PassAid Release History

Version 2.80   (release date: 2017-04-23)

- Bug fixes:
-- The bug introduced in version 2.78 where, under certain conditions, PassAid
     reported "Password changed" when in fact password was not actually changed,
     has been fixed


Version 2.79   (release date: 2017-02-02)

- New features
-- Installing and running PassAid on Windows 10 machines is fully supported

- Bug fixes:
-- Improved detection of other PassAid sessions running on the user's computer
-- Previously missing files with instructions on how to remove "Administrator: "
     from window titles are now included in installation package
-- Checking for PassAid latest version does not fail anymore with an "Unable to
     determine..." message when an Internet connection is available

Version 2.78   (release date: 2014-01-19)

- New features
-- When current Oracle client home contains a SQL*Plus global profile script 
     glogin.sql that produces output, PassAid does not crash anymore when user
     enters a password, but shows a descriptive message and refuses to use that
     Oracle home
-- The name of the Unistall shortcut now includes the application name so that it
     is clear which application it uninstalls - useful on Windows 8 where multiple
     similarly named shortcuts may appear on the desktop under the same header

- Bug fixes:
-- PassAid shortcuts in Windows Start Menu and on the desktop have been modified,
     and so 64-bit Windows systems no longer substutute a generic icon for PassAid
     icon when displaying open PassAid windows

Version 2.77   (release date: 2014-01-09)

- New features
-- When the titles of PassAid windows on user's computer begin with "Administrator:"
     and this prevents user from seeing the rest of the title, a tip is displayed
     upon starting PassAid advising user on how to get rid of "Administrator:" in
     window titles
-- The PassAid application icon has changed. The icon file now includes a 256-bit
    and a 48-bit icons which, in certain situations, are used by the latest versions
    of Windows

- Bug fixes:
-- Under certain versions of 64-bit Windows, progress report of checking database
     group names was displayed by printing processed names one after another rather
     than each next entry overwriting the previous one on the same line. This has
     been fixed
-- The non-working links to GNU General Public License and menu options in the
     Miscellaneous help file have been fixed

Version 2.76   (release date: 2012-03-22)

- Bug fixes:
-- A bug preventing user from opening PassAid reports has been fixed

Version 2.75   (release date: 2012-02-03)

- New features:
-- The Enter Password utility has been redesigned. It now runs in the main window;
     the characters of the password being entered are never displayed; the utility
     is not subject to the Windows bug that previously prevented a "blind"
     password window from being displayed
-- New password is now accepted when it differs from old password only in letter
-- The utility to select multiple items or files from a list now utilizes full 
     width of the window if necessary rather than truncate long entries to 65

- Bug fixes:
-- SQLPlus command-line options -L and -R are not used when PassAid uses an Oracle
     Database client that does not support those options
-- When set editing method is "select from list", menu command CX (exclude indiv.
    databases) now shows only database names currently selected for password change
    in the selection list of database names to exclude from
-- When no valid network configuration file tnsnames.ora is found for the current
     Oracle home, verifying a database group now does not display a message 
     "All group names successfully verified" when the group has no references 
      to other database groups
-- File selection utility, when invoked with file extension wildcard filter, now
     correctly displays only files matching the wildcard filter
-- File selection utility now does not show empty CD drives in the list of
     available drives when "Select another drive" option is selected
-- The bug introduced in version 2.73 that on 64-bit operating systems prevented
     PassAid from finding some installed Oracle homes has been fixed
-- Support for Oracle Instant Client has been improved

Version 2.74   (release date: 2011-11-09)

- New features:
-- New password can now differ from old password only in letter capitalization

- Bug fixes:
-- SQLPlus command-line option -L is not used when PassAid has to use an Oracle 
    Database client that does not support SQLPlus -L option
-- When set editing method is "select from list", menu command CX (exclude indiv.
    databases) now shows only database names currently selected for password change
    in the list of database names to exclude from
-- Fixed endless cycle in user choice dialogs that was happening in some localized
     Windows environments 
-- Implemented a workaround for a Windows bug that prevented a "blind" password 
     window from being displayed on some machines and caused application to hang;
     application does not hang anymore but posts a message that "blind" window
     feature is not available on that machine
-- Removed calls to Windows GRAFTABL.EXE utility which is not available on some 
     Windows 7 machines

Version 2.73   (release date: 2011-07-06)
- New features:
-- Improved handling (creation, maintenance, export/import, etc.) of database
     groups with names that contain characters not supported by the active code
     page and extended ASCII (upper-ASCII) characters:
--- assigning database group names that contain characters not supported by the
      active code page is not allowed; hash characters "#" in database group name
      are also not allowed since they will be treated as the beginning of a comment
      in another group definition file that references the group
--- a new command added to the Database Groups menu to find groups with names
      that have characters not supported by the active code page and also hash
      characters "#"; if such groups are found, they can be renamed
--- when exporting a selected list of database groups, the list file with the
      selected names is now encoded using the current ANSI code page rather
      than with the OEM code page. As a result, file names with extended ASCII
      characters are recognized by the export utility (zip.exe or pkzipc.exe )
      and such files are included in the export file

- Bug fixes:
-- Working with an Oracle home whose path is not in PATH environmental variable
     or is preceded there by another Oracle home is now handled correctly
-- User regained the ability to suppress a reminder to use menu command Q to close
     the application rather than kill the window (the ability was lost in ver. 2.72)
-- PassAid now correctly determines which TNSNames.ora file will be used by Oracle
     Database client in some situations when no client is registered in Windows
     registry and an ORACLE_HOME environment variable is defined
-- Multiple improvements in the single file/folder picker utility:
--- the listing no longer shows an empty page beyond the last item when the number
      of available items is a multiple of 20 and user enters L (last page) command
--- performance improved (pages are displayed much faster) when the number of
      available items is very big

Version 2.72   (release date: 2010-10-06)
- New features:
-- Upon startup, PassAid now optionally checks if a newer version is avaialble
-- Multiple single file/folder picker utility changes:
--- user can now type in a file or folder name from any allowed folder or drive
      - an alternative to navigating to the desired folder and entering the
      item's number; a new name can be entered when allowed; short 8-dot-3 
      substitutions for long file names are supported; user input is checked
      and validated
--- file and folder names containing Unicode characters are no longer displayed
      with question marks "?" substituted for those characters; instead, such
      items are filtered out and user is notified
--- when showing a list of available drives, physical paths for virtual
      (substituted) drives are now displayed next to drive letters
--- a ? (help) command is now available

- Bug fixes:
-- Folder names containing parentheses no longer cause crashes
-- User is now referred to for _information about_ downloading
     zip.exe and unzip.exe utilities, not for directly downloading (the site
     does not offer executables for download)
-- The old menu command CA ("Connect as") which had been removed in an earlier
     release but was still available from the Connections group menu and caused
     crashes is no longer accepted
-- The menu command for Password options in the Connections group menu that was
     listed as CO (and caused crashes when entered) is now correctly listed as
     CP, like in the main menu
-- Folder names containing ampersand character "&" are not anymore displayed
     with a caret "^" preceding the ampersand
-- When user creates a database group by typing database names in a Notepad
     session and the saved file is empty, the user is no longer asked to
     assign a name to the group
-- Improved handling of cases when an attempt to delete or overwrite a file
     fails (due to lack of access rights, read-only drive, etc.)
-- PassAid no longer skips files and other items whose names begin with a
     semicolon ";"
-- Multiple improvements in the single file/folder picker utility:
--- the listing no longer goes beyond the last page when the number of available
      items is a multiple of 20 and the user enters an L (last page) command
--- improved input validation of user-typed file/folder names

Version 2.71   (release date: 2009-12-30)
- New features:
-- Improved support for installation on 64-bit Windows operating systems

Version 2.70   (release date: 2009-08-27)
- New features:
-- Install-time verification that version being installed is the latest one
-- Improved security: new warning about importance of using the Q command to exit
-- New menu options:
--- check if a newer version of the tool exists
--- go to tool's website
--- contact support
-- Clarified instructions for using non-local database name resolution methods
      (name directories, etc.)
-- Improved debugging capabilities

- Bug fixes:
-- Error message no longer displayed when the user has lost write permission
     to the directory where the tool is installed
-- Command options in custom report file manager command are now supported
-- Error message no longer displayed when a database group export/import
    command is selected and an expired trial version of PKZIP.EXE is found
-- Timestamp part of report file names no longer contains spaces
-- Error messages is no longer displayed after a database group is deleted 
      (current directory is now restored to the original directory)
-- Application will now work when CMD.EXE command extensions are not enabled
-- Installation and application programs will now work when directory with
      non-Windows (e.g. Unix/Linux-type) command utilities like FIND.EXE are
      listed in PATH before the Windows system directory
-- Uninstallation program will not remove Windows Start Menu entries and desktop
      shortcuts for other BS Utilities for Oracle tools (like MuSQL) installed
      at other locations

Version 2.65   (release date: 2009-04-23)
- Installation is now supported on machines where installing user does not have
   local administrator rights or has UAC (User Account Control) enabled
- Modified installation program that failed on versions of Windows Vista where
   EXPAND.EXE utility is incompatible with those in other releases
- Modified batch utilities to support the changed output format of REG.EXE Query
   command on some versions of Windows Vista
- Modified file picker utilities to filter out folders and files with some special
   characters (like percent sign %) in their names instead of rejecting the
   operation outright
- Fixed a bug introduced in version 2.63 that under certain conditions prevented
   User ID change
- Discontinued disabling of command history (previously entered command recall).
   Because of Windows bugs, in Windows XP and earlier versions such disabling
   caused an instant system crash when user accidentally pressed certain function
   keys (F2, F3), while in Windows Vista disabling did not work and command history
   remained enabled.

Version 2.63   (release date: 2009-04-03)
- Bug fixes:
-- Fixed incorrectly generated report names on systems with some locales
-- Corrected a bug where exercising an option to enter a different current password
    for one database after a 'wrong password' connection failure affected new
    passwords in subsequent databases
- Made improvements to allow entering passwords with space and tab characters
- Reformulated and clarified wording of some instructions and prompts

Version 2.62   (release date: 2008-06-03)
- Bug fixes:
-- Fixed a bug where an attempt to change a default settings (user ID, database
   selection, etc.) changed the current setting
- Reformulated and clarified wording of some instructions and prompts

Version 2.60   (release date: 2008-04-04)
- New features:
-- Nested database groups.
-- Export/import of database groups.
- Bug fixes:

Version 2.52   (release date: 2008-01-21)
- Bug fixes:
-- Fixed a bug that caused database connections failures due to incorrect
   userid/password not to be reported after user selected option 3 (to continue
   with remaining databases without showing options).
-- Fixed invalid URL in support.html.

Version 2.51   (release date: 2007-10-18)
- Bug fixes:
-- Fixed a bug in Database Groups program that, when started directly from Windows
   Start menu, prevented it from finding Oracle Home.
-- Removed unused option CA (Connect As) from main menu.

Version 2.50   (release date: 2007-08-24)
- First public release.