Software Updates

Upgrade your Free Purchase Order Software to the 2020 Release

If you’re using v14.50 of the Free Version of SpendMap, you can now upgrade to the 2020 release (Version 14.84) to get more than 30 new features and capabilities, in addition to various bug fixes and performance improvements.

You can check your current version number using the menu Help > About, in SpendMap.

About the Upgrade Utility

The upgrade utility will bring forward all your data, history, settings, etc., so you will not lose any of your work in SpendMap.

Just log into your current v14.50 SpendMap system and select the menu Help > Check For Updates.  This will download a patch to your v14.50 system – you will still be at v14.50 at this point but you will now see a red hyperlink at the bottom of the Main Menu of SpendMap.  Just click that hyperlink to see full upgrade instructions before actually applying the upgrade to v14.84.

 

Sneak Peek at 2020 Release of SpendMap

Howdy Spend-Mappers,

We’re starting to roll-out the new release of SpendMap, with more than 30 new features to help you save time, improve visibility and cut costs in your Purchasing process.

Want a Sneak Peek?

We’re still a couple weeks away from upgrading your Free Version.  We’ll make an announcement when the upgrade utility is ready.

In the meantime, you are welcome to sign up for our Cloud Demo to see all the new goodies in advance of upgrading your system…

Try the 2020 Version Now!

Try out all the new features in our Cloud Demo System.  That way, you’ll hit the ground running when the upgrade is available for your Free Version of SpendMap.

Unlike the free Windows/desktop version that you’re using now, our Cloud Version runs in your web browser, so there’s no software to install for this demo.

Purchase Order Software free cloud demo

New PO Status Utility in your Free Purchase Order Software

We’ve completely redesigned the View PO Status Utility in the upcoming release to make it even easier for you to keep track of your Purchase Orders in SpendMap.

Check out our news announcement for all the details.

PO-Status-Summary

New Import/Export Utility for your Free Purchase Order Software

We’ve completely redesigned the Import/Export Utility in the upcoming release of SpendMap to make it even faster and easier to get information in and out of the system.

Check out our news announcement for all the details.

supplier-import

Update for v14.50 (accumulated fixes)

A patch has been posted to correct various minor issues in version 14.50 of the free version of SpendMap.

Please select the menu HELP > CHECK FOR UPDATES from within SpendMap to update your system.

This is a “patch” only (i.e. not a full version upgrade), so it will not change any features and your system will remain at version 14.50.

If you have any questions, please use our free support ticket system.

Getting Schooled on your Free Purchase Order Software

Hey kids,

We’re a bit late for back-to-school but nevertheless thrilled to announce that SpendMap now comes with Walkthrough Tutorials to help you learn how to use your Free Purchase Order Software quickly and easily.

Unlike the “external” video tutorials, our new Walkthrough Tutorials are built right into SpendMap and take you step-by-step through popular areas of the software, guiding you every step of the way as you work in the system…

tutorial-PO-item

We’re starting off with 10 Walkthroughs in the Free Version of SpendMap that cover the basics of the Purchasing, Receiving and Email Integration Modules.

You can start the Walkthroughs from the droplist at the top-right corner of the Main Menu in SpendMap…

tutorial-droplist

Evaluation Copy with Sample Data Only

Please note that the Walkthrough Tutorials are only available in the Evaluation Copy of SpendMap (the copy with all the sample data) but they do not show in your Live Copy of SpendMap.

That’s because the Walkthroughs are dependent on the sample data in the system.  That’s also why we recommend that you complete the tutorials before making any significant changes to the sample data in your Evaluation System.  For example, if you delete a supplier or item that’s referenced during one of the tutorials, the Walkthrough will stop because the data in the system will be different from what the tutorial expects.

How Else can we Help?

We think we’ve covered the basics with the 10 Walkthroughs that we’ve already built but if you have any suggestions for other areas of the system that could benefit from one of these tutorials, please shoot us an email and let us know.  Thanks!

Update/Upgrade for your Free Purchase Order Software

We posted patches for both v14.16 and v14.50 of SpendMap, with a few minor fixes.

If you’re running v14.16, you can now optionally upgrade to v14.50.  When you select the menu Help > Check For Updates, from within SpendMap, the patch will be applied but your system will remain at version 14.16,  You will then see a hyperlink in the Main Menu of SpendMap to learn more about the v14.50 upgrade, which you can apply as a second, optional step.

If you have any questions, please use our free support ticket system.

Upgrade your Free Purchase Order Software

Cool stuff on the way for your Free Purchase Order Software

Howdy SpendMappers,

We’re starting to roll-out version 14.5 of SpendMapNew Version of SpendMap

Some of the features listed on that news announcement are only available in the web-based version of SpendMap but don’t worry; there’s plenty of great new stuff in the free Windows/desktop version too.

Stay tuned for more details and instructions on how to upgrade your system.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’re already hard at work on the next evolution of the Free Version of SpendMap.  There’s some pretty cool stuff coming in 2018.

 

Update to Fix False Positive Virus Warning on PDF Printer Driver

maintenanceLast week a popular antivirus software system reported a “false positive” related to SpendMap’s PDF printer driver.  That is, the antivirus software reported that SpendMap may contain a virus even though it does not.

The antivirus software company promptly whitelisted SpendMap, which immediately stopped the warning message, but after analyzing the problem we decided to post an update for SpendMap anyway because we can see it happening again.  Here’s why…

The virus software didn’t report that SpendMap actually contains a virus but rather that it MAY have a virus.  It was the antivirus software’s “proactive” threat detection that for some reason didn’t like how SpendMap was invoking our PDF printer driver when previewing reports.  It saw the communication between SpendMap and the printer driver as “suspicious”, and logged it as a potential threat.  No big deal.

But since each antivirus software can deal with “potential” threats differently, we decided that it would be prudent to proactively patch SpendMap to minimize any potential inconvenience to our customers.  For example, while in this case only a warning was displayed and SpendMap kept working, had the antivirus software instead quarantined or deleted any of our systems files, that might have been much harder to recover from.

So, to keep your SpendMap system running smoothly, please use the menu Help > Check For Updates, at your earliest convenience.  This will update your system to version 14.16.11.  You can see which version you are running, using the menu Help > About in SpendMap.

After applying the update, you must run SpendMap as an Administrator on each PC so that it can install the new PDF printer driver.  To do this, simply right-mouse-click on the shortcut/icon that you use to run SpendMap, select “Run as Administrator” from the menu that is displayed, then follow the prompts to install the new printer driver.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Excel Report Fix for your Free Purchase Order Software

Excel Reports BustedWith the help of some of our friends in the Free-Procurement Community, we found and corrected a couple problems in the Free Version of SpendMap related to exporting reports to Excel.  Thanks Cathy and Therina, for helping us track this down!

Depending on your version of Windows and Excel, SpendMap might exit and/or produce a Runtime Error when it tries to create the spreadsheet, after generating the report.

Please select the menu HELP > CHECK FOR UPDATES within SpendMap to update your system.  This is a “patch” only (i.e. not a version upgrade), so it will not change any features and your system will remain at version 14.

Sorry for the inconvenience, folks.  If you have any questions, you can reach us via our free support ticket system.