Optimate AlpaFarm has the longest documented revision history of any alpaca herd management program—13 years and counting!
Optimate has a proven history of regular and substantial and continuing program development, second to none in the industry.
============================= Optimate AlpaFarm WHAT'S NEW ============================= Optimate AlpaFarm Copyright Optimate Group Pty Ltd 2002-2015 All rights reserved WHAT'S NEW December 2015 improved Alpaca Report - added Microchip Number, DNA Number November 2015 improved Update Mating Schedule - increased size of comments field improved Browse Shearing Record - added row count improved Browse Shearing Record - added Masterfile/Herdbook/Agistment filter improved Browse Shearing Record - added sort by Micron and by Std Dev improved Update Alpaca - added CR, B, BB, TB, LRG to colour dropdown lists added Reports: Show Results October 2014 added Tools: Import AlpaFarm 2012 Data February 2013 added CLAA Number improved Backup/Restore/Send/Receive - made more robust improved handling of tighter security constraints imposed by Windows improved handling of Options file November 2012 improved Tools: Backup etc - improved handling of slow connections September 2012 updated file converter August 2012 added Death Register Report improved UpdateProgeny - changed order of prompts to cria, dam, sire improved Locale/Country - added Finland, Belgium, Sweden improved Herdbook Valuation Report - added Sortby improved Update Alpaca - added standalone RN (Roan) to list of available colours improved Browse/Update Paddock - added Property Identification Code (PIC) improved Locator History / Locator Snapshot Reports - added PIC; display both PICs in an animal movement when they differ, otherwise hide improved Update/Browse Paddock - widened Paddock Name to 25 characters fixed Locator Snapshot Report - sold/deceased animals were being excluded even if the sale/death occurred after the snapshot July 2012 added Tools: Backup added Tools: Restore added Tools: Send Data to AlpaFarm 2012 added Tools: Receive Data from AlpaFarm 2012 November 2011 added Tools: Import AlpaFarm 2010 Data added Tools: Import older AlpaFarm Data improved file converter - added UAC support October 2011 improved close down - now more streamlined October 2010 added support for Spanish June 2010 added full support for UAC added Datapath to info reported in Technical Support email improved overall look improved file converter improved Spitoff Report improved handling of calculation of coefficients of inbreeding improved internal handling of options file March 2010 added Breeding History subreport to Animal History Report added Herdbook Report - additional report with multiple sort orders January 2010 improved Update Shearing Record - recall Shearing Date and Sampling Date for next Insert improved Update Alpaca - delete corresponding Locator record when marking How Disposed as Deceased improved Fleece Test Labels Report - added facility to exclude Deceased and Sold animals from report improved Fleece Test Labels Report - added Ident and IAR to list of sort orders September 2009 added Empty Female Report added Parents Report added Browse/Update Testing Lab improved Update Alpaca - setting Disposed to 'Deceased' adds a record to Death Register if required improved Browse/Update Death Register - changed Alpaca droplist to lookup button improved Browse Mating Schedule - Pregnant filter now displays girls up to 60 days overdue improved Browse Mating Schedule - changed Count Rows to tickbox, same as Browse Alpaca improved Browse Mating Schedule - added Spitoffs columns, Surrogate column improved Browse Mating Schedule - added Mating Date to sort By Dam Full Name improved Update Mating Schedule - added Dam Owner, Sire Owner improved Update Mating Schedule/Mating Schedule Report - widened Comments improved Browse/Update/Select HerdPrefix - widened HerdPrefix improved Browse Show Result - added Comments column improved Update Show Result - added Judges' Names improved Update Shearing Record - added Sampling Date, Testing Lab improved Browse Breeding History - added Ident Number to sort By Name improved Browse Breeding History - changed Date format to follow Windows settings improved Update Breeding History - added Date calendar lookup improved Update Breeding History - changed Alpaca droplist to lookup button improved Update Breeding History - increased size of spin control on Date, added spin control to Line Number fixed Mating Schedule Report - wasn't always displaying picture of dam fixed Mating Schedule Report - widened animal names fixed Browse Herdbook - sometimes was out of date fixed Browse Mating Schedule - Herdbook filter didn't always show every animal in the Herdbook fixed Show Result Report - widened animal name fixed data extraction - did not support Vista fixed Update Alpaca - US - ARI Number was hidden March 2009 added customisable colour band to marketing reports February 2009 fixed Update Alpaca - Ident Number not always calculated correctly if Year droplist contained duplicate Year Code December 2008 improved Update Alpaca - added Ear Tag, a generic in-house tag improved Update Company - widened Bank, Account Name improved Update Invoice, Update Invoice Payment - widened Cheque Name, Cheque Bank improved Update Invoice, Update Invoice Detail, Print Invoice - widened Description, Long Description improved Browse/Update Item - widened Description fixed Update Alpaca - Year droplist could picked wrong year if list contained duplicate Year Code fixed Export Alpaca Seller - alpaca with no show results recorded could cause crash September 2008 added additional sort orders to Browse Invoice - Customer, Balance Owing and My Company added Comments control to Update Individual added Invoice Number to bottom section of invoice added Direct Deposit prompts to bottom section of invoice improved Insert Many (Locator) - didn't always handle blank destination Location sensibly fixed problem where maximised windows could be too large to fit on the screen June 2008 added Weight Chart - graph weight data for animal added Weight Export facility - export weight data to csv added check for sane window positioning improved Locator Snapshot Report - can now specify which paddock improved Update Alpaca - added "Unreg. Fem." to choice of gender improved Update Weight - remember the most recently used animal and date improved support for UK locale - BAS# etc improved Update Alpaca - US - made Pattern like other similar fields fixed Browse Shearing Record - widened button Shearing Report fixed Edit Husbandry Worksheet - widened button Delete Column fixed Locator Snapshot Report - UK - widened column Ear Tag May 2008 improved Sex - added "Unregistered Female" to list of choices improved Browse Vet Header - fixed text on Print Alpaca button improved Browse Country - fixed text on View Region button improved support for UK locale fixed ReportMatingSchedule - was including deceased animals March 2008 improved Location History Snapshot Report - added Sortby Ident, From, To improved Finances menu - clarified Companies and Customers menu options improved Update Alpaca - added AARNumber, DNANumber fixed Update Worksheet Matrix - infinite loop when selecting a column before any rows had been added December 2007 added Animal History Report - combination reports for animals fixed Agisted Alpaca/Sold/Herd Shearing/Location History Snapshot/Mating Schedule/Herd Weight Reports - setup window was ignoring Alt+F4 fixed Update Locator History - didn't update To-Paddock fixed Reports saved as PDF - normal text was saved as bold fixed windows sometimes flickered or redrew slowly when resized fixed caption buttons in maximised windows not always removed when window closed August 2007 added Herd Weight Report improved currency support for locales fixed Browse Mating Schedule - wasn't excluding negative spitoffs from list of pregant females fixed View Master File Summary, Alpaca Report, View Alpaca Summary - (UK) was displaying "$" May 2007 added support for more locales improved Mating Schedule - ask user before auto-adding Alpaca/Locator/Progeny records for newborn cria improved Show Results - added Best Fancy, Colour etc improved Browse Breeding History - improved responsiveness improved Browse Mating Schedule - improved performance and feedback of Is Latest improved Update Alpaca - widened JDMAP Cert. No., added calendar lookup for ExpiryDate improved Update Alpaca - widened OverseasIdent, DNA Case Number fixed Spitoff Report - wasn't filtering spitoffs that already had results recorded fixed EDOB/Drop Report - was excluding overdue girls fixed Tax Summary Report - wouldn't produce a report if there were no invoices for the period ("No records to process") December 2006 added Mating Schedule Work Report added Expense Group Report improved Browse Mating Schedule - changed filter for Pregnant from EDOB to ADOB improved Locator History Report - added IAR column October 2006 fixed coefficients of inbreeding - were not being printed if an animal was "Excluded from Coeffs" September 2006 added Actual DOB to Update Mating Schedule form added automatic creation of Alpaca, Progeny and Locator records when Actual DOB is entered added Surrogate Dam to Update Mating Schedule form added ability to exclude Chilean Dam etc from inbreeding calculations added Locator Snapshot Report - snapshot of animal location added Suri Backcross to Update Alpaca form added N/A to Type droplist in Update Alpaca form added On Property and Off Property tabs to Master File Summary window added Off Property tickbox to Update Paddock form added owner filter to Agisted Alpaca Report added location sort order to Agisted Alpaca Report added iteration to Agisted Alpaca Report - can do a new report by tweaking the previous one added date sort order to Sold Alpaca Report added date range to Sold Alpaca Report added iteration to Sold Alpaca Report added iteration to Expense Report added iteration to Revenue Report added iteration to Mileage Report improved Update Mating Schedule form - add automatically newborn cria to Alpaca master file, Locator file and Progeny file improved Update Mating Schedule form - newborn cria goes into dam's paddock, or into ~newborn paddock if dam's paddock cannot be identified improved Browse Alpaca window - refresh display when values changed by other windows improved Browse Locator window - refresh display when values changed by other windows improved Browse Progeny window - refresh display when values changed by other windows improved Browse Progeny window - added sort header improved Browse Mating Schedule window - highlight bar would move to top of table after editing a record fixed colouring of common ancestors in Pedigree Tree - sometimes coloured animals that shouldn't have been fixed Coefficient of Inbreeding in Pedigree Tree - sometimes included Chilean Dams etc fixed Insurance Report - could crash sometimes fixed Recalc Pop button on Browse Paddock window - stopped calculating paddock populations fixed Expense Report, Revenue Report, Mileage Report - regression July 2006 added Coefficient of Inbreeding and Wright's Coefficient of Relationship to Pedigree Tree Report improved UpdateExpense - added calendar lookup for expense date improved UpdateExpense - remember most recently used expense group fixed UpdateExpense - wouldn't always allow deletion of record May 2006 improved PrintOneInvoice - (US) changed "TAX INVOICE" to "INVOICE" fixed PrintOneInvoice - (US) "ABN" translation (to "Company Number") too long, changed to "Co #" fixed IAR s7->s8 BrowseWeight/Progeny/Herdbook/Husbandry/MatingSchedule/ShearingRecord/ProgenyMale, UpdateWorksheetMatrix March 2006 added Expense Groups - alternate way of grouping expenses, additional to account/category added Export animal data to AlpacaSeller improved Update Alpaca - improved layout for Pedigree Tree (button) improved Update Alpaca - Weight record created automatically if alpaca inserted with nonzero birth weight improved Update Alpaca - display OS Ident number in US version improved Update Mating Schedule - added Disable Auto Scan Date improved Browse Mating Schedule - fixed build(dynamic index) file closed error improved IAR Import Wizard - handle animals where ABRI data is missing breeder info improved IAR Import Wizard - support for w98 fixed ++'s in column headers of some browses fixed Update/Browse Alpaca - Name did not permit entry/display of full 32 characters fixed Pedigree Tree - column headings were not being translated fixed IAR Import Wizard - import of pedigree data for user-entered animals fixed SireIARNumber - UpdateMatingSchedule, PrintOneMatingSchedule, PrintOneAlpaca, PrintOneProgenyMale fixed CriaIARNumber - PrintOneProgeny, PrintOneProgenyMale November 2005 added Mileage added Vehicles added Stud Services October 2005 (late) added Insurance added Expense Report added Invoice Payment Report added Sales List Report added Herdbook Valuation Report added Spitoff Report added Herd Shearing Report added "CV" to Covariance column in Shearing Report improved UpdateMatingSchedule - will calc EDOB regardless of value of SpitoffResult or ScanResult (previously req a "successful" result) improved ImportZPedigree - will import pedigree of pre-existing animal pedigrees October 2005 (early) added support for multiple companies added Expenses added Accounts/Categories, to support Expenses improved ReportTaxSummary - to support multiple Companies improved ReportTaxSummary - to support Expenses improved Browse/Update/PrintOneInvoice - to support multiple Companies fixed marketing reports - widened IAR Number again September 2005 added Mass Movement of Animals added Scheduled Reminders added Locator History including Report added Fleece Test Labels updated IAR Import Wizard improved BrowseLocator - added tree and multiselect table improved UpdateInvoicePayment - added MerchantNumber, AuthPhoneNumber improved ReportEstimatedDOB - added MatingDate, DaysPregnant; tweaked improved UpdateHusbandry - ALP droplist -> lookupbutton improved UpdateShearingRecord, PrintOneFleece - extended Curvature>=100deg/mm improved UpdateWorksheetMatrix - updated locator tree logic improved BrowseItem - added CloneButton improved BrowseHusbandry - added CloneButton, ViewButton improved UpdateHusbandry - added CalendarButton improved UpdateInvoice, PrintOneInvoice - support discounts >=100% fixed UpdateInvoiceDetail - changes to LongDescription were lost when window focus was lost June 2005 improved BrowseAlpaca, BrowseMatingSchedule - added RowCount for filters improved BrowseMatingSchedule - added Master/Herdbook/Agist filter improved ReportEDOB - added filters for herdbook,sold improved AddTranslateGroupHeaders - handles clicksort headers as well fixed BrowseMatingSchedule - by Dam Name/by Colour/by Sire Name/by D. Full Name did not sort correctly fixed (US/CA) translations in BrowseItem, References:FarmCodes, BrowseAlpaca, BrowseMatingSchedule, fixed BrowseLocalClimate - a label disappeared when the window was increased in height May 2005 added support for multiple species added Report Herdbook By Species improved Mating Schedule - support multiple species improved Contacts - no longer have to explicitly add an Individual if all you need for an Organisation is an individual's name (eg. "Attn:") improved help for Finances module May 2005 added Enterprise Edition, including - Invoicing, designed for the alpaca industry, including support for progressive payments - Contact Management - cash basis Tax Summary - Cashflow Projection added Pedigree Tree added Tax Summary Report, Tax Types Report, Tax Codes Report, Standard Items Report, Transaction Type Report, Credit Card Report added Filters to Browse Mating Schedule - Dam and Sire added Water Source to References added Water Supply to Paddocks - allows multiple water sources per paddock improved BackupData - now copies *$???.tps to conv instead of backup (and also moves backup\*$???.tps to conv) improved BackupData - no longer copies *z.tps to backup improved UpdateWorksheet - didn't prompt to save changes when cancelling fixed Tools:Calculate Local Climate Data - progress window would not disappear when finished fixed dual application instance bug - second instance would crash instead of simply not running fixed regression error UpdateHerdPrefix - couldn't change Herd Prefix fixed (US/CA) UpdateHerdPrefix - changing Farm Prefix prepended Common Name with new Farm Prefix fixed regression error BrowseAlpaca - alpaca thumbnail not redrawn properly on horizontal resize window fixed Translation of Group Headers fixed BrowseMatingSchedule - see TranslateGroupHeaders fixed UpdateProgeny - adding record with blank cria prevented later inserts December 2004 added drag-and-drop alpaca movement to Locator in Worksheet improved UpdateAlpaca - added Disposal tab improved Husbandry Worksheet fixed Help:Technical Support - '&' in Registered Name could prevent email from being generated properly October 2004 added CashFlow improved Husbandry Worksheet - added Date Job Done etc September 2004 improved help - added worksheet fixed SelectHerdPrefix - no longer invokes edits fixed ViewAlpacaSummary - new threading model introduced bug in 22.214.171.124 fixed Windows 2K/XP Pro _free bug - no longer call that code in that context August 2004 added Husbandry Worksheet added support for wheel mouse May 2004 added Status Report added Fleece Report added Show Results Report added Date Range to Husbandry Report added fleece picture and histogram image to Update Shearing Record added text "by Name" and "by Owner" to respective Agisted Alpaca Reports improved Husbandry Code - widened from 6 characters to 10 improved Update Show Results - better layout improved Update Shearing Record - tweaked improved Browse Show, Update Show - tweaked February 2004 added Sold Alpaca Report added Gestation, Ident, IAR, IsProblemGirl, Comments to EDOB/Drop Report added Birth Weight and Body Condition Score to Weight Report added Pregnant filter to Browse Mating Schedule added tiered Gestation period to Update Mating Schedule added clickable email link to Update Customer added support for US weights and measures improved Progeny Report - single line per record improved Help:Email Technical Support improved Registration:Purchase Unlock Code improved download size - decreased by 500KB improved Update Progeny - much faster for large Alpaca file improved Update Weight - much faster for large Alpaca file improved marketing reports - "Breed" changed to "Type"; IAR left-justified improved Browse Weight, Update Weight, Weight Report - widened Weight fixed sorting by Saddle/Blanket Weight and Total Weight in Browse Shearing Record (were reversed) renamed Farmer Edition -> Wether Edition January 2004 added Mating Schedule Report added tiered gestation periods (default/herd/alpaca) added Is Problem Girl tickbox to Alpaca file added "Visiting" to list of possible Ownership Statuses added ClearEDOB to UpdateMatingSchedule added cd support and various info tweaks to IAR Import Wizard improved UpdateAlpaca - much faster for large Herd file improved UpdateMatingSchedule - much faster for large Alpaca file improved UpdateProgeny - much faster for large Alpaca file improved Browse Dams' Progeny, Browse Sires' Progeny - much faster for large Progeny file improved logic for calculating EDOB in Mating Schedule improved synchronisation of alpaca Status and How Disposed - 'sold' now only changes 'owned and 'co-owned' to 'sold' improved ToolsWallYearPlanner - prints next year as well as this year improved Data Backup - no longer uses dos box improved IAR Import Wizard - pedigrees are now imported improved robustness of logic in IAR Import Wizard improved IAR Import Wizard - finetuned improved IAR UnImport Wizard - finetuned fixed overflow on Husbandry Report October 2003 added Herdbook By Location Report added Agisted Alpaca Report added Agisted Alpaca By Owner Report added Visiting Alpaca Report added EDOB/Drop Report added All/Latest radio buttons to BrowseMatingSchedule added cost override to UpdateHusbandry added columns and sorts to BrowseLocator added three User-Defined fields to UpdateAlpaca added Reports:Request Change improved Alpaca Report - added IAR,DOB for parents improved age calculator on BrowseAlpaca - quotes months up to 47 months; quotes only years when birthyear is specified improved BrowseHusbandry, UpdateHusbandry, PrintOneHusbandry generally improved trialware sample data improved trialware timeout - new trialware will unexpire sufficiently-expired trialware fixed Sires Progeny Report - detail overflowed into footer fixed synchronisation of birthdate fields in UpdateAlpaca fixed sorting in SelectAlpaca September 2003 fixed UpdateAlpaca - AU version was using US colour selector August 2003 added Herdbook Report - stock report of alpacas in herdbook fixed updating by UpdateLocator of BrowseAlpaca(Herdbook), BrowseHerdbook, BrowseHusbandry, BrowsePaddock fixed UpdateLocator - screen controls were a bit of a mess July 2003 added view radio buttons (Master File/Herdbook/Agistments) to Browse Husbandry added name filter to Browse Husbandry - show only animals with names starting with letters you specify added time filter to Browse Husbandry - show only records from the last N months added "Visiting" to Ownership Status droplist in Update Alpaca added "Other" to Type droplist in Update Paddock Maintenance added Owner(s) and Location to View Alpaca Summary added Owner columns to Browse Alpaca and Browse Agistments added Your Herd Prefix to Update Options added "trialware" Unlock Code to Registration:Enter Unlock Code - allows fullblown Alpaca Report improved Husbandry Report - can now control display sequence of procedures on same day improved Update Alpaca - no longer need to temporarily set Ownership to Owned in order to set/change Owner(s) improved some Date controls - changed dd-mm-yyyy to your Windows setting, and made arrows bigger fixed Total Value fields in View Master File Summary which sometimes displayed incorrectly fixed incorrect sorting in Browse Sold Alpacas fixed some field synchronisation problems in Update Alpaca June 2003 added view radio buttons (Master File/Herdbook/Agistments) to Browse Alpaca improved Browse Husbandry - Sold and Deceased animals are filtered out improved Husbandry Report - added (first) owner's stud name to report header fixed Multiple menu in Alpaca:Locator should not have been visible, and now isn't fixed Update Alpaca - couldn't change Ownership from Sold to Agisted if How Disposed was Sold fixed Update Mating Schedule - subsequent Mating Dates weren't updating Estimated DOB May 2003 improved load times for BrowseAlpaca and UpdateAlpaca improved various parts of the Help System fixed Ident Number field synchronisation in UpdateAlpaca April 2003 added alpaca thumbnail to BrowseAlpaca added support for custom wallpaper to Tools:Options added Help:Request a Change improved support for deceased alpacas improved support for Windows XP fixed broken links in Help:On the Internet March 2003 added IAR Database Import Wizard added IAR Database Import Undo Wizard added record counts to Browse Alpacas and Browse Herd Prefixes improved Update Mating Schedule - Male droplist is now restricted to Active Cert and Reg Males improved Update Progeny - Sire droplist is now restricted to Cert and Reg Males (of any Activity) improved Add Mating Schedule - initial Mating Date is today not tomorrow improved Update Customer - widened Company field improved money handling in Sale, Purchase, StudService (Enterprise Edition) fixed sorting by IAR in Browse Alpaca, and extended Drop No. to 4 digits fixed sorting in Sold Alpacas fixed Add Customer, which could generate a spurious Duplicate Key error fixed primary key in Mating Schedule February 2003 Even more help - Help: On the Internet has things like sending diagnostic information to Technical Support, and easy access to Optimate's website Improved and reconfigured Trialware version allows personalised Alpaca Report and also allows data to be accessed even after Trialware expiry Added more sample images for Reports January 2003 Improved menu structure Added sample logo and image for Reports December 2002 Improved Update Breeding History November 2002 Automatic data backup How to Make Great Reports in Help menu How to Make Great Dossiers in Help menu Calculation of Drop Number (and Ident Number) for newly added alpacas Improved synchronisation of entry fields in Update Alpaca Data Flow in main Help System: boxes are now clickable links to the corresponding page in the Help System Alpaca Summary as well as Herd Summary in Browse Alpacas Age column in Browse Alpacas (days/months/years as appropriate) October 2002 Marketing Reports - Alpaca Report, Progeny Reports, Husbandry Reports etc August 2002 While the DOS version of Optimate AlpaFarm has been around for some time, the Windows version is brand new.