dcsTools - ezSuite

By: Dcstools  11-11-2011
Keywords: Windows, Log Validation

ezSuite includes a log editor (for creation and maintenance of broadcast logs), audit reporting (for finding out what the host audio system actually did), log validation and now, reconciling (comparing) the original broadcast log that your DCS, Maestro or XStudio unit performed with the audited performance information generated by that unit.

ezSuite is flexible, allowing for a virtually unlimited number of stations, each with its own file path, inventory and time zone information. As a result, ezSuite can easily be used at a central location without issues having to modify your PC's time zone settings to get correct information.

ezSuite is in use at hundreds of stations, providing an easy, efficient and robust log editing, audit reporting and log reconcile environment.

  • Edit and create logs for an unlimited number of stations, including pre-merged traffic-only logs.
  • Drag and drop operation for moving audio items around on the log, including scrolling the log view while dragging. Drag and drop audio items (carts) from the station inventory to the log.
  • Copy audio items (carts) from and Paste audio items (carts) to the log. When multiple logs are open, users can copy an item from one log and paste it into a different log.
  • User-defined cart colors and font styles for quick visual identification of user-defined cart categories on the log.
  • Support for creating, editing, saving and inserting log templates (*.FMT files).
  • Log searching by cart number or description.
  • Hourly log content totals, calculated from the inventory (if used), along with directive segment time totals. Directive segment totals, too.
  • Log Validation. Validate multiple logs concurrently - users can validate more than one log, each in its own window.
  • Log validation cart-length checking. Users can optionally check the length of carts in the inventory compared to the logged length to catch problems like the customer ordering a :60 and the produced spot is only :30.
  • Log validation filtering. Validations reports can be filtered for user-defined cart number ranges to include only those validation errors that are meaningful to the user.
  • Log validation views include grouping by error type or cart number for more clearly understood reports.
  • On-demand updating of audio cart description and length from the DCS/Maestro inventory information.
  • Selective printing of log validation reports. Users can select multiple validation errors and print only those selected. Print preview, too!
  • Print logs, including print preview and selective printing of pages.
  • Inventory printing, including user-defined filtered inventory lists.
  • ezSuite is an MDI application, meaning the user may open multiple logs, each within its own window. Typical MDI (Multiple Document Interface) functionality is supported, including cascading, tiling of windows, etc.
  • Keystrokes for editing match the original DOS log editor (CMED) in all applicable cases.
  • Integrated context-sensitive help in all editing dialogs.
  • Runs on all 32-bit Windows operating systems (Win95 OSR2 and above). Windows NT family is not required.
  • No dependencies. A log can be created and/or edited with no access to cart inventory information or host audio system. You can create or edit logs anywhere.
  • Support for Maestro relay functions (user-defined function numbers) up to 9999. Maestro will support an unlimited number of relay functions but only supports numbers 1 through 9999 being initiated from the log. DCS supports relay numbers 1-99 only.
  • XStudio "Emergency Log" support - create and edit emergency logs.
  • View multiple reports simultaneously - great for side-by-side comparisons. Multiple report windows can be tiled horizontally or vertically, as well as cascaded.
  • Multiple data views - change how you look at audit data on the fly.
  • User-Defined Data Views! Users can custom-design reports to supplement existing data views, either creating new ones from scratch or copying, then modifying existing views.
  • User-Defined Fields! Add custom calculated fields to audit reports - just create the field, set some properties and add the new field to a custom data view.
  • Dynamic filtering of cart numbers (audio items) on the fly.
  • Dynamic filtering of transaction types, status codes and play channels without having to create a report template.
  • Multi-Day Reports! Create audit reports across multiple days. Select a station, dates to include and a report template - that's all there is to it!
  • Sort displayed data by column - on the fly.
  • Select and apply report templates from the main display, on the fly.
  • Support for a virtually unlimited number of stations.
  • Create and maintain a virtually unlimited number of report templates, which include selected transaction types, selected status codes, selected audio playback channels, cart filter and data "view" information. The number of stored templates is limited by available disk space only.
  • Selective printing. Print only the hours you wish using available hourly data views.
  • Copy to Clipboard - copy selected report line items to the Windows clipboard for subsequent pasting in another application, such as an e-mail.
  • Save reports to file in any of three formats, including CSV (Comma-Separated Values).
  • Create reconcile reports for direct use by Selector™ music scheduling system and CBSI traffic system.
  • No dependencies. An audit file created anywhere in the world can be viewed and/or printed without having to change time zone settings on the host PC.
  • Can be used with DCS, Maestro and XStudio systems.
  • Integrated context-sensitive help in all dialogs.
  • Runs on nearly all 32-bit Windows operating systems (W98 and above). Windows NT family is not required.
  • Compares the complete original log used by DCS, Maestro or XStudio with audited performance data.
  • Overrun and under-run discrepancies are detected and displayed. If items from another log day are played, the reconcile process detects and displays these discrepancies.
  • Multiple data views - change how you look at report data - on the fly.
  • Dynamic Filtering of data. Filter displayed data to look at only logged items, only discrepancies, and apply cart filters to drill down to only the information you are interested in.
  • Optional "proximity searching" to locate non-exact record matches.
  • Printed reports and selective printing. Print all information or print only the hours or records you wish, using available hourly data views.
  • Save reports to a file for other usage. Reports are saved as standard ASCII text.
  • Support for a virtually unlimited number of stations.
  • View multiple reports simultaneously. Great for reviewing log overrun or under-run situations.
  • No dependencies. Logs and audit data created anywhere in the world can be reconciled, viewed and printed without having to change time zone settings on the host PC.
  • Can be used with DCS, Maestro or XStudio systems.
  • Integrated context-sensitive help in all dialogs.
  • Runs on nearly all 32-bit Windows operating systems (W95 OSR2 and above). Windows NT family is not required.

Application Requirements:

  • Windows 98, Me or Windows NT, Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • 100% IBM-compatible Pentium(TM) or better personal computer.
  • 32 MB RAM (Windows 98, Me), 64 MB RAM (NT, Windows 2000), 128 MB RAM (Windows XP), 1 GB RAM (Windows Vista)
  • 20 MB free disk space (for this application and documentation only).
  • compatible VGA, super VGA, XGA or 8514/A monitor, with adapter, running 800x600 minimum display resolution.
  • Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device.
  • A LAN card (NIC), known to be working (if you will be connecting to a LAN for audit data file retrieval).

Although not required, to use ezSuite effectively, you need access to the XStudio, DCS, or Maestro log files, inventory files and audit data files. Typically, this means you must be connected to the network (LAN) in which theXStudio, DCS, and/or Maestro units are running. DCS and Maestro require a common location for log, audit and inventory data files. It is these files that ezSuite needs to be able to access. Be sure that your system administrator has provided you the necessary access rights to these file locations. For logs, you will need both read and write access (to open and save log files). For inventory files, you need only have read rights (to open and view the inventory). For audit data files you need only have read rights to open the audit data file for report generation.

Purchasing ezSuite

$375.00 US Order on-line immediately with a credit card using the Buy Now! button. If preferred, we can also send you an invoice for payment by check.

$250.00 US UPG Upgrade to ezSuite from ezAudit on-line. You will need your ezAudit serial number, available in the Help | About display.

$125.00 US UPG Upgrade to ezSuite from ezEdit on-line. You will need your ezEdit serial number, available in the Help | About display.




Update Policy

All updates for the same major version of this software are downloadable at no charge. Major version updates may have an associated upgrade charge.

The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011

Keywords: Log Validation, Windows,

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