xTuple ERP 3.4.0 is now final!

 

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We're happy to announce the final release of what started off as a minor update, and ended up as version 3.4.0 of xTuple ERP.  It's available as an all-in-one installer for Windows, Linux, or Mac - in addition to the GUI client, you can also install the latest version of the xTuple Updater (required to update to 3.4), a new version of the OpenRPT report writer, the CSVimport tool, and of course, a local copy of the PostgreSQL database.

While there are some nifty enhancements to CRM Opportunity Management in 3.4, and another skirmish in our never-ending quest to clean up all the messy data in the world, the primary reason for this release is the conversion of the entire Manufacturing Edition functionality to a loadable, scripted xTension Package.  So what does that mean?

Lots of things.  For one, it's another big step toward being able to deliver updates and bug fixes more dynamically (instead of loading a whole new binary). For the developer types out there, it's another working example of how to build a Package that you might want to make available on the xTuple xChange.

Technically, it means that all the Manufacturing-only screens (see a comparison of features in different Editions) are stored in the database, and the screen behavior is governed by Javascript.  No more C++, no more compiling (at least for this part of the application).  On the database side, all the Manufacturing tables, functions, and other business logic live in a separate schema.

Everyday users shouldn't notice any difference at all.  Geeks like us will probably scratch their heads at first, then after a few minutes of looking it over, will have the "ah, cool!" moment.

Here's a link to the 3.4.0 installer at Sourceforge.

And speaking of geeky stuff, it also includes a sneak preview of functionality to clean up and enforce accurate country and state names.  Yes, yes, we should have done it right the first time (users have been able to type over the drop-down lists since version 2.0 - don't ask) ... but now it's all better.  See the Release Notes for more details.

As always, thanks to all our customers, partners, and community members for their very real and tangible help in building this release.  Stay tuned for a special end-of-year announcement in which we'll try and make our thanks a little more tangible as well ... (hint, hint....)

 
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Postbooks 3.40 Binary GuiClient to be released?

Thanks for the info! Is there going to be a PostBooks 3.40 binary GuiClient released in the 'Download' section? I noticed there isn't any available as of yet.

 
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Hi E.J.,

As you know, the GUI client is the exact same binary for all three Editions of xTuple ERP - PostBooks, Standard, and Manufacturing. It just behaves differently depending on what kind of database it's connected to.

We now release the GUI client as part of a bundled installer for all three platforms (which also includes, optionally, a PostgreSQL database installer, the increasingly-important Updater tool, and the OpenRPT and CSVimport tools.) The GUI client is the only required element of the install - so if you don't care about the others, you don't have to install them. But we recommend at least staying current with the Updater, which you'll need to go from version to version - and you can't use anything before Updater 2.2.0 to upgrade from xTuple 3.4.0, for example. Lots of things going on underneath the hood!

We realize it's a little bit of a pain to download the whole installer if all you want is the GUI client, but in the not-too-distant future, we hope to have a "smarter" installer that will be more of a shell that only downloads what you tell it. We're starting down that road in the next release with regard to docs and translation files, and there's a lot more planned - please see (and comment on) an early draft of the spec at http://www.xtuple.org/UpdateManagement.

Cheers,
Ned

 
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3.3 to 3.4

Ned,

Am I missing something, where are the 3.3 to 3.4 database files?

 
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If you mean the upgrade file, the commercial customer/partner files are here, organized by Edition, e.g.:

/mfg/3.4.0/mfg331to340.gz

For the PostBooks Edition files, they're in the PostBooks-databases package, e.g.: http://sourceforge.net/projects/postbooks/files/03%20PostBooks-databases...

The .backup starter databases are in the same locations, respectively.

 
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database Files

Ned, I still don't follow where you are directing me to.

If I go to http://www.xtuple.org/webfm# -> Commercial Software -> Partner I only see 3.3.0RC2.

Did I miss something in your post?

 
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That's the archive area - go

That's the archive area - go to the top level /mfg or /std directory

 
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Still can see it

When I look at Commercial Software I see the Partner directory under it are the following sub folders:Archive, Articles, Case Studies, Competitive Information, Implementation Resources & Sales Documents. The only place with DB updates is under the Archive folder.

Am I starting out in the wrong place to begin with?

 
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Yes - it's not under

Yes - it's not under /partner, it's under /mfg or /std at the top level.

 
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For some reason the browser cached the partner access and would not let me see the other main folders. Restarted FireFox and by magic they appeared. Sorry for the confusion on my part,

 
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PostBooks GUI Binary for Linux

Hi Ned,

Thanks for the reply. My reason for asking was because it was nice to download the 28 MB PostBooks GUI Client Binary for Linux versus the full 115 MB Installer.

So, from Version 3.40 and beyond we will only see the full Installer Binary, and no more individual GUI Client Binary?

Kindest Regards,

Eugene

 
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Correct, Eugene - the

Correct, Eugene - the free-standing GUI client binary was leading to a large number of "how do I connect to the database" type questions in the forums, etc. It appears that the installer has really cut down those problems for the newbie users.

We understand the size/bandwidth issue - but as I said above, we'll be addressing that soon with a smarter installer that only downloads what you need.

We actually did the same thing with 3.3.0 - that is, installer only release. We released the 3.3.1 patch client only because it was a tiny release, and didn't merit a new installer.

Of course, to encourage community participation in the testing process, we'll continue to provide GUI clients for alpha/beta/RC releases...

Cheers,
Ned

 
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upgrade path

Am I correct in assuming that to upgrade Postbooks 330 to 340 you have to upgrade to 331 first?

 
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Windows 7 Pro problem

Hello,
Installer does nothing on my PC Windows 7 Pro. I can see it in Task Manager for 10 second then it goes a way.

Thank you.

P.S. I wish you can post only the client.

 
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Win7 behavior

We've seen this from time to time on Win7 systems, but haven't been able to consistently reproduce it. If you try again, it should work the second time.

Just out of curiosity (this would help us narrow down the potential causes), is this a 64-bit system?

 
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No it's not 64. After

No it's not 64. After disabling NOD32 and reboot it worked. Not sure where is the problem. Thank you.

 
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Another solution for win 7 installation problem

connect you pc to the internet, right click the xtuple setup file and select troubleshoot compatability on the next screen choose "try recomended settings".
within 60 sec the setup should start with no further issues.