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Attaché 19.2 Release Notes

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Release information

Release history

28 November 2019: Attaché 19.2 suite is now available for general release. 

The Attaché 19.2 suite includes Attaché Database Server and desktop application as well as an updated Data Migration Utility.

Notes:

  • Once Attaché 19.2 is installed, you will no longer be able to run Cloud Connector version 2 from the server. (If you attempt to, a message is displayed pointing you to the new Cloud Connector version 19 on the desktop.) Previous connections will automatically update and do not need to be re-established, however, after upgrading we recommend you check that existing connections are still listed. To check, run Cloud Connector v19 from the main menu on the desktop and click View all company connections. See also Cloud Connector v19 in the release notes.
  • Backup Scheduler Restore has been enhanced, resulting in a considerable improvement in performance (from hours to minutes in some cases). Logs are now captured and appended after each major process rather than outputting to the screen line by line. Note that a blank screen for a minute or so between processes is normal, although it may appear frozen. Any errors will be displayed onscreen as before.

Supported versions of Windows operating systems

Technology update

  • There are no additions to the Antivirus exceptions list for Attaché 19.2.
  • The combined application and database server is now approaching 800 MB. Further updates in the future will only increase this package size. This should be noted with respect to client hardware needs.

Third-party integrations

 As always, any third-party integrations should be tested prior to installing on a live site:

  • YearOne's PowerLink version 4.45 is compatible with Attaché BI version 3.7 or later, including Attaché 19.2
  • EmpLive has released an updated Employee Masterfile import that is compatible with Attaché BI version 3.6 or later, including Attaché 19.2
  • SalesMatrix version 5.2 and SalesSWOT version 1.20 are compatible versions for Attaché BI version 3.6 or later, including Attaché 19.2.

Compatibility

Documentation


Current Attaché releases (compatibility list)


Product

Current Version

Date

Compatibility

 File Name

Attaché application

19.2.1

28 November 2019
attache-application-installer-19.2.1

Attaché Database Server 
(32-bit and 64-bit versions)

19.2.1

28 November 2019

Attaché application 19.2.1

attache-database-server-32-bit-installer-19.2.1

attache-database-server-64-bit-installer-19.2.1

Attaché Cloud Connector

19.1

28 November 2019

Attaché application 19.xOnline deployment
Attaché Data Migration Utility19.2.128 November 2019Attaché application 19.2.xattache-data-migration-1921

Attaché Asset Management

19.1.2

14 May 2019

Attaché application 19.x

attache-asset-management-installer-19.1.2

Attaché BI ClearView

4.41

14 December 2017

Attaché application 19.x

Attaché BI version 3.7.2

SetupClearViewBI4-41.exe

Attaché Server ODBC

1.0.4.2

24 February 2017

Attaché application 19.x

Attaché BI version 3.7.2

AttacheServerODBC.exe
AlexConnect for Document Management4.00.1426 August 2019

Attaché application 19.x

AlexConnect.exe.

Essential upgrade tasks

Essential tasks for every upgrade

Before you upgrade, please ensure you first:

  • Read the release notes and any associated release documentation, including Known Issues, available on the Attaché Members website
  • Post any outstanding transactions to the general ledger
  • Take a backup of your Attaché data.

After you upgrade, please ensure you:

  • (After you upgrade Attaché Database Server) open the MS Services console and check that all Attaché services are enabled and running


Essential tasks for this release

Some releases require you to carry out particular tasks or be aware of particular changes either before or after you upgrade. To check if this is necessary, first identify your current version of Attaché (choose Help | About Attaché) and then find your current version in the list below:

Your current version:  Attaché 18 or Attaché 19.1

  • There are no additional essential tasks if you are upgrading from any version of Attaché 18 or Attaché 19.1.

Your current version:  Attaché BI 


What's new in Attaché 19.2

Attaché Payroll (Australia)

Australian 2019/20 tax scales

The latest tax scales for Australia (released via the Attaché Members website in June 2019) are included in this release. These tax scales are compliant only with Attaché 19.1 or later. Read more

Single Touch Payroll is now automatically enabled

In Payroll Options, the Enable Single Touch Payroll check box on the Tax Details tab is now enabled by default. Previously, before Single Touch Payroll was mandatory in Australia, you had to select this check box to use Single Touch Payroll.

Previous BMS ID check box in Payroll Options has been removed

In Payroll Options, the Previous BMS ID check box on the Tax Details tab has been removed. This functionality, which is related to Single Touch Payroll, is no longer needed due to further requirements from the Australian Taxation Office that will be implemented in coming releases.

Attaché Backup Scheduler

Backup Scheduler Restore has been enhanced, resulting in a considerable improvement in performance (from hours to minutes in some cases). Logs are now captured and appended after each major process rather than outputting to the screen line by line. Note that a blank screen for a minute or so between processes is normal, although it may appear frozen. Any errors will be displayed onscreen as before. Read more

ViewModel enhancements for Report Designer

The following Report Designer ViewModels have been updated and/or added in Attaché 19.2. 

Updated ViewModels:

New ViewModels:

Attaché deployments to your desktop

Attaché 19.2 includes technology enhancements that allow new features to be deployed to the desktop application without requiring an upgrade of your Attaché system. For example, a new financial reporting tool, Attaché Dashboard, with its first three gadgets – General Ledger Accounts, Sales by Customer and Inventory Forecasting – is due to be released via an Attaché Online deployment before the end of 2019. To find out about the latest deployments, visit the Attaché Release Log page in the Help Centre.

Financial Reporting

(Coming soon) Attaché Dashboard for financial reporting

Attaché 19.2 includes back-end changes that facilitate the upcoming release of Attaché Dashboard. The dashboard will initially include three gadgets but many more are planned for the future. You'll be able to use the dashboard to review high-level information about your business as well as being able to more quickly access accounts, masterfiles and transactions through gadget links.

We anticipate deploying Attaché Dashboard with its first three gadgets – General Ledger Accounts, Sales by Customer and Inventory Forecasting – before the end of 2019.

Attaché Cloud Connector version 19

Attaché Cloud Connector has been deployed in conjunction with Attaché 19.2. The new version simplifies the process of connecting a desktop company to an online organisation and also provides access to a list of existing company-organisation connections. Previous versions of Cloud Connector were run from the server and required the Organisation Key to be copied from Attaché Online in order to establish a connection.

To run Cloud Connector version 19 to establish or maintain a connection, you need to be an Organisation Admin user for the organisation as well as have access rights to Company Options in the desktop. If you do not have access rights to Company Options, you can launch Cloud Connector but will only be able to access the View all company connections list.

You now launch Cloud Connector from the main left-hand menu on the desktop (Modern menu only) after logging in to the company you intend to connect. After launching Cloud Connector, follow the step-by-step wizard to establish the connection.

Compatibility

  • Cloud Connector version 19 can be run with Attaché 19.1 or later.
  • Once Attaché 19.2 is installed, you will no longer be able to run Cloud Connector version 2 from the server. (If you attempt to, a message is displayed pointing you to the new Cloud Connector version 19 on the desktop.)


See also Setting up and connecting to your online organisation

To align with Attaché versioning convention, the new Cloud Connector is released as version 19. It is the third major release of Cloud Connector, replacing version 2.

Related resources

Related Resources

Learn how to connect your Attaché company to your Attaché Organisation (3:28 mins Video)

Learn how to connect your Attaché desktop company to an online organisation using Cloud Connector v19. video (3:28 mins)