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I wish you all Happy New Year!
I'm glad to announce publicly available GRO 2.0 version!
GRO 2.0 supports shared Contacts and Listings repositories for multiple LAN users, as well as for single users with multiple PC (over web-sychronized drives, like Dropbox). Spaces are replicated to local cache at every PC, and allow concurrent offline updates - even when not connected to LAN.
Please read Shared Spaces chapter in the supplied User's Manual.
Your comments are welcomed - please submit them here and at the Golden Rules Organizer Forum.
GRO 1.x has reached stability, so the next thing is GRO 2.0 - collaboration, as the version implies.
This will be the biggest enhancement, and hopefully will be available before Christmas - at least, in beta.
In the meantime, I wish you happy usage of GRO!
It is now possible to specify rate per hour in the Project Details dialog (dialog is rewritten for this release). Child projects may inherit rate per hour from their parent, or may override it. Inherited rate is shown as effective rate.
Rate per hour serves to calculate work cost (estimated, remaining, or actual). Cumulative work cost may be viewed by pressing the Totals button in Projects toolbar. Actual cost is prorated based on actual number of minutes reported in Logs for the project and its children.
New secondary tab - Expenses - has been added to the Projects tabs. It allows to track estimated and actual expenses.
Total estimated or actual expenses for the project and its children are shown in the Expenses toolbar.
Note that expense catalog may be maintained as one or more dedicated hierarchical projects (e.g., in Inactive status). When a new expense is added (via Expense Details dialog), its code, category, and title may be chosen from the catalog.
The Project Totals dialog, invoked by Totals button (also Ctrl+Shift+T), allows to view project hours and cost totals.
Scalable Contact Management
Scheduler is a new facility, first appearing in v1.6.0 (this article covers changes since that release). Significant effort is spent, and will continue to be spent, to create state-of-the art, non-graphical scheduler.
Portable GRO stores the database and the user settings in the installation directory, and not in the user home directory. This facilitates migration between computers, even if only home and work computers are involved - since there is no need in additional GRO installations on PCs, and no need to restore the data every time location is changed.
How to install portable GRO from GRO Home Page
1. Download Windows installer from GRO home page (may be done on any computer, with the only requirement that Java is available), and start the installation.
2. Change installation path to, for example, F:\GRO (assuming F: is your USB drive)
3. Unselect option 'Create Shortcuts in the Start Menu', and proceed.
How to install portable GRO from your local GRO installation (version 1.6.4 or higher required)
Copy your GRO installation directory (done using Windows installer) to, for example, F:\GRO (assuming F is USB drive).
How to run portable GRO
Submit run.bat (for Windows) or run.sh (for Unix and Lunux) located in the GRO directory on USB drive.
Note: you need to make GRO directory your current working directory before running.
What if a PC will not have Java installed?
To be prepared to the possible situation that target PC will not have Java, do the following (instructions are suitable for Windows):
1. Find out your JRE (Java Runtime Environment) directory: open Control Panel --> Java, go to Java tab, press View, and look-up the Path column.
2. Copy JRE directory to F: (assuming F: is USB drive)
3. Rename JRE directory on F: to jre.
Now your portable GRO will even run on a PC with no Java!
If you are using the Golden Rules Organizer and like the application, please help to promote it:
1. Vote it up on the software distribution site where you downloaded it, and leave your recommendation.
2. Subscribe to the Golden Rules Organizer Forum; post there about GRO functions you are actively using, features you wish to be added, functions you don't understand, features you don't like; ask questions; participate in discussions.
3. Share the application with your friends and colleagues, mention it on the Internet forums and in the blogs.
Thank you for using the Golden Rules Organizer!
New function - Reminders - has been added with sub-release 1.6.3.
Appointment reminders - can be specified for each appointment; default reminder is 15 minutes before the appointment, but this can be modified using Tools-->Options.
Event reminders - messages related to activation, urgency escalation, expiration, generation from task, etc. This is a replacement for Actions-->Check Events function, and these reminders are replacing the default pop-up message.
Reminders frame allows to navigate to the event (e.g., Appointment) by pressing Enter. The frame can be customized by resizing, moving, or changing column visibility (e.g., Event Date and Event Time columns are invisible by default).
It is now possible to compile agenda of an appointment that is connected to organizer entities:
Agenda entries may be tracked back from those entities via their new Schedule tab.
Following agenda features are available:
Although it will be further enhanced in the upcoming sub-releases, it provides essential scheduling facilities, integrated into the GRO system:
Supporting facility includes new Tools-->Options menu allowing to modify time presentation format and week start day.
Your comments in the GRO forum will be welcomed!