SaveToDB 8 Change History
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SaveToDB 8 Change History

Version 8.36, July 12, 2023

Improvements:

  • The Publish Wizard supports Snowflake.
  • The add-in allows using empty usernames and passwords with DSN connections that allows using external authenticators.
  • The add-in automatically reconnects to Snowflake when the token expired.
  • The add-in allows using MySQL objects with empty schemas. In this case, it uses the schema of the active connection.
  • Significantly improved performance of reordering dynamic columns.
  • Improved performance of loading SQL Server metadata.
  • The add-in detects the target database server of the absent DSNs using specific words in DSN names.
    Otherwise, the add-in detects the unknown server.
    This allows users to easily change the connection using the connection wizard.
    The detected words: SQLSERVER, MSSQL, ORACLE, ORA_ DB2, MYSQL, MARIADB, POSTGRE, PGSQL, NUODB, SNOWFLAKE, and SQLITE.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in does not update validation lists using Update Data and Validations Lists when connected through ODBC.
  • The add-in does not populate a password from the workbook connections when connecting on a new worksheet.
  • The add-in does not allow saving data to Snowflake tables with primary keys but with no identity fields.
  • The registration wizard does not display the names of the available languages.
  • The tables display unsorted data after auto-filter changes via the row above the table.
  • The tables lose sorting rules after loading empty data.
  • The tables lose sorting rules based on the custom sort order.
  • The add-in asks for the username and password in distributed workbooks with DSN connections.
  • The add-in incorrectly extracts parameters from the ODBC commandText when the source command contains semicolons.

Version 8.35, February 21, 2023

New features:

  • The add-in supports the MySQL SET data type.

Improvements:

  • The add-in uses the MySql.Data.MySqlClient data provider installed on the system.
    Prior, the add-in used the provider shipped with the application.
    This solution allows installing and using the newest version of the provider:
    https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/
  • The add-in dynamically replaces the missing MySql.Data.MySqlClient data provider with the built-in MySqlConnector provider.
  • The add-in has an improved performance of loading MySQL 8 metadata.
  • The ODBC connection dialog box displays the entire connection string.
  • The Snowflake connection dialog box contains Snowflake-specific ODBC options.
  • The add-in reopens Snowflake connections automatically when tokens expire.
  • The add-in clears previously loaded data when saving is disabled.
  • The add-in creates image display handlers automatically when the field length is more than 1024.
  • The "Save Query Data As..." wizard saves and uses the last settings.
  • The add-in appends errors in creating value lists of values to the book information log window.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in throws various exceptions when connecting to MySQL 8 using the MySql.Data.MySqlClient.
  • The add-in in some cases resets the filter when updating the data.
  • The add-in does not apply the format for rows hidden by auto-filters.
  • The add-in restores deleted columns when reconnected using .NET data providers.

Version 8.34, January 23, 2023

Important

If the "Save" button is disabled after updating the version, check that the table contains a primary key or IDENTITY column.
In previous versions, the add-in allowed saving changes for tables without primary keys, which made the save behavior unstable.

Improvements:

  • SaveToDB examples are updated for 2023.
  • SaveToDB Framework packages are updated.
  • The .NET Framework data provider for Snowflake is updated.
  • The registration wizard is updated.
  • The auto-update tool is updated.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in makes the hidden header row visible when updating data with .NET Framework data providers.
  • The add-in removes leading and trailing spaces in CSV output.
  • The add-in may lose decimal precision when outputting data from databases to CSV.
  • The Text File Connection Wizard shows an exception.
  • Excel crashes when updating data with binary columns.

Version 8.33, December 22, 2022

Bug fixes:

  • Context menu handlers do not populate VBA macro parameters with the actual values.

Version 8.32, December 13, 2022

Improvements:

  • The context task pane saves and restores table column widths.
  • The developer guide is updated.
  • The registration wizard is updated.
  • The auto-update tool is updated.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in loses the fields of the SELECT command when inserting a table with VBA macros.

Version 8.31, October 19, 2022

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in does not reapply auto-filters when converting bit and date/time values.
  • The add-in disables its ribbon when using some third-party add-ins or macros.
  • The add-in outputs decimal values in CSV format like 6E+09.00.

Version 8.30, October 13, 2022

Important changes:

Views and procedures designed to control access to application configuration are separated from SaveToDB Framework 10.4 into a separate SaveToDB Framework Extension package.

The base SaveToDB Framework 10 is therefore fully compatible with previous versions.
This allows you to upgrade configurations from previous versions to version 10 without any additional steps.

The SaveToDB Framework Extension package can be installed separately if you want to restrict user access to application configuration.
If you have already installed SaveToDB Framework 10.0, which includes it, you can uninstall the extension using the Application Install Wizard.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in restores deleted columns after refreshing data via .NET data providers.
  • The add-in outputs integer values in CSV format with two dots, such as 1..00.

Version 8.29, October 10, 2022

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in does not convert booleans to 1s and 0s when loading data through OLEDB and ODBC data providers.

Version 8.28, October 5, 2022

Improvements:

  • The Workbook Information Log tab shows more information about errors and warnings.
  • The add-in continues loading data when loading validation lists with SQL errors.
  • The add-in automatically restores lost .NET connections in validation lists on the SaveToDB_Lists worksheet.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in disables the Save button when connected via the .NET providers.
  • The add-in imports SQLite and MySQL datetime types via the .NET providers as strings.
  • The add-in does not update validation lists from stored procedures with changed column structures.
  • The add-in breaks validation lists on the SaveToDB_Lists worksheet in some cases.

Version 8.27, August 17, 2022

Breaking changes:

  • The add-in does not activate saving changes for views, procedures, and SQL code objects based on joining multiple tables.
    To save changes of such objects, you have to set the target table manually in the xls.objects table.

New features:

  • The add-in supports SaveToDB Framework settings for OData, ODataDB, and DBGate objects similar to settings for databases.
    The add-in supports tables and views in xls.objects, xls.handlers, xls.translations, xls.formats, and xls.workbooks formats.
    For OData services, just publish such objects as EntitySets.
    For ODataDB and DBGate services, the add-in reads such settings from metadata automatically.
  • The add-in allows selecting fields with OData and DBGate queries (adding the $select variable to the query URL).
  • The add-in supports saving changes to EntitySets using Change handlers similar to database tables.
  • The add-in supports saving OData changes using a single update function (Bulk Update).
  • The Wizards, Online Examples menu includes new examples for DBGate and OData (refresh the list first).

Improvements:

  • The add-in marks OData model entity type properties with the Core.Permission/Read permissions as Identity.
  • The add-in decodes OData property and parameter names like _x0030_1 to 01 even the translation is not active.
  • The Workbook Information dialog box displays information about OData configuration objects.
  • The Actions menu supports visibility settings in the Ribbon Customization Wizard.

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in sometimes does not restore the Application.ScreenUpdating property when using .NET providers.
  • The add-in disables saving by procedures if the _change handler is set.
  • The add-in incorrectly encodes single quotes in OData URLs.
  • The Database Connection Wizard sometimes does not display all available connection providers.
  • The Web Connection Wizard sometimes displays only database providers.
  • The Text File Connection Wizard sometimes displays only database providers.
  • The Web Connection Wizard incorrectly determines service URLs when specifying schemes.
  • The add-in does not switch value list queries when changing ValidationList handlers in some cases.
  • Inserting and updating tables with table totals enabled does not work with .NET providers.

Version 8.26, July 5, 2022

Changes in End-User License Agreement:

SaveToDB includes an updated End-User License Agreement.

The most important change:

"Consent to Be Included in the Client List: By purchasing the software on behalf of your company, you implicitly consent to the listing of your company name as our customer. You can revoke this consent at any time by submitting a request."

SaveToDB Personal edition is available only under the active upgrade warranty. New purchases of SaveToDB Personal are not available.

Breaking changes:

  • SaveToDB 8.26 requires .NET Framework 4.7.2 that does not support Windows Vista.
    You can stay with SaveToDB 8.25 to continue using it on Windows Vista.
  • The add-in adds null values to parameter value lists prepared by stored procedures or SQL queries.
    This feature allows you not to use the rows like SELECT NULL AS id, NULL AS name UNION ALL in your SQL code to get such values.
    Also, this allows getting lists of parameter and cell values using the same procedures.
    After an update, you may need to add the _NotNull value to the TARGET_WORKSHEET field for ParameterValues handlers.
    See the Developer Guide for details.
  • We changed formats of connection strings and authorization data for connecting to web data and text files.
    This change relates to new opportunities for working with the REST API and authorization using OAuth1 and OAuth2 for any provider.
    Also, the new version allows using the connection and authorization settings from databases.
    After updating the add-in, you should update the data and configuration for such requests.
    New connection and authorization data do not work in versions before 7.31, 8.26, and 9.12.
    Therefore, after testing the update, we recommend updating to the newest version for all users.
    We put a lot of effort into testing all the features. SaveToDB 8.26 is the most tested version.

New features:

  • The add-in supports language codes up to 10 characters.
    For example, you can use zh-cn, zh-hans, and zh-hans-cn. zh-hans and zh-hant are preferrable in Chinese.
  • The add-in includes the AutoUpdate tool to check and install SaveToDB updates.
    Use Help, Check Updates to launch the wizard manually.
    The check request does not contain personal data. However, we can identify the license owner in internal systems.
    We use this information to count the current licenses more accurately and can provide this information to the owner upon request.
    This feature is useful for companies with a large number of users and frequent replacement of computers.
    You can turn off the checking updates in the utility dialog box if you do not agree with this statement.
  • The Application Installer wizard includes SaveToDB Framework 10.
    SaveToDB Framework 10 has new views to select configuration settings checking actual user permissions on schema objects.
    SaveToDB Framework 10 has a new xls.users view to allow business users to manage roles, users, and permissions from the Excel context menu.
    SaveToDB 8 does not support some new handler types introduced in SaveToDB 10.
  • The add-in allows naming worksheets with translated names of inserted objects.
    Use _UseTranslatedName in the TARGET_WORKSHEET columns of the handler configurations and UseTranslatedName in the DEFINITION columns of the workbook configurations.
  • The Online Samples menu includes new samples for MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and OData.

Improvements:

  • The add-in includes completely new documentation.
    It includes a separate Developer Guide, common for the product family, including DBEdit, DBGate, and ODataDB.
    Also, the documentation is common for SaveToDB versions 7-10.
  • The reload performance is significantly improved.
    The add-in keeps connections opened for the entire refresh cycle, caches loaded data and does not use the transaction mode.
  • The performance of saving changes to databases using JSON parameters is significantly improved.
    The add-in does not add columns with empty values.
  • The add-in does not use quotes in CREATE|ALTER|DROP ROLE|USER and GRANT|REVOKE|DENY command variables.
    This feature allows using SQL code handlers to manage roles, users, and permissions from the Excel context menu.
  • The SQL code parser is improved.
  • The Data Merge Wizard shows tables that have common fields only.
  • Dialog boxes have new, improved Office-style icons.
  • The workbook information dialog box has the log tab that shows critical errors.
  • The HTML task pane is improved. The task pane supports the markdown format.
  • The add-in launches the dialog box to change the login and password on opening a workbook with the user credentials that cannot be decrypted.
    Developers can force this feature by setting the AskPass placeholder in the password field of the connection strings.
  • The add-in quotes numbers with more than 15 digits loaded by .NET providers, including internal file and web data source providers.
  • The add-in shows file names and URL file names in the ribbon QueryList.
  • The URL ContextMenu shows expanded values.
  • The add-in sets the Referrer header to finance-services.msn.com automatically when required.
  • The add-in does not add TOP/LIMIT conditions to queries of validation list values.
  • The add-in allows empty names for SQL code handlers.
  • The add-in does not load Snowflake metadata for procedures and functions if the metadata was not loaded for the first time.
  • The add-in calls procedures with JSON parameters in batches limiting single commands to 10MB.
    You can change the limit in the Windows Registry:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Gartle\SaveToDB\8.0]
    "JsonUpdatePackageMaxLength"=dword:00000000

Bug fixes:

  • The add-in does not update the CurrentDirectory value on saving a workbook to a new folder.
  • The add-in detects CSV with HTML values as HTML.
  • The add-in uses a comma as a list separator in validation lists instead of a semicolon.
  • The add-in loses table formats loaded from views.
  • The add-in does not create dynamic validation list formulas when a table starts in row 1.
  • The add-in executes ROLLBACK when reading the Snowflake metadata.