
reported problems when allocating more than
10 resources to an activity. Ivan had a bug
that prevented profiles from being created
for resources when they were the 10th or
higher resources allocated to an activity. As
few people allocate more than 10 resources to
any one activity this bug had not previously
been highlighted. It is now possible to create
profiles for all the resources that are
allocated to an activity.
Fixed list box jumping when
allocating/editing resources - If the user
scrolled down a list box in order to select
a resource. When an item was selected the
list would redraw with the selected item being
the last one displayed in the list. This has
not been reported by any ivan users but has
been fixed in this version.
MakeIcon.exe tool now allows desktop
icon to be created for ALL USERS -
The makeicon.exe tool can be used for making
it easier to create a shortcut to an ivan
database. User feedback indicated that users
wanted to place the Desktop icon on the ALL
USERS desktop so that it was accessible
regardless of who was logged in to Windows.
If you check the "Create icon on Desktop
" check box in the makeivanicon dialogue
box it will ask you if you want the icon
available to ALL USERS before creating the
Also if you are using the command line
parameters to execute makeivanicon.exe then
you will be prompted whether to create a
desktop icon for ALL USERS if you set BOTH
the /prompt and /desktop flags when calling
Doesn't display messages that give
the impression the installation failed when
it succeeded - When installing ivan on
Windows 2000 some users were confused because
the install process informed then that that
it couldn't install MFC42.dll because it was
in use and at the end of the installation a
message was displayed saying that installation
was "Partially Complete" and that
the installation had problems and may not work
properly. This occurred because Windows 2000
is shipped with the MFC42.dll which is
required by ivan but other versions of Windows
(95, 98, NT) did not have this DLL. Ivan was
correctly informing the user that it was not
replacing their existing MFC42.DLL. The
install application has been modified so that
it no longer displays a message on the screen
if it can't install a file for this reason.
The message at the end now informs users that
the installation was complete but that some
files were not copied and they can check the
install.log file for details.
ivan Version 3.2 Features
incorporates changes to allow ivan to run on Windows XP. Previous
versions of ivan will not operate on Windows XP and in some rare
cases Windows 2000. If you are planning on using Windows XP in the
future and are in an upgrade period you should download this
version. If your upgrade period has elapsed then you should
contact McLachlan Software for details regarding how to upgrade to
the latest version.
A summary of the
benefits of IVAN 3.2 follows in a question and answer style:
installed Ivan 3.1.x on my Windows 2000/XP machine and Windows
tells me the application failed. What is the problem ?
of upgrading to ivan 3.2 so that I can use it on my new Windows XP
machine. Will I need to learn to use ivan all over again ?
previously reported a bug in version X.X.X to McLachlan Software.
Has this been fixed in this version ?
includes all bug fixes that we know about to date.
If you would
like to ask about a specific problem you have had in the past or
are currently having contact support at McLachlan Software by
phone or e-mail.