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Release Notes File Information:

Release Notes File for PageGate Version 6.0.15

Changes since 6.0.14

General:
- Added field for Fax Class in PG Admin, for fax type carriers
- Connectors now report fax class in logs for fax type carriers
- Added the ability to set a slight pause between messages

Changes since 6.0.13

General:
- Some read timeouts weren't happening in the mail server - fixed

Changes since 6.0.12

General:
- Dial-up-networking capabilities removed from mail server service

Release Notes File for PageGate Version 6.0.5

Changes since 6.0.4

General:
- Add %Carrier% variable to templates
- Fix %Pin% variable in templates
- Improve retrieval of multiple GSM replies
- Fix problem in PGAdmin and PGSched on systems running foreign language version of Windows
- Update connectors so that if one type of SMTP authentication fails, it will try other types - if available
- Update mail server module to handle comments in email addresses better
- Updated GetMail interface to allow SpamKeywords list to also look in the message subject

Release Notes File for PageGate Version 6.0.4

Changes since 5.0.93

General:
- Basic 2-way support (accept replies) for cellular modems (GSMAT protocol)
- Optimizations for database access, code execution, and processor utilization
- Improved compatibility with newer operating systems
- Many minor cosmetic and bug fixes

GUI Client:
- Optimized database access
- Improved compatibility with newer operating systems (esp Win7)

Connectors:
- New optimized serial port handling routines
- Support for serial ports above COM16
- Improved support for USB modems Improved support for cellular modems (GSMAT protocol)
- Improved support for fax modems (FAX protocol)
- New FILE protocol that allows messages to be written out to text files
- Custom filter programs can post-process messages written by the File protocol
- Improved message subject handling (especially SMTP protocol)
- Support for subject templates
- New macros supported in message templates (%OriginalRecipient%, %LastRecipient%)
- CRAM-MD5 authentication support (SMTP)
- Improved proxy server support (WCTP)
- HTTPS support (WCTP)

GetAscii:
- Larger lookup tables are now possible
- Custom filter programs can be made to pre-process all incoming messages

GetMail:
- Support for additional MIME types in email messages
- Improved message parsing

GetSerial:
- New optimized serial port handling routines
- Support for serial ports above COM16
- Improved support for USB modems
- Larger lookup tables are now possible
- Improved logging

GetTap:
- Greatly improved logging
- Improved message handling and parsing
- New optimized serial port handling routines
- Support for serial ports above COM16
- Improved support for USB modems

GetWeb:
- Minor updates only

Scheduler:
- Improved database efficiency

SMTP Server:
- Improved compatibility with newer operating systems
- Improved support for running as an application
- Improved support for running as a system service
- Support for authentication for relayed messages

SNPP Server:
- Improved compatibility with newer operating systems
- Greatly improved support for running as an application
- Better logging when running as an application
- Improved support for running as a system service

TAP2ASCII
- New multiple incoming TAP servers available, for multiple modem or direct serial TAP connections

Changes since 5.09
- Minor bug fixes

Changes since 5.0.8
- Fixed problem with sending of success/failure notifications
- Fixed problem when client security is not enabled, but admin security is, and using Windows credentials to try to get to client setup screen
- Fixed problem where interfaces were filtering out 'group_list' groups instead of 'display_group' groups.
- Increased number of recipients in envlope of incoming SMTP connections to 500

Changes since 5.0.7
- Send subject option on recipients changed to ALWAYS send something for the subject (sends 'Text Message' if a subject can't be found in the message test
- Domain POP collection can now use
- DomainAliases too Changed 'Show All Dialers' in PGMonitor to 'Show All Connectors'
- Added AdHoc support to the GetTap interface GetTap has been expanded to accept messages up to 2000 characters in length (was 240)
- Getmail will accept the subject of a message even if the body can't be read

Changes since 5.0.6
- Fixed problem where message text from incoming emails were converted to lowercase
- Fixed problem where incoming POP messages were sometimes marked as duplicates
- Fixed problem where recipients weren't recognized in some POP messages
- Removed control character encoding (transparent TAP) in Raw Serial protocol
- Fixed db error with synchronization importing recipients with web service enabled
- Fixed truncation problem in decoding multipart mime email messages Improved timeout detection on SMTP connections
- Fixed problem where email-only type recipients were leaving .pro files in the MailIn folder Added capability for multi-line presets messages in GUI Client Changes since 5.0.5 - Fixed totals on recipient sent message report (message total for each recipient was cumulative)
- Fixed syntax error in query expression when sending via GSM Fixed problem with domain POP collection where some headers had first character truncated
- Fixed problem with local domain being case sensitive for domain pop collection Fixed problem with too large of a timeout value for POP collection
- Fixed UIDL collection problem where same message is retrieved multiple times

Changes since 5.0.4
- Fixed problem with ad-hoc recipient processing introduced in v 5.0.2

Changes since 5.0.3
- Fixed problem with Advanced Ascii processing when the multiple character wildcard is changed from '*' to something else
- Changed logging to show ascii value of characters in '<>' instead of using a generic '^' character
- Fixed hourglass behavior on import screens
- Fixed auto-conversion of full recipient name to short name when the apostrophe is used
- Made changes to get rid of sporatic 3219 errors in GUI Client
- Added support for displaying a list of pagegate servers in GUI Client on startup (serverlist.txt)
- Fixed error 9 problem when using the brows button for selecting a new database location if current is invalid on startup
- Fixed problem using failure notification lists if the failure happend connecting to the carrier

Changes since 5.0.2
- Small delay added to initial 220 response of server, for some slow servers IP address text added to log for initial SMTP connection
- Improved how default values for advanced and unused settings are handled when creating and editing carriers and recipients
- Fixed 'Enabled' box on Ad-Hoc Mail screen.
- Fixed problem where the ad-hoc feature could be used to send a message to a id/pin that matched an existing recipient with that interface disabled
- Added spam keyword detection capability to GetMail interface

Changes since 5.0.1
- Fixed error in PG Admin when a static recipient was set for GetAscii advanced ascii or GetSerial, and the recipient was deleted fixed problem where an extra colon was being left in SMTP messages if the "don't send from" option is used lengthened password fields in database (means a database version update too)

Changes since 5.0.0
- Fixed error message that was displayed after database rebuild in PG Admin
- Changed behavior of dropped connections in pgmailserver
- Reworked email filtering in pgmailserver and pggmail

General Changes:
- Microsoft Vista Support
- Fax support added
- Linked tables MS SQL support
- Max message length increased to 6000 characters
- master/slave servers -a single master can propagate its changes to up to 8 slave servers. All the servers must be on the same LAN/WAN (shared folders)
- 3 Levels of logging (summary, detail, debug)
- Login name, machine naem, PG username, tracked with messages
- Expanded detail in logging (mostly when 'debug' level is used)

PG Admin Changes:
- Archive manager mode (/archive commandline parameter)
- Audit log stored in the PageGate database (all changes in PG Admin tracked)
- Display groups for GUI Client
- Security options. Each object (i.e. recipient, group, etc.) is assigned a creator/manager. Users can be setup so that only the 'manager' of the object can change or delete it. This can allow multiple administrator to only be able to manage their own recipients.
- Unchecking the 'enabled' box for interfaces will prompt to disable the interface for all recipients/groups.
- DNS values for GetMail are auto detected, if possible
- Greatly improved speed in some reports
- 'Sent by Recipient' report will show status of all messages to group members if 'recipient' is a group
- group loops no longer allowed to be created
- commandline options: /archive /archiveimport /showlogin
/archive will put PG Admin into 'Archive Manager' mode, and will import all pending archive files into the archive database
/archiveimport will import all pending archive files into the archive database, and then exit
/showlogin will not try to use the Windows login credentials, but will display a new login screen each time
- Special registry settings: NoLoginOption - won't show the login screen unless the /showlogin commandline option is used
- Hotkey - <ctrl>N pops up a menu of choices for new objects (carrier, recipient, group etc...)
- Rename option for recipients and groups
- New login behavior
- All logs now have 'find' button

- program ->. security -> settings
enable security for admin program (requires user /login)
enable security for GUI Client (requires user/login)
warning about creating an 'admin' user before enabling admin security

- program ->. security -> users
add/edit/delete user accounts

- program -> security -> users -> Add
username - unique login name
use windows login credentials - if checked client and admin will allow a user logged into windows with this name to access the program.
password - password for the user
alias - this user is just another name/password for the 'alias' user (basically gives them the same security and manager rights)
display group - overrides the display group settings in the client
sender - overrides the sender setting in the client
station - overrides the station setting in the cliet presets
file - overrides the preset file setting in the client
rights - check the rights for this user 'own' means they can only change the recipients/etc. that they are the creator/manager for

- program -> security ->
log shows all changes made in pg admin, and who did it

- program -> tools -> file version shows file version info for all programs in the pagegate program folder

- program -> tools -> modem scan
- program -> tools -> port scan
- database -> settings
run purge now button will purge message older than the 'purge after' setting immediately, instead of waiting for the nightly cleanup routine move messages to archive will move a copy of all messages older than the 'move after (days) into an archive database (good for retaining history while also keeping the pagegate database size down

- database -> statue new display group records field
- database -> tools -> import -> security

- database -> tools -> export -> security - database -> tools -> synchronization
used to synchronize one or more slave databases with a master database

- database -> tools -> synchronization -> export - this - database ->
would be setup on the 'master' server enable
automatic export - will export changes to the master database to export folders (one for each slave server) probably shouldn't be more often then once an hour
export interval - how often the export will happen
export folder 1-8 - up to 8 slave servers is supported
export carriers, recipients, groups, security - what data to export (note: messages can not be synchronized between servers. however, all the slave servers can use a common archive database to collect all the messages back to a central location, after the fact

- database -> tools -> synchronization -> import - this - database ->
would be setup on each of the 'slave' servers enable automatic import - will periodically check for import files from the master server import interval
- can be set for a short inteval (like 5 minutes), because most of the time it won't do anything. import folder
- should match one of the export folders on the master server import carriers, recipients, groups, security
- what type of import to do (add only, update only, add/update, add/update/remove)

- interfaces -> getmail -> settings email
outcome removed because it is now handled by the notification sending system

- interfaces -> getmail -> settings -> adhoc
enable adhoc mail - enables getmail to look for messages addressed to adhoc recipients (v4 this was always on)

- interface -> gettap -> settings
use 'direct' in init string for a direct serial connection, instead of a modem connection (undocumented in v4)

- interfaces -> getweb -> settings
CGI URL - the URL to the webgate.exe CGI as seen from the outside world. In combination with updated getweb template files the eliminates the need to manually edit the templates and updating the 'form action' line.
- interfaces -> getweb -> settings -> adhoc
same as getmail's adhoc capabilities

- carriers -> settings
new 'advanced' object under carriers for the more advanced options (moved from the regular settings object)
max PIN length - used to limit the number of digits from the PIN number used with this carrier (extra digits are stripped of the beginning)

new protocol -fax GSM protocol renamed to GSM-AT - recipients -> settings
order of full name and recipient name switched - recipient name is automatically offered after typing in full name manager
- the user that controlls this recipient.
If security is enabled, only managers can change/delete their own recipients
- recipients -> settings -> misc renamed to advanced - groups -> settings
order of description and group name switched

- group name is automatically offered after typing in description manager
- the user that controlls this group. If security is enabled, only managers can change/delete their own groups display groups
- used in GUI client, to setup different groups of recipients that each client has access to
- logging -> settings
logging level

- can set logging to summary, detail, or debug (no more modem.dbg needed for debugging in logs!)
- reports sever minor updates to reporting - minor changes to what info shows up on some reports (mostly to do with groups I think), and other minor improvements Archive Manager
- can pull reports for individual or all servers GetWeb
- ad-hoc web (kind of like ad-hoc mail)
- updated templates GetMail - can now pass messages with basic HTML bodies Dialers
- fax delivery capability - message templates, for carrier, recipient, global
- .mtp files if they exist, will be used
- send failure and/or success notifications to a list of email recipients (must have getmail setup): failurenotifylist.txt, successnotifylist.txt uses failure.mtp for format
- can specify max pin length. extra digits are stripped from the beginning (i.e. strip area code)
- https support PG Client
- display groups
- new security settings and login behavior
- pending/good/bad display forms can now be sorted by headings and requeue messages
- falilure warning popup
- preset prompting (if any presets are setup for recipient/group a list of message choices will be shown when the recipient/group is chosen)
- recipients can be tied to preset messages (if no message, then acts as shortcut to recipient)
- can view what groups a recipient belongs to
- special label names/values in 'extra' fields: %Pin%, %Carrier%, %Manager%
- more presets screen can be sorted by headings
- 'sent by recipient' report will show status of all message to group members if 'recipient' is a group - special registry settings: NoLoginOption
- won't show the login screen unless the /showlogin commandline option is used
- serverdown.txt (on startup or when date/time goes red)
- cancel all messages options (right-click on pend or hot-key)
- new hot-keys +
S - send message
A - cancel all pending messages
E - erase/clear recipient list and message box
C - clear message box
F - find recipient
P - show 'more presets'
R - set focus to the recipient list
T - set focus to message text area
X - clear selected recipients - numeric recipients have an (N)
- max message length
- limits # of chars that can be entered into message text area
- new login behavior

- File -> Setup
lock to group changed to display group max msg length field added

- File -> Setup -> Display Options
failure warning popup - pops up big warning message if a message fails (even if it is minimized)
confirm send - prompts before sending message

PG Monitor Changes:
- integration with notepager pro
- commandline options /p=### to set the port for PG monitor to watch

Release Notes File for PageGate Version 4.0b2

Changes: (since 4.0b1)
see below features

Features:
Serial (RS232) monitoring interface added
TAP incoming interface added
WCTP protocol supported
Failover for carriers
Improved reporting in PG Admin
Messages can be held for recipients until a time of day
Extra comment fields added to each recipient

ASCII Interface
GetAscii can now monitor for changes in files
GetAscii can parse info out of data files

GUI Client Interface
Hot-Key shortcuts added to PG Client
2 more levels of passwords added
GUI Client supports 100 preset messages
GUI Client can display the members of a greoup (shift-click groups name)
GUI Client can be minimized optionally to task bar or system tray
Client in the history log can be copied, modified or resent
Added reporting to PG Client
In PG Client can filter recipient list according to comment fields

Note: Importing and exporting between the database and text files is not enabled Documentation is not 100% complete

Release Notes File Information:

Release Notes File for PageGate Version 4.0 beta1

Changes: (since version 3.7)
see below features

Features:
SNPP protocol supported
UCP protocol supported
Failover recipients supported (if messages fail to one recipient they can be sent to another)
GUI Client now supports 100 preset messages
GUI Client can now display the members of a group (shift-click on the group's name in the recipient lists)
GUI Client can now be minimized to the regular Windows taskbar
GUI Client in the history log can be copied and modified or resent
PG Monitor updated
The number of messages delivered in a dial-up session can be limited
Dialers can be set to deliver internet based messages only (set modem port to 0)

PageGate Release Notes

Overview: PageGate now includes a fully functional SMTP/POP mail server with it's E-mail interface. Previously, PageGate used a third-party mail server (Mdaemon) for part of it's functionality. By building all mail functions directly into it, PageGate has gained capabilities and speed, while being able to be offered at a lower price.

Current Version: PageGate v3.5

Changes: (since 3.5 beta sp3)
Problem when printing history file from GUI client fixed
Option added to not send 'from' field as part of the message text
Fixed problem in scheduler when messages are sent to an empty group
More options made available for ad-hoc recipients

Changes: (since 3.5 beta sp2)
PGAdmin
Preliminary help file documentation completed
Tone wait string not displaying correctly - resolved
Duplicate mailbox names are no longer allowed New report added for messages sent by recipient

PGDial1
Error encountered after sending message - resolved
PGSched Problem sending to groups fixed GUI Client Name changed to 'PageGate

GUI Client
System tray icon behavior improved

Changes: (since 3.5 beta sp1)
Temporary evaluation keys no longer expire prematurely
Context sensitive help has been added.
Full help file still does not include documentation for new email service.

Changes: (since 3.5 beta)
PG Admin
The service pack version (SP) is now displayed on the top right corner of PG Admin when showing version info.
The formatting of the 'Pending Msg' button on the pending messages screen has been fixed.
On the 'Dial Up Networking Settings' screen, the 'Enabled' checkbox was not staying checked: fixed.
Dialer1/GetMail Coordinated dialing between dial-up networking and message delivery now works correctly.
New log entries for dial-up networking progress added.
Scheduler Trims new dial-up networking logs as part of nightly cleanup routine. Problem with scheduling future/repeating messages (error message) resolved.

NotePager Net Client
The main screen stayed disabled after exiting the options screen with the 'X': fixed.

GUI Interface
The status of the interface was not being reported correctly to PG Monitor.

Changes: (since version 3.16)
PageGate now has all email function built-in (MDaemon is no longer used/required)
In this beta release, the help documentation has not been changed to reflect this change
See the following documentation for features, capabilities, and setup of the new email server

Changes: (since version 3.15)
New setup program - smaller and faster
Problem with NotePager Net not updating status logs fixed
Problem with too many users accessing database error fixed
Promptless setup options for administrators (see pgreadme.txt)

Changes: (since version 3.14)
A memory leak was fixed in pagegate.exe when running on Windows9x

Changes: (since version 3.13)
This version uses the newly released MS Jet Database engine v4.0 sp4
Problem with on-call groups fixed
NotePager Net's 'Use these setting for all local users' setting works
Improved automatic database rebuild routines
Message count report format improved
Problem with PG Monitor becoming permanently minimized fixed
Problem in schedule when using multiple dialers fixed

Changes: (since version 3.12)
Problem fixed where NotePager Net sometimes did not retain the prog buttons Problem fixed where full name group list web pages didn't update correctly
Problem fixed causing NotePager Net to give an error on the initial run

Changes: (since version 3.11)
New Feature in NotePager Net GUI Client:
The administrator can now disable various capabilities of NotePager Net to simplify the interface (i.e. Spell Check, Pre-Programmed messages, etc.)
Problem fixed in GetMail causing collection loop
Problem fixed in Scheduler in repeating messages

Changes: (since version 3.10)
Problem fixed where the cleanup routine was dropping leading zeros in the registration key information
Problem fixed where only the first 5 recipients were shown in NotePager Net's local recipient list screen
Memory leak in PageGate.exe fixed
Problem fixed not allowing administrators to add new recipients
Problem fixed where modem in use error was not displayed correctly

Changes: (since version 3.07)
General PageGate is now fully Windows 2000 compatible
PageGate's database has been upgraded to be compatible MS Access 2000

NotePager Net (GUI) client:
local recipient lists can be stored in a shared folder on a workstation, program settings can be saved for all users or just a single user smaller fonts can be used in the recipient pick lists

Email messages sent as an attachment inside another mail message are accepted

Web full names can be shown on group-list web pages

Changes: (since version 3.06)
New version of the jet database engine used (v4.0) to resolve intermittent database corruption problems

Changes: (since version 3.05)
Added new options when canceling messages from PG Admin
Readme and Release notes files can be viewed prior to install
Cosmetic fixes to PG Admin, PG Monitor and installation programs
Added to troubleshooting and faq sections of the help file Minor bug fixes

Changes: (since version 2.09)
Many new features and enhancements (almost a total rewrite)
New object oriented Admin user interface with many new features
Application runs as a NT and 9x system service 16 concurrent dialers supported with enhanced logic and throughput
Any dialer can support a direct connection or dedicated carrier Init string and dialing prefix settable at dialer level
Supports running NotePager Net (GUI) client from shared network drive
Supports messages up to 2000 characters in length
NotePager Net (GUI) client support Ad-Hoc paging
Improved sendpage.exe and webgate.exe
Real-time monitoring program that can be run remotely over LAN/WAN/WWW
The Ascii interface (GetAscii) has been greatly enhanced enabling it to scan multiple locations for input files and accept files without user information inside the file.
Network bandwidth use by all modules has been reduced
Three levels of password protection has been added
Formatting characters can be optionally removed from messages
Many more updates, improvements, and new features

Changes: (since version 2.07)
Users of the GUI interface (NotePager Net) can now use shared network user lists as their local user lists
Microsoft Jet database engine has been upgraded to the latest version (version 3.51) Significantly reduced processor utilization during modem connections

Changes: (since version 2.06)
Sending messages to numeric pagers using touch tones is now supported
The bandwidth usage of the GUI interface (NotePager Net) has been reduced
Users of the GUI interface (NotePager Net) can be restricted to their local userlist only
The domain name added to the 'from' field of messages forwarded via email is now settable.
The default is 'mydomain'
Fixed problem where mail accounts are not always added correctly when there are a large number of mail accounts in MDaemon. 'Excessive database retries' error messages have been resolved

New Features: (since version 2.05)
Scheduling of multiple dialers has been rewritten and given to the sched program. This will increase the dialer's efficiency and decrease duplicate dialing.
A new version of the web CGI program (webgate.exe) is included.
It supports drop-down lists on web pages generated by PageGate Improved error handling to compensate for some bugs in the Microsoft Jet database engine

New Features: (since version 2.04)
Resolved 'Warning - excessive database errors' problem
Resolved random 'error 5' on startup of NotePager Net

New Features: (since version 1.4)
Test messages can be sent from within PageGate's Admin program
All pending messages for a user can be cancelled PageGate's settings, carriers, users, and groups can be imported/exported from within PageGate's Admin program Separate detailed logs are kept for each dialer
The number of retries, and the retry interval for each carrier is settable
Support for direct cable connection to paging terminals Support for carriers that require a password
Support for pulse dialing
Settable notification code for numeric pagers
On-call groups supported Long messages are broken up into several smaller messages

*** Here are some important file name changes in PageGate ***

File Name Changes: (since version 1.4)
PageGate's main database file has been changed from pgedb.mdb to pagegate.mdb. It usually resides in the PageGate program directory.
The mailbox format file (.mbf) used with the Mdaemon mail server has been changed from notepage.mbf to pagegate.mbf.
It resides in the \mdaemon\app directory
The web interface's cgi program's name has changed from web2mail.exe to webgate.exe.
It may reside in the \inetpub\cgi-bin directory or any other directory you setup.
All of the above should be handled automatically by PageGate upgrade routine. NotePager Net's executable file has changed from NotePagerNet.exe to NPNet.exe. The new sendpage program for the commandline/ascii interface is sendpage.exe.
Its syntax is displayed if it is run without any commandline options.
Anyone that is updating the database directly should be sure to take notice of the name change.
In addition PageGate now uses Microsoft's latest database engine (the files are part of the download and automatically installed). This may be a problem if you application is written to use an older version of MS Access.

Upgrade Information: If you are upgrading from an earlier version of PageGate, please use the following procedure:
1) Make a full backup of your installation!!!
2) Uninstall the old version of PageGate by using the 'Add/Remove Programs' option in the Windows control panel. This will uninstall the program files, but will leave the data files intact."
3) Install PageGate Version 2 using the instructions above. Be sure to specify the same installation directory for version 2 that was used by the earlier version of PageGate.
4) Run pgadmin.exe (PageGate's Admin program) from PageGate's program directory. This will upgrade PageGate's database file without starting the other modules.
5) Quit out of PageGate and then start it as usual.

 


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