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HL7Spy 2.1.051 Released

  • Improvement – Support for HL7 2.7 messages with the Truncation character ‘#’ included in the encoding characters. Requested by Jose S.
  • Improvement – Option to control Message detection algorithm. The new option is found under: Option/File Settings/Use Strict Message Detection. When enabled, ‘Strict’ mode provides a more accurate message detection algorithm in some rare cases,  however; all messages have to have the same message encoding, and framing. This option is disabled by default.
  • Bug – Invalid HL7 message causes segment editor to display a big X. Segment editor never recovers from this
  • Bug – Fix flickering issue in the FTP Explorer
  • Bug – Fix copy to clipboard issues in the HL7 SQL tool
  • Bug – Message Compare – Drag/Drop from editor to Compare Window does not work properly
  • Bug – AppDomain Unhandled Exception caught System.Threading.ThreadAbortException: Thread was being aborted.
  • Bug – Add the Postgres database provider to the HL7Spy installer
  • Bug – Sql Loader: Fix issue with Database Connection Settings not saving properly
  • Bug – Custom Code Tool:  Segments.Append(“ZZ1”) does not function properly
  • Bug – Improve copy/paste message in Editor. Reported by Paul C.
  • Bug – Fix issues with the display of segments with errors in the Editor
  • Bug – HL7 SQL/SQL Loader: Distinct Button disappearing when multiple query result tabs displayed. Reported by Albert E.
  • Bug – HL7 SQL Tool: LEFT/RIGHT functions in the Expression language not implemented properly

HL7Spy 2.0.4245 Released

  • New – Bulk Message Compare Tool – Useful when migrating between HL7 Integration Engines
    • Compare messages across 2 different message streams
    • Single step through messages with the same correlation key (MSH-10 by default)
    • Ignore specific Segment, Fields, Components, and Subcomponents in the comparison
    • Generate a report summarizing the differences between 2 message streams

BulkCompare

  • New – Prompt for a password when opening encrypted Zip files
  • Improvement – Add option to link scrollbars in the Compare tool – requested by Albert E., Cleveland Clinic
  • Improvement – Add support for .NET 4.5.2 high resolution monitor improvements
  • Improvement – Do not adorn the message in the editor with highlighting if it is larger than 5MB to improve render performance of large messages.
  • Improvement – Add region markers around historical  queries in SqlLoader, and HL7 SQL – requested by Albert E., Cleveland Clinic
  • Improvement- Ctrl-F in code editor switches the UI to the Segment Editor tool. We would prefer searching in the code editor. – requested by Ankie B., Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen
  • Improvement- Add additional Assert methods to Asserts class. – requested by Ankie B., Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen
  • Bug- Remove annoying beep when enter is pressed in the message index textbox
  • Bug- Proper version of the HL7 Standard not always honored when selected from the toolstrip.
  • Bug – HL7 SQL does not interpret some date/times unless the path is fully qualified. – requested by Saravana K., Medicity
  • Bug- Change “Mother’S Maiden Name” to “Mother’s Maiden Name” – reported by Albert E., Cleveland Clinic
  • Bug – Database Connector form – Timeout is always greyed out for a particular user. – reported by Mike T, Cleveland Clinic
  • Bug – Bug: MSH-2 Encoding characters, in the statistics tool the example value shows “^~\&” and the Len value is 4. When you select the component statistics from this field the “&” is missing and the Len value is 3. – reported by Ankie B., Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen
  • Bug – Copy All in Sql Loader and HL7 SQL only copies the selected row instead of all rows – reported by Albert E., Cleveland Clinic
  • Bug – Fix issue where hitting the escape key when being prompted about deleting a custom function still deletes the function.

HL7Spy v2.0.4111 Released

– New Dialog for importing referenced assemblies
– Reference custom, or .NET framework assemblies
– Assembly information displayed on right
– Search/Filter assemblies
– Imported assemblies are now moved into the proper folder (c:\Program Data\Plugin) automatically.

AddReferencesDialog

  • Improvement – Custom Code: Add support for virtual void RunOnce and virtual void OnError
  • Improvement – Custom Code: Add support for modifying the text, and visibility of the Run/RunOnce/Previous/Next buttons are displayed (OnUserInterfaceSetup).
  • Improvement – Custom Code: Expose the MessageCollection object in the Custom Code function
  • Improvement – HL7 Statistics: Distinquish between NULL and Segment Not Present in HL7 Statistics.
  • Improvement – HL7 Statistics: Find Next/Previous Missing Segment

NextMissingSegment

  • Improvement – Support for opening remote gzip, bzip, and zip files via FTP
  • Improvement – HL7 Send: Replace X with Recycle bin icon, and add a deletion confirmation dialog to prevent accidental deletion of destination – Requested by Albert E.
  • Improvement – HL7 Query: Present the “Data Type” that is in the “Description column” to present in a separate column … or have an option to “suppress it” – Requested by Albert E.
  • Improvement – HL7 Compare: Highlight the first time the sequence in the message changes – Requested by Albert E.
  • Bug – HL7Parser: Application Unhandled Exception: System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Length cannot be less than zero.
  • Bug – Editor: Fix the issue with saving the ShowKeyboardTooltips option – Reported by Albert E.
  • Bug – Sql Loader: Fix issue where the number of messages in the results window is different than the number of messages in the report grid
  • Bug – Sql Loader, HL7 Query: Fix StackOverFlowException in the bowels of System.Windows.Forms.dll!System.Windows.Forms.DataGridViewCell.DataGridViewCellAccessibleObject.GetAccessibleObjectBounds

HL7Spy v2.0.4001 Released

  • Improvement – Various UI improvements to support 200%+ resolution modes in Windows 7/8
  • Improvement – Better positioning of Search Dialog (Cntr-F). It will now track  the location of the main application window.
  • Improvement – Add support for 4 character Z-Segment names. Yes, its not valid HL7 but we have customers using them. Why, I don’t know.
  • Improvement – Shrink the name of the file path when it gets longer then 150 characters
  • Improvement – Send HL7 View – Improve the layout, move some configurations to the configuration dialog to free up space, minor bug fixes.
  • Improvement – Update internal libraries used by HL7Spy to latest version
  • Improvement – Fix scaling of side toolbar in Compare tool on high res displays
  • Improvement – Add bz2 and gz in the Open File Dialog. Requested by Albert E.
  • Improvement – Add support for querying the HL7 Standard by data type
  • Bug – Fix add folder when right-clicking in the FTP Explorer
  • Bug – FTP Explorer – Make sure the MessabeBoxEx owner is a window that is visible otherwise the message being displayed is hidden.
  • Bug – Fix NullReferenceException in FTP Explorer
  • Bug – Fix OutOfRangeException in MessageCollection.GetRange
  • Bug – Fix selection mechanism so drag-selection works within the HL7 Editor
  • Bug – Fix issue with DISTINCT drop-down double spacing found by Albert E.
  • Bug – Fix Directory being created by the Custom Code Tool every time HL7Spy is started.
  • Bug – Fix Status is being inadvertently modified which results in Sorting… being displayed always.

HL7Spy v2.0.3901 Released

  • Bug – Fixed unexpected exception Index was out of range. Must be non-negative and less than the size of the collection.
  • Bug – Fixed the ADO.NET provider with invariant name ‘System.Data.SqlServerCe.4.0’ is either not registered in the machine or application config file, or could not be loaded.
  • Bug – Fix query when path is typed in as a lower case segment
  • Bug – Fix Unhandled Exception:|Appccelerate.EventBroker.Internals.Exceptions.RepeatedPublicationException: Cannot add more than one instance of the same publisher to one topic
  • Bug – Fix applications use of Clipboard.SetText. Clipboard.SetText throws an exception if string.empty, or null is passed into it.
  • Bug – Fix DiffView|Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1|Error comparing messages|System.ObjectDisposedException: Cannot access a closed file.
  • Bug – Fix Deadlock introduced in the EventBroker
  • Bug – Fix Search Highlight getting hidden if search text is the name of a segment
  • Bug – Fix searching forward/back from Navigation bar
  • Bug – Fix issue where querying for results does not properly clear older results in Sql query
  • Bug – Fix Sometimes SelectedPath is set to an invalid value which prevents statistics buttons from working
  • Bug – Hide Large Message Dialog in Compare tool when loading complete
  • Bug – Fix HL7TreeView|Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1|ShowTableValues|System.InvalidOperationException: No room is available to display rows.
  • Bug – Fixed Search from FieldStatistics view not advancing when double-clicking. Reported by Cleveland Clinic
  • Bug – Pasting passwords into the FTP Explore password dialogs does not work
  • Improvement – Add clear buttons to the Compare Tool
  • Improvement – Add support for exporting message difference to the clipboard.
  • Improvement – Speed start-up of application by natively compiling assemblies during install
  • Improvement – Remove flicker in HL7QueryView and SqlLoaderView when paging through messages using the Navigation bar
  • Improvement – Don’t show Message tab if there are no errors in HL7 Sql query
  • Improvement – Cleanup Message/Segment cloning in Custom Code
  • Improvement – Better DISTINCT Functionality. Right-Click DISTINCT context menu
  • Improvement – HL7 SQL, SQL Loader fixes to History, and HistoryProvider
    Add better tooltips
  • Improvement – Add support for multi-column DISTINCT in both HL7 SQL and Sql Loader tools. Requested by Albert E.
  • Improvement – Add Message Type name in the toolbar of the Statistics tool. Requested by Saravana
  • Improvement – Add name of Segment in the toolbar of the Segment Editor
  • Improvement – Add repeat functionality in the HL7 Send tool to repeatedly send the same messages
  • Improvement – Remember the number of rows returned when switching between HL7 SQL and Sql Loader results

HL7Spy 2.0.3771 Released

  • Bug – Excel Writer missing namespace on column definition. Reported by IHIE.
  • Bug – Statistics calculation time always shows 0 seconds.
  • Bug – Field description tooltips missing from Compare Messages tool.
  • Bug – Fixed issue where the HL7 SQL results were incorrect. Reported by Cleveland Clinic.
  • Bug – Fixed a crash on 64-bit systems when double-clicking on an HL7 file in Windows Explorer.
  • Improvement – Reduce application flicker.
  • Improvement – Reduce application start-up time.
  • Improvement – Add the ability to change the Message Editor Font.
  • Improvement – Better positioning of DropDown menu list items.
  • Improvement – New Visual Studio 2012 look and feel.
  • Improvement – Option to use HL7Spy 1.x look and feel.
  • Improvement – Option to hide/show the Menu items using F11.
  • Improvement – Database connection timeouts can now be set on a per-connection basis. Requested by Cleveland Clinic
  • Improvement – Sql Loader speed improvements.

HL7Spy 2.0.3640 Released

  • Bug – Too much memory being used when exporting HL7 SQL results to excel, or Clipboard. Reported by Huntington Hospital.
  • Bug – Message selection becomes broken if a message is deleted from the HL7 SQL query results. Reported by Huntington Hospital.
  • Bug – Too much memory being used when exporting SQL Loader results to excel, or Clipboard.
  • Bug – Better handling of Date/Times when exporting HL7 SQL query results.
  • Improvement –  Copy from HL7 SQL using Control-c. Requested by Cleveland Clinic.
  • Improvement –  Copy from SQL Loader using Control-c.
  • Improvement – Better handling of Date/Times when exporting the contents of the Segment Editor to Excel.
  • Improvement – Clean-up messages that are copied from Orion Rhapsody and pasted into HL7Spy. Reported by Cleveland Clinic.

HL7Spy 1.8.8 Released

  • Improvement – Clean-up messages that are copied from Orion Rhapsody and pasted into HL7Spy. Reported by Cleveland Clinic.
  • Bug – Too much memory being used when exporting HL7 SQL results to excel, or Clipboard. Reported by Huntington Hospital.
  • Bug – Message selection becomes broken if a message is deleted from the HL7 SQL query results. Reported by Huntington Hospital.
  • Bug – Too much memory being used when exporting Sql Loader results to excel, or Clipboard.
  • Bug – Message selection becomes broken if a message is deleted from the Sql Loader query results.

Please Note: If you upgrade to this version, you may experience problems with the Sql Loader and MySql. They MySql drivers no longer support the old style of passwords. Please see the following article for more information: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1575807/cannot-connect-to-mysql-4-1-using-old-authentication.

What’s coming in HL7Spy 2.0?

New HL7 2.x Standard Definitions

  • Versions 2.1-2.7 are now supported
  • Automatic detection of the correct version based on MSH-12
  • Fully searchable in the HL7 Standard Tool

New Segment Editor

  • Hierarchical display of field information
  • Show/Hide missing fields
  • Expand a field to retrieve additional detail
  • Edit field values at any level in the hierarchy

New FTP/File Explorer

  • Display HL7 messages on remote systems using the FTP protocol
  • Support for local, and remote, file system short-cuts to commonly used directories
  • Securely connect using SFTP, or FTPS
  • Master password management
  • Hierarchical folder organization of local/remote
  • Import/Export folders with, or without, passwords
  • Tail functionality to display only the last few messages from a remote file
  • Sync functionality to retrieve additional messages from a remote file

Other Improvements

  • Added advanced TCP settings for KeepAlive, NoDelay, DontLinger, and IPv6
  • Protocol logging to capture HL7 message protocol information

  • Improved HL7 MLLP protocol handler. Reduced memory utilization.
  • Enhanced HL7 Message model for use in the Custom Code tool. Improved performance.
  • New Break(); statement allows debugging custom code from within Visual Studio
  • .NET 4/4.5 support
  • Full 64-bit support
  • Better scaling when running in Windows 7/8 200%+ resolution mode
  • Performance improvements in HL7 Sql and Sql Loader
  • Support for loading/querying millions of messages